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piece written on the 26th April 2014 by  

Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery hold various courses through out the year. These courses cover all sorts of topics and are available to beginners, intermediate and advanced folk. I’ve attended an advanced course before on creating forests, but today I booked myself for a beginner course to go back to basics and refresh the memory on how to prune, plant, shape, etc. your trees.

I met up with some mates at Bishopsford bright and early this morning, armed with a big coffee and some crucial tools. This was the first time I’d been to a beginner course and I’ve got to tell you, it was such a blast! The groups are always kept small and intimate so you get plenty of one-on-one time with a professional which really helps you sharpen your skill.

I snapped a few pics:

As we’re drawing closer to winter, a number of trees cannot be prepared for planting without taking a risk so today’s focus was heavily on the likes of Figs. Although I didn’t go for a fig as I have one already, I managed to find a beauty which I’m going to try an semi-cascade. It’s my first attempt at this style from the ground up so it’s going to be an interesting journey – hard to imagine the shape of the tree 5 years from now!

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