The annual bonsai show will take place this weekend

A wagtail sitting on top of a wild gardenia bonsai owned by Mike and Jenny Shute.

Benjingi, Go-Kan, Moyogi, all can look like a command for Shusi; however, these are styles for bonsai.

The idea that all bonsai trees are small may have been the norm for hundreds of years, but the art has changed with larger trees making their way all over the world. Although the trees are bigger, bonsai enthusiasts still stick to the basics, and yes, the most serious bonsai enthusiasts want a traditional juniper or evergreen in their collection.

With the huge range of trees available in South Africa, bonsai enthusiasts are in for a treat with acacia, coral, wild olive, spekboom and even the mighty baobab which has become a favorite. So whichever you choose, there is a bonsai that will suit your style.

Bonsai have been around for thousands of years. Proof of this is a painting in one of the tombs in Egypt of a pharaoh receiving a bonsai as a gift.

The EP Bonsai Society’s Annual Bonsai Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Sherwood Garden Centre, Walker Drive Gqeberha. Doors open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations will take place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will also be trees, pots, tools, yarn and fertilizer and free advice.

The entrance fee is R20 for adults, R10 per learner and children under 12 can enter for free. For more information contact Jenny on 083 999 1058.


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