From big things, lit­tle things can be grown

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - OLIVIA REED

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID SMITH

GROW­ING PAS­SION: Tom Cock­ram, who has been grow­ing bon­sai for 71 years, is ready for the Gee­long Bon­sai Club’s show.

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