The society was founded by the well-known late Gwen Skinner on the 15th September 1969 and is based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”.
"This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism".
It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree.
Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. We have some keen members, some of whom have been members for over 25 years and as such, have much experience to impart to new members.
"Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month with social outings arranged during the year where we get together and enjoy each others’ company on an informal basis".
Bonsai is a very rewarding hobby which can provide many years of enjoyment and by joining our society, this opens up a world of opportunities and knowledge ultimately resulting in a sense of satisfaction and camaraderie with other members.
The Bonsai art teaches patience, calmness of mind and the love of nature as well as the appreciation of the environment.