Bonsai Society of Australia Annual Show 2019

This year we will again have our show at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion (20-22nd September), so put the date in your diary and this is and seriously consider displaying one or more of your trees. The Harvey Lowe Pavilion is […]

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Watershed

I have had a Kunzea ambigua for many years… say fourteen. It has gone through several dramatic style changes, a few pots and I finally kinda felt I was on the right course but it just wasn’t quite right. Okay, […]

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Natives: Myths and Misconceptions of Australian Bonsai

Please note that photos are from the exhibition and descriptions are from the show catalogue that are used to illustrate Marcela’s points. For many years Australian native species for bonsai were overlooked in favour of exotics and while some were […]

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May Demonstrator: Ashley Brown

Ashley chose swamp cypress, five big swamp cypress, for last month’s demonstration and with quite a bit of elbow grease styled them into a large forest setting. Swamp cypress is a species that he enjoys working with due to its […]

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June Demonstrator: Tony Bebb

Tony started bonsai in 1985 as a teenager working in his family’s bonsai nursery in Brisbane under the keen eye of his father Lindsay. Here, Tony developed his skills through growing and working with bonsai for the next sixteen years. […]

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Mondo Monster

Mini mondo grass can look nice with a bonsai or in a setting to give the right ambience but it can be deadlier than it looks from its petite size. The roots can form a thick, solid mat in the […]

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April Demonstrator: Hugh Grant and Casuarinas

Hugh’s choice of tree for last month’s demonstration was Casuarina or more precisely, Allocasuarina which are a favourite his. Commonly known as she-oak, Casuarina and Allocasuarina are in the same family but Allocasuarina are only found in Australia while Casuarina […]

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May Demonstrator: Ashley Brown

Well known bonsai nurseryman, Ashley Brown has been surrounded by plants all his life. He started his horticultural career in 1985 working for one of Australia’s largest propagation nurseries, has owned his own nurseries from 1993 and as a result […]

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A Little Morte on Wiring

To do good bonsai wire is a necessity but some people can’t seem to see the reason. Cruel, they say. Can’t you do it another way? Not really. You have little control over the shape of a branch using weights […]

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Dothistroma Needle Blight and Wooley Pine Aphid

Dothistroma needle blight is more commonly known as red tip or red band disease. To the best of my knowledge it first appeared in the radiata pine forests around Cooma NSW and is rumoured to have been introduced to Australia […]

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