Latest News – September Class Availability and Xmas Special Material(Updated)

September Class Availability

Sat 5th             Open workshop              Sold out

Sun 6th            Junipers Two                   1 place

Wed 9th           Midweek workshop         1 place

Sun 13th          Open workshop               5 places

Sat 19th            Junipers Two                  3 places

Sun 20th          Deadwood and Carving    2 places

Wed 23rd          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sun 27th            Open workshop              Sold out

Christmas Special

The material to be used on the Christmas Special is now on display at the nursery and can be reserved by students wishing to take part.

This class will take place on Sunday 20th December. The price of the material includes the days workshop for free.

At the time of writing there are only 2 places still available.

Classroom Corner – Sometimes branches just have to go!

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.

Classroom Corner – Sometimes branches just have to go!
Ian arrived at a recent class with this very dramatic Juniper. The interaction of the live veins and the deadwood shari coupled with the movement in the trunk is very impressive.
There are basically two problems. One is that the foliage crown has now grown two heavy
for the tree and it’s trunk. The second is that some branches are coming out of the inside
of curves hiding the continuation of the dramatic movement in the upper section of the
trunk.
Some branches would have to be removed to deal with these problems whilst retaining the aesthetic appearance and balance in the foliage mass.
Having removed the branch on the right it was now a matter of looking at the two lower
branches. Notice how neat and open the curves in the upper trunk have become and now
they are completely visible.
The remaining foliage mass is still too heavy and will require a proper thinning out and a detailed wiring but already it looks more in scale with the trunk.
Removing large branches on a tree of this stature is always a daunting experience and one where students are happy to be able to obtain advice and help. Get it right and the tree is improved considerably……..get it wrong and….!!!…..do you and your trees need any such help?…..workshop places available now.
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Topical Times – Cloud Tree Calling!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Cloud Tree Calling

Sometimes I have to deal with the bigger stuff as well as all the little trees. My client was planning to hold a function at home and her centrepiece cloud tree had lost it’s shape.

The house was simply magnificent, set in it’s own grounds in one of our most prestigious residential locations. The floodlit cloud tree was certainly an imposing central figure in the middle of a large turning circle.

I covered the area surrounding the tree to catch an anticipated large amount of “mess”!

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Pruning could then commence starting from the top and working my way down. The foliage clouds were more clearly defined both from above and below. This work was also good for the health of the tree allowing more light and air to reach the hidden lower branches.

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This is actually a very good tree. Both myself and my client were pleased with the result. Options to improve the shape/structure of the tree for the future will be discussed in due course…..but for now it’s back to the classroom and all those little’uns!

Memory Lane – Dan Barton Workshop….October 2002

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Dan Barton Workshop…. October 2002
In the early years of the John Hanby Bonsai School we had many visiting bonsai artists carrying out workshops in the studio and demonstrations at our evening club night. They came from both the UK and Europe.
Dan was one of my early mentors who became a good friend and a regular visitor with his popular workshops always being well-attended. The pictures below give a small insight into one of his last workshops at Pear Tree in October 2002.
You might recognise a few other familiar faces in the studio. Many of you will also remember Gemma my Japanese Akita. She was a firm somewhat immovable fixture in all workshops at both Pear Tree Cottage and Newstead. She continued to attend classes right up to the time when she sadly had to be put to sleep. We still miss her presence to this day.
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Studio Stories – Taxus Cuspidata from the nursery (Part Two)

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….

Studio Stories – Taxus Cuspidata from the nursery (Part Two)

The first part of this story was published on the 5th August 2015 under the section Studio Stories. It detailed how the tree was acquired and the progress to date.

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Having dealt with the live veins and the deadwood it was now time to look at the foliage areas. Some heavy branches had to be removed basically because there were too many and some of them were growing in the wrong place!

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Even after the tree was wired I still had to remove some more branches. Sometimes it only becomes obvious which branches need to be removed once you start the styling and branch positioning process.

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Branches were spread out and eventually the shape of the canopy is formed. The first two pictures show two potential fronts for the tree.

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The first branch on the left has a prominent straight section near the trunk which needs to be dealt with.

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The branch looks much better for being more compact and hiding the straight section. The tree looks a bit scraggy but this is a definitive styling and the tree is strong with back budding and new shoots everywhere.

