Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bonsai at Addo Gateway Lodge

For a couple of years now I've had an interest in bonsai trees, but have never actually gotten to the point to start training (which is apparently what the bonsai folk call it when you grow a bonsai) one myself.  Not long ago I received an invitation from Maggie Mann and Les Kingma of Addo Gateway Lodge out in Colchester to attend a Bonsai Day at their guest house.  Les is an expert (although he's quite modest about it) in the art of bonsai and I marveled at some of the trees outside the reception area.  Just to add, with Les' help and input I'm now the proud owner (trainer?) of a Spekboom bonsai tree.


  1. Hi FF,

    I enjoy bonsai as well... I think I've owned 2 in my life... they don't do well if you can't spend much attention on them.

    Anyway... your last sentence... are you now a proud owner or not a proud owner? If you are a proud owner... good luck!!

  2. Hmmm...spekboom...the very freshest leaves on the very top are delicious, and are apparently also the favourite of the elephants. Yummy!

  3. They are fascinating. I tried to grow some after reading a lovely children's book called Miss Happiness and Miss Flower about two Japanese dolls and a little girl who made them a Japanese house with bonsai trees.

  4. I used to grow bonsai trees for a while, but I am not a gardening soul. :) Good work!

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