When asked if I’d give an honest review for PBM’s LAB 2 I was excited to see what was different about it compared to other online content for bonsai out there currently. We already have our Mirai and Empire content both of which cater for all our bonsai addictions. What could LAB offer that these didn’t cover already?
On the night of the live stream I watched the stream from 22.00 GMT until midnight knowing I was up again for a full on day at 04.00 the next morning. I felt that 2 hours would be enough to get a feel for it but by midnight I was gutted that I really had to get to bed. Happily I was able to dip back in 24 hours later and watch the missed content in the replay.
I titled this blog post ‘innovation inspiring Innovation’. Watching a potter, a stand maker…
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Oscar Jonker has been working his magic again on Bonsai Empire. He’s been teaming up with Bjorn Bjornholm again to bring us the second part of the Advanced course.
I’d been wondering where Empires quality content could take us next and I wasn’t disappointed. Having early access and little time of my own to watch so much content, I sat down one evening to speed review the sections. Well, that didn’t work of course! I ended up binge watching it like a season of Game of Thrones 🙂 Addictive stuff this bonsai thing.
If you have watched any of the previous courses on Bonsai Empire you’ll know that you will always get high quality content filmed to a very high standard and edited well cutting to the chase every single time. Advanced Course 2 Didn’t deviate from this in any way.
Highlights for me were the section on display…
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Great fun in the last two days helping my friend Ray set up his Japanese Gardening Weekend at Bud Garden Centre in Bunratty County Clare.
There’s a small bonsai exhibition as part of the event that I’ll be judging and running demos along side.
When this idea was first floated last year and I was asked to be a part of it, I jokingly called the bonsai Exhibition Bud-Ten the Japanese term for exhibition. Ray wasn’t keen at first but peer pressure worked wonders and it stuck. 😀
We have bonsai enthusiasts from across Ireland coming for the trees and of course the social side of the weekend 🍻
If you are reading this and you’re a local, come along and say hello.
Here’s a few photos of the set up. No tree pics until It’s all set but this will give you an idea of what to expect.
From small acorns mighty oaks grow….
It was an absolute pleasure to be be involved with Ray Egan at Bud Garden Centre in Bunratty and watch the first (and not the last) Bud-ten exhibition come together.
Bud Garden Centre in the Shadow of Bunratty Castle
Ray is one of guys who works hard in the background to push bonsai forward in Ireland and do it in the right way. From a chat last year over a few beers when he talked about hosting a Japanese Gardening Weekend at Bud including bonsai, to what just transpired last weekend, it’s been a rollercoaster.
Ray hard at work
Bud is nestled away in a corner opposite the historic Bunratty Castle and although small, offers plants missing from most garden centres. Ray hosts monthly meetings for the Munster Bonsai Club of which he’s a founding member.
Ray asked if I’d help pull the bonsai…
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