The Bonsai Society of Victoria is holding their annual bonsai exhibition at Box Hill Town Hall. They are a not for profit organisation that brings together beginner and advanced growers to enjoy the art of bonsai and to promote creativity and interest. On the 5th and 6th of October, they are holding their annual bonsai exhibition featuring a display of traditional Japanese, tropical, flowering and comprehensive selection of Australian Natives bonsai. So whether you are a beginner, advanced or even just curious, come and take a look at the beautiful bonsai on display.
Some of you might ask, exactly what is a bonsai? Bonsai is a traditional art in that dates back many thousand years, evolving over time and influences. It is a Japanese art of growing miniature trees in small pots or containers and is also widely practised in other countries and cultures such as China and Vietnam. Bonsai in Japanese is made of the words bon 'a tray or low sided pot' and sai meaning 'a planting'. Its literal translation means 'plantings in tray'. Bonsai uses various cultivation techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting defoliation and grafting to create miniature trees that mimic the shape and style of full-size trees. It is not only aesthetically pleasing but is a reflection of the effort and dedication of the grower.
The exhibition showcases the many beautiful bonsai displays and a sale table will include bonsai for sale, nursery stock, bonsai pots and supplies for those who are interested in bringing a little souvenir home.
There is an entry fee of $5 per person. The exhibition will be held over the first weekend of October. Starting on the 5th of October, Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and finishing up on the 6th of October, Sunday from9:00am and finishing at 4:00pm.
Getting there is very convenient whether it's by public transport or your own vehicle. The exhibition will be held at the Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road in Box Hill. By public transport you can take the 109 tram from the city to Box Hill. It is the last stop so you definitely will not get lost! By train from the city you can take the Lilydale or Belgrave line and get off at Box Hill Station, from there it is a 5 minute walk along Whitehorse Road, you will not miss the signature white building.