Around my Bonsai Benches by Lee Wright

ACCENT PLANTS I prefer small trees, mini, shohin with a few medium… arthritis in my hands… scourge of ageing. I enjoy creating beautiful trees with these sizes but the downside is having small enough accent plants. I have started collecting […]

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What to do in May

Autumn is well and truly on us now, with cooler nights and crisp mornings. We’ve also had a break from all that summer rain, so hopefully your deciduous bonsai will be starting to show some autumn colour. Keep the trees […]

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Bonsai Reshaped at the National Arboretum

As always, the team at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia in Canberra organised an excellent event in Bonsai Reshaped. The workshops with Scott Martin and Jarryd Bailey were full and enjoyed greatly by all those involved. All […]

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What to do in April

While the weather remains warm, it’s a good time to repot many species, particularly evergreens like pyracantha, cotoneasters, olives and star jasmine etc. Most can also be repotted in early spring, but I prefer autumn, as the daytime temperatures are […]

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Angle Change: Lee Wright

I got this Kunzea ambigua from the native nursery in Heathcote and lost any stying ideas when I looked at it at home. In the end, after cutting away what I didn’t feel I could use I decided to plant […]

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March Demonstrator: Clinton Nesci

As always, Clinton presented a very interesting and informative demonstration on dwarf species and in particular, a dwarf Banksia serrata, known as Cape York variety at the nursery. Clinton pointed out that some banksias are better than others when it […]

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April Demonstrator: Hugh Grant

April brings the very talented Hugh Grant as our demonstrator. Well known and admired for his work with native species, particularly yamadori, Hugh is also very adept in designing and styling exotic species as well. Having trained at Mirai, with […]

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What to do in March

Amazing to have experienced two such totally contrasting summers! This one just finished was so wet and cool, and the one before so hot and dry. I hope that you and your trees have survived both well. The main thing […]

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Calling all Bonsai Clubs and Members.

Experience the beauty of Japanese culture through bonsai, ikebana and kusamono with a focus on Australian native plants. Held at the National Arboretum Canberra, home to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia. Information and bookings here.

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February Demonstrator: Andrew Edge

Andrew is a regular demonstrator, workshop leader and good friend to our club and is known for his knowledge and friendly and thoughtful style. Bonsai has been a twenty-three year obsession for Andrew and this certainly shows in his knowledge […]

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