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17 – 20 May 2024, Brisbane QLD
Welcome to the 36th AABC Bonsai National Convention, proudly hosted by the Bonsai Society of Queensland. Bonsai By Design is another chance to catch-up with one another.
The Convention venue is Royal on the Park, Brisbane City.
International Demonstrators are:
- Koji Hiramatsu, from Japan,
- Martin Walters, from New Zealand.
Australian Demonstrators are:
- Lindsay & Glen Bebb, from Qld,
- Andrew Sellman, from Qld.
For all Convention information please visit: https://www.bonsaisocietyqld.asn.au/aabc2024.php
For the 2024 Convention Registration Form click here.
NATIONAL SEMINARS (1987 – 2004) & CONVENTIONS (2005- Present)
|1987||Sydney, NSW||1st Australian National Bonsai Seminar||Max Candy (NSW: grow your trees thicker, quicker); John Marsh (NSW: group planting on slab ); Jeff Ackland (VIC: grafting to repair or rebuild a bonsai); Lindsay Bebb (QLD: rock planting).|
|1988||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||2nd ANBS||Jan Laussohn and Tony Bebb (QLD: miniature bonsai); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW: raft sinuous); Jack Tripovich (VIC: growing and improving bonsai); Lindsay Bebb (QLD: saikei)|
|1989||Melbourne, VIC||3rd ANBS||Ted Poynton (VIC: 101 techniques of bonsai); Jack Tripovich (VIC: bending techniques for large trunks); Lee Wilson (NSW: juniper literati); Jeff Ackland (VIC: tray landscape penjing); Ron Anderson (NSW: pot selection).|
|1990||Adelaide, SA (SA Bonsai Society Inc)||4th ANBS||Jeff Ackland (VIC: grafting techniques); Janet Sabey (SA: olives); Lee Wilson (NSW: rock settings); Mick Ryan and Errol Mizon (SA: pines); Jan Laussohn (QLD: mame); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW: surprise topic).|
|1991||Canberra, ACT (Weston Creek Bonsai Group Inc)||5th ANBS||Mick Balzary (ACT: Japanese black pine); John Marsh (NSW: group setting); Joe Micaleff (ACT: styling large Japanese black pine); Lindsay Bebb (QLD: multiple rock planting).|
|1992||Penrith, NSW (Nepean Bonsai Society Inc)||6th ANBS||John Marsh (NSW: driftwood style trees); David Terry (NSW: handmade clay pots); Glenis Bebb (QLD: group planting of Japanese junipers); Val Allan (NSW: penjing styles in China); Lee Wilson (NSW: literati style); Steve Colangelo (VIC: pines).|
|1993||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||7th ANBS||Jan Laussohn (QLD: shohin bonsai); Lee Wilson (NSW: penjing); John Marsh (NSW: windswept); Lindsay and Glenis Bebb (QLD: re-designing and refining); Ted Poynton (VIC: secrets and techniques); Robert Langholm (NZ: bonsai in New Zealand); The American National Bonsai Collection.|
|1994||Melbourne, VIC||8th ANBS||Steve Colangelo (VIC: white pine); Richard Salvado (VIC: windswept); Brian Sampson (VIC: Australian penjing); Mark Brace (VIC: carving); Lee Wilson (NSW: forest landscape); Jeff Ackland (VIC: rock penjing in trays); Georgina Kretschmar (NSW: individual trees).|
|1995||Sydney, NSW||No ANBS||BCI Convention in lieu|
|1996||Darwin, NT||9th ANBS||John Marsh (NSW: cascade with a twist); Chris Nathanael (NT: grafting); Graeme Herridge (NT: nebari); Brian Sampson (VIC: landscape); Sani Arshad (NT: tropical bonsai); Lee Wilson (NSW: mystery tour); Janet Sabey (SA: olives); Round Robin of various artists using local materials (without notice).|
|1997||Coffs Harbour, NSW (Tokonoma Bonsai Society Inc)||10th ANBS||Tony Lea (NSW: the art of contrast); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW: growing and designing of Australian natives); Chris Smedley (ACT: grouping of trident maples); Mick Balzary (ACT: Cedrus deodara 'Aurea'); Graeme Herridge (NT: fertilisers); Lindsay Bebb QLD, John Marsh and Lee Wilson NSW: joint critique); Glenis Bebb (QLD: creating the impression of age in bonsai).|
|1998||Adelaide, SA (SA Bonsai Society Inc)||11th ANBS||Bob Smith and James Johnson (SA: group planting of olives); John Marsh (NSW: using driftwood); Janet Sabey (SA: ash trees); Lee Wilson (NSW: beside the sea); Marie Petersen (SA: mallee roots in relation to bonsai); Keith Walter (SA: from foam to stone); Glenis Bebb (QLD: bonsai design); Lindsay Bebb QLD, John Marsh and Lee Wilson(NSW: joint critique.|
