Bobaas Bonsai – Penjing Display in the Puff Adder at Babylonstoren

And just like that 2017 appeared! We ring in the new year with a first of its kind, a penjing exhibition in Africa with 50 trees currently on display in the Puff Adder.

These miniature sculptured trees all live in containers and are on loan from generous bonsai artists, with the oldest tree a whopping 80 years of age. Willem Pretorius, the president of the South African Bonsai Association, kindly put up the display for us, getting old masters like Rudi Adam and Gail Theron as well as the newbies Freddie Bisschoff and Stephen le Roux on board. What makes this collaboration extra special is that 2017 marks 80 years of bonsai in South Africa, so don’t miss it. Even if you’re no Edward Scissorhands yourself, you can still visit and admire the artistry of creating these living art pieces.

Willem tells us more about the exhibition and the history of bonsai in South Africa. Bet you didn’t know that we have our very own style of bonsai, recognised in the East!

Read the full article here.

The bonsai trees will be on display in the Puff Adder only till the end of January. The garden is open from 9h00 to 17h00, entrance R10 on weekdays and R20 over weekends and on public holidays (payable at the gate).

If you’re interested in learning how to do bonsai, don’t miss our workshop with Willem Pretorius on 25 January. Hurry – we only have a few seats left. Book here.

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