Spring Show 2024
NIBonsai
by Phil B
3w ago
Why we do it, it’s not just for our members, one of our main club aims is promoting bonsai in N. Ireland and with 12k people through the gate over the weekend we have exposed our art to many new faces. Some of the awarded trees at the weekend. We have a spread of awards and thus show us mostly about encouraging new members to exhibit and experience the buzz of displaying a tree. With 5 new exhibitors at this show alone and a few in their second year of exhibiting supported by a few old hands we had a nice spread of trees for the public ..read more
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Alpine Show
NIBonsai
by Phil B
1M ago
Great day at the Alpine Show in Antrim this weekend! Thanks to Ivor, Sean and Ben for all their work setting up the small display on behalf of the club and chatting to visitors ..read more
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Larch Demo
NIBonsai
by Phil B
3M ago
Great Night on Friday as Sean gave a yamadori larch it’s first styling. He took a bold decision to style the tree in a candelabra style. This is where, in nature, the main trunk dies off and several branches attempt to take the place of the leader. Sean did a great job of the design and it was an enjoyable and informative night ..read more
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Winter Image Critique
NIBonsai
by Phil B
4M ago
We spent a short while reflecting on the clubs achievements last year and discussing future plan. Following on from the official business of the AGM Ian critiqued each of the trees that members had brought along. Everyone took away really useful advice for the future development of their tree during the interesting and informative session. It was a really popular raffle this week and Alex was the lucky winner of the cotoneaster that had been generously donated ..read more
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New Bonsai Club for Connaught
NIBonsai
by Phil B
5M ago
Ireland is made up of 4 Provinces and up until now the only one not to have a Bonsai Club is Connaught. However that’s about to change as starting in the New Year they plan to start regular meetings and the guys involved are already hitting the socials to gather up the interested parties who live in that general area. It will be based in Galway City and I hope to be able to support them going forward. Give them a follow and if you’re in the Connaught area and are interested , give them a shout ..read more
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November meeting on Wiring
NIBonsai
by Phil B
6M ago
We had a great night on Friday learning about wiring in our new venue, Ormeau Bowling Pavillion. Ian took us through the general principles before everyone had the opportunity for hands on practice and advice ..read more
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Autumn Show 2023
NIBonsai
by Phil B
8M ago
Great footfall at the Autumn Fair in Botanic Gardens in Belfast where we are holding our club exhibition. Click on images to view full screen. First prizes Best DisplayBest Tree Pot CombinationBest AccentBest ShohinBest MameBest DeciduousBest in ShowBest ConiferShow Photos ..read more
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Club Display 23-24 September
NIBonsai
by Phil B
8M ago
Come along to our Club display at The City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show on 23rd and 24th September. The Show is being held in the Botanic Gardens between 12.30 and 6 pm on both days ..read more
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Spring Show 2023
NIBonsai
by Phil B
1y ago
Club Night Preparation A lot of preparation goes into any show. At our monthly club meeting Sean gave an excellent interactive session taking members through the fundamentals of a good display with many practical tips. Show Setup The Winners Best in Show – Quince by AdamBest Display – Larch Landscape by IvorBest Conifer – Scotts Pine by SeanBest Deciduous – Maple by BenBest Tree Pot Combo – Korean Hornbeam by PhilBest Accent – Reed sitting on a tile that looks like waterBest Mame – Hinoki by Ben ..read more
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Coming up: Beech Group Planting Demo
NIBonsai
by Phil B
1y ago
We had an amazing February meeting that included an air layer demo, expertly performed by Gordon, followed by the draw for the Larch from the January meeting which was carried off by one of our new members. It was great to see so many of our new members and such a buzz in the room. The following day members were kindly invited to dig up a 20+ year old field grown crab apple tree for themselves. Hot on the heels of the fantastic February programme we are looking forward to Ian putting together a Beech group planting using Sean’s great quality yamadori collected material. If this wasn’t eno ..read more
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