Group Pine Setting by Paulette DeMartin

This Japanese black pine setting of six trees was originally purchased from Ray Nesci’s Nursery in 2012. It was up the back in a polystyrene box and the trees were approximately 25 years old. They required a small amount of […]

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Workshop Notes by Michele Toomey

There are no specific activities planned for this month’s workshop, but last month was spent mainly tidying up conifers, particularly junipers. If the foliage is opened up it allows more light and air to penetrate, which is particularly important during […]

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Workshop Notes April: Michele Toomey

April is a good time to tidy up summer growth on most species and prepare for winter. Some repotting of certain species can also be carried out at this workshop. Make sure, if you are planning to repot, that you […]

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Workshop Notes by Michele Toomey

Last month at the workshop several members still chose to work on their figs, as well as some conifers. Figs were still able to be repotted, with the conifers just being tidied up or wired. Adrian used raffia on an […]

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Workshop Notes January by Michele Toomey

Our workshop last month was interesting, with members creating root over rock fig bonsais. Ian generously provided the expertise as well as the necessary muck and sphagnum moss to make it happen. One member’s tree that had been placed on […]

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Privet Makeover: Lee Wright

Have this charming little privet, all of 16 cm high. The trunk has great movement, showy roots and a mushroom top. What more can you ask for? The problem was, the roots were getting too big and the top had […]

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From Permanent Collection of the NBPCA: Leigh Taafe

The bonsai pictured below is believed to be the oldest tree in Australia to have been grown and designed specifically for bonsai that is still alive today. It was kindly donated to the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection of Australia […]

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NEWS FROM THE NBPCA: Leigh Taafe

TOP STORY It’s not often you can send your bonsai collection around the world, but thanks to the latest stamp series from Australia Post, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA) can do just that! Bonsai are the […]

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A TIMELY REMINDER: MONDO MONSTER

Working on a neglected maple forest last week reminded me of Lee Wright’s warning about mondo grass in a previous newsletter. The under-plantings in this setting were totally overgrown and needed radical thinning or removal. Military grass, violets, miniature ivy […]

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Jaaryd Bailey at the Central Coast Bonsai Club

With boarders opened at last, there has been the opportunity to see interstate bonsai artists demonstrate again, even if there’s a bit of travel involved. Jarryd Bailey, from Montane Bonsai in Tasmania, has been a visiting demonstrator at both Bonsai […]

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