Annual bonsai show and national convention this weekend

2017-11-15 06:00
A wide range of trees will be on display at the Annual Bonsai Show this weekend at the Dia Club in Newton Park.Photo:SUPPLIED

A wide range of trees will be on display at the Annual Bonsai Show this weekend at the Dia Club in Newton Park.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE Eastern Cape Bonsai Society has a busy weekend ahead of them as they will be hosting their annual bonsai show, as well as the 2017 South African Bonsai Association Convention, from Friday to Sunday at the Diaz Club in Newton Park.

The convention is unfortunately closed to the public. It provides exhibitors a chance to promote markets, launch products, and showcase bonsai-related products, services and educational opportunities. The convention’s mainliner for this year is Juan Llaga, from Manila in the Philippines, who is visiting South Africa for the first time.

While the exhibitors enjoy the numerous demonstrations, workshops and talks from national and international speakers at the convention, though, the public will have a blast upstairs at the annual show.

Trees from other clubs in South Africa will be on display alongside the Port Elizabeth trees.

According to Jenny Shute of the EC Bonsai Society, the trees will differ based on the climate they are grown in, thus, it will prove interesting to see the kind of trees that grow in other provinces.

“If you think that bonsai refers to just those cute little trees in pots, think again. In almost every collection you will find small bonsai, as well as exotic trees,” she said.

The trees on display at the annual show will include flowering bougainvillea, olives, junipers and spek booms, to mention but a few. There will also be trees and tools for sale, as well as a raffle with a wide range of tempting prizes to be won.

The Annual Bonsai Show will take place on the upper level of the Diaz Club, while the 2017 South African Bonsai Association Convention takes place on the lower level at the same time from 9am to 5pm on November 17 and 18 and from 9am to 1pm on November 19.

Entry to the annual show is R20 per adult, R10 per child and free to children under the age of 12.

For more info contact Jenny Shute on 083 999 1058.

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