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As we have been unable to hold Bud-Ten this year, due to Covid-19, Ray Egan at Bud Garden Centre in Bunratty suggested holding a Bonsai gathering where members could display some of their Bonsai. This was held on Saturday, 1st August, 2020, with the wearing of face masks, and it proved to be extremely successful.

The display was hold under a couple of gazebos, just outside the entrance to Bud, and a number of us displayed some of our trees. It was a great learning exercise for some of us as it enabled us to learn about accents, display tables, the use of moss, correct positioning of trees and much more. Ian Young, Bonsai Eeejit, was on holiday in the area and so called in to support the event. He also gave a critique on each display which, again, proved invaluable.

The photos below will give you an idea of what the day and a massive thanks go to Ray for hosting the event, providing gazebos, tables, display tables/stands and much more. The only downside of using gazebos was that the lighting wasn't good for taking photos but, the weather was looking a little dubious so we had to err on the side of caution. As it happens the rain, about from a few seconds, just about held off!


 

Special thanks go to Ian Young, Bonsai Eeejit, for allowing us to use photographs and words from his blog on the first Bud-Ten exhibition held at Bud Garden Centre in Bunratty in May 2019.

"Ray Egan, Bud Garden Centre, is one of the guys who works hard in the background to push bonsai forward in Ireland and do it in the right way. From a chat last year over a few beers when he talked about hosting a Japanese Gardening Weekend at Bud including Bonsai, to what just transpired last weekend, it's been a rollercoaster.

Bud is nestled away in a corner opposite the historic Bunratty Castle and, although small, offers plants missing from most garden centres. Ray hosts monthly meetings for the Munster Bonsai Club of which he's a founding member.

Ray asked if I'd help pull the bonsai side of things together and, as things progressed, I ended up down the rabbit hole! He invited me to judge the exhibition so he could award deserving trees and help encourage exhibitors to push the standard of their display. The exhibits were from various people at a wide range of levels but Ray encouraged many of his fellow club mates to exhibit for the first time for the experience. Photos 9 to 19 inclusive show the winning trees, whilst 20 to 37 inclusive show the other exhibits. Photos 47 to 61 inclusive show the various styles of Accents.

We had some fun social evenings with bonsai enthusiasts from all three clubs in Ireland getting together with our partners for food and drink (see photos 62 to 64 inclusive).

On the Bank Holiday Monday, after the exhibition had ended, I delivered a Kusamono workshop for 11 people and afterwards gave a talk on beginning bonsai for the public (see photos 65 to 69 inclusive).

A massive thank you to all those who made the weekend such a success, visitors, exhibitors, helpers, but, most importantly, to Ray Egan. Without Ray's drive and commitment this event simply wouldn't have happened."

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  • 2 of 77 : Bud Garden Centre in the shadow of Bunratty Castle
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  • 9 of 77 : Japanese White Pine - Best in Show - Michael Guerin
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  • 12 of 77 : Siama Japanese Maple - Best Broadleaf in Show - Michael Guerin
  • 13 of 77 : Shohin Rack - Best Display in Show - Stephen and Vanessa Dodds, Ben Follis, Ray Egan
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  • 15 of 77 : Best Accent - Dodecatheon - Paul Lyon
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  • 17 of 77 : Best Conifer - Japanese White Pine - Mark Cashman
  • 18 of 77 : Best Tree Pot Combo - K. Hornbeam on left in Beko pot - Dermot Woods
  • 19 of 77 : Best Mame - Musk Maple on left - Kris Stoker
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  • 65 of 77 : After the exhibition had ended, Ian Young delivered a Kusamono workshop for 11 people and afterwards gave a talk on beginning bonsai for the public
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  • 72 of 77 : Michael Guerin and Ray Egan
  • 73 of 77 : Paul Lynam and Ray Egan
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