Big deal for bonsai fans
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.