Maidstone Bonsai Society

Japanese Trees in the Garden of England

Creating a miniature Crevice Garden Part 1

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An interesting project for club members

Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle

I am in the EAST LANCASHIRE GROUP Of The ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY (AGS) it’s definitely the best ‘Club’ I have been a member, the group is very active full of enthusiastic participating members and a credit all. I joined the group to best understand plants in miniature for Kusomono. 

One of John Downes amazing miniature gardens One of John Dower’s amazing miniature gardens

At the last meeting we enjoyed a practical talk with photographs and video by Member John Dower from Frodsham. John has recently been appointed a Trustee of the AGS and is one of the countries leading exponents of the development and showing of miniature gardens.

The gardens have a maximum size of 36 cm for showing, although the principles outlined apply equally to any trough, sink, raised bed or other display of alpines.

John threw down the gauntlet asking members to create their own miniature gardens and present them at the next annual show……

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Very Sad News

Again some very sad news from the world of Bonsai, the following is from FoBBs

It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Paul Goff, on Monday November 10th following a severe stroke last week.. He will be very greatly missed by all in the bonsai world in the UK. Known most especially for his skill with photography and his ability to teach us all how to display our trees in the best possible way. He was a scroll painter, photographer, rock musician and bonsai artist. And at 62 was still a man young in heart ready to enjoy life to the full. His spirit of enjoyment and extensive knowledge will be missed by all who knew him

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his partner Vivienne as well as to his family and friends at this very sad time.

For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is:
For those who may wish to attend, Paul’s funeral will be at 3.30pm on Thursday November20th at Milton Malfor Crematorium, Northampton and after to celebrate his life at 4.15pm at Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Station Rd, Blisworth, NN7 3DS

Flowers will be from family only, donations will be acceptable at Paul’s funeral made payable to the Stoke Association or to The British Heart Foundation.
Kath Hughes on behalf of Malcolm Hughes, Chairman of FoBBS, who is at present abroad.


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December Meeting

There is a slight change in plan for the December meeting due to technical difficulties, well projector to be precise. We will still be having our normal “Chish and Fip” supper and Andy will again bore everyone senseless with a Mastermind of a Quiz. There will be a Stone Monkey Ceramics prize for the winner and we will also present the Tree of the Month Annual Trophy to this year winner.

Look forward to seeing you all there, I promise the quiz prize will be quiet nice…