Tel: 01749-344274


Mendip Bonsai Studio was established in 1996 to further the development of education in the art and culture of bonsai in the UK.
The nursery was set up by John Trott in 1996, and is now established as one of the leading national exhibiting bonsai nurseries in the country. Over the intervening years Mendip Bonsai Studio has regularly achieved numerous RHS gold medals, along with prestigious Best in show RHS awards.Mendip Bonsai Studio is now also well established in the UK, as being one of the leading educational services available to learn the art of bonsai. Instruction is given in all areas of bonsai culture through the workshops available. With a bonsai background going back to 1969, John’s teaching puts a large emphasis on the student learning important horticultural practices relevant to growing, styling and maintaining bonsai in top class condition. His workshops attract people from all walks of life, and from both the UK and overseas. The workshops are held in the heart of the Mendips, at various locations in and around Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Those travelling long distances might like to consider staying overnight with the chance to combine two courses, or enjoy a mini holiday for a few days, and take in the many other attractions in the locality. There are many good establishments in the area offering very good reasonably priced accommodation. Information can be supplied upon request or check out the accommodation page on this website.


We now take Credit and Debit Card payments for telephone bookings.
call us now to buy a Gift Voucher or make a workshop booking.

I can also attend your club or society for talks and demonstrations, see my one to one and club visits page


PLEASE NOTE: The Mendip Bonsai Nursery is not open to the general public.
Mendip Bonsai Studio has installed additional security systems, and there will also be a manned 24 hour surveillance presence at the nursery at all times.
Personal callers are welcome, but to avoid disappointment you must phone well in advance for an appointment.

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Studio Location: Mendip Bonsai Studio, Byways, Backlane, Downside, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. BA4 4JR