Bay Bonsai Show and Demonstrations at Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Liz Weiss with her Acacia Howittii Bonsai or Sticky Wattle the common name is due to the slight stickiness of the phyllodes (leaf-like structures). In spring, it produces pale, lightly scented, light yellow balls of flowers.


BONSAI is an ancient art, it requires patience and dedication.

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The results are living artworks which transforms what could be a life size landscape into a miniature tabletop feast for the eyes.

Members of the Port Stephens Community Art Centre Bonsai Group have been busily preparing their trees for the upcoming Annual Bonsai Show which will be held over the October long weekend.

This year the display will include a large range of trees, both natives and exotics, styled to create miniature examples of their bigger cousins.

Several other varieties will be in full spring flower to provide eye catching colour.

Meryl Miller told News Of The Area, “Our members will also have displays of trees in training.”

For those who have considered trying bonsai there will be demonstrations of bonsai care and maintenance are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday at 11am, delivered by two Australian bonsai experts, Hugh Grant from Central Coast Bonsai and Brenda Parker President of Illawarra Bonsai Society.

They will demonstrate techniques used to create a bonsai by shaping and styling foliage, root pruning and branch cutting to create healthy trees in small pots.

“There will also be a good selection of bonsai and related items for sale and there will be many members will also be available to answer any questions,” she said.

The show will be open from 10am to 4pm each day at the centre in Cultural Close in Nelson Bay, off Shoal Bay Road. Admission is free.



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