Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 February 2005
9.15am - 4.00pm

Now in its sixth year, the Wisley Bonsai Event is aimed at all levels of interest, from the complete beginner to dedicated enthusiasts. Over the two-day event, Bonsai nurseries and suppliers will give advice, mount displays and sell plants and sundries. As well as lectures and demonstations, there will be a plant clinic and repotting service.

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  • 9.30am - 12.00 noon
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm


      NOBUYUKI KAJIWARA - "Root Matters" In last year's talk Nobu explained how to prune branches in order to induce inner growths. Whether this approach will succeed or not, however, depends to a large degree on the condition of the roots; more precisely how vigorously they are growing. For it is the roots and its growth that influence the budding aspect of the aerial part of our bonsai. This year he would like to shed light to the black box of our bonsai, namely the roots, and try to explain various ways to improve the efficiency of the root system. The talk will cover such important subjects as root pruning, the way to water to enhance root growth, how to ensure good drainage of the pot, etc.

      Nobuyuki Kajiwara has qualified as a bonsai professional in his home country Japan, after completeting an arduous five-year internship at one of the country's leading bonsai nurseries. For the last thirteen years he has been teaching bonsai full time in the UK, Italy and Switzerland while overseeing aesthetic development of the bonsai trees belonging to prominent bonsai collections throughout Europe.


  • 10.00am - 12.00 noon

      MIKE ANDREWS - "Use your Imagination". This talk focuses on the use of imagination in the display of trees, and includes information on pot selection, choice of table, appropriate accent items and scrolls. The primary aim of the talk is to enhance people's appreciation when they view trees by focusing less on the reality of the presentation and more on the implied landscape represented.

      Mike Andrews has been involved with bonsai for 25 years, working closely with Nobuyuki Kajiwara to present several high profile exhibitions, notably two Winter shows at Capel Manor (1997 and 2000) and a major event for the Japanese Embassy in Hyde Park in 2001. He now makes and sells high quality bonsai stands and a range of items specifically to use when displaying trees, in addition to writing articles for various magazines and giving talks to clubs about the techniques of display.


      1.00pm - 3.30 pm

      THROW YOUR OWN POT with BRYAN ALBRIGHT How is a bonsai pot made, ever wondered? Come and see it done. Learn what makes a good pot and .......... get your hands dirty! Make one yourself with Bryan's help and have it fired.

      Bryan has studied bonsai for over 20 years and regularly teaches bonsai care and development techniques. He has been making pots for bonsai for more than fifteen years and currently sells them worldwide. His book on building Japanese gardens was published in 2000.


    In addition to the lectures and workshops there will be:

  • Displays mounted by nurseries and sundries specialists where visitors will be able to buy plants and ask the experts questions.

  • Plant surgery where sick plants can be brought along and advice given

  • Repotting service - a small charge is made for this - bring your plant and pot (or purchase a new pot here) and see how it should be repotted

  • Exciting display by Bonsai Kai - Europe's oldest bonsai club.

  • Amongst the Model Gardens is Wisley's bonsai collection donated by Herons Bonsai Nursery

  • Talkbonsai - a display by bonsai's own website

  • Display and demonstration of painting in the Chinese style with artist Suchin Ee.

  • The RHS video, a Practical Guide to Bonsai, is available in the Wisley Shop together with a large selection of bonsai books.


    All lectures, displays and demonstrations will be held in the Hillside Events Centre. Tickets for workshops and lectures must be booked in advance. Entry to the displays and demonstrations is free once inside the Garden.



    020 7821 3408

    between 9.00am-5.00pm (Monday-Friday)
    workshops �, lectures � Prices do not include garden entry.

    To book tickets by post please send a cheque made payable to the RHS together with your name, address, day-time telephone number and membership number, if applicable to:

    Membership Tickets
    The Royal Horticultural Society
    P O Box 313
    London SW1P 2PE

    Your tickets will arrive within ten days. In the unlikely event that they fail to arrive, or you have a query regarding the tickets you have received, please telephone 020 7821 3408 (between 9.00am-5.00pm). or visit the RHS Website: