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Memory Lane – A memorable weekend in Belgium

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 – A memorable weekend in Belgium (Part One)

This recollection is not too taxing on the brain… was only last weekend but it will trigger happy memories for many years to come. I was invited by Danny Use to exhibit trees in a show he was staging at the Gingko Bonsai Centre in Belgium. This was to be a show by his Kei Bonsai Kai group plus several invited friends.

This weekend was a chance to catch up with some old bonsai friends….both enthusiasts and trees! The camaraderie was the same and so reminiscent of the famous Ginkgo Bonsai Exhibitions. The exhibition itself was also like a breath of fresh air…..some old trees, some new ideas!

Some trees displayed against photographed backgrounds took the viewer on an interesting journey. A gravelled harsh landscape linked many trees displayed naturally with their pots hidden.

The diversity and quality of the trees on show was simply stunning. Yes there were Pines and Junipers……and stunning they were too…..but there were so many more varieties not often seen in exhibitions at this level.

This exhibition could hold it’s head high with the best of them…..but……it was not publicised aggressively in every corner of the planet, it was for one day only, admission was free, there were no misleading inappropriate demonstrations…….this was about a group of friends getting together to admire mature bonsai developed over many years …… enjoy the company of these trees and each other………to create memories that will linger for many years to come.

The first batch of pictures are set out below. Watch out for more pictures in parts two and three to follow.

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