National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia

What a pleasure it is to visit the NBPCA at the National Arboretum. Summer might not seem like the perfect time but the weather has been a milder in Canberra this year. A volunteer commented that they had had a […]

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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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February Demonstrator: Allan Peck

Allan has been practising bonsai from 2004 and has great knowledge and experience which he shares as a visiting speaker to clubs all over NSW. His focus is on the collection of, mostly native, mature wild trees. Allan’s aim is […]

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What to do in February

It’s been a wet and cool summer so far. For me this has meant that it’s been quite pleasant to spend time outdoors working on my trees. Sadly though, it’s also meant that I have plenty of weeds to attend […]

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The NBPCA Patron Announcement: Leigh Taafe

The National Arboretum Canberra (NAC) and the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA) are pleased to announce the appointment of our inaugural NBPCA Patron. Congratulations and welcome to the team, Mr Lindsay Bebb. Mr Bebb’s profile within the […]

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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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November Demonstration: Michael Hood

Michael gave an excellent demonstration last month which was much enjoyed by all present. Using an old yamadori olive with terrific exposed roots (Neagari) that he collected 4-5 years ago, Michael walked us through the process of getting collected material […]

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What to do in December

We have had a very wet and cool spring in Sydney this year, but conditions are likely to change very soon, with (hopefully) many hot, sunny days ahead. Summer is a very busy time for the bonsai enthusiast. For many […]

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Developing Additional Trident Roots by Lee Wright

Lovely trident, upper structure well developed and ramification coming along very nicely. But the nebari looked like two legs doing the splits. A couple of years ago I cut a path all along the front nebari, brushed on rooting hormone […]

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