Newcastillians experience the art of Bonsai

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The art of Bonsai is one which requires patience, bringing about a sense of harmony and tranquillity to your mind and emotions.

With the end of the year within sight, the need to find a sense of calm, tranquillity and harmony has never been more important.

On Saturday, November 30, Newcastle Corner organised a Bonsai Workshop at RocoMamas. A workshop which introduced Newcastillians to the art and joy of Bonsai.

Hosting the workshop was local Bonsai Tree enthusiast, Andrey Els. “The workshop was a beginner’s guide to the art of Bonsai, where people were given a Juniperus Procumbens ‘Nana’ as a specimen and the necessary equipment to care for it,” Andrey explains. This included a pot and the necessary growing material, branch cutter, scissors and wire.

Bonsai Trees
Bonzai Tree enthusiast, Andrey Els with Marianka Knox of Newcastle Corner.

RocoMamas also contributed a meal voucher to the event, ensuring guests had a hearty lunch; following the highly entertaining and educational workshop, which covered an array of topics involving Bonsai trees.

This included a discussion on a cascade style, pruning Bonsai trees, Bonsai soil mixtures, how to design Bonsai trees and how to take care of the plant.

“The Bonsai Workshop is a unique and interesting event for the community to enjoy, and we are hoping to hold more unique events such as this in the future,” smiles Marianka Knox of Newcastle Corner.

Bonsai Trees
Marlize Greyvenstein and Jeanne du Toit.
Juan and JJ Siecker with Jodi Vermaak.
Anika Bender and Sarel du Plessis.
Elmarie and Andrè du Plessis.
Natasha Gokul and Razina Docrat.
Hendrick Lombard, Mmbonesi Ishivhase and Aiman Cajee.
Christa Siecker, Carine Siecker and Susan Pitout.
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