Big deal for bon­sai fans

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

BON­SAI tree en­thu­si­asts are busily pre­par­ing ahead of a world con­ven­tion in four years time.

The South Perth-based Bon­sai So­ci­ety of WA was part of the suc­cess­ful bid to host the 9th World Bon­sai Con­ven­tion in Perth in Oc­to­ber 2021.

Ten mem­bers of the Perth bon­sai com­mu­nity at­tended the 8th World Bon­sai Con­ven­tion in Saitama, Ja­pan, in April, where it was an­nounced that Perth would host the first world con­ven­tion in Aus­tralia.

Bon­sai So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent Dianne Boekhout said about one year of work had gone into pre­par­ing the bid to host the event.

“We’ve been work­ing with the chair­man of the World Bon­sai Friend­ship Fed­er­a­tion with the view of host­ing for about one year,” she said.

“We thought we were a chance be­cause Perth is so beau­ti­ful and we have unique trees here; we have a high stan­dard of trees, but you can’t com­pare them to 600-year-old trees in Ja­pan.

“WA is so iso­lated so we can’t al­ways go to events in Syd­ney or Can­berra, but there are some great trees in our com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Boekhout said the Perth bon­sai com­mu­nity would spend the next few years pre­par­ing their trees for the event, which would likely be held at Crown Perth or at a venue in the CBD.

“I think we could get about 10,000 peo­ple to come and check out the event,” Mrs Boekhout said.

Bon­sai So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent Dianne Boekhout and com­mit­tee mem­ber Richard Ream.

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