What taste the Team from Bonsai in Wales have, for providing the Bonsai in Wales Show 2012 in the magnificent setting of the Orangery and Stables of the late 17th century mansion of Tredegar House near Newport – one of the wonders of Wales.
It is situated in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parklands and the Orangery Garden appears like an intricate carpet, the surface covered with different coloured materials including sea shells, crushed lime mortar, brick and coal dust, and a variety of coloured sands and grass.
The idea of the Show all started a couple of years ago, when Cardiff Club Chairman, Peter Fielding and Glynderi Bonsai Club Chairman, Keith Wilson had a vision of holding a National Bonsai Show, exhibiting some of the best trees in Wales or of Wales origin. With the help of Anne Campbell, and quite a few enthusiastic members, it has all now come to fruition.
The standard of trees of show was truly amazing, with Malcolm Hughes exhibiting his ‘Seigen Maple’, the first time it has been to Wales! This tree was originally imported about 40 years ago by Peter Adams, possibly 100 years old at the time and featured in several of his books. There was an abundance of top quality trees, one of my favourites being Tony Tickle’s cascading prunus spinosa with barbed wire stand! Let us know what yours is?
Demonstrations took place in the ‘stables’ and ‘orangery’ and continued throughout the day. Kevin Willson, wearing an attractive head bandana, and his Yamadori school showcasing their carving. Meanwhile, Alex Evelyn was in great form styling and performing a complete transformation of his demonstration tree and Will Baddeley from Wildwood Bonsai, was not being outdone, also carving and protecting himself with some sturdy goggles.
There were several traders supporting the show, together with a good selection of pots from Walsall Pottery, John Pitt and Tony Remington – it is difficult not to treat yourself.