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From the Mountains to the Sea








In Conjunction with the

Orange Blossom Festival 



17TH – 18TH SEPTEMBER 2016
10AM TO 5PM Saturday 
10am to 4pm Sunday


ADULTS  $5.00
CONC      $3.00
Children under 12 free


  • Tea /coffee
  • Sandwiches/cakes
  • Devonshire Teas etc.



Stock from Bonsai Society members and friends.                                                        

Ask the knowledgeable members manning the Market Place if you require help in choosing.  


Bring your bonsai for advice pruning maintenance, styling or any other problems.

Clinic will be open each day

Workshop featuring Sue “Death Cut” Brennan

SuePhotoSue will be demonstrating on some of her own black pines, but be sure to bring yours for any advice you need.




When: Saturday 14th November

Time: 2pm to  5pm

Where:  Normanhurst Public School – Normanhurst Road, Normanhurst.

Cost: $10 per person, afternoon tea provided


DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS ( BSA February Magazine 2012)
if you would like a copy phone  Maureen and she will email it to you.

Special Demonstration with Andrew Ward

Bonsai Society of Australia Inc.  50th Anniversary Year

As a part of our celebrations we will have a special Demonstration with Andrew Ward.

Andrew’s relaxed manner and expertise will assure a night full of information, artistry and fun.

Tuesday 6th Oct. 7.30pm     West Pennant Hills Community Hall 42 Hill Rd.  West Pennant Hills
Lucky door prize, raffles and most important, supper will be served

Cost $10

Wednesday 7th Oct. 7.00pm Workshop with Andrew at Senior Citizens Hall, Don Moore Community Centre North Rocks Rd. Carlingford.

workshop participants $30 observers $10

So come along and join us.

“The Evolution of Bonsai”



In conjunction with the Hills Shire Council’s Orange Blossom Festival.

This ancient art form is believed to have begun in China. Japan and Asia were the next lands to embrace Bonsai. Travellers after World War II introduced Bonsai to Australia and the Western world.
Bonsai also has its own evolution – from seed – nursery stock – styled bonsai-in-training – to refined and beautiful bonsai – a journey of love, care and enjoyment.

This year is the Bonsai Societies 50th Anniversary 

10am – 5pm Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm on Sunday
Adults $5 Concessions $3 Children under 12 FREE
Federation Pavillion Castle Hill Showground (entry Showground Rd)


Sue Brennan          11am

Get ready to be entertained!
Sue not only has a vast knowledge gained over nearly 40 years as a bonsai devotee but is one of the most delightful and amusing demonstrators in the bonsai fraternity. Sue’s expertise extends to many areas and coupled with her storytelling and wit, this makes her demonstrations a sheer delight.

Dennis Barton     2pm

Dennis was only twenty when he began his bonsai journey by styling a Black Pine which still survives today. So began a lifelong romance with the art. Experience gained over many years enhances his natural ability and great sense of artistry and unique approach to styling trees.


Chris di Nola      11am

Chris di Nola started bonsai in 1999 and currently conducts demonstrations and workshops throughout NSW and teaches at a local Bonsai Nursery on a regular basis. Well known for carving, he enjoys working on all material especially pines, junipers and collected trees.

Pham Bao Khanh Linh        1.30pm

Linh creates entire landscapes in miniature and his inspiration comes from real life and from Vietnamese culture. These combine mountain scenes, forest and water – all arranged in a shallow tray. Rocks symbolise the permanence and wonder of nature, however the shaping of the trees in a landscape is not as rigidly
defined as in individual bonsai.

 Market Place

For quality bonsai, accessories and stock from BSA members, so come along and find a bargain.


Bring your bonsai for advice, pruning, maintenance, styling or any other problems.


Lunch, morning and afternoon teas will be available, so spend the whole day with us.  Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Cakes, Devonshire Teas etc.


Camellias Australian National Show 2015

CAMELLIAS-AustraliaOn SATURDAY 11th and SUNDAY 12th July, 2015, the NSW Camellia Research Society will be holding their 46th Annual CAMELLIA SHOW, in the hall at

Ravenswood School for Girls Henry St, Gordon.


We would like to extend a warm invitation to your members to attend.

The Show will be open to the public from 1.30 to 4.30pm on Saturday, and
10am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is $7, afternoon tea and light
refreshments are available, and camellia plants will be for sale.

