Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July Outing - Bonsai, Country Drive & Camellias

CHGC visited two disparate gardens on a recent outing day. First to a very impressive suburban garden where Denise, a passionate bonsai grower of some 40+ years walked us through her living sculptures.

Denise, President Geoff & Mary B.

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees shaped over the years to convey concepts, ideas, emotions and stories grown in containers or pots.

Denise uses techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees. 

image M. Reid

For the second destination we travelled up the Bellinger valley to a soon to be closed Azalea and Camellia nursery. This business is attached to the most stunning private garden of exotic trees, many azaleas (which were not out in flower) and camellias (which were out in full force). The above image is of a camellia which is sold as a pink but due to being grown in clay soil it turns a lovely lilac.

This garden was a classic example of a garden where the viewer is enticed to look further into the garden - what is growing around a bend or behind a stand of trees. It was just wonderful to be in this most special environment.

Contrary to popular belief, Camellias thrive in a wide range of conditions, from the cooler climates around the mountains and hills of Sydney and Melbourne to the hot and humid conditions found here on the Coffs Coast. It is just a case of choosing the right one for local conditions.

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