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Classroom Corner – Beginners Two June 23rd 2013

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 Two June 23rd 2013
In June we held our most recent Beginners course with part one taking place on the 9th and part two on Sunday 23rd. Not everyone managed to make the second day and some have had to rebook on our next part two. Those who did make it enjoyed a great day and everyone decided to take their newly styled tree home despite some “lame protestations” from me!
I generally had to be on my best behaviour as my 10 year old granddaughter Izzy had booked on the class and was guaranteed to report everything back!
The students started by selecting a piece of raw material from the nursery stock. We discussed possible options, pruned away unwanted branches and then the students worked hard on their first attempt at wiring.
With my regular helpers Derek, Len and Ian keeping a close eye on them and stepping in when necessary the students soon had their trees wired ready for styling. I must say I was impressed with their efforts and I was able to move the branches wherever I wanted them. Len usually says I’m easily impressed but in this instance credit where it is due!
After the styling we discussed the practicalities of feeding, watering, pests/diseases and position. I hope we have inspired a few more people to take up this fascinating hobby.
I hope the pictures below, the results of our endeavours will inspire you……if you are interested in taking up bonsai our next beginners course is scheduled for October with part one on the 6th and part two on the 20th…..but hurry over half the places have gone already!
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