Bonsai Fair will be hosted by Central Coast Bonsai on Saturday 5 March (9am-5pm) and Sunday 6 March (9am-4pm) 2022 at Mingara. Growing bonsai is a delightful hobby that involves horticultural knowledge, an artistic bent and a good deal of patience. If you have a passion for these tiny trees that capture the essence of their larger counterparts growing wild in nature, then this is a day not to be missed.

CENTRAL COAST BONSAI CLUB

The Central Coast Bonsai Club was formed in 1977 with a handful of members and has now grown to over 100 members. The Central Coast Bonsai Club is dedicated to promoting the art and appreciation of bonsai through education, participation and sharing the enjoyment of this ancient art form.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the “Tasman Function Room” at Mingara Recreation Club. These meetings typically involve a guest speaker/demonstrator describing a different aspect of bonsai. Community members are welcome to come and enjoy your first meetings without needing to be a member. People at all skill levels are welcome –from absolute beginners through to advanced -and welcome all ages. The Central Coast Bonsai Club run 6 week Bonsai courses at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as, full day guest Demonstration and Workshop days on weekends. Last year’s calendar included demonstrators such as Hugh Grant, Andrew Edge, Sam Thompson, Leong Chong, Alan Peck, Clinton Nesci, Jarryd Bailey, Ashley Brown, and Andrew Sellman.

PHILOSOPHY OF BONSAI OPEN

Bonsai is growing in popularity in Australia and around the world. Large bonsai exhibitions are held overseas such as Kokofu-Ten in  Japan, the European Bonsai San Show and the US National Bonsai Exhibition. These exhibitions are competitive and prestigious and raise the awareness and appreciation of bonsai. The Bonsai Open is a major Australian bonsai event, open to all Australian bonsai artists and offering substantial prize money (over $5,000). Through the Bonsai Open, the Central Coast Bonsai Club seek to raise the awareness of bonsai, particularly bonsai that is uniquely Australian via a prize for the best Australian native bonsai tree.

AUSTRALIAN SHOHIN POT COMPETITION

The Bonsai Open will also host the Australian Shohin Pot Competition. There is a great demand for hand crafted bonsai pots with Shohin pots being the “show ponies” of bonsai pots. Shohin pots can be either elaborately decorated or beautiful through pure simplicity of form and design. The Shohin pot competition aims to promote Australian Bonsai potters. All entries must have an Australian aesthetic and we are looking to promote an Australian bonsai ethos with our native trees and Australian made pots.

GUEST DEMONSTRATORS

In addition to a huge display of beautiful bonsai, shohin pots, sales tables and vendors, the Bonsai Fair will include full day demonstrations by renowned Australian Bonsai artists. Our three key demonstrators are young, passionate, talented and represent a great future for Australian bonsai.

 

Hugh Grant

Hugh commenced his bonsai journey at the Central Coast Bonsai Club when he was 11 or 12 years old. Hugh’s many years of study and learnings of bonsai are complemented by his Fine Arts degree such that he is now highly sought as a tutor throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a full time bonsai practitioner, Hugh owns and runs a business called “Tree Makers”, located in the upper Blue Mountains of NSW. Whilst his business offers a large range of material, Hugh has a passion and preference for specialising in Australian Native trees and plants. When the opportunity arises, Hugh’s designs focus on designs that are quintessentially Australian.

A 2016 internship with Ryan Neil afforded Hugh the opportunity to round out his amazing knowledge of bonsai design and horticulture.

Hugh is a highly sought bonsai artist, tutor and a clear and thoughtful presenter.

 

Jarryd Bailey

As a professional bonsai artist, Jarryd Bailey is passionate about the use of Australian Native plants as bonsai trees. He finds inspiration and creates compositions reminiscent of the beauty and wilderness of the wild mountains and ancient forests of Tasmania and other parts of Australia he has frequented.

His early years were spent growing up on the mid north coast of NSW where he commenced his bonsai journey at a very early age. In addition to his vast knowledge of mainland tree species, Jarryd is well versed with a diverse range of exotic species commonly used in bonsai.

Jarryd’s “Montane Bonsai Garden” at Mount Wellington (near Hobart) maintains a Gallery style body of work consisting of some of the finest Native Bonsai in Australia. Jarryd specialises in both refining advanced nursery and yamadori material. He utilises creative approaches to bring out the best from young, unusual, and otherwise difficult stock.

Jarryd teaches students at his nursery, conducts bimonthly Native Bonsai study groups and demonstrates for clubs around Tasmania. Jarryd studied under renowned international artist Michael Hagedorn. Living and working at Michael’s Portland, Oregon garden exposed Jarryd to world class material and techniques which helped continue evolve his practice.

Jarryd has become a highly sought Australian Bonsai demonstrator due to his easy style and wealth of knowledge.

 

Andrew Edge

Andrew Edge is the owner of Edge Bonsai Studio (located on the Central Coast) and has been a student of bonsai since receiving a bonsai as a Christmas present in 1995. Passionate about bonsai, Andrew has travelled numerous times to Japan, Vietnam, and the USA to pursue and further his vast knowledge.

Traditional Japanese techniques and design, combined with his horticultural knowledge, allow Andrew to push the boundaries both artistically and horticulturally in what is a lifelong search for new and exciting ways to express bonsai as an artistic medium.

Andrew has an excellent communication style, which in conjunction with his wealth of knowledge has seen him not only become a successful bonsai practitioner, but a highly sought demonstrator and tutor.

 

WHAT YOU CAN SEE AND DO AT THE BONSAI FAIR

The Bonsai Fair is held in the Mingara Recreation Club, utilising the Events Centre on the lower floor encompassing over 1,500m2.

In addition to the Bonsai Fair event, Mingara is very large, offering 3 significant restaurant / cafes with great parking and easy access. So it is easy to settle in for the whole day, enjoy a morning demonstration, wander through the bonsai stalls, have a meal and then enjoy the afternoon demonstration and / or the bonsai exhibition. The Bonsai Fair is held over a weekend, timetable as shown below.

 

TIMETABLE

Saturday 5th March 2022

9am |  Bonsai Fair begins

10am- 12pm and 1pm – 3pm | Concurrent demonstrations Hugh Grant and Jarryd Bailey

3:30pm | Auction of Demonstration trees

5pm | Close

Sunday 6th March 2022

9am |  Bonsai Fair begins

10am- 12pm and 1pm – 3pm | Concurrent demonstrations Hugh Grant and Andrew Edge

3:30pm | Auction of Demonstration trees and Raffle Drawn

4pm | Close

 

BONSAI STALLS

  • Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery will have a wonderful array of all things bonsai
  • Hugh Grant will have a stall with bonsai related materials including trees and pots that meet his design ethos.
  • Denise Allen will have a diverse range of handmade pots for sale including many of her unique and highly sought stoneware pots which have been high fired in a reduction kiln
  • Central Coast Bonsai Club members will be selling a range of bonsai trees ranging from beginner stock to very mature specimens.

The Bonsai Fair is made possible by donations and grants. The Central Coast Bonsai Club would like to thank the following organisations:

Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery, Mingara Recreation Club, Central Coast Council and Bendigo Bank.