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National Bonsai and Penjing Collection

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published December 14th 2012
The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection is Australia's largest collection of bonsai and penjing. The collection can currently be found in Commonwealth Park, and while it's a small building with some very small trees, there's a lot to learn inside.

While they may just look like tiny trees, a lot more goes into creating and crafting a bonsai or penjing. They're not actually naturally small tree varieties like some think. Seedlings or cuttings are usually planted, and when they reach the desired size transferred to their final pot. The pot restricts the growth of the plant, and continuous cutting and shaping creates these miniatures.

The collection is stunning to look at, it's amazing how things so small can still seem so huge. Bonsai and penjing are crafted to mimic fully grown trees of their species, so even the smallest often feel like they should be sitting amongst a giant forest.

The National Collection is so interesting because of the variety of different trees on show. The collection itself may be quite small but inside you'll fine maples, cedars, elms, junipers, paperbarks and pines. When you visit you get a little booklet which explains each tree and where it originated from. There will usually be plenty of people around who can answer any questions you may have.

Entry to the collection is free, but there is a spot to give donations if you want to support them.

The collection will only remain at its home at Commonwealth Park till the 21st of January, after that it will reopen on the 2nd of February at the new National Arboretum.
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Why? It's Australia's largest collection of bonsai and penjing
When: 7 days, 10am-3pm
Phone: 02 6262 9219
Where: Commonwealth Park, ACT
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
NBPAC (Canberra) has now moved to the new Arboretum as of the 2nd February.
The new display showcases some 75 plants now, instead of the 30 odd it could display in Commonwealth Park
by ziggy (score: 0|2) 2037 days ago
Ooh! Thank you for the great pics and info. I've been meaning to go there for absolutely ages. And thank you Ziggy for the update.
by Felicity Banks (score: 1|59) 1406 days ago
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