Shaun’s interest in Bonsai started in 1975 after returning from an extended surfing and general touring holiday overseas (1 year).

Ever since then he has lived, breathed and grown Bonsai. So much so he has had to move three times just to house his growing collection. His family has supported him through all the moving and they now have finally settled into his custom Waterfall Bonsai garden home (designed and built by myself).

Belonging to the Durban Bonsai Club gave him the opportunity to go to the first Convention as a demonstrator, this was held in Johannesburg at the Wits University. Since then he has demonstrated at numerous Conventions and Clubs around South Africa.

Shaun’s passion is the Ficus Natalensis, Natal Wild Fig of which he has become well known for and is often called the Ficus master. He has numerous in his growing collection. One of his first big Ficus specimens (1 metre plus in height) was worked on by John Naka from Japan when he first visited South Africa. “He inspired me to grow big trees,” says Shaun.

Commiphoria Harveyii (Bronze Paperback) have become a close second.

“The best part about doing Bonsai over the last 39 years, has been all the friends I have made and that has been very special as these friendships have lasted till today and I am sure will outlast my trees!”

Shaun has been instrumental in forming a group of bonsai enthusiasts who meet once or twice a month at different private homes. This is over and above his normal club commitments. This group is called “A Moment In Time”. “People are always asking me how old my trees are, or how long did it take to grow or create that tree. Hence the caption,” says Shaun.

“Oh and by the way I was given the name Mr. Miyagi. I guess there is some resemblance to him from the movie Karate Kid.”

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