Dear Bonsai People,

Hope you and your trees are all warm and cuddly against the cold, frost, snow or torrential rains all over the country. I have heard horror stories of severe frost and half a collection lost.  My Acacia galpinii is in full leaf, having lost all its l...

Kathy started bonsai 23 years ago when she joined Far West Bonsai Kai. At the first BRAT that she attended in Pretoria, she was invited to join Pretoria Bonsai Kai as well. Charles Ceronio, Louis Nel, John Lynch and Oom Theuns Roos became her mentors.


Dear SABA-member,

Things are very wet and chilly here in KZN at the moment.  We had 280mm of rain in 48 hours and that does not include the period I did not empty my rain gauge. My reservoir is full of water and so is the pool, we really can’t complain.  I hope things a...

A very good read and a must for all who are involved in judging or thinking about judging or being judged, have judged, will judge

Part 1 - Judging Bonsai: Who decides what is good?

Part 2 - Why judge bonsai:  All in the Eye of the Beholder

Part 3 - Judging Bonsai: The cr...

May 3, 2018

It is difficult to comprehend how much Kestutis Ptakauskas suffered in his life and how many times he was on the brink of killing himself. I look at him talking about these emotional experiences in an almost detached way and am struck by how he has endured so much and...

Christmas came early in April for me and bonsai throughout South Africa.  I got to go to two shows.  On the 14th of April, I was invited to a BRAT meeting held in Edenvale, Gauteng.  I am always amazed at the bonsai we have in South Africa and I would rather travel aro...

April 16, 2018

It has been an extremely busy period in bonsai in South Africa and much has happened. Based on the SABA EXCO meeting in April, we are asking for your input on a lot of items.  

We listened to you, and tried to effect most of the common suggestions.  The various com...

April 11, 2018

This Juniperus chinensis was designed at the P.E. convention in Nov 2017. I had been asked to do a demo and wanted to do something larger than normal.

We had prepped all the wiring and styled a certain part of the tree already to make sure that I would finish on time. T...

March 4, 2018

Most clubs have sent me their updated calendars and I added it to a Google Calendar.  If you want to see reminders about important or interesting bonsai events in South Africa, then click on this link and add it to your calendar.

SABA Google Calendar 

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