Exotic trees on display

Shaanaaz de Jager

THE annual Eastern Province Bonsai Society show will take place at a new and more spacious venue in Port Elizabeth, and organisers expect more than 2000 people to attend the two-day show next weekend.

The society will hold its annual show at the Sherwood Nursery in Walker Drive on Saturday and Sunday December 1 and 2, and will have more than 120 trees on display.

Some of the trees to be seen will include the baobab and pierneef.

“The orient bonsai artists concentrate more on the classical style of trees. H,owever, there are so many indigenous trees we have now successfully and uniquely made into bonsai that we are the envy of our overseas friends,” society public relations officer Jenny Shute said.

The Eastern Province Bonsai Society, which has been in existence for 43 years, is the “second oldest” in Africa.

Shute said last year they had more than 1000 people attend the weekend shows and demos. This year they expect “more than 2000 to attend” the event at its new venue.

Shute said the society’s members are from all walks of life. The youngest member is 14 and the oldest member is 80 years old.

“There will be trees, pots, wire and stands for sale.

“Bonsai are trees, not plants, which is the biggest mistake commonly made by people when acquiring a bonsai. And then they wonder why the tree dies on their office window sill or coffee table,” Shute said.

“[South Africans should] take a leaf, or is that tree, from the Chinese and Japanese tradition, by passing on our bonsai to our family members as they can outlive us. The oldest recorded bonsai, is over 1400 years old,”she said.

Show times on Saturday December 1 are from 9am to 5pm. Demonstrations on the Saturday take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Show times on Sunday December 2 are from 9am to 5pm. Demonstrations take place at 11am and 12.30pm.

Entrance fee is R10 per adult and R5 for children under 12.

Inquiries: Jenny, 083-999-1058.

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