The annual bonsai exhibition at Hamilton Gardens showcases high quality bonsai trees and a demonstration on the art of creating bonsai.
The Hamilton Bonsai Club will hold the largest bonsai exhibition in New Zealand on October 10-11, 2015. High quality bonsai trees will be displayed at the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion off Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East.
Bonsai Club members will also conduct an informal demonstration on how to create bonsai, allowing you to have the opportunity to create your own bonsai.
During the event, you will get to vote for your most preferred bonsai on display. Raffles, sales, and eftpos will also be available. Entry fee to the exhibition is $5.00 for adults, while children 12 years old and under are free of charge.
What is bonsai?
Literally translated from the Japanese language which means “planted in a container”, bonsai is an ancient art of collecting and cultivating miniature trees.
Bonsai is kept miniature by combining different techniques, including:
- regular pruning to keep the tree in determined shape and form, and
- wiring so that the tree can be easily bent to achieve the determined shape
Bonsai is not a genetically-dwarfed plant at all, as some people think it is. Likewise, contrary to what many believe, bonsai art did not originate in Japan. Rather, it was first practiced in China some 2,000 years ago. Then about a thousand years later, the Japanese copied and adapted this Chinese art, incorporating it into their local circumstances.
Traditionally, bonsai are styled to depict common natural situations, such as:
- informal upright
- formal upright
- semi cascade
- multiple trunk
If you are a bonsai enthusiast and haven’t been affiliated with any club yet, it’s greatly recommended that you should to help you progress in your hobby. There is so much to learn about bonsai art. In New Zealand, there are about 20 bonsai clubs and organizations, most of which are members of the New Zealand Bonsai Association (NZBA).
Visit this year’s bonsai exhibition at Hamilton Gardens and learn more about the many species of the miniature trees.