Lee Verhorevoort workshop November 2023

Pre covid we have had several workshops with Lee all thoroughly enjoyable, so when we had been able to book one for this month it was a chance to learn so much more and have your trees critiqued in a positive way.

Lee,s method is for him to come to your table view/discuss your tree it’s horticultural requirements, pests etc and what work is required going forward, he does carry out some work if you are not sure during this he talked about many subjects covering how nurseries work in Japan, choice of pots.

I keep saying it but just listening to what is said about the trees on each members table is like a working tutorial so much information.

He moves on to the next person and circulating round this way he covers quite a high number of trees. Two members came along as observers and found it fascinating they probably picked up more information as we had to work on our trees to keep up with Lee and listen to what was being said.

An excellent day, these workshops I feel reinvigorate you to work on your trees especially when you have been given the advise for future improvements.

Few pics of the trees that were worked on during the day.

November meeting 2023

This meeting was intended to be winter repotting but due to the persistent rainfall and soggy compost it was not possible however members did find work to carry out preparing trees for winter.


October meeting 2023

October can be an in between month with many trees still in full leaf but slowing down and just showing the hint of autumn tints on some, so general maintaining checking wiring some pruning but really waiting for the leaves to drop so that autumn repotting can take place.

Nevertheless a busy meeting especially with Amelia continuing her Penjing plantings which are proving popular amongst the members, and Gary bringing in a large heavy lump of rock which has some very interesting holes in for ideas on planting it up.

This is a very interesting piece of rock and will need consider selection of what trees are used but hopefully we can follow its development over the coming years ( good luck on Gary bringing it in on club nights then )


September meeting 2023

Busy meeting several members removing wire from trees now hopefully set for the future, I have a Larch that has required wiring three times now over the years as it resolutely refuses to stay in the style I want it now it’s a battle of wills.

Amelia was working on some amusing penjing and no I don’t think I resemble Yoda I shaved off my moustache several years ago.


1st Geoff Hoo Scots Pine, 2nd Geoff Hob Acer Palmatum, 3rd Clive H Silver Birch.

Corsley Fayre 2023

Saturday 2nd September we set up our club display at the Corsley Fayre which is the second year we have attended after it was stopped due to covid.

Restarting this has meant it is smaller than pre covid but we have noticed it is gaining popularity and was well attended no doubt helped by the fine weather.

We were in the horticultural marquee sharing a side with Derek who had his stand for the Wiltshire section of the Cacti and Succulent Society which complements both displays unfortunately only have one picture of Derek’s stand.

Lots of interest shown many questions asked and a very enjoyable day as it is also our last display for this year.

Corsley Fayre 2023

Saturday 2nd September we will be putting on a club display at the Corsley Fayre in the horticulture marquee, we put on a display last year and found it to be a very friendly show with many local people attending.

The Wiltshire branch of the Cacti and Succulent Society will also have a display and sales table.

Take a look at their website to see what is happening on the day.