Category Archives: Bonsai News

Shohin Bonsai has gone mobile!

Morten Albek, the Shohin Bonsai master has just launched the first ever Shohin Bonsai application on Android. 

So what does the application offer?

You get access to the Shohin Blog with useful information on guiding you on developing and creating Shohin Bonsai, the Shohin gallery with some beautiful trees that have been created by Morten, access to Mortens personal blog and Mortens studio.

Why are mobile apps so handy?

Your out in your greenhouse and get stuck on a method and what to do next. You reach for the mobile and get a visual or text reminder on what you can do. Very straight forward.

Check out the application yourself and tell us what you think.

To find the application go to the Android marketplace by clicking here or scan the QR code on the left.shohin qr code

 

 

 

 

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Satsuki Flower Trophy, France

Initiated by Jerome Hay, President of Satsuki Flower and organized with the support of the FFB and kyookaï, this unique event in France aims to reveal to the public, amateurs and professionals, the most beautiful Satsuki in Europe. Nearly a hundred satsuki will be displayed. Through this initiative, we want to support the work of the various federations and also anonymous persons giving them the opportunity to have their Satsuki come to public attention.

The event will be held at 

Le Jardin du levant
St Germain du Pinel, Brittany, France on May 19′ and 20′ 2012.

During this first, important personalities are expected such as Master Hiromi Tsukada, who will honor us with his presence. Applicants wishing to participate at the Satsuki Flower Trophy 2012 can register for free until April 15th, 2012. 

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Completely free to enter, participation in the contest will also allow three people to be rewarded by a grand jury composed of members of the FFB, professionals and personalities from the world of bonsai such as Master Hiromi Tsukada.

General class (three honors)

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  • 1st Prize: € 500 euros gift voucher and a trophy,
  • 2nd Prize: € 300 gift voucher,
  • 3rd Prize: € 200 gift voucher.

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In addition, all satsuki will appear in the book of the event with the picture and the name of its owner.

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Professional category

In the category dedicated to bonsai professionals, three trees will be distinguished, no price, nor trophy, but the professional acknowledgment and reputation of the event.
After the event, all the Satsuki presented will be displayed on the Satsuki Flower Trophy website in a virtual gallery, with free access, to serve as an efficient link between amateurs, professionals and the public.

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Event Information:

Badge: 2 badges will be provided to each selected participant

Opening hours for the public:
Saturday 19th of May: from 9.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 20th of May: from 9.30am to 6pm

Installation opening hours:
Friday 18th of May: from 2pm to 8pm
Saturday 19th of May : from 6am to 9am

Packing hours:
Sunday 20th of May : from 6pm

Access:
With Highway N157 (E50) : Paris-Rennes, “Piquet” exit, in the direction of La Guerche de
Bretagne (Latitude : 48.002253 & Longitude : -1.1548890000000256)

Accommodation:
Hotel Le Cheval Blanc- 1 rue d’Anjou – 35370 Argentré-du-Plessis – Tel: 00
332.99.96.61.30
Citôtel Le Petit Billot 5a Place Du General Leclerc, 35500 Vitré- Tel: 0033 2 99 75 02 10
Balladins Vitré / Erbrée – Tel: 0033 2 99 49 49 99

Prices
Visitors € 5 : exhibition, conferences and demonstrations (for spectators).
Workshops: €90 per day, € 150 for 2 days with Master Hiromi Tsukada (reservations required)
Free for children under 18
Half price: € 3 for FFB members on presentation of your member card
Free entrance for: The park, the Garden and the Exhibitors Village.

Contact:
Hay Jérôme
SARL Le jardin du levant – Les Haies – 35370 St Germain du Pinel – France
Tel : 00 33 2 99 96 69 51 / e-mail : [email protected]
All the information is available on the website : www.lejardindulevant.fr

 

International Festival of Bonsai

A must see event if you are near Burgundy on the 9′ or 10′ of October is the ‘International Festival of Bonsai’. This is the first time that this event is taking place and one of the key attractions is the private collection of Bonsai artist ‘Danny Use’. Other Bonsai artists attending will be, Olivier Barreau, Angel Mota, Jean-François Busquet, Frédéric Chenal, Thierry Font, François Gau, François Jeker, Salvatore Liporace, John Pitt, Gilles Rigal, Alfredo Salaccione and the Japanese Bonsai master Yuji Akanuma.
Dates:
9th & 10th October 2010
Place:
Saulieu (21) parc des expositions
Public Opening hours:
Saturday 9th October 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 10th October 10 am – 6 pm Price:
Visitors tickets :
Two-day ticket :. €12
Pre-purchased two-day ticket available until September 17th : € 8
Sunday ticket : € 8
Kids under 12 are free.
http://www.festival-bonsai.com/shop.php
Directions
Via A6 direction south: exit at Avallon/Saulieu by RN
Via A6 direction north: exit at Saulieu
Parc des Expositions, Rue Jean Bertin, 21210 SAULIEU
GPS: Latitude: 47.2796192 – Longitude: 4.2293574

bonsai-festivalA must see event if you are near Burgundy on the 9′ or 10′ of October is the ‘International Festival of Bonsai’. This is the first time that this event is taking place and one of the key attractions is the private collection of Bonsai artist ‘Danny Use’. Other Bonsai artists attending will be, Olivier Barreau, Angel Mota, Jean-François Busquet, Frédéric Chenal, Thierry Font, François Gau, François Jeker, Salvatore Liporace, John Pitt, Gilles Rigal, Alfredo Salaccione and the Japanese Bonsai master Yuji Akanuma.

Dates:

9th & 10th October 2010

Place:

Saulieu (21) parc des expositions

Public Opening hours:

Saturday 9th October 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday 10th October 10 am – 6 pm

Visitors tickets :

Two-day ticket :. €12

Pre-purchased two-day ticket available until September 17th : € 8

Sunday ticket : € 8

Kids under 12 are free.

