The book of the mimicry of the living

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


Dyffryn Gardens 2014 - Maple Crystal

This tree seems as if it has grown over a large blue crystal. Is that a likely natural scene? Maybe not, though if large blue crystals did exist in our landscape, I could imagine leaning up against that cold translucent surface and looking up through those branches.

Readers with sharp eyes will have noticed the miniscule plants in a number of the previous pictures. These are ‘accent plants’ and included to provide a counter-point to the main tree, reinforce a sense of scale, and allow the audience to see the tree as two cues of a larger, suggested landscape. The art of bonsai is in being able to suggest that the tree itself is a real, growing, life-size tree, existing in a living, breathing ecosystem.


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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