Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield) but 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 just an occasional workshop. 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, however, we do invite one or two speakers of international fame to supplement our workshops 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 2014 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In particular, several trees owned by Ashfield members, have been accepted for display at the esteemed Noelanders Trophy Exhibition in Belgium. Also in the following month of February, the club has been invited to present a display stand at the Swindon Winter Image Show.











Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Have we mentioned before that some of us went to Japan.....over a year ago !

Sad git that I am, every now and then I find myself straying to my bonsai porn stash....my pictures of our trip to Japan in Feb 2010.
Here are a few pictures from the Green Club sales area which is a short bus ride, or a fairly long walk (we just couldn't wait for the bus) from where the Kokofu Show is held.


Pete Warren showing us his Steptoe impersonation









 One of the sellers, I think this geezer thought I was trying to pull him!









 Fabulous bonsai everywhere the eye can see









These were some of the trees that Pete Warren and his Senpai Akiyama Minoru had for sale on their stands









 Beautiful pine









 Acer palmatum









 Juniper











Yours truly teasing Pete (Sherlock) Warren whilst Akiyama Minoru trys not to belly laugh at the hilarity of it all.
Seriously our trip wouldn't have been what is was without Pete's help, he opened many doors for us and took time out of his busy schedule to show us around and help us.
As an aside, without him being around we may have died from starvation because we couldn't read a bloody menu !


A trip to Japan is a must for Bonsai lovers, if you go I recommend an organised trip around some of the Bonsai Nurserys as well as taking in one of the numerous exhibitions.....and you must visit the Green Club.....take a plentiful supply of tissues !
 What you will quickly realise is that:

a) The Japanese keep all the good stuff for themselves

and

b) There are NO inexpensive GOOD bonsai in Japan

2 comments:

  1. ufffff it,s beautifull trees

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  2. Hi Ruben, the bonsai in Japan are fantastic.
    I hope you can visit there some day

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