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6th National Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai - Report PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
This has to have been the first exhibition held on the same weekend that there was snow covering the Brindabella Ranges in the ACT - and parts of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (where the exhibition was held) were closed due to strong (freezing cold and often moisture laden) winds and the potential danger to the public from falling debris.  Saturday’s temperature rose to almost 13 degrees !.  The weather worked for and against the Exhibition this year in that, those few hardy souls who braved a visit to the Botanic Gardens, were keen to find indoor activities - like ours.  Visitors to the exhibition were down however compared to previous years.

This year’s exhibition saw 29 trees and groups displayed.  The organisations contributing this year were :

Australian Plants as Bonsai Study group
Shibui Nursery / Albury Wodonga Bonsai Society
Sydney City Bonsai Club
Canberra Bonsai Society
Illawarra Bonsai Society
Ray Nesci School of Bonsai
Bonsai Art, Sydney

The most popular tree this year, as voted by the public, was tree number 7 in the catalogue – the Tristaniopsis laurina – Water gum .  The second and third most popular trees were numbers 21 and 2 respectively, - the Eucalyptus camaldulensis - River red gum and - the Callitris glaucophylla - White cypress pine

The next two most popular trees (to make up a top 5) in order of merit were 18, - the Eucalyptus nicholii - Peppermint gum (group ) and 24, - the Banksia marginata - Silver banksia (cascade)    

While nearly all of the other trees received votes, these top 5 were clear favourites.  All of the trees and their descriptions will be posted to the ANBG website in the coming weeks, but pictures of the top five can be seen in the links above.

This year, we held one demonstration each day.   Thanks very much to Leigh from Ledanta Bonsai Nursery and Roger for their support by doing the demonstrations for us. 

Thanks to many other people as well … to
•    those who contributed trees to the exhibition – especially those from interstate who entrust their trees to our care
•    Grant who spends two days transporting trees from the Sydney region to and from Canberra
•    the many CBS members who volunteer their time to help set up and run the exhibition
•    this year’s planning committee
•    the Australian National Botanic Gardens for the venue and their support and
•    Roger and Frank for the editing and layout of the catalogue of trees

As is the established policy for this exhibition, any profits will be donated to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection trust fund.


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