Our Show

Once again, our show will be held in the large Harvey Lowe Pavilion, so this is a reminder to get your trees ready for show. There is no show without trees, YOUR TREES! So please consider showing a tree or […]

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Workshop Notes

Last month was one of our focus workshops for the year, working on group plantings. Two of our members participated in this activity, creating their first group settings. There was also an existing setting repotted into a handmade cement pot. […]

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July 2022 Demonstrator

Last month, Clinton Nesci was our demonstrator and his topic was forests. He brought two old settings, one a liquidambar group of seven trees and the other a large Japanese maple forest of eight trees. Both needed repotting and restyling. […]

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August Demonstrator: John Marsh

This month, long term member and bonsai maestro, John March will explain how to best prepare our trees for show. Whether a club show or competition, there is a lot more to presenting a tree than a nice pot and […]

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What to do in August

It has been wonderful to have a break from the constant wet weather of the last few weeks and I, like many of you I’m sure, have been very busy repotting trees every chance I get! We are starting to […]

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Bonsai Business

Our show dates are now finalised- 2nd- 4th September. Our flyer is below. That means we all should be looking at our trees now and deciding which ones we want to show and working them appropriately. We can’t have a […]

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Jins, Shari and Split Trunks by Brenda Parker

The Origins of Jins and Sharis In nature these occur naturally without the aid of human intervention on junipers. There is a variety of a mountain juniper called a nezu and the natural jins and sharis are made by a […]

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Around the Arboretum – The Saw Banksia by Leigh Taafe

In preparation for our move from temporary residence in Commonwealth Park, up to our existing facility within the National Arboretum, we increased our holding of bonsai and penjing from around 30 trees up to a number over 100. In order […]

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Grewia by Lee Wright

Grewia is an evergreen native of South Africa and is a beautiful flowering plant but seldom seen in bonsai displays. I am basing this article on two short, early attempts and the grewia I have now had for two years. […]

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Workshop Notes by Michele Toomey

This month is one of our planned focus workshops for the year, focusing on a group planting of a deciduous species of your choice. Suitable trees include maples, liquidambars, elms, ash or one of the deciduous conifers (Taxodium or Metasequoia). […]

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