Category Archives: Exhibitions / Shows

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.

“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

Nature to Miniature – Another successful show

FB_230A3324The Committee of the Society extends their heartiest thanks to all those who made the 2014 Annual Show a huge success.

 Congratulations to all those members who displayed their trees over the weekend, it was one of the best collections of bonsai for many years and would be the envy of most other bonsai clubs. The people I spoke to who attended the show agreed that the display, and the ambience, this year was outstanding.

There is no show without trees, however, without helpers it is impossible to organise and arrange. Many people gave their valuable time from early Friday morning until late Sunday night.

Props, benches, screens and countless other pieces of equipment needed to be picked up from Castle Hill and delivered to Carlingford, then set up, trees arranged, and countless other jobs done. Then the whole process needed to be reversed on Sunday evening. Quite a difficult, time consuming and arduous operation, and so to all those tireless workers a big thank you. A particular mention must go to Mark, who drove the truck on Friday and again on Sunday.

We must not forget those who assisted on the door, acted as stewards and did the all important jobs of watering and looking after the valuable trees on display over the two days of the show.
Many thanks to those who donated the fantastic raffle prizes to help the club raise a little money, Dennis, Paul, Ray and Sandra, The Sydney City Bonsai Club and Pat Kennedy

I hate to single out more people for special mention for fear of omitting someone, but special mention must go to Georgina, Maureen and Ken for their efforts in coordinating the layout of the room. As I said before the ambience was wonderful.
Congratulations must also go to the fabulous kitchen ladies. Josie, Lorraine, Maulyn and Robin all did a brilliant job. They even gave the Editor a free sandwich!

Special mention must also be given to Brian, Dennis, Mark, and Terry who managed to get 20 square metres of equipment into 18 square metres of storage space at Castle Hill on Sunday night. This is the most frustrating and hardest part of the weekend as we are all tired and want to get home but the gear must be stored away.
We must not forget the demonstrators Brenda, Lee, Linh as well as Sue on the clinic.

A number of friends of the Society also require a mention David, Glenda, Jim, John and Orhan for their assistance over the weekend. Well done and thanks.

To anybody I have missed I can only apologise, I can remember my MasterCard number but I can’t remember what I did yesterday!