|1999||May 15 - 16||Wagga Wagga, NSW (Wagga Wagga Bonsai Society Inc)||12th ANBS||Richard Newland (NSW: local native bonsai, Callitris); Val Allan (NSW: cascades); Jim Webb (ACT: traditional Chinese penjing); Brian Sampson (VIC: carving and forming in bonsai); Bob McFarland (Charlie Carp products, present: useful use of pest marine animals in bonsai); John Egan (NSW: photographing your bonsai); Fran Greal (NSW: ceramics in bonsai).|
|2000||May 19 - 22||Sydney, NSW (Bonsai Society of Australia Inc)||13th ANBS Sydney 2000 Spectacular||Hu Yunhua (China: origins of penjing & contemporary penjing); Nick Lenz (USA: nature in the European tradition & nature as pure form); Richard Kong (NSW: suiseki, a brief history); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW: condensing time); John Marsh and Val Allan (NSW: ancient, traditional and contemporary ways of displaying bonsai).|
|2001||May 18 - 20||Fremantle, WA (Bonsai Society of WA Inc)||14th ANBS Welcome to the West||Sze-Ern Ernie Kuo (USA: creating a bonsai from an Australian native tree & critique on some display trees; & the current state of bonsai around the world); Jan Burrows (NZ: directions in bonsai design); Kym James (NSW: creating a saikei landscape setting); Shane Boyce (WA: 4 part saikei); Arthur Robinson (WA: the use of artistic principles in general design in relation to bonsai); Nigel Atkinson (WA: the benefits of creating your own stones).|
|2002||May 25 - 27||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||15th ANBS||4 Simultaneous Demonstrations, Shaping a Juniper Glenis Bebb, Ian Lawson, Ian Glew, John Forrest & Tony Bebb (QLD); Chase Rosade (USA: create driftwood style bonsai & create bonsai using trunk splitting); Chiu-Chang Chiang (Taiwan: Ficus approach grafting & Ficus in-arch grafting); Lindsay Bebb (QLD: rock planting); I.C. Su (Taiwan: overview of bonsai in Taiwan).|
|2003||May 30 - June 2||Melbourne, VIC (Waverley Garden Club - Bonsai Group)||16th ANBS Balancing Harmony & Change||Roy Nagatoshi (USA: reduction of a large black pine growing on its side to an upright tree shaped from one branch; creation of bonsai juniper with shari and jin); Paul Sweeney (VIC: planting trees upon shaped cork and growing trident maples together through plywood bases to obtain thick trunks); Juergen Zaar (Germany: new wiring techniques and structure of foliage pads for conifers & reduction of mugo pine with carving techniques to obtain jins and bending trunks using raffia); Janet Sabey (SA: messing about with mallee roots & saikei and false trunks); Brian Sampson (VIC: from classic to contemporary use of slate, rocks and Australian native trees to form saikei plantings); Leo Koelewyn (VIC: interesting facts about junipers, including mite control and grafting).|
|2004||April 2 - 5||Canberra, ACT (Canberra Bonsai Society Inc)||17th ANBS A Capital Bonsai Experience||Roger Hnatiuk (ACT: Australian native material sticky wattle); Walter Pall (Gemany: styling hawthorn from a dig & carving and bending a black pine); Louis Nel (South Africa: bonsai with an African flavour & Australian native in African style); Grant Bowie (NSW: heavy bending techniques); Mick Balzary (NSW: Japanese red pine as literati).|
|2005||Aug 19 - 22||Sydney, NSW (Bonsai Society of Sydney Inc)||18th ANBC Experience Kimuras Magic||Masahiko Kimura (Japan: various restylings including Cedrus deodara, African olive, red pine and carving an olive); Megumi Bennett (NSW: figs, their history, propagation and identification); Ron Sebbons (NSW: 50 years of Bonsai in Australia); Dennis McDermot (NSW: Australian natives).|
|2006||May 26 - 29||Gold Coast, QLD (Gold Coast Tweed Bonsai Club Inc)||19th ANBC "Bonsai By the Beach"||Robert Stevens (Indonesia: demo & workshops); Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia: demo & workshops); Lindsay Bebb (QLD: demo); Carole Waller (QLD: demo); Roger Lunt (QLD: demo).|