DR DOREEN CLARK AM, President of Ku-ring-gai Horticultural
Society, will open the show at 2.30pm on Saturday.

More than a thousand beautiful specimen blooms will be on display.
This year, there is also a Photography Competition, and there will be
displays of Sogetsu Ikebana, Bonsai and special camellias from The
Camellia Ark.

Your members are also welcome to exhibit, as per the enclosed Show
Schedule. For Photography Competition details email John Hadlow at Extra copies can be downloaded from our
website, or posted to you. Contact us on 9653 1036 or 0418 200 139.

Members of the NSW Camellia Research Society will be on hand to help
with information about camellias and their culture, and with brochures and
booklets on camellias. Bring your blooms for identification, or help with
problems. There is wheelchair access to the venue.
We look forward to meeting you at the show.

Happy Gardening,
Pam Watson
NSW Camellia Research Society

More info

Things to do in May

ToDoMayBy now deciduous bonsai should be placed in full sun, not only will beautiful autumn colour result but the new buds will also be exposed to the warmth of the sun. Conifers should be given the benefit of as much sunlight as possible at this time of year, you may like to swap their position with your figs which may need protection from frost as we head towards winter. The challenge in the coming months will be giving all your bonsai adequate sunlight.

If planning the purchase of any deciduous trees, now is the best time to judge which plants produce the best autumn colour. Also remember that some maples colour better in spring than in autumn. It is good to have a couple of maples which extend the colour in your bonsai garden.

As leaves fall, remove from bonsai and training pots. Insects nestle among the debris and mildew will form on the fallen leaves. Be aware that rotting leaves also absorb nitrogen from the soil.

Some flowering trees such as cherries and crab apples have produced a further flush of flowers. It is best to cut these off as they take strength away from the plant. Also remove berries from cotoneasters and pyracanthas.

Continue chores such as wiring, weeding and if still fertilising use only a weak solution as growth is slowing down.

Plants at this time of year will be drying out at differing rates, so treat each tree as an individual and check the moisture in each pot rather than water across the board.

If the current wet weather has delayed your repotting programme keep a careful eye on temperatures as cooler and damper conditions aren’t conducive to repotting evergreens. If temperatures fall leave it till late winter or early spring..

Sydney Royal Show 2015

What a way to celebrate our 50th anniversary year, with every prize at the Sydney Royal going to a member of the Bonsai Society of  Australia Inc.! 

Congratulations to all those members who participated  Top of the honors list was our own Secretary Colin Hugo, taking out the Champion of the Show and the Best Native at the Show  with the same tree!  (It was the fig tree that we used on our show brochure last year sitting on the trunk of that very old fig tree.) 

 Ficus Bonsai any style

1st Colin Hugo

(Also Grand Champion of the Show and Best Native of the Show)


3rd Sue Brennan



1st Sue Brennan 

2nd Colin Hugo 

3rd Sue Brennan



1st Colin Hugo 

2nd Sue Brennan 





2nd Sue Brennan 

3rd Lorraine Davies


Under 30cm

1st Sue Brennan 

2nd Sue Brennan

3rd Colin Hugo



1st Sue Brennan 

2nd Colin Hugo

Australian Native other than Ficus

1st Sue Brennan

BONSAI Any Style

1st Sue Brennan 

2nd Lorraine Davies 

3rd Colin Hugo


1st Colin Hugo 

2nd Sue Brennan

3rd Colin Hugo


 Presentation Photo:  Sue Brennan standing in for Colin Hugo at the  Presentation.

Things to do in April

TTD-AprilThe weather is still very warm, so you may continue fertilising until the end of April with a high potassium fertiliser for all bonsai except natives, as this will assist in preventing winter die back in flowering trees, maples and elms. If the weather suddenly turns cool you can reduce or even cease fertilising as a trees’ growth will naturally taper off.

Any deciduous trees should be exposed to more sun to ensure good autumn colour – although not if temperatures remain over 30?, otherwise you will end up with brown tips or whole leaves burnt instead of beautiful autumn colour. Don’t forget that the sun is the catalyst for plant health and vigor so now is the time to think about rearranging your benches to provide maximum exposure during winter. Make sure you rotate plants on a regular basis to expose all sides equally to the sun.

