Crawley bonsai group members explain secrets of success

Erika Collinson and Tony McKenzie of the Crawley and Sussex Bonsai Group at Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre in East Grinstead - picture submitted

Erika Collinson and Tony McKenzie of the Crawley and Sussex Bonsai Group at Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre in East Grinstead - picture submitted

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Members of the Crawley and Sussex Bonsai Group had the chance to show off their miniature trees to garden centre visitors.

Tony McKenzie and colleagues from the group, were at Haskins Snowhill Garden Centre in East Grinstead where they had some of the trees on display.

They took time to explain to visitors how many of the trees are grown either from seed or from existing trees and the care required to grow many of the fascinating specimens displayed.

Haskins outdoor plants manager Erika Collinson met with Tony to learn more about the requirements for successful Bonsai growing.

Careful watering and the chance for the trees to enjoy life outdoors were the key points of advice.

Tony said: “They are trees and not houseplants.

“They react the same way to seasons as a tree in your garden and need to be treated as such if they are to enjoy a long life.

“The bonsai tree would grow to full size if replanted outside.”

He explained that many Bonsai trees can live for hundreds if not thousands of years and some are left in people’s wills.

The event was held ahead of the Sussex Bonsai Group’s exhibition at Crawley’s K2 leisure centre on Saturday and Sunday August 8 and 9.

For more information go to the group’s website www.bonsaiworld2015.co.uk