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Although they look like miniature trees and give the impression that they would be simple to look after, bonsai plants take a lot more dedication and care than you might expect. Some people spend years cultivating and shaping these botanical wonders, only for the pleasure of seeing how they form. The effort involved in growing and maintaining bonsai has become infinitely easier as more and more information about their care has been published in English, allowing people of Western culture to appreciate the art of bonsai. This information, previously only available in Asian languages such as Japanese and Chinese, has given bonsai a global audience, and helped improve its popularity in other countries. As a result, countless clubs, associations and societies have been formed world-wide, showing appreciation for the plant art-form, and allowing fans to meet with each other and discuss new techniques and specimens.
On the weekend of November 8 and 9, 2014, the Geelong Bonsai Club will be holding their annual Bonsai Show at the Geelong Masonic Centre. Not only will the show feature a magnificent display of bonsai, but visitors will be able to learn how the bonsai cultivation process works, and meet and talk with some of Geelong's bonsai experts. There will also be demonstrations running throughout both days, which show the best methods for shaping and repotting the plants. If you are keen to begin your own bonsai adventure, or need to stock up on supplies, there will be a table where you can purchase everything you require, including pots, tools, wire, and guide books. You will also be able to buy trained or semi-trained bonsai and nursery stock at the event.
There will be plenty of bonsai specimens on display at the show
Anybody who owns a bonsai plant or is interested in learning about the botany involved will undoubtedly find this event fascinating- why not head to the show and see what's involved in creating your own miniature tree masterpiece?
The show will be held at the Geelong Masonic Centre in Belmont