Club member and Bonsai enthusiast, Barry Lacey was unable to give a presentation at the September meeting so he kindly arranged for fellow Bonsai expert, Trevor Wheeler, to give a talk on the topic. Trevor and his wife, Helen, founders of the Goldfields Bonsai group, brought along a number of Bonsai together with various tools and books related to this form of gardening.
Trevor explained that Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees and other plants grown in ornamental pots. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.
Trevor makes his own ornamental pots and uses a variety of tools to shape and trim Bonsai specimens. Soil preparation is very important and a sieve is used to remove excess dust and other bits and pieces from Bonsai potting mix, before sand is added to the mix. Soil needs to drain well but also be able to retain moisture. Bonsai need to be re-potted and fed with special fertiliser at appropriate times of the year.
Club members enjoyed Trevor’s talk, asking many questions with some thinking they may give this art form a try!