Create your own bonsai at the Arboretum

Barcham 30 August 2013


Canberrans will have the opportunity to create their own bonsai plants this September as the National Arboretum hosts the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

Mr Miyagi created his own bonsais, and I’ve never found a situation where asking myself “What would Mr Miyagi do” didn’t lead me to the right course of action.

So I guess you know what to do.

“I invite the Canberra community to participate in a series of workshops we’ve organised, where our experts will share the knowledge and experience they’ve gained over the years working with bonsai and penjing plants,” Leigh Taafe, Curator, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia said today.

“In the hands-on bonsai workshop for beginners, we will teach people to pot and style small bonsai trees which they can then take home. Participants will be shown how to use the tools of the trade and learn about the principles of bonsai and penjing practice.

“The sessions will start at 4 pm for 90 minutes on Tuesday 3, 10, 17, and 24 September 2013 and will cost $50, including the take home bonsai.

“For those who are not quite ready to get their hands dirty, we are offering a bonsai introductory talk and demonstration. This session will cost $25 per person and will start at 10 am on Thursday 5 September and 2 pm on Thursday 12 September 2013 and will go for 60 minutes.

“People in both classes will also have the opportunity to view the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia, which displays some of the oldest and most unique bonsai and penjing

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