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Noelanders Trip 2018


Noelanders 2018 a report by club members.
Text by Jon B and Photos by Geoff unless stated otherwise

After many months of meticulous planning five members of the Taunton club set off on a pilgrimage to the Noelanders show in Belgium, hoping to witness some of the very best trees that our European bonsai friends have created. However the meticulous planning was shown thrown when one anonymous person realised that they had forgotten their passport


Michael Tran demonstrating to the  Taunton and Somerset Club contingent
Photo courtesy Bonsai Empire

After a whole day of travel we pulled up to the accommodation, stiff and tired from the journey – this had better be worth it! The anticipation over dinner that night was IMG_3313apalpable. As the weak winter sunlight dawned next morning and we all enjoyed the delight of a traditional Dutch breakfast (I had joking warned my friends that this was…

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February 2016 meeting


Re-potting workshop

IMG_20180214_194803Every spring a young man’s fancy lightly  turns to love and here in Somerset some young and not so young members of our club turn their thoughts to the spring re-potting of their  precious trees.

The view above of our meeting at Taunton is probably very typical of bonsai club nights throughout the country at this time of year as the longer days with their few extra hours re-ignite the flame of enthusiasm and we urge to get on and do something with our bonsai.

IMG_0426             Photo courtesy Bonsai Empire at their Noelanders 2018 demonstration  stand

This year of course we were lucky enough to have amongst us some members who had just returned from the bonsai pilgrimage to Noelanders 2018 in Belgium where they can be seen in this photo above advising Michael Tran what to do next at  his demonstration workshop.

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March 2018 Meeting


Show introLast November John Trott our Club President made a bonsai pilgrimage with his wife Anne and a couple of fellow enthusiasts Mark and Phil to Taiwan for the Bonsai Clubs International Convention  and the Asia- Pacific Bonsai and Viewing Stone Convention and Exhibition JT8and at our March meeting we were lucky enough to see some of Johns splendid photos of just a few of the amazing trees that he saw there.

The Island has an average temperature of  22cwith a warm humid climate which lends itself to the successful growing of bonsai.

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The trees  grow so rapidly that they can achieve in thirty or forty years what would take far longer elsewhere and they may well leaf prune many times a year to encourage extraordinary ramification as seen in the Hibiscus tilaceous  (above) .

JT3The convention had displays in various venues the main one at Xizhou Park: Where there…

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April 2018 Meeting


You know when you start to take your bonsai seriously, it’s when you start to worry about the pot as well as the tree.
At our Club meeting in April we were fortunate enough to have an up and coming young bonsai pot maker Dan Butler, make the journey from Wales to  Taunton  to explain the basic methods and principles of pot making and show us what is involved in creating apot to compliment our precious trees.

Dan photo

Dan  has his pottery at Penlan  near Swansea and started his career studying a Fine Art Ceramics course at the University of Wales and after much initial encouragement from Chris Thomas and the members at Dragon Bonsai  is now making quite a reputation for himself.

Dan’s visit to our club in Somerset he said was the first time he had addressed a group of enthusiasts to tell them how he goes…

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