Don’t miss out on Bonsai Show in Durban North

WITH more than 1 000 bonsai trees in his collection, there is no one better to speak to than Farouk Patel, ahead of this weekend’s Bonsai Show.

The 64-year-old, who is a member of the Durban Bonsai Society, has honed his skills over the past three decades and tends to and creates a beautiful array of exotic and indigenous plants as bonsai trees.

He encouraged residents to come out to support the bonsai show as there would be bonsai sales, tree clinics, displays and demonstrations on the day.

“I will be displaying a few of the trees I’ve been working on. It is also an opportunity for the public to learn more about the art but also how to take care of your bonsais. We hope the community will come out and support the event,” he said.

Patel said, while some of his knowledge stems from reading books about bonsai, he gained the most experience through the Durban Bonsai Society.

“Through the society where I gained a deeper understanding and knowledge of bonsai. My knowledge grew in leaps and bounds because I was surrounded by other people who have similar passions and had been doing it for much longer. If I had one bit of advice for those who have a passion for bonsai trees, it would be to become a member of the society. Not only do you broaden your knowledge but you interact with people who have similar passions to you,” he said.

The Durban Bonsai Society will host its Bonsai Show over two days, Saturday, November 12 (from 09:00 to 15:00) and Sunday, November 13 (09:00 to 13:00) at the Durban North Lions Club, 29 Uitsig Road (behind Pick ‘n Pay Hyper). There will be lucky draws, tree clinics and bonsai demonstrations on the day. For more information, email Tickets cost R20 for adults, R10 for pensioners and children U12 are free.