POTS THAT WILL NEVER SEE A TREE by Lee Wright

Don’t we all have pots like this or am I just weird? One of the downsides (?) of being a bonsai enthusiast is the tendency to collect pots for which you have no tree, not now, often never. This translates […]

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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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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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Bonsai Business

REMINDER: Michele Toomey It has been a bit chaotic the last couple of years with lockdowns and the like preventing our regular meetings for long periods of time to time. The situation has (understandably) meant that some have allowed their […]

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Around the Arboretum: Leigh Taafe

June is a busy month at the NBPCA with a large portion of our deciduous trees requiring structural pruning now that the leaves have fallen. Any deciduous tree that bleeds sap heavily requires its structural pruning done as soon as […]

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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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