Join us to celebrate the art, science and the people behind bonsai. The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA) has created a week of special events for the curious, novice and bonsai enthusiast. Throughout the week watch and learn from internationally recognised bonsai artists Marija Hajdic and Nik Rozman!

Marija Hajdic

Marija from Croatia is considered to be one of the most influential bonsai artists outside of Japan. She has exhibited bonsai in multiple international exhibitions over the years and most notably, was nominated at Trophy in Belgium 2019 for the category of broad-leaved trees. She runs a professional bonsai studio ‘Meleda Bonsai’ with Sergio Luciani.

Nik Rozman

Nik from Slovenia is one of Europe’s best bonsai artists. He most recently won the award for Best European Bonsai at the 2019 ‘Best of’ 20 years Trophy. Through NikArt Bonsai Studio, he offers workshops, courses and presentations around the world. After getting his first bonsai when he was 10 years old, and multiple awards later, he is currently the president of the Slovenian bonsai club, Slovenian EBA delegate and international presenter.

Guided tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia

Get close and personal with the Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA). Hear about the history, the stories and the styles behind these living sculptures with Leigh Taafe, Curator of the NBPCA. Tours are free and no bookings are required. Please meet at the entry to the NBPCA. Please note, there is no tour on Friday 27 March 2020.

Date: Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 March 2020

Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Free – no bookings required.

No tour on Friday 27 March 2020.

Bonsai demonstration

Intrigued about Bonsai? See the dynamic techniques and skills used in styling and maintaining bonsai. Drop into the National Arboretum Canberra Village Centre to watch bonsai artists explain and demonstrate the art of bonsai. Demonstrations are free and no bookings required.

Date: Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 March 2020

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Free – no bookings required

Beginner bonsai workshops

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Learn how to style and look after your very own bonsai!

This workshop covers the essentials for creating, styling and maintaining bonsai. A unique opportunity to learn directly from the Curators of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

  • No experience necessary
  • Take home a potted bonsai
  • All materials included
  • Relaxed learning environment

Date: Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 March 2020

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Tickets: $85 pp includes all materials and take-home bonsai.

Book online : https://www.stickytickets.com.au/91550

Bonsai talk

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International bonsai artists Marija Hajdic and Nik Rozman will take centre stage and take you on a pictorial journey of their private bonsai collections. Get an insight into the artists’ philosophy behind their style. Find out more about our guest speakers, what motivates them, their personal journeys and what international trends influence their style.

Join in at the end with a Q&A.

Date: Friday 27 March 2020

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tickets: $10 per person, bookings essential as places are limited.

Book online: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/91546

Bonsai after hours

This premier event of Bonsai Week will feature a simultaneous demonstration by Marija Hajdic and Nik Rozman. Watch the dynamic pair demonstrate their skills to create bonsai masterpieces that will be up for auction on the evening.

Soak up the spectacular sunset views across Canberra while enjoying delicious canapes and a drink on arrival in the Village Centre. Meet the guest artists, mingle with bonsai enthusiasts and enjoy the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia under lights. We look forward to your company!

Date: Friday 27 March 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: $65, Cash bar available.

Book online: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/91466