To Buy Tickets

Directions:

Via A6 direction south: exit at Avallon/Saulieu by RN

Via A6 direction north: exit at Saulieu

Parc des Expositions, Rue Jean Bertin, 21210 SAULIEU

GPS: Latitude: 47.2796192 – Longitude: 4.2293574

Friends of Bonsai

Known affectionately as the “Saturday Morning Club”, the membership has grown very rapidly, and we all strongly believe that this is due to the “Down to Earth” and “Practical” way in which the art is being expressed. All teaching is carried out by involving its members through a hands on approach. This coupled with the friendly rapport and Craic (good humour) within its membership
A totally different approach has been taken in the setting up of the club. With no fees for membership, or no committee etc we have, in effect, done away with usual rules and regulations which tend to dominate any club or society, thus leaving people free to concentrate on what is really important. BONSAI.  As we have a non-fee paying membership all our funds come from voluntary donations, sponsorships and fund raising.  Each year we bring over to the province a bonsai master /demonstrator from Friends of Bonsai was formed in 1995 to provide the means to deal with the overwhelming demand for knowledge in the Art of Bonsai. From the very basics  like pruning, watering,  repotting  to the more advanced styling techniques  required to convert nursery stock and collected material into fabulous Bonsai. Its founder members Cliff Farley and Louis Hook brought with them a vast pool of knowledge with a combined 30 years experience between them training under some of Europe’s top masters which they enthusiastically passed on to its members
Europe. In the past we have been privileged to have had Kevin Wilson,(England)  Chi Tan, (Holland) Salvatore Liporace,(Italy)  Hotsumi Terakawa, (Holland /Japan) Marco invernizzi,(Italy)  David Prescott,(England)  Steve Tolley (England) and Marc Noelanders  ( Belgium).Marc presently joins us every September to conduct a Bonsai school.   (Places are strictly limited).
Friends of Bonsai meet on the first Saturday of every month.

To start our new series of reviewing Bonsai clubs, we visit Friends of Bonsai in Northern Ireland.

Known affectionately as the “Saturday Morning Club”, the membership of ‘Friends of Bonsai’ in Northern Ireland has grown rapidly since it’s foundation in 1995.

Cliff Farley, co-founder strongly believes that this is due to the “Down to Earth” and “Practical” way in which the art is being expressed. All teaching is carried out by involving its members through a hands on approach. This coupled with the friendly rapport and Craic (Irish good humour) within its membership.

A totally different approach has been taken in the setting up of the club. With no fees for membership, or no committee etc we have, in effect, done away with usual rules and regulations which tend to dominate any club or society, thus leaving people free to concentrate on what is really important ‘BONSAI’. As we have a non-fee paying membership all our funds come from voluntary donations, sponsorships and fund raising.

Friends of Bonsai was formed to provide the means to deal with the overwhelming demand for knowledge in the Art of Bonsai. From the very basics  like pruning, watering,  repotting  to the more advanced styling techniques  required to convert nursery stock and collected material into fabulous Bonsai. Its founder members Cliff Farley and Louis Hook brought with them a vast pool of knowledge with a combined 30 years experience between them training under some of Europe’s top masters which they enthusiastically passed on to its members.

In the past we have been privileged to have had Kevin Wilson,(England)  Chi Tan, (Holland) Salvatore Liporace,(Italy)  Hotsumi Terakawa, (Holland /Japan) Marco invernizzi,(Italy)  David Prescott,(England)  Steve Tolley (England) and Marc Noelanders (Belgium). Marc joins us every September to conduct a Bonsai school.   (Places are strictly limited).

Check out the clubs Gallery on Flickr .

Location: George Green Hall, Rathgill Parade, Balloo, Bangor.

Time: First Saturday of every month from 10 am to 1pm.

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Craig Coussins Shishigashira Bonsai


(c) Craig Coussins
(c) Craig Coussins

Craig Coussins will be exhibiting a ‘Shishigashira’ Acer Palmatum at the John Hanby Newstead Show in September.

The tree was grown from a cutting taken in 1970 by the well respected Bonsai UK Master Ken Shalliker . The tree came into Craig’s possession in 2005. It had not been maintained for a number of years.

Craig started to work on bringing the tree back to some shape and in 2008 it was re-potted into an Antique pot signed Shuho (1750).  In 2009 the maintenance was taken over by Bonsai Master Peter Foele from Belgium. Peter helps Craig maintain the Coussin’s Bonsai Collection.

Other facts on the trees to be exhibited.

The Shishi Pot,  is Turquoise drip glaze Tokoname Kilns made by the Yoshimura to-en-(Family). The Shishi is on a 18th century Japanese table and the scroll is a recently restored 18th century tea house scroll of a stone lantern with falling autumn leaves.

Another tree to be exhibited is a 20 year old Mame Rowan tree four inches tall and covered in pink berries. That is on a 17th century lacquered stand.

Read Craig Coussins, Styles of Bonsai

Show Location:

Newstead Bonsai & Garden Centre

Newstead Lane (B6428)
Havercroft
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 2HW
Telephone: 0044 (
0) 1977 61004

Date: September 18′ to 19′ 2010

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Other September 2010 shows:

September 5′ – Bonsai Boot Sale being held by Dragon Bonsai at Bonllyw.

September 9′ – Marc Noelanders (Belgium) workshop. Friends of Bonsai Northern Ireland. Contact Cliff Farley – cliff.farley at btinternet.com

September 26′ – Bonsai Traders Association stands at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. Club displays, demonstrations, competitions, shohin and suiseki displays. Details from Alan Harriman (China Mist) 0044 (0) 1427 890434.