Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield), this was soon increased at the request of the members to two meetings a month.

Many more formal clubs depend on demonstrations, talks and slideshows with occasional workshops. At Ashfield the emphasis is very much towards the informal and "hands on". Members regularly bring their own own material to meetings. The club caters for a wide range of experience in bonsai and welcomes new members. Advice is available from the more seasoned and creative members and we try to foster a relaxed, "family feel" with everyone having a say in the clubs affairs. Each year we invite one or two speakers of international fame to present to us, and we occasionally organise weekend workshops with well known bonsai personalties. Presently our meetings are held in the comfortable and spacious church hall at South Normanton and new members are always welcome.

In 2019 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions both at home and abroad, with trees enterred for the Swindon Winter Image show in February (where the club has also been invited to present a display stand), and at the Bonsai Expo in April.

Members will also be attending the Trophy Exhibition in Belgium in February, the Doncaster show in March and other shows throughout the year

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

NATIONAL BONSAI COLLECTION AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS


Doddsy playing hide and seek (again)

nice deshojo, lovely glazed pot. possible japanese?

cracking large azalea
nice hawthorn. apparently there is some controversy about the oversize walsall? pot its been put in to improve its health, thats a no brainer, tree health comes first!

CLUB OUTING TO SOUTH STAFFS SHOW AT BIRMINGHAM BOT. GARDENS

cheeky trip to BBG, by MR, CHD and RH. We managed a full english in the Harvester at Bassets Pole on the way. There was a wide variety of trees on show, lots of nice starter trees. we picked these as likely winners.






SPONTANEOUS AZALEA SHOW

it seemed about the right time to call a spontaneous azalea show, however not many takers:


my Gyo Ten (shades of pink") with a nice little accent, walsall pot, table by Tony Hardwick. in truth still many flowers to come, it peaked 2 weeks later, no green leaves to be seen amid the flowers.

chris's cute azalea, varity tba, repotted this spring, it took some hacking to get into the hard set root ball, but all looks ok now





paul warders lovely azalea, variety tba. pot is a clika or similar. at the following meeting Paul cut the tree back hard. 





Monday, 8 April 2019

ASHFIELD HAVE STRONG SHOWING AT BONSAI EXPO HEATHROW 7TH APRIL 19

Members of Ashfield Bonsai Club had trees in the excellent Bonsai Expo near Heathrow on Sunday 7th April.


JP's beautiful Oak, note the scroll with a water setting, and the accent pot shaped like a boat to make the images all work together. all pots by JP himself (of course!)




PT's lovely olive, look at the detail in the accents. Olive pot by JP.


PT's powerful Larch, accent and juniper. Larch pot by JP



CD's lovely Cedar, 20 years maturity from a workshop on a garden plant. Chris also made the table and the contoured accent stand.



JB's beautiful  chaenomeles 3 part display, flowers peaking on the day of the show. great work




PW's beautiful "no show" show tree, selected for Noelanders a couple of years back, but Paul was busy washing his hair that weekend. Now earnt its spot in Bonsai Expo, a great tree. Scroll painted by Paul, the accent stand table made by Pauls brother. a talented family.



RH's lovely Blackthorn, the accent (loaned by JP, adapted by Ramon) won best accent at the show.




My Black Pine. Runner up in the best conifer category. Scroll by the late Paul Goff, accent pot by JP. I moved the tree from a generic Tokoname pot to this lovely Yamaaki pot a couple of weeks ago. The tree looked very happy after the move so we went to the show, and very chuffed to come second to an amazing Yew and against some great competition.   




NEW LOCATION FOR CLUB NIGHTS 18 APRIL AND 2 MAY 2019

Due to other bookings the Church Hall is not available on 18th April 19, or 2nd May 19.

Club open evenings will instead be held at:
  • 18th April - Derek Hill, Belper. club members to text 07518 162567 for address
  • 2nd May - Mike Rose, Derby. club members to text 07968 951515 for address

Friday, 8 March 2019

QUALITY TREES AT ROUTINE CLUB NIGHT


Last night saw the first of our March meetings, the usual format of enthusiasts working on trees and taking advice and opinion from others. What was notable for me was the quality of trees being worked on, JB's Chojubai being one of the best.



Note the exhibition quality of the moss and which makes the average Nebari (according to JB) look terrific.