Brisbane Botanic Gardens Bonsai House Collection

bonsai book

John Townsend has kindly allowed me to use some of his collection of images from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

John Tapner of the Bonsai Study Group tells me about this collection; "The Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are well known in Australia and mainly comprise the late Len Webber's collection. Len was one of the first Australians to take up bonsai after being exposed to it as a soldier in the Occupying Forces in Japan during World War 2. Len had a nursery in a suburb close to where I live and I remember meeting him when I was just becoming interested in bonsai about 30 years ago. At that time he died, no-one in Sydney was interested in his collection and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens took the entire collection and built a Bonsai House adjoining their Japanese Garden. The collection comprises three separate groups which rotate on show. Unfortunately many original trees died due to the change of climate but the collection has been built up over the years with the aid of local bonsai enthusiasts."

Moreton Bay Fig Ficus macrophylla  1950

Moreton Bay Fig/Ficus macrophylla

Development started 1950

Port Jackson Fig  Ficus rubiginosa

Port Jackson Fig/ Ficus rubiginosa 1970

Moreton Bay Fig Ficus macrophylla  1958

Moreton Bay Fig/Ficus macrophylla 1958

Azalea 'Satsuki'/ Rhododendron indicum

Azalea 'Satsuki'/ Rhododendron indicum

Chinese Pear  Pyrus ussuriensis 1958

Chinese Pear/Pyrus ussuriensis 1958

Port Jackson Fig Fiscus rubiginosa  1964

Port Jackson Fig/ Ficus rubiginosa 1964

Weeping Fig/ Ficus benjamina 1971

Weeping Fig/ Ficus benjamina 1971