Classroom Corner – Beginners Class June 2018

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 – Beginners Class June 2018

This was day two of our Beginners Course and a chance for the students to have a go at wiring and styling a piece of raw material……with our help of course. For most of them this was there very first attempt at this type of work.

I discussed the possibilities in each tree with the student…..decisions were made and branches removed. My helpers Derek, Len and Ian then supervised the students as deadwood was created and branches were wired.

After lunch each tree returned to the turntable for the positioning of branches and styling. The students did really well for their first attempt and when you look at the pictures I think the results speak for themselves.

They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience too… well done!


Topical Times – Top Ten UK blog selection!

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

Topical Times – Top Ten UK blog selection!

I am pleased to announce that our blog has been selected as one of the top ten Bonsai blogs in the UK by

I will endeavour to keep the standard up in our posts both in terms of frequency and content.

Big thanks to those of you who keep logging in to read them and to Feedspot for compiling the top ten list.

Studio Stories – Big John back in the studio!

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 – Big John back in the studio!

18th May and Big John is brought in to the studio. Despite some fungus problems he has still managed to grow well and put on a dense canopy.

It is now time to thin the foliage out, remove some leaves and let some light in to the canopy. You can see the difference in the before and after pictures and what was left on the floor when the tree was moved back outside.

The last picture was taken yesterday, three weeks later and you can clearly see the new second flush of growth emerging. Stronger shoots around the top of the tree were pruned back.

Memory Lane – Juniper Styling…..May 2013

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event… inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – Juniper Styling…….May 2013

This innocuous little Juniper Ittogawa originated in Japan. It appeared to have lost it’s way …….long branches out of scale with the trunk, a wild design, and no signs of individuality or character.

Branches were selected and some were removed but the defining element in the trees transformation was the creation of a shari running the full height of the trunk.

This was carefully created and engineered to run along side the trees main live vein. Not only was this aesthetically pleasing but it also ensured the tree’s continued good health and vigour.

What a huge difference a little restyling can make………