Members Workshop – Group Plantings

The first of this years members workshops, and we couldn’t have picked a better day.  Bright blue sky and sunshine all the way.

A big thank you to Joan who volunteered her garden for the workshop and who kept everyone supplied with Tea and Coffee.

Members brought along a wide variety of raw and semi styled material to be used in their group plantings.  Some of the material was bare rooted hedging stock which had to go into deep pots or training trays to accommodate the roots, others were specifically grown for bonsai and could be planted straight into a flat bonsai pot.

I didn’t manage to get many shots of us working , but here are some of the groups that were put together during the day.

My apologies to Mark and Elaine, as I didn’t manage to get a photo of their massive Beech group. I’ll add this at a later stage to make sure we have a complete record of the day here on the blog.

First up Alan’s small group of Lonicera nitidia, planted on a slab pot.

Lee’s Blackthorn group was made from bare rooted stock, so he decided to play safe and use a plastic tray to give the roots a little more space.

Olly went with a group of mixed maple species, all with nice movement and plenty of fine feeder roots which allowed him to plant straight into a Mica Bonsai Tray.

Carol brought along two small groups of Swamp Cypress which were combined into a larger group.

Last but by no means least, Trevor put together a group of Larches.  All the trees have great character and some nice movement.

All of these group will now be allowed to settle and grow fro the rest of the season and we will have a follow up session to do any fine tuning and remedial work.

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