A SPECIAL gardening club celebrates a double triumph.
Cheshire Bonsai Society won a gold medal and best display in the flower marquee at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.
“We are over the moon,” Membership Secretary Matt Wood said.
“We won gold last year, but to be declared the best exhibitor in a marquee full of professionals is incredible. We are in shock.
The society was established 35 years ago and creates opportunities for bonsai growers in Cheshire to meet, work on the trees and develop their skills.
The judges were blown away by the meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in their presentation.
“It’s a labor of love,” Matt said. “You never stop learning.
“It’s about choosing the right tree.
“Each tree has a different set of rules, trees must be understood.”
Contrary to popular belief, the club says there is no mystery in bonsai cultivation.
They are not dwarf varieties of trees, kept small by not watering or receiving a potion to stunt their growth.
The tree species chosen for bonsai are the same as those that grow in the countryside, such as oak, elm, maple and larch.
They are kept small by continuous pruning, both branches and roots.
“You can never become a master because there’s so much to learn,” Matt said, explaining that it can take up to five years to learn the basics and start to specialize.
“We bring people into the hobby.”
The Cheshire Bonsai Society meets on the third Monday of the month, except December, from 7.30pm at Little Budworth Village Hall.
Beginners and experienced growers are welcome.
A variety of meetings are scheduled throughout the year with demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers and opportunities to purchase bonsai trees and accessories.
For more details visit cheshirebonsaisociety.org.uk