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Post  fiona on Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:19 pm

Some of you may have heard that bonsai legend Peter Adams is currently very ill.  Craig Coussins has asked for the following to be posted:

Peter Adams recently suffered a serious illness and is currently in Intensive Care in a hospital in Bolton. He's in an induced coma with prostate cancer and cancer in the bones and I understand his kidneys are failing.  Let us hope that he will pull through and I would like you to keep him in your prayers.

Peter taught me Bonsai from 1974 until 1990. He has been a great inspiration to many Bonsai artists over the years and trained almost everyone in the UK during the period from 1972 to 1992. He headed up three conventions I organised in Scotland and he has always been a friend and my Sensei.

The picture below was taken in 1990 by Trevor Yerbury when we were working on a famous Scots Pine called Big John that was originally styled by my other teacher, John Yoshio Naka in 1984 and is now in the collection of Steve Tolley.  




I am sure we would all wish that Peter makes it through and our thoughts also go to his family at this very stressful time.


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Post  Hans van Meer. on Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:36 pm

That is very sad and bad news indeed! Peter Adams books have been my inspiration in my early bonsai years! Especially his Pine care technique's helped me enormously! I hope and pray that he makes it through these bad times and wish for strength for his loved ones.
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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:13 pm

I hope Peter Adams will recover Again.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Tony on Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:00 am

I am hoping to go visit Peter as soon as possible as he is in hospital in my home town. I will pass on your prayers and best wishes to him.

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:49 pm

Tony wrote:I am hoping to go visit Peter as soon as possible as he is in hospital in my home town. I will pass on your prayers and best wishes to him.
Please do so, Tony. I am very sorry for his condition and wish him and his family all the best!

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Post  Robert Steven on Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:28 pm

We are praying for you Peter....
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Post  Dale Cochoy on Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:17 pm

This is indeed sad news. All the best wishes to you Peter.

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Post  marcus watts on Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:43 pm

times like this make mortality really sink in...........i'm glad he is in the UK, probably by design..... his books were the one single thing that inspired and instructed me in the captivating hobby that has run for more than half my life. two of my friends have trees from Peter - i know they are cherished...the objects of our desires outlast us all, we are only part time guardians it seems
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Post  Tony on Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:22 pm

I have just returned from visiting Peter Adams in the Intensive Care Unit in Bolton General Hospital. I met up with Peter’s wife Kate and a close family friend. Peter has been disconnected from the various machines and has NOT woken.

I have been asked to NOT detail Peters illness except to say that his Pancreatic Cancer, Blood and Kidney infections have left him very weak. Peter is very poorly indeed and will NOT recover; it could be a matter of days, or even hours.
The sickness came on very quickly; Peter and Kate were over in Bolton visiting friends and were out walking the hills only last week!

I cannot think of anyone in the world of Bonsai who has NOT heard of Peter Adams, nor been influenced by his teachings and books. Peter was instrumental in bringing the art of bonsai to the UK. His was the first book I bought and fired my imagination 30 years ago. His contributions to Bonsai Focus extended his reach to new audiences worldwide. Kate wishes me to pass on her thanks to the Bonsai World for your thoughts and prayers.

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Post  Bob Pressler on Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:56 am

This is sad news and his passing will be a loss to all of the bonsai community.
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Post  JimLewis on Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:30 am

I'll miss him. I don't really know him, though we've met a few times.

The very first bonsai book I ever bought was his first book. I got it at Harrods, and I still have it.

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Post  PaulH on Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:37 am

I'll always treasure The drawings Peter did of my trees and the time I was lucky to spend with him. He taught me a lot about how to look at bonsai while always making me smile with his stories. My heart goes out to Kate in this difficult time.
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Post  Robert Steven on Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:14 am

Hope his family will be given the strength...
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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:57 pm

My prayers to Kate and Peter and his family. This is sad news indeed.
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Post  RKatzin on Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:14 pm

My heart is very sad. I was fascinated at our one encounter. I will cherish the memory of a very distinguished fellow, who with his book and his person has left a most enjoyable impression in my life.

My most heartfelt best wish to Kate and family, most sincerly, Rick Katzin
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With Peter after a Workshop with my Large Murraya

Post  kcpoole on Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:20 am

When Peter was out in 2009 I did a workshop with him and learn a huge amount on that day.
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What a great Bloke
Our thoughts are with you and Kate

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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:29 pm



Any updates?
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Post  Tony on Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:20 pm

It is great news Peter is recovering but still very poorly. I want to make my position clear as I am not doom monger. Bottom line is what I posted was at Kates request and that was the situation at the time.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:39 pm

cheers Here hoping for more good news!
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Post  JimLewis on Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:20 pm

Let's hope for everyone's sake that the recovery continues.

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Post  kirklat on Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 am

This indeed is very sad news,, Peter is a pioneer in regards British Bonsai,,
and has inspired so many people .

I hope he gets well soon ,, my thoughts are with his family ..

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Post  Bob Pressler on Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:00 pm

Has there been any new word about Peter's condition?
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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:12 am

Bob Pressler wrote:Has there been any new word about Peter's condition?
Yes! Great news indeed. Check out the newsletter of the Houston Bonsai Society:

http://www.houstonbonsai.com/newsletters/2013/11-Nov-13.pdf

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Post  prestontolbert on Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:27 am

Thank you Dorothy. I have been thinking about Peter daily since I heard about his illness. He has been a big inspiration for me since I started practicing bonsai, and this has really lifted my spirits. I literally cheered when I read your post. Very Happy 
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Post  yamasuri on Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:45 am

Thanks Dorothy to bring up good news about Peters recovery.
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