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.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Mansai-en, The Kato family nursery

This was the first nursery we visited on the first full day of our trip to Japan last year.
So these were the first trees we saw.....mindblowing

 Cryptomeria, group planting on slab
 John & Mike stand aghast....notice Johnny boys shoplifting coat !!
 Unknown variety
 Japanese White Pine
 Japanese White Pine
 Juniper twisted live vein & shari
 Mr Pitt partaking refreshments....the shoplifting coat came in handy ;-)
 Group & Rock plantings
 So many beautiful trees !!
 Awesome Maple
Where do you look next, which way do you turn ?

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