About Bishopsford



Bishopsford
Bonsai
Nursery


3
Muscat
Lane
South


Nova
Constantia,
Cape
Town


Ph
0793066900




Bishopsford
Bonsai
Nursery
is
based
in
Constantia,
Cape
Town.
Suppliers
of
all
your
bonsai
requirements
such
as
starter
trees,
ready-made
bonsai,
pots,
tools,
wire,
growing
mediums,
mudmen,
fertilisers,
pesticides,
Create
your
own
bonsai
manuals
etc. We
import
pots,
tools
and
accessories
directly,
enabling
us
to
keep
our
prices
down,
a
number
of
local
potters
are
also
supported
by
us.
All
our
trees
are
grown
and
designed
by
us
and
we
focus
on
species
suitable
to
our
climatic
conditions.



In
addition
to
the
supply
of
Bonsai
products
we
also
offer
guidance
on
bonsai
maintenance,
repotting,
pruning,
boarding,
commissions,
corporate
gifting,
garden
tours
and
we
hold
workshops
and
courses
(Covid
permitting).


Bishopsford
Bonsai
Nursery
is
owned
by
Gail
Theron
who
started
her
first
Bonsai
in
1970. She
had
two
years
training
as
a
nurseryman
at
a
very
large
Garden
centre
in
Cape
Town
in
1979
and
1980. As
bonsai,
and
Oriental
arts
had
already
been
her
and
Lionel’s
interest
for
many
years
they
decided
to
expand
their
own
nursery
and
purchased
seven
acres
in
the
delightful
Hout
Bay
valley
in
order
to
achieve
this
ambition. The
nursery
called
Bishopsford
was
established
in
1980
and
grew
from
strength
to
strength.
Bishopsford
now
stocks
about
60
different
varieties
of
trees,
with
over
850
starters
or
pre-bonsai
and
750
ready-made
bonsai
trees
available
for
purchase.
We
also
have
an
online
store
with
a
small
sample
of
our
stock
listed
(https://bishopsfordbonsai.co.za),
we
ship
throughout
South
Africa.



The
magic
of
bonsai
at
Bishopsford
has
not
only
endured
but
has
developed
significantly
over
the
past
years.
Comments
frequently
made;
“A
labour
of
love
and
food
for
the
soul”. The
nurturing
of
these
little
wonders
of
nature
has
become
a
passion
and
way
of
life
and
for
us
is
certainly
food
for
the
soul. Sharing
knowledge
and
experience
and
watching
new
bonsai
growers
develop
is
an
added
joy. Hopefully
a
stroll
amongst
the
trees
will
fill
you
with
a
sense
of
peace
and
tranquility
and
leave
you
fulfilled.




Gail
and
Lionel
travelled
extensively
throughout
Asia,
namely,
China,
Hong
Kong,
Taiwan,
Singapore,
Indonesia,
Thailand,
Malaysia
and
Cambodia
in
their
quest
for
knowledge
and
enjoyment
of
anything
Oriental. They
attended
many
National
and
International
Conventions.



Gail
has
been
growing
bonsai
since
1970
and
was
mainly
self-taught.
She
was
a
committee
member
of
Cape
Bonsai
Kai
for
approximately
34
years,
holding
the
post
of
Technical
Chairman
for
many
years.
She
is
an
honorary
life
member
of
Cape
Bonsai
Kai
and
Oyama
Bonsai
Kai. She
has
presented
a
large
number
of
talks,
participated
in
numerous
exhibitions
and
been
invited
to
judge
bonsai
at
shows.



In
2014
the
South
African
Bonsai
Association
honoured
her
with
a
Lifetime
Achievement
Award. Her
dedication
and
talents
are
also
internationally
recognised. Her
bonsai
collection
consists
of
many
beautiful
award-winning
trees
including
one
which
was
named;
“East
Cloud”
by
John
Naka.



In
the
early
1970s
there
was
very
little
information
or
contact
with
bonsai
from
other
parts
of
the
world
and
Gail
embarked
on
the
plan
to
bring
visiting
Bonsai
Masters
to
this
country. She
was
involved
in
the
visits
of
many
internationally
renowned
Masters.
These
include
John
Naka,
Ben
Oki,
Melba
Tucker,
Vaughn
Banting,
Dorothy
and
Debra
Koreshoff
and
for
CBK’s
30th anniversary
Mr
I
C
Sue
and
Cheng
Kung
Cheng
and
after
that
Budi
Sulistyo.


In
2015
Gail
and
Lionel
had
the
opportunity
to
move
the
nursery
to
a
beautiful
spot
in
Nova
Constantia
with
the
joy
of
having
their
daughter,
Debbie,
who
has
been
involved
in
bonsai
for
some
years
continuing
assisting
them.
Most
recently
Bishopsford
has
added
a
third
generation
to
its
team
with
the
addition
of
Gail’s
grandson,
Nic.



Sadly
Lionel,
aged
85,
passed
away,
in
August
2020
but
his
memory
lives
on
in
the
beautiful
bonsai
garden
that
he
created.



Bishopsford
Bonsai
Nursery
is
well
visited
by
many
bonsai
enthusiasts
from
all
over
the
world
and
gets
many
compliments
from
visitors
of
all
ages. Pay
a
visit
to
our
tranquil
bonsai
garden
where
you
can
also
view
Gail’s
private
bonsai
collection.



Find
us
on:


Facebook: Bishopsford
Bonsai


Instagram:
@bonsaict


Website:
https://bishopsfordbonsai.co.za

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