Over one hundred great trees on display, interesting lectures and demonstrations, free workshops for children and a wonderful location; the Bonsai Europa event was held last weekend and we share the winning trees here.

 

 

The winning trees of Bonsai Europa 2017

We kindly thank Mark and Ritta Cooper for sharing these photos with us. We asked Tony to share some insights for each winning tree; helping us understand how to value the winners and understand their qualities.

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best in Show & Best Shohin: Mark and Ritta Cooper Shohin Display

Mark and Ritta Cooper are multi award winners both in Japan and Europe, they set the benchmark for other to meet. This display was exceptional, perfectly balanced with matre tree, a credit to their craftsmanship.

 

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best Evergreen Species: Ian Stewartson: Itoigawa Juniper

Beautifully presented this Itoigawa Juniper is vibrant with the swirling deadwood and beautifully styled foliage.

 

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best deciduous: Mark and Ritta Cooper: Trident Maple over a rock

Displaying beautiful autumn colours that moved towards the top of the tree during the two days of the show. Superb presentation and a favourite of many visitors.

 

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best Creative: Terry Foster, Windswept composition

Probably the hardest style to convincingly execute. Terry’s tree has been 15 years in the making, the expressive deadwood compliments the rugged stone on which the tree is planted. Two Kusamono! With a reed windswept delivered a stunning display.

 

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best Native European Species: Steve McKee, Hawthorn

The superb ramification, rugged bark and dynamic trunk line delivered a naturalistic unforced appearance to the tree. This Hawthorn was worth winner in a very large category.

 

 

Bonsai Europa 2017

 

Best Kusamono: Russ Farley: Mixed foliage

Quite a large kusamono that complimented the tree, wild in its appearance with the use of Ivy to wrap around branches looked very naturalistic.