Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Small Thing the Big Bonsai Show; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Small Thing the Big Bonsai Show; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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Byline: NEIL FISHER

THIS weekend why not take the opportunity to visit the Capricorn Region Bonsai Society's Annual Show at Bauhinia House.

The show opens Saturday at 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. I have attended these shows over the last few years and have always been amazed at the number of plants on display. It was a rare credit to this enthusiastic group whose members range in age from six, eight and 10 years old at the youngest to 90 years old at the other end of the scale.

It is the variety of plants used that will be of interest to most people.

Many common garden shrubs can be successfully grown as Bonsai. Plants like Duranta Sheenas Gold, Gardenia radicans and Phyllanthus multiflorus all hardy shrubs in the garden, but as Bonsai these shrubs create a whole new feature.

Even native plants like the beach-front growing Clerodendron inerme and the local tree, the Bats Wing Coral will adapt to Bonsai culture.

Of the plants that can be used in Bonsai the figs seem to have a quality that makes their use as Bonsai almost second nature.

One of last year's prize-winning Bonsai was a recycled fig rescued from the Rockhampton landfill a few years earlier. Another unique plant on display last year was a hoop pine that was 52 years old and had been trained and shaped for the last 42 years.

The standard of the Bonsais on display was equal to any capital city exhibition.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the demonstration by local Bonsai expert Chris Hewitt. Chris has the ability to explain the process of establishing a Bonsai in an easy to understand manner.

Last year there was even a blooming Bonsai on display, the desert rose or Adenium.

The Desert Rose or Adenium are water wise plants native to sun drenched rock outcrops of Africa and the Middle East, so a few hot days will never bother this plant.

It is important to remember that the desert rose has a milky sap like alamandas, oleanders and frangipanis, so care is always required. …

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