Bonsai at Gardening Scotland Part 3

The third and final part of this post will focus on the trade displays.There were 2 bonsai traders at Gardening Scotland in 2016 and both put forward a display for judging by the Scottish Horticultural Society, both were awarded gold medals.

This is an overview of the Watston Bonsai display.


and here are more detailed pictures of some of the trees. Click on any image to see a larger one in gallery mode.

This is an overview of the North of England Bonsai display


and here are some detailed pictures. Click on any image to see a larger one in gallery mode


Bonsai at Gardening Scotland Part 2

The Scottish Bonsai Association take over a considerable floor are within the flower pavilion for their  event. Competition is divided into 2 categories. Members select the best trees available and display them together. These are judged by the Scottish Horticultural Society along with all the other stands in the pavilion, medals and cash prizes are awarded for this competition. 2 of the displays entered by the SBA were awarded gold medals. Here are some overview Pictures of the medal winning displays.

Large tree display


Shohin Display


The other competition is an open event, where individual trees are judged by the SBA in different classes. Here are some overview pictures of the display stands for this competition.


Here is a Gallery of detailed pictures from the 2 competitions. Click on any image to see a larger one in gallery mode.

Throughout the weekend members of the public could buy a small tree for £5.00 and have it wired and styled by SBA members


These ladies in traditional dress were from the Japanese Consulate


Getting hooked ?



Bonsai at Gardening Scotland Part 1

Scotlands’ premier gardening and horticultural show is running this weekend and and it has a large bonsai content. To many this is the big bonsai event of the year as it attracts large numbers of visitors. Displays are judged under horticultural society rules rather than bonsai show rules so displays may be a little unconventional to some people. There are a lot of aspects to cover in this event and a lot of photographs to edit, so it will be broken down into parts, which I will post in the coming days.

There are 2 distinct competitive bonsai events at this show. The first is for large bonsai displays and it is judged by the Scottish Horticultural Society. The second is an open event, where anyone can enter a tree in numerous classes and have it judged by the Scottish Bonsai Association. This second competition is a very inclusive event, which allows enthusiasts at any level of competence the opportunity to show a tree and have it judged. The set up is on the Wednesday with judging on the Thursday and the event is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This means that your trees are away from home, in the care of others for 5 days. For this reason myself and some others don’t put trees into this event because it is not possible to get there every day to check up on them.

This year, Ayr Bonsai Club won a large gold medal and a significant cash prize for the club for their large display, which premiered last year at The Ayr Flower Show. Their display is in the form of a large square area, split diagonally into four separate triangular compartments each with a separate theme.Well done chaps, a terrific display and a well deserved win.

Here are some general shots of the four compartments.






Modern Display


Large Trees


Here are some detailed pictures of individual trees within the display. (click on any image to see a larger image in gallery mode)

I will be posting many more pictures covering the different facets of this event in the coming days.