The Federation of British Bonsai Societies was awarded a gold medal in the Floral Marquee at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 20 May.
The society chaired by Reg Bolton from Stratton St Margaret is the national representative body that acts on behalf of its members taken from UK bonsai societies, individual bonsai enthusiasts and bonsai traders.
However the Chelsea display was put together by Swindon based bonsai enthusiasts and included a couple of trees which originate in the town – an English Elm plucked from a hedgerow as a root sucker in 1970 and bonsai trained by Reg Bolton and a 20 year old Siberian Elm grown from seed by Terry Adams.
Reg, his brother Geoff, a member of Wroughton Garden Society and Terry spent months planning the display, and two weeks before Chelsea building the stand, before travelling to London to spend three days solid setting it up.
Mr Bolton said he thought the judges were impressed by the simplicity of the federation stand. "We worked hard at matching the colours of the trees, with the shingle base and bamboo background to achieve a simple, elegant look. We're absolutely delighted to have received a gold medal, there is no greater honour than to be awarded gold at Chelsea."
The award is the fifth gold medal at Chelsea in the last twelve years. Members of the Swindon and District Bonsai Club travel to London daily to staff the federation display in the floral marquee
The Swindon and District Bonsai Club Winter Image show takes place on 22 February 2009 at the Premier Club in Stratton.