From bonsai to beds, show has it all

Diacks Nurseries garden assistant Fionna Burgess with her bonsai at the Southland Home Show on Saturday.
Keith and Anne White were quite happy with the Adjusta Mattress display at the Southland Home Show on Saturday.

FIONNA Burgess is bonkers for bonsai.

She has been caring for her first plant for 38 years, and took the passion she has for the practice to the Southland Home Show at the weekend.

The Diacks Nurseries garden assistant was more than happy to talk about the plants she had displayed, and explained how creative the bonsai growing process could be.

Basically any shrub could be made into bonsai, but the ones with needles looked the oldest, she said.

Perhaps surprising to some, the idea bonsai was tricky was an old wives’ tale.

“You can style it how you like.”

While her experience with bonsai was long-standing, she said it had only been a few years since Diacks starting selling them.

“We’re growing our own now.

“It’s grown so much since Covid-19. It’s something you don’t have to rush, it’s really nice to look at, and is something different.”

Her own original bonsai had gone with her everywhere throughout the years.

“It has its ups and downs, just like us.”

The annual show was held at ILT Stadium Southland on Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibitors’ stalls included builders, architects, designers, energy consultants, furnishers, paint and wallpaper suppliers, heating specialists and more, covering building, renovation and furnishing.

Anne and Keith White had a comfortable time browsing the stalls, particularly the Adjusta Mattress display.

“We’re loving it, quite happy,” Ms White said.

The couple were given a demonstration of the bed’s features, all the while reclining on one.

Other stalls included air fryers, massage chairs, crisps and more.