Bonsai at Kew Gardens, London, May 2016

Whilst in London for the Chelsea Show, my husband and I also made a trip to Kew Gardens.  Last seen very many years ago, it continues to evolve and is a fascinating place to visit.  We enquired about bonsai and were assured they do have a small display.  We went to see the glass house near the student planting beds where a selection of bonsai is housed.  Kew has a collection of around 60 trees and many were gifted to them by Ruth Stafford-Jones who learned bonsai horticulture in Japan.  The oldest tree is about 180 years.  There was a variety of 10 trees on display when we visited.  They were fairly large, a little out of shape and assume the collection gets rotated for viewing interests.  Slate chippings was the medium used on the display shelving which I thought was interesting as a good drainage base and very clean…

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