We had a visit from Ritta and Mark Cooper who have extensive experience of not only exhibiting bonsai and accents (or companion plats) and winning awards in the UK but also in Europe and Japan.
Mark began by giving our group an overall visual explanation of how they came to acquire their knowledge which they would be sharing with us later in the day. This was followed by a demonstration by Ritta of how to prepare a tree for exhibition, weeding and cleaning the soil and the pot and how to place moss on the surface. Wiping the non glazed pots with a non fluffy rag and a dab of camellia oil or some other not-too-gloopy oil (not olive oil!) and rubbing it away with the hand leaves a nice clean, not shiny, finish to an unglazed pot.
After lunch Ritta gave us a quick demonstration on creating kusamono (mixed plantings) and kokedama (moss ball plantings) and then we began the workshop.
Here we are displaying some of our creations. All in all a very enjoyable day for everyone.