This tree has come a long way and maybe now he has a better chance of being sold and finding a new home. While ever he stays here we will just help him to get better …. and better …. and……

Latest News – September Class Availability, Bonsai Food Delivery(Updated)

Bonsai Food Delivery

We have just taken delivery of the very popular “Sumo” range of fertilisers, especiallyIMG_5234 formulated specifically for bonsai.

The range is headed by the “Balance” soil granules and the “Foliaire” foliar feed. Ourselves and most of my customers/students have been using these products with great success for many years.

Please call in and have a look if you would like more information.

August Classes

Sat 22nd           Open workshop              4 places

Wed 26th          Midweek workshop         Sold out

Sat 29th            One to One/Two              Available

Sun 30th            One to One/Two             Available

September Classes

Sat 5th             Open workshop              3 places

Sun 6th            Junipers Two                   2 places

Wed 9th           Midweek workshop         2 places

Sun 13th          Open workshop               6 places

Sat 19th            Junipers Two                  5 places

Sun 20th          Deadwood and Carving    2 places

Wed 23rd          Midweek workshop         1 place

Sun 27th            Open workshop              Sold out

Classroom Corner – Project Bonsai August 2015

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.

Classroom Corner – Project Bonsai August 2015
This month has seen the most recent meeting of our Project Bonsai group. Each tree is discussed. Progress is checked and any immediate work required is carried out.
Plans for future development and the tasks required are also drawn out. You will notice that some of these trees were pruned as required. On this occasion some new trees were introduced into the class for the first time.
If you are interested in joining Project Bonsai please contact john.
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Topical Times – Late summer in the bonsai garden

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Late summer in the bonsai garden

A late summer’s evening in the bonsai garden and it’s trying to rain…..some is definitely forecast. Maybe this is not such a bad thing…..everywhere is so dry…..it’s been a good week for the school holidays.

The trees have been watered every day so now it’s the garden’s turn! The garden is finally beginning to come together….it’s nice to be working with shears and a hoe rather than a pick and a shovel. Trees are growing and shaping up well.

My Tuesday project (the day the business was closed) is coming to fruition but there is still much to do….especially to the gravelled areas. Hopefully one day I will be able to open it up to the public…….hopefully one day soon………..

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Memory Lane – Newstead Two 2006…an element of cascade!

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Newstead Two 2006…an element of cascade!
The cascade and semi-cascade styles of bonsai…..a natural style perhaps suggesting a tree hanging precariously off a cliff face, or something more gentle reaching out over calm water.
The tree or parts of it often lean out beyond the rim of the pot but essentially there is a very strong suggestion of downward growth/movement……it is this which distinguishes it from the many other styles of bonsai.
Sometimes it’s not so clear cut……the tree may be growing upwards but have a very strong branch or foliage area with a downward or sideways movement which dominates the design.
If designed and brought together correctly all these variations can work and be acceptable often resulting in some very striking and dramatic bonsai. Cast your eyes over the trees below which were exhibited at Newstead in our 2006 show. Check out the cascading element……which ones do you like?…..do they all work?…..maybe there is inspiration here for your next bonsai creation……???
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Studio Stories – Taxus Cuspidata from the nursery (Part One)

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….

Studio Stories – Taxus Cuspidata from the nursery (Part One)

This tree arrived from Japan at the beginning of 2005. It was one of four similar pieces of raw material that came wrapped in hessian sacks…..the pots had been retained in Japan.

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Two of these trees were acquired by me…..the other one having been featured before as a Demo Day tree. This tree was purchased by one of my students and was brought to a workshop in January 2006.

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February…..and the tree is nearing the end of it’s first rough styling and branch selection.

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About 2 years ago I was contacted by my student to help him dispose of his trees. This was a reluctant decision but one that unfortunately was necessary due to his illhealth. With  nobody showing interest in purchasing the tree, and with some really strong growth I took the decision at the end of last year to carry out another wiring and styling.

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First we concentrated on checking the live veins and removing any bark which had now died.

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The deadwood was cleaned up and treated with lime sulphur…….quite a transformation.

In Part Two we start thinning out and dealing with the foliage…..to be continued.