From big things, little things can be grown
KEEN green thumbs can learn the ancient Japanese art of cultivating bonsai trees at the Geelong Bonsai Club’s annual show this weekend.
Bonsai beginners can meet experts, who will demonstrate how to pot, style and train bonsai trees.
Geelong Bonsai Club’s Paul Buttigieg said people could bring their own trees to the show and have them repotted or trained.
“What some people do is pick a tree, pot, wire and soil and one of our members will make the bonsai,” he said.
A variety of bonsai stock will be for sale at the show, including starter plants, partially trained plants, established bonsai, wire, informational books, fertilisers and pots.
Mr Buttigieg joined the club 10 years ago after his children gifted him a bonsai course for Father’s Day and he now has 100 bonsai trees.
He said collecting bonsai trees was addictive and is encouraging people to come to the show and learn how to tend to bonsai trees.
The Geelong Bonsai Club’s annual show is on today from 9am to 6pm and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm at the Geelong Masonic Centre, Regent St, Belmont. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for pensioners and students, and children accompanied by adults are free.
GROWING PASSION: Tom Cockram, who has been growing bonsai for 71 years, is ready for the Geelong Bonsai Club’s show.