Tony Harrison

Tony started growing bonsai under the tutorage of Bob Richards in 1978 when he was a member of the Cape Bonsai Kai of which he has happy memories. He was inspired by the variety of Bob's collection and the excellence of the olives grown by Kai members.

tony-harrisonTony had about sixty trees in his formal collection. He was not governed by any particular style but was more of a naturist (not in the nudist sense) and believed the tree should dictate its style. Through Bob and from him the appreciation of Bonsai has led Tony to a further appreciation of natural things and to the creation of Japanese Courtyard Gardens, Rock Gardens and to Japanese Art. These interests have enabled him to meet a diversity of people who have not only taught Tony about growing trees, but also a lot about life, for which he admires them.

Tony believed that visits of overseas experts and masters resulted in the Bonsai world in South Africa being much enriched. He felt that we may become outcasts but with our wealth of talent, diversity and wealth of natural and exotic material and boundless enthusiasm of those who control the destinies of each of the societies, we would continue to grow.

Tony was a foremost lecturer and took endless pains when preparing his lecture/demonstrations whether for his own club, or at seminars or conventions. Anyone who had been privileged to listen to and watch Tony will not have forgotten the experience.

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Right at my feet -

and when did you get here,

snail? ~ Issa

Random Bonsai Tip

So much time is spent on striving towards perfection in the foliage area of trees but little contemplation goes into the area around the nebari. Consider planting your tree at different heights in the pot which might enhance the existing taper and roots. If your tree lacks roots use moss mounded in such a way to suggest underlying roots, or you can even use sticks of similar appearance to the wood of the tree as 'fake' roots until you are able to coerce roots to fill the void. Use appropriate gravel to complete the scene.