Bonsai Gallery: Dr Tobie Kleynhans




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Tobie is a medical doctor in George, on the South Coast of South Africa. (George is situated about 450 km east of Cape Town). He started his Bonsai collection in 1998 and now has about 650 trees in his collection.

This is quite a big collection and Tobie employs a full time gardener to help with watering, weeding, feeding and pest control. Since starting bonsai, Tobie has become totally absorbed and has attended national and international congresses and visited bonsai gardens in Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, Bali and America. He is also very fortunate to be invited to do demo’s, lectures and workshops at local clubs in South Africa and Namibia.

My thanks go to Tobie for sharing some of his bonsai with us!

OLEA EUROPAEA var AFRICANA bonsai

OLEA EUROPAEA var AFRICANA
Age of tree>100 years, collected 2000
Started as Bonsai 2001
Height 97 cm
Width 72 cm
Base of trunk 35 cm

ULMUS PARVIFOLIA bonsai

ULMUS PARVIFOLIA
Age of tree±<30 years
Started as Bonsai 1976
Height: 105 cm
Width 85 cm
Base of trunk 15 cm

CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA bonsai

CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA
Age of tree±20 years
Started as Bonsai 2003
Height: 42 cm
Width 43 cm
Base of trunk 6 cm

LACHNOSTYLIS BILOCULARIS bonsai

LACHNOSTYLIS BILOCULARIS
Age of tree>50 years, collected 2001
Started as Bonsai 2002
Height: 52 cm
Width 50 cm Base of trunk 22 cm

WISTERIA bonsai

WISTERIA
Age of tree±20 years
Started as Bonsai 2000
Height: 107 cm
Width 90 cm
Base of trunk 25 cm
This Wisteria was recognised among the 65 International Winners at the BCI contest in 2005

PYRACANTHA bonsai

PYRACANTHA
Age of tree ±15 years
Started as Bonsai 2000 Height 95 cm
Width 35 cm
Base of trunk 10 cm

bonsai benches

Views of some of Tobie's bonsai benches in his garden

bonsai benches