Repot natives during autumn and continue repotting evergreen trees whilst weather is warm. If it becomes cold just after repotting, just make sure the trees are placed somewhere warm at night for a couple of weeks.

Keep weeding! They take nutrients from the soil and may also encourage disease to attack your bonsai. Why do these pesky plants grow so well and in such profusion while we struggle to grow a tree?

As we move towards winter trees begin to lose their vigour and so now is a great time for wiring as the wire can be left on for longer periods without fear of damage to the trunk or branch by the wire cutting in.

You can begin to pluck out unwanted and older needles on pines to improve light and airflow to the branches. The same applies to conifers such as picea, cedar and junipers where foliage pads and needles can be thinned and brown needles removed.

For those of you who are entering the Bonsai Section of the Royal Easter Show, and hopefully there are many of you, best of luck!!

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, so enjoy your bonsai.

Things to do in February

Beware the hot summer month of February.

A few tips for these hot summer days. Keep your Maples under shade to avoid burning of leaves by heat and wind. Immersing pots in water on a regular basis helps keep plants in good condition. When watering on hot windy days, mist all foliage and surrounding area of trees to create a humid condition. Don’t forget water pots thoroughly. I have even had Junipers that have suffered from burning of the foliage tips in the unusually hot weather we have experienced, one in particular was close to a brick wall and I suspect it suffered more because of the reflected heat off the wall.

There is still time to defoliate or repot figs, whilst larger leaves can be removed from most trees on a continual basis. Pinch out growth tips on such trees as Japanese Maples to promote back budding and thus ramification, any burnt leaves can be removed and it is also an opportunity to partially defoliate to allow new leaves to develop, but don’t leave it too late in Summer and be sure to protect your tree afterwards.

Black Pine branches which have matured since forming in the Spring may be cut back by half to encourage more compact budding. Do not cut back where there are no needles.

Stand Wisteria in dishes of water as this will promote flower development and root growth.

Keep up your established fertilising programme all through the summer, but do not fertilise in extremely hot weather. Remember, with extra watering fertilisers will leach through the soil at a faster rate than usual.

Hold caterpillars at bay with suitable recommended sprays and be careful of your Azaleas which can be damaged by Lace Bugs

Paint jins and shari with lime sulphur, but avoid touching living parts of the tree, soil or the pot.

Be careful with any wiring on your trees as it can cut in very quickly in a strong growth period as we have just experienced.

Pruning to shape can continue through Summer but remember to leave Winter and Spring flowering plants such as Crab Apples and Azaleas to grow as pruning will remove the flowering wood of the tree.

Things to do in December

DecemberToDoDecember is a slightly quieter time for bonsai tasks than other months. However, spring growth will continue and one must be mindful of keeping vigor-ous tree trimmed to encourage short internodes. Fast growing trees can be trimmed back to two leaves whilst less vigorous to four leaves.

Continue to monitor candle growth on your Black Pines, which can vary considerably from tree to tree and even within the same tree. When the majority of candles have elongated pinch back to 3 to 5 mm.If more than one candle has developed on a branch leave two of similar growth and remove the rest. This will encourage future branching. Also older needles can be thinned particularly those facing straight up or down on a branch.

Remove spent flowers from flowering trees to promote further growth. Re-member though to leave flowers on fruiting or berry producing tree such as Cotoneaster, Crabapples or Pyracantha to although the fruit to form. Australian natives can be pruned relatively hard after flowering. Conifers can be pinched out at this time to encourage back budding and denser foliage growth on branches.

Wiring can still be done but try not to wire tightly as the trees are still growing relatively strongly and may suffer wire marks if not properly supervised.

Be diligent with watering and try to saturate the soil to encourage a wider and deeper spread of roots therefore making the plant more drought tolerant. Try to avoid watering late in the day to avoid wet foliage overnight as this may encourage mildew or black spot. However, it is a good idea to spray foliage in the morning to clean the leaves of dirt and pollution and discourage some pests.

Figs are in their element at this time of year and you make start repotting, defoliating and prun-ing. Large leaves can be cut off and new growth pinched out. When pruning figs it is a good idea to spray the milky sap with water to prevent the sap leaving stains on trunk and branches. Overgrown figs can be pruned back very hard but it is a good idea to repot at the same time and add a good measure of fertiliser to your mix. Figs also like a porous soil as they can be prone to rot if the soil is not well drained.