STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY MAY MEETING 2017
This evenings meeting was opened by our chairman Brian Spiller, he began by thanking everyone for their help and support at our annual spring plant and jumble sale.
Even though we did not have a huge amount of people through the door, and not quite as much to sale as last year, Michelle the treasurer reporter to the meeting that we had raised a fantastic £341, which is a good deal more than last year.
The speaker for this evening was one of our own members, Tony Moore, “All about Bonsai”, was the subject.
We all sat listened and watched as Tony told us a little about his life, growing up and being in the metropolitan police in Wimbledon London for thirty years.
Then setting up a plant nursey, but although it was busy in London he struggled to make a living.
Finally moving to Stalbridge Seven years ago, Tony and his wife Mary, were then able to retire and enjoy their own garden, this is when Tony was able to continue with his passion for “Bonsai”.
About twenty years ago he and his two girls visited a bonsai nursey in Lingfield, where for twenty pound, Tony was able to get started with growing bonsai from some little sticks.
Tony now has a huge diverse collection of bonsai, some of which were expensive to buy, and some he rescued from garden centre rubbish heaps, these were given the bonsai treatment and are now thriving, and some he grew from seed and others he created from cuttings.
Tony explained to us how to create a bonsai from an ordinary tree, such as oak, how to wire the branches for effect, how to purchase a special pot to grow it in, and how to keep it looking good.
Tony told us the mini trees need lots of water, and care, then he told us all about the Blackmore vale Bonsai group and how if you are interested you can get involved.
This was a fantastic insight into the world of Bonsai, Tony made it so very interesting, we could have listened to him even longer, I don’t think that any of us realised just how much is involved with growing outdoor bonsai trees, I think that we were all really inspired.
Thank you Tony for your generous free talk, it was much appreciated.
Don’t forget about our members July evening outing to Frankham Farm, a 3 ½ acre garden created in 1960 it sounds really interesting.
Next month we are in the congregational church at our usual time of 7.30pm
Thursday 8th June, Talk Neil Lovesey “My year at Picket Lane”
Time now to put out most of your summer plants, just look out for frosts, our gardens are all now beginning to be full of colour and fragrance. We do need to keep watering though, as there is very little rain forecast at the moment.
- Michelle Howell