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Topical Times – Fame at last…….

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!………

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