Bonsai show this weekend

2018-11-28 06:01

THE EP Bonsai Society is hard at work preparing for their annual bonsai show that is set to take place at the Sherwood Garden Centre on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2.

More than 100 trees are expected to be on display this year, something Jenny Shute of the EP Bonsai Society said was quite a feat, as they’d been struggling with the up-and-down weather all year.

“We want only the best for our trees, so they are fed, watered and given the love and attention that they deserve. Our trees in nature are dissipating at an alarming rate,” she said.

Sharing their love of bonsai with other interested parties at the annual show is the highlight of their year.

Joining them this year is a guest bonsai fundi, who has one of the biggest private bonsai collections in South Africa, who will be doing various demonstrations at the show.

The members of the club have strayed from just the traditional bonsai trees to include more variety.

“We, in SA, promote our indigenous trees and we are blessed with a wide variety and are the envy of growers worldwide. Wild olives, baobab, bougainvillea, Rous and even the humble spekboom can be transformed.

“Exotic junipers will also always have their place in any collection,” Shute said.

“Unlike our overseas lovers of bonsai, our trees are mostly grown outside to enable them to get their normal requirements from nature, such as sun, wind and rain.”

According to Shute, Port Elizabeth-based bonsai enthusiasts go for a more delicate species of tree and a variety of styles.

They also believe that no-one is too young or too old to start a new hobby, as their youngest member is 11 years old, and the oldest is 80.

Some of their own members will also be doing demonstrations at the show. There will be unusual displays, a lightning style competition and a raffle with various prizes including a bonsai, turntables and various other items.

Trees, pots, wire, tools and more will be sold and repotting services are also available.

Senior members will be available to offer advice on problem trees as well.

The annual bonsai show will take place at the Sherwood Garden Centre in Walker Drive on Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00.

Entry is R20 per adult, R10 per learner and free to children under 12.

For more info contact Jenny Shute at 083 999 1058 or mike.shute@yahoo.co.uk

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