This Saturday coming, February 4th will be the final Bonsai Chat community day here at Willowbog Bonsai. It is simply no longer viable to set aside the studio for an event not supported in any meaningful way.
The photo shows an earlier Chat with a typical turnout of enthusiasts although in truth many community days have seen even greater numbers attend, in the mid twenties often. Last year it averaged about three or four with a low of only two for December, the Christmas Chat that was always so well attended with the nursery supplying sausage rolls and mince pies to celebrate the festive season. We started this new year with a January zero turnout ! What with extra heating costs as well as other increasing overheads it is just not worthwhile anymore sadly. The community day has been going almost as long as the nursery, certainly twenty or more years, so the end of an era ! It will be useful for us the have the extra Saturday now available when the demand for workshops is higher. All good things come to an end unfortunately !