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Bonsai Farm, Hawthorn

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by Nekoburro (subscribe)
Freelance writer, traveller, foodie and graphic designer living at the gateway of the Yarra Valley and Melbourne's green belt suburbs..
Published May 6th 2018
Move over Mr Miyagi, here comes Lindsay Farr
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This place is a Japanese oasis in the middle of suburbia! Bonsai Farm is located in Church St, Hawthorn, hidden behind a circular entrance off the main busy road.

As you enter, you are immediately greeted by Lotti, a very affectionate 8-year-old spoodle. You soon become surrounded by rows and rows of wonderful bonsai plants which have been meticulously shaped and trimmed.

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In the workshop, you will find Lindsay, a passionate bonsai grower who patiently works away trimming and pruning his beloved plants.
Bonsai is a pleasant mix of form, thought and suggestion, in a miniature world, and like all good art, it endures. Lindsay creates a deep sense of satisfaction as there is no replacement for time when it comes to caring for bonsai - it is always constant and moving forward.

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The Bonsai Farm began in Lindsay and Marietta's small suburban backyard but soon moved to a larger Nursery at Mt Dandenong, around 50 km from Melbourne.

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Lindsay began teaching art of bonsai in the early eighties at numerous campuses including TAFE the Chinese Museum and The Council of Adult Education. He later formed his own school The Bonsai Academy of Australia.

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During the late 90's, Lindsay and his wife Marietta moved the Nursery back to larger premises in Hawthorn, just 4km from the centre of Melbourne. In 2000, along with Ugo Mantelli, he co-produced and presented his 13 episode "The Way of Bonsai" for Foxtel's Lifestyle channel.

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So if you are looking for inspiration or a special gift for someone, Bonsai Farm is the perfect destination to discover the amazing art of bonsai. Plants range from $35 to $5000, depending on their age and species.

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And if you are not quite sure on how to look after your bonsai, the popular "Lindsay Farr's World of Bonsai" is the first online Bonsai video series from his website

Bonsai is more than about trees grown in miniature. It is also about time and space and about life and attitudes.
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Why? Japanese oasis in the middle of suburbia
When: Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat from 10.30am till 4pm.
Phone: 9819 0888
Where: 67 Church St Hawthorn VIC 3122
Cost: Free to enter
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A favourite place to visit and be welcomed by the Master himself... Lindsay Farr and of course Marietta too.

You won’t be disappointed 😍
by Sjack (score: 0|2) 826 days ago
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