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Bonsai in New South Wales

AABC National Bonsai Conference
Usually held in May each year with a different host club & at a different location within Australia. 2008 Adelaide.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling HarbourThe Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling Harbour
Known as the Garden of Friendship, the Chinese Garden is an integral part of Darling Harbour, created by the New South Wales Government to recognise the importance of commercial and community ties with China. New South Wales is the sister state of Guangdong province in south-east China. The garden's design, by the Guangdong Landscaping Bureau, was a gift to Sydney from its Chinese sister city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, and embodies principles dating back to the 5th century. The Garden is a haven of calm in the heart of the city and the pavilion has become a Sydney landmark. It provides a graceful place to rest, rejuvenate and gain an insight into Chinese culture
Located on Darling Harbour and easily accessed by using the Monorail, Open from 9.30am-5pm daily.

Ray Nesci's Bonsai NurseryRay Nesci's Bonsai Nursery
Ray Nesci has set up an exhibition area and has opened it up for any club if they want to hold an exhibition or a workshop. Suiseki Australia, The School of Bonsai, and other clubs and private exhibitors will hold Displays of Bonsai and Suiseki throughout the year. If you are visiting ring Ray Nesci's to see if any exhibitions are on.
Located at The Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery's Exhibition Area, 26 Sagars Rd. Kenthurst Tel: (02) 9654 1893

Sydney City Bonsai ClubSydney City Bonsai Club
The club is an ideal way to increase your knowledge of bonsai and meet other bonsai enthusiasts located in the Sydney's inner city and eastern suburbs. Our relaxed monthly meetings are a great opportunity to bring in trees for display or advice, attend workshops and discuss styling and shaping or just chat about bonsai in a friendly environment.

Chinatown - Darling Harbour - SydneyChinatown - Darling Harbour - Sydney
There is a Chinatown also located within the central city area and accessible from the city centre by walking or the Monorail.

Suiseki in AustraliaSuiseki in Australia
Although Suiseki is apreciated by many people throughout Australia there is only 1 national club - Suiseki Australia which usually meets 3rd Wednesday evening of each month at 7.30pm at the Don Moore Centre North Rocks Rd. North Rocks, N.S.W.

Auburn Japanese Gardens - Botanical Gardens - AuburnAuburn Japanese Gardens - Botanical Gardens - Auburn
The Aurburn Japanese gardens are located in the Botanical gardens at Auburn. This is where the School of Bonsai received permission from the Auburn council to house a permanent display of Bonsai. There is also a structure to house the schools and students Bonsai. The Bonsai school have built a mini Japanese garden (besides the one that is already at the gardens) in the very large courtyard and the Koi society have built a very nice pond with filled with Koi, the whole setting is quite superb. The age of the gardens are at least 15-20 years old. The gardens also boast a nice group of bird aviaries.
Located: Auburn Botanical & Japanese Garden Complex, Chiswick & Chisholm Rd's Auburn (20 minutes west of Sydney)

School of Bonsai - North Rocks NSW

Imperial Gardens Bonsai Nursery and Japanese GardenImperial Gardens Bonsai Nursery and Japanese Garden
You are most welcome to visit Brian, Megumi & Alex Bennett, at the Imperial Bonsai Nursery in Terrey Hills, Sydney, and discuss your own involvement with the fascinating art of Bonsai. A Japanese Garden is part of the Imperial Bonsai Nursery,

When you visit make sure you give yourself time to wander around in the Japanese Garden and become at one with the peace and tranquillity you will find in this place. You can hear the sound of water trickling over rocks and forget that this Nursery is located in Sydney.
Located at 18 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills, NSW, Tel: (02) 9450 2802

The Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre - CowraThe Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre - Cowra
Opened in 1979, the Japanese Garden has become Cowra's major tourist attraction. Designed by the internationally renowned landscape architect Ken Nakajima, the five hectare Garden follows the Kai-yu Shiki style of the Edo era that flourished in the 1600's. Of his Cowra garden design he has written: "The Japanese treasure nature and try to live with it. My Cowra garden takes this principle into consideration as a 'motto' and treasures all existing objects. In this respect, you will note that all gum trees and rocks on the site have been utilised in their original state." Streams cascade in waterfalls into two large ponds, while meandering paths reveal picturesque wooden bridges, a traditional Tea House, Arbor, Pottery, Pergola, Bonsai House, a Bonsho temple bell and sculptured hedges.

The Bonsai House contains many fine examples of miniature Japanese gardens and trees, while the Potter House has a resident potter producing a range of Japanese inspired tableware for purchase in the souvenir shop by visitors. In mid-October the Garden celebrates the cherry blossoms with Sakura Matsuri, a festival bringing hundreds of visitors to see demonstrations of the arts and crafts of Japan. It also contains a Restaurant and Gift Shop.
Located at Binni Creek Road, Cowra, NSW, Tel: 02-63412233 Open: 8.30-5pm 7 days.

Mirkwood Forest Bonsai Pottery - NowraMirkwood Forest Bonsai Pottery - Nowra
Mirkwood Forest Bonsai pottery was established by potter Pat Kennedy, to produce quality bonsai pots. Each pot is manufactured using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques, and this, along with a cross combination of various clay bodies and glazes ensures no two pots are identical. Pat's always ready for a brew and a natter, so feel free to go and visit. It would be a good idea to phone ahead to make sure he's home.
located at Nowra NSW - just two hours south of Sydney

Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden - GosfordGosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden - Gosford
The Japanese gardens at East Gosford is a young garden (in Japanese terms) being created in 1994. It incorporates a Koi pond, a tea house, a Zen garden and a wisteria walk. The Bonsai Society of the Central Coast uses this place as its home-base. The city of Gosford is the sister city to Edagowa in Japan
Located in Adelaide St. East Gosford, N.S.W. (about 80km North of Sydney)

Keighley Hill Bonsai Gallery - Buronga
Enjoy afternoon tea and a stroll through the Bonsai's and extensive gardens. 50 Pitman Ave, Buronga NSW

Bonsai Clubs and Nurseries
More links to Clubs and nurseries in Sydney, NSW and Canberra, ACT

Koreshoff Bonsai Nursery - NOW CLOSEDKoreshoff Bonsai Nursery - NOW CLOSED
On 28 January 2008 THE Koreshoff Bonsai nursery closed their doors ending an era in which Vita and Dot Koreshoff were instrumental in making bonsai a meaningful hobby and interest in Australia. Dorothy and her late husband, Vita, started their hobby around 1930,and her daughters Deborah and Ruslana also joined in with this love of Bonsai.

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