Saturday 8th Open workshop Sold out
Wednesday 12th Midweek workshop Sold out
Saturday 15th Junipers two 1 place
Saturday 22nd Maples three 1 place
Wednesday 26th Midweek workshop 1 place
Saturday 29th Open workshop Sold out
Sunday 30th Open workshop Sold out
Please note there is only one open workshop place available in the whole of November…..the rest are sold out…..so if you need to work on your trees this autumn take a closer look at the October dates.
A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Fame at last…..
Just received the latest copy of Bonsai Focus today and there proud as punch on the front cover was my Privet bonsai. Several people had told me about it but this was the first time I had seen it.
I am indebted to Farrand and all at Bonsai Focus for selecting this tree for the cover of their magazine. The humble privet is so readily available and yet much maligned by the bonsai public. I hope the picture will alert people to what can be achieved with this material.
I suppose this tree was one of those “find of a lifetime” bonsai. It was a really old interesting stump with no branches when I started but together we have come a long way.
The picture was taken in May earlier this year when the tree was in an exhibition staged at the Ginkgo Bonsai Centre in Belgium. I had been kindly invited by my good friend Danny Use to join his Kei Bonsai Kai group and other invited guests in putting on this exhibition.
There is a full page picture of the privet inside the magazine and also a picture of my Euonymus which was also exhibited at the event.
Hope you enjoy the pictures below…….can’t help smiling…..Fame at last…….after only 25 plus years……..I hope you will forgive me if I savour the moment!………
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 – Spirea sprouting!!!
If you have read the student blogger’s article on “Hanby pruning” you will have seen the pictures of a rather large Spirea Japonica.
This tree was brought into one of my academy classes for discussion and some associated light pruning! The tree was just so vigorous but basically we had to remove everything….leaving the large base and three fairly thick trunks.
Almost all the new branches were too thin and growing in the wrong place. It was necessary to let the tree have this period of unrestrained growth to help it recover from being transplanted and to build up it’s vigour.
I think some of my students thought I had gone a bit too far this time…..even for me …but it really was necessary and two weeks later we already had a result! You can see how the tree is sprouting from everywhere again but this time we need to control the new growth and pinch away all buds that are not required.
Looking really good for next year now…..so maybe this Hanby pruning is not so bad after all!!!……..
Sat 10th Open workshop Sold out
Wed 14th Midweek workshop Sold out
Sat 17th Deadwood/carving Sold out
Sun 18th Open workshop 3 places
Sat 24th Open workshop Sold out
Sun 25th Junipers Two Sold out
Wed 28th Midweek workshop Sold out