Last 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 and 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.
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) .
The convention had displays in various venues the main one at Xizhou Park: Where there was the large bonsai exhibition and demonstrations including Hua Feng, Style Creation, National Bonsai Exhibition, and Taiwan Suiseki Exhibition.
A further exhibition was at the National Museum of Natural Science: Bonsai Demonstration & Exhibition of Pine & Cypress Bonsai as well as Flowers & Fruits Bonsai. 3. Wan-Jing Art Garden: Bonsai Exhibition of Valuable Collections, etc.
Trees came in every size.
As did the pots
It was good to hear that the art of bonsai is evidently followed by young people as well in Taiwan as there are growing concerns in Japan and elsewhere that it is only the older generations that are keeping it going. Many of the trees grown in Taiwan are sold to Japan or the wealthy Chinese collectors and the crowds at the events showed how popular bonsai still is.
John and his band of bonsai pilgrims must have had a wonderful time provided it was not marred by tucking into these platefuls of delicacies they saw one day.
As all these tempting dishes are in fact made out of stones
I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not already planning their next expedition
to experience the extraordinary bonsai of Taiwan again. John and Anne with Mark, Phil and Ming
Thank you John for showing us such an amazing display of photographs of your journey.
TREE of the MONTH COMPETITION
FIRST (by members votes) – Brian’s White Pine
Howard’s White Pine (above)
and Michael C’s Larch Group
Third Jon’s Juniper
Sara’s Scots Pine
Dave Gl ‘s White Pine
Dave Gr’s and Richard M’s Scots Pines
The detailed Critiques of the trees may be seen at the following link. Jon joined Ade in the task this month by casting his professional forester’s eye over the Novices Class.
ToTM Critique sheet Mar 2018
Once again it is interesting to notice the difference in the critique ratings of the trees compared with members votes on the night, probably down to the fact that members stroll along the table and make a quick vote whereas our critique judges take a chair and sit down on front of each tree carefully noting both it’s good points and it’s flaws.
Next Month April 11th
An evening with talented young potter Daniel Butler from Wales so don’t forget to bring some money along and treat yourselves to a new pot or two. (Photos from an article in Esprit Bonsai the international bonsai magazine)
Your website compilers further notes.
Every month I struggle to take the photos of the trees as best I can in the circumstances, my most high tech piece of equipment being the folding white board I use to try and mask out the background it is usually held in place for a few minutes by some member press ganged into assist.
This month as often before it was Club Treasurer Roger who I lumbered with the task, who can be seen here in hysterics watching me battle with the controls of my new camera phone which was only acquired the day before. Thank you Roger.