Hi, my name is John Milton.
I’ve been seriously interested and started to learn bonsai in October 2007. My initial exposure to bonsai was back in the 90’s when I was at a garden centre with my parents. I remember seeing some bonsai trees there (I think they were junipers) and I fell in love with they immediately and asked my mum if I could have one. She looked at the price and there was a definitely “no” afterwards. At the time I felt a little harshly done by but, I hine sight it was probably a wise decision and the tree would undoubtably would be dead now.
It wasn’t until 2007, when it came to me (the memory) as I was bored one day. I thought, ‘I wonder if anyone is doing bonsai in the UK?’. So I punched in on the internet and I was overwhelmed from what I found. It spurred me on, I bought a fig tree, some cheap chinese tools and a book. I sat down, read the book and thought ‘this isn’t so straight forward’. So I searched the internet looking to see if there was anywhere local I could get some lessons.
Low and behold I was very fortunate that there was a local nursery and professional pretty close to me and I booked up three workshops. It really took on from there with doing evening classes and more workshops. Later I started helping out at some shows and then workshops. I also help out with other stuff round the nursery when I can.
I’m truly hooked on bonsai and after reading some great blogs over the last few years, I thought I’d like to get involved and share some of my experiences. I’m not a professional and I don’t claim to be one. My goal is not to educate or teach people with this blog but, to share my experiences and what my experiences have led me to belive.
I’m now currently following my dreams and studing as an apprentice at Aichi-en in Nagoya, Japan under Junichiro Tanaka-San.
I hope you enjoy my blog and following my posts.