Scott Martin developed a fascination with bonsai from a young age. He pursued formal training in Japan in 2012 at Aichi-en in Nagoya, then to Kouka-en in Osaka in 2013 and returned to Aichi-en in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to round out his training. In 2015, Scott started ‘Bonsai Matsu’ a training school in Melbourne with a wide range of courses and workshops for enthusiasts to nurture and develop their bonsai skill set. Now, thanks to online technology, he is involved in bonsai with people all over the world and produces the Bonsai Stuff podcast.
Working with a wide range of species, Scott has a solid understanding of pines as well as exotic and native species and is enthusiastic to share as much of his experience as possible. Whether a bonsai is in development or refinement, Scott takes great pride in helping to take bonsai to the next level.
Andrew has been passionately involved in bonsai for around twelve years. In that time he has made several trips to Japan to visit bonsai gardens and exhibitions. He has studied in Japan under Keichi Fujikawa and Bjorn Bjornholm, and with Noboichi Uruahibata. He has a YouTube channel where he has video documentaries about these trips with over 2,000 subscribers and over 1.1 million views.
Awards include 5 Best In Show trees within a size category at the Queensland Bonsai Society, 6 Best in Show for a size category for the Sunshine Coast Bonsai Society, a BCI Medal of Excellence and an Award of Merit from Marc Noelanders for a tree at the 2017 AABC Convention.Two articles on my bonsai life have been published in the international magazine Bonsai Focus.
Lindsay has been practicing bonsai for 52 years, and collecting Suiseki for 25 years. He is an international Bonsai and Suiseki Demonstrator, workshop tutor, author, lecturer and judge.
His current formal Titles are Patron, National Bonsai & Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA) and Chairman Emeritus, World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF).
Tony’s love of plants started when he was only a few years old helping his nana in her shade house. His bonsai journey started approximately 35 years ago at the Bebb’s nursery at Moorooka where he was taught the traditional Japanese principles of bonsai. He has applied the learnings on his extensive and varied collection.Then, 10 years ago he joined BSQ continuing to learn from members and visiting tutors , he has participated in numerous workshops. He now teaches bonsai to the beginners at the club. He loves helping beginners on the first steps in their bonsai journey.
Tony’s passion for smaller trees started 4 years ago after a health issue. He now specialises in creating 'mini' trees. He promotes the creation of minis and teaches the specialised techniques to clubs in south-east Queensland and anyone else interested.