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23 Oct, 2016

2016 Hamilton Bonsai Club Annual Show

October 23rd, 2016|Club Activities|1 Comment

Once again we had a very busy Labour Weekend with our annual show. This year the weather was kind and the public were out enjoying the sunshine at Hamilton Gardens. A change in the layout this year saw specific areas set aside for shohin displays, smaller tree displays and the shohin project. A well [...]

9 Oct, 2016

Club Meeting – Penjing with Peter – October 2016

October 9th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

I had the opportunity to lead a session on Penjing on Sunday. I started by talking about the meaning and understanding; there being 3 distinct categories, “ Shuma “ or tree penjing,”Shanshui” or landscape penjing and “shuihan”, being water and land. How the early penjing artists gained influence and understanding from their own painters and [...]

11 Sep, 2016

Club Meeting – Mame with Sandra – September 2016

September 11th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

September's meeting was all about Mame - one of the smallest bonsai. Sandra gave a fascinating presentation regarding Mame followed by an informative repotting demonstration. Mame Size = 10cm tall including the pot. There is a smaller size called Shinto that is 7cm and a larger size called Shohin that is 25cm from the rim [...]

14 Aug, 2016

Club Meeting – Shohin Project Update – August 2016

August 14th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

Ann started us on the Shohin Project in May last year. This was primarily to encourage us in the importance of record keeping - both written notes and photos, with the added bonus of having a nice Shohin tree as a result. Ann showed photos of many of the trees from the first session. Each [...]

10 Jul, 2016

Club Meeting – Pauline Muth talk on Shohin – July 2016

July 10th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

Pauline Muth from the USA gave a talk on Shohin Pauline has a wealth of knowledge and experience towards Bonsai, and has been involved in a number of high-level positions across a number of clubs and societies in America. Her website can be found here: http://www.pfmbonsai.com The club was then presented with a Powerpoint presentation [...]

13 Jun, 2016

Club Meeting – Winter Pruning – June 2016

June 13th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

Sandra gave a brief talk on Winter Pruning This time of year it’s time to do predominantly structural pruning although some pruning can be done for refinement too. This is the time of year for BIG cuts in tree – but this is only necessary if you’re changing the style of the bonsai, and if [...]

16 May, 2016

Club outing to Auckland – May 2016

May 16th, 2016|Club Activities|1 Comment

The Annual Trip in May saw 14 members headed up the motorway to Auckland. Lindsay had organised for us to see three private collections and plans included a visit to Plantarama in Drury on the way home to search for treasures. With no GPS in the van there was some lively conversation about what turns [...]

8 May, 2016

Club Meeting – Group Plantings – May 2016

May 8th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

Marshall gave a talk on group planting A group means 2 or more trees, up to about 9. Human eyes can absorb a visual number up to 8 or 9 (then your mind just goes “many”). More than 9 trees and it’s considered a forest. The Japanese word for group or forest is the [...]

10 Apr, 2016

Club Meeting – Pot Making – April 2016

April 10th, 2016|Club Activities|0 Comments

As we had to re-arrange our meetings due to conflicting calendars the pot making session was brought forward to April. Sandra asked for club members to let her know what type of pot they were interested in making as there are differing levels of wetness in the clay for slab and pinch pots. Great fun [...]