|2007||May 18 - 21||Melbourne, VIC (Bonsai Northwest Inc)||20th ANBC Bonsai with Style"||Michael Persiano (USA: demo, work), Marco Invernizzi (Italy: demo & workshops); Arthur Robinson (WA: demo), Brian Sampson (VIC: demo).|
|2008||May 16 - 19||Adelaide, SA (SA Bonsai Society Inc)||21st ANBS "Simply Bonsai"||Trevor Morrison, Brian Osborn and Andrew Ward with their chosen assistants doing group plantings; Tony Bebb (QLD: Styling a Juniper, Olive, critique), Mick Balzary (NSW Pines, critique), Janet Sabey (SA: Jade); Lindsay Bebb, QLD, Lee Wilson and John Marsh NSW: creating three settings that became one.|
|2009||May 22 - 25||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||22nd ANBC "Shine on Bonsai"||William N. Valavanis (USA), Tony Bebb (QLD), Ian Lawson (QLD), Chris Di Nola (NSW), Brenda Parker (NSW), Glenis Bebb, Ian Glew, Peter McCloskey, Bruce Sullivan, Mark Harris, Lindsay Bebb (QLD)|
|2010||May 14 - 17||Sydney, NSW (Illawarra Bonsai Society Inc)||23rd ANBC "A Bonsai Celebration"||Salvatore Liporace (Italy), Grant Bowie (ACT), Jamie Milner, Janet Selby, Brian Wasson, Chris DiNola and Clinton Nesci, aka The Italian Stallions (NSW).|
|2011||May 20 - 23||Fremantle, WA (Bonsai Society of WA Inc)||24th ANBC "Come Together"||Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Megumi Bennett (NSW), Bonseki master Yasuko Aoki (Japan)|
|2012||May 18 - 21||Melbourne (Bonsai Northwest Inc)||25th ANBC "Be Inspired"||Boon Manakitivipart (USA); Don DeLuca (NSW), Glennis Bebb (QLD), and Bonsai Northwest members|
|2013||May 17 - 20||Canberra ACT (Canberra Bonsai Society Inc)||26th ANBC "The Australian Journey"||Ryan Neil (USA); Averil Stanley (QLD), Andrew Ward (SA), Roger Hnatiuk, and Leigh Taafe (ACT)|
|2014||Aug 21 - 24||Gold Coast QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||27th ANBC "Sunrise on Australian Bonsai" In conjunction with BCI||Zhao Qingquan (China), Shinichi Nakajima (Japan), Chen Wenjuan (China), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia), Nikunj and Jyoti Parekh (India), Tony Bebb (QLD), Chris Di Nola (NSW), Joe Morgan-Payler (VIC), Frank Mihalic (USA, jewelry workshop), Dr. Tom Elias (USA, suiseki critique)|
|2015||May 15 - 18||Adelaide, SA (SA Bonsai Society Inc)||28th ANBC "Bonsai - A Growing Art"||Koji Hiramatsu (Japan), Tony Bebb (QLD), Joe Morgan-Payler (VIC)|
|2016||May 20 - 23||Hobart, TAS (Bonsai Society of Southern Tasmania Inc)||29th ANBC "Southern Bonsai Island Style"||Robert Steven (Indonesia); Grant Bowie (ACT), Quentin Valentine (VIC), Chris Xepapas & Will Fletcher (TAS)|
|2017||May 19 - 22||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||30th ANBC Art - by Nature||Marc Noelanders (Belgium); Steve Cullum, Andrew Sellman, Glenn Smith, Albert Garcia, Mark Harris, Glenis Bebb, Lindsay Bebb and Tony Bebb (QLD)|
|2018||July 20 - 23||Melbourne, VIC (Bonsai Northwest Inc)||31st ANBC "Bonsai Exposed"||Bjorn Bjorholm (USA); Joe Morgan-Payler, Hanh Tran, & Michael Simonetto (VIC)|
|2019||May 17 - 20||Melbourne, VIC (Victorian Native Bonsai Society Inc)||32nd ANBC "Australian Natives Breaking Through The Bonsai Ceiling"||Ryan Neil (USA); Hugh Grant (NSW), Roger Hnatiuk (ACT), Quentin Valentine (VIC)|
|2020||May 15 - 18||Sydney, NSW (Illawarra Bonsai Society Inc)||33rd ANBC A Golden Celebration||Juan Andrade (Costa Rica); Mitsuo Matsuda (Japan) ; Andrew Edge, Andrew Sellman (QLD), Khan Linh, Allan Harding, Janet Selby (NSW). Cancelled due to Covid-19.|
|2021||Oct 18 - 20||Perth, WA (Bonsai Society of WA Inc)||34th ANBC In conjunction with WBFF 9th WBC||Postponed to October 2022 and is being held as a Virtual on line event.|
|2022||Oct 8 - 16||Perth, WA (Bonsai Society of WA Inc)||34th ANBC In conjunction with the WBFF 9th WBC Doornjil Yoordaniny - Coming Together - Moving Forward|
|2023||May 18 - 21||Perth, WA (Bonsai Society of WA Inc)||35th ANBC|
|2024||May 17 - 20||Brisbane, QLD (Bonsai Society of Queensland Inc)||36th ANBC|
|2025||TBA||Canberra, ACT (Canberra Bonsai Society Inc)||37th ANBC|