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Bonsai Island has everything for the bonsai enthusiast, from novice to expert, including a spacious outdoor display area.

See quality established bonsai, all styled by the proprietors. And yes, there is starter material so you can style your own trees, from tubestock to advanced pre-bonsai and everything in between.

Yes, there are Bonsai for sale, plus supplies and equipment. Bonsai Island carries a range of Japanese and Chinese pots, a great range of hand-made Australian pots, plenty of specialty tools and styling wire for training your trees and bonsai books for inspiration, advice and techniques. Bonsai Island offers tuition with the owner, Elaine Brown. Lessons conducted by arrangement for ages 12 and up.

Extensive range of conifers, Australian natives, broadleaved evergreens, deciduous, flowering and fruiting examples in all bonsai styles including group plantings of little forests in a dish. The displays feature trees at their seasonal peak, so any time of year is a great time to visit. Potting, re-styling, bonsai boarding and advisory services available.

What is Bonsai? Bonsai is a horticultural art. Woody plants are grown in shallow containers and styled to resemble scale-models of mature trees in nature.

Bonsai need sunlight, air movement, water, nutrients and a substrate in which to grow. That's the horticultural element, and it's the same as in any other form of gardening.

The art of bonsai involves styling, training and pruning a living tree to the shape you want, then matching it to a complementary container to create the desired overall effect with drama, strength, grace, elegance or whimsy.

Bonsai Island teaches that Bonsai is not about the age of the tree, per se, it is about the artistry and beauty of the design.

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Located on Phillip Island, on the south side of the main Phillip Island Tourist Roa in Newhaven, just over the bridge from San Remo, about halfway between Islantis Surfer Supplies and Katmandog Pet Shop.

  • Car park
  • Shop
  • Art and craft
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Shopping
Opening hours:

Please contact operator at least 48 hours prior, if you would like to visit outside the regular opening hours.

  • Saturday and Sunday
    10:00am - 5:00pm
Disabled access:
Contact operator for further details.