Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle

It’s exactly one week since the Noelanders Trophy XIV took place at the Centrum voor Duurzaam Bouwen, in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. It’s a superb venue large and full of light offering a wonderful space to exhibit trees of all size.

I arrived in Belgium ahead of the foul weather on Thursday evening, this afforded me a leisurely start on Friday setting up my trade stand an securing an early slot to have my Exhibition trees photographed by Willy Evenepoel for the Exhibition book. Such is the popularity of the event Willy finished photographing the trees at 2.30am the following morning! As the participants in the exhibition and traders started to arrive and set up it became clear that the weather was going to cause everyone a heap of trouble. It was thick with snow and a VERY cold -8c.

Friday at Noelanders is a mixture of frantic unpacking, setting up and…

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Peter Tea Bonsai

22nd Annual Gomangoku Show 五万石展 (Daijuen and Friends)


In December of 2012, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a large local show hosted by Daiju-en.  Gomangoku is held every year and it features the trees of customers to Daiju-en, Aichien and other Bonsai family and friends.  The show lasted for three days and I was wiped out after it was all over.  Being the lowly apprentice and only one of two apprentices around during the setup and tear down, I had my work cut out for me.  I made it through it though and was happy to see it all come together.  But enough of my complaining, let get on with the show!  In this post I’m going to share photos of most of the trees that were displayed, the sales area, photography and the setup.  If you would like to see the 21st Gomangoku show of 2011…

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