David Allen, Vice President of the Bendigo Bonsai Club Inc. 15/04/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy

 

The Bendigo Bonsai Club is always one of the favourite displays during the Bendigo Easter Festival.

Formed in the 1970s, the club proudly exhibits a variety of bonsai trees.

They also have a trading table, including starter trees and finished bonsai.

All the equipment needed to start your own art work with be for sale and club members will provide practical demonstrations and advice to anyone interested.

A bonsai can be developed from shrubs or trees, propagated from seed, cuttings, unwanted garden plants or collected from the wild.

The training of a bonsai tree is achieved through styling techniques such as branch pruning, defoliation, root pruning, wiring to shape, re-potting, fertilising and correct watering.

Bonsai is considered to be a serious horticultural art form. Family bonsai heirlooms are handed down from one generation to another. 

A little background for those interested in this ancient art: the most expensive bonsai tree, a centuries-old pine, sold for $1.3 million at the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu, Japan.

The Bendigo Bonsai Club meets on the fourth Saturday of the month (February to November) at 1.30pm at the Community of Christ Hall in Havlin Street and features regular demonstrations and hands-on teaching workshops.

The exhibition will be open on Easter Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm and Easter Monday from 10am until 4pm.

The exhibition is at the Uniting Church Hall, Forest Street, Bendigo.

For further details go to www.bendigobonsaiclub.org.au