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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June (2022) Demonstration

Our June meeting saw Michael Kempson explain how he works his junipers to achieve fantastic results. Bringing a record amount trees for any demonstration (all juniper), Michael had every base covered and showed his junipers’ development from fairly raw stock […]

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July Demonstrator: Clinton Nesci

Clinton has once again agreed to demonstrate for our club. It’s always a pleasure to see Clinton in action. As you all know, Clinton has worked full time in the family nursery since 1989 and holds a Nursery Trade Certificate. […]

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What do to in July

This year we have certainly had a cold start to winter and it’s time to get going with the repotting of deciduous trees if you haven’t already started. Some of the species you should be working on include crabapples, maples, […]

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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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Workshop Notes for June: Michele Toomey

You can now start bringing dormant deciduous species for repotting and styling. If you are planning to put your tree into a bonsai pot for the first time, be sure to bring at least a couple of pots you think […]

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This Month’s Demonstrator: Michael Kempson

Michael’s passion for bonsai started twenty years ago and is now regarded by ‘some family and friends as a serious engagement, boarding on obsession. He started taking lessons in 2016 at the School of Bonsai, where he now teaches and […]

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