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An Idiots Guide to Bonsai Shows – Dyffryn Gardens Bonsai Show 2014 Picture Diary


Often bonsai can seem very strict and structured, however, the literal translation of Bonsai is simply planted dish. ‘Bon’ being the dish, and ‘Sai’ modifying that character to be planted. That definition is pretty loose, and bonsai is not as strongly prescriptive an art as sometimes may appear. Trees are judged subjectively on their own merits and character. I’ve always felt that if the tree successfully evokes the idea of a believable (though sometimes fantastical) image of a natural landscape at a small scale, it is a success.

Dyffryn Gardens 2014 - Pine CraterDyffryn Gardens 2014 - White Pine

Two pines, in two pots. Both single trees, both somewhere between the informal upright and cascade styles. Not the same though. Neither is ‘better’ in any real sense. Though just for fun compare the two. Which do you prefer?


Author: davergp

Environmental Geoscience BSc. Environmental Design of Buildings MSc. Bonsai Hobbyist, Woodland Enthusiast, Environ-mentalist.

3 thoughts on “An Idiots Guide to Bonsai Shows – Dyffryn Gardens Bonsai Show 2014 Picture Diary

  1. Thanks Dave, that’s fantastic.
    Lovely writing and also the pictures.

  2. Lovely Site, I missed the show this year, it was really nice to see in such clarity on a easy to use site well done, a fab turn out. Well done Paul for the Crataegus It’s a stunner. I’ve got a nice goats year willow in a bucket to swap you for it.


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