About Shannon Young

Anyone that has known me knows my passion for and love of Bonsai. I have grown, studied, displayed, demonstrated and taught Bonsai for over 27 years.

Current Curator of the Governor Generals Bonsai collection, former Assistant Curator and primary carer of at the National Bonsai and Penjing collection. I have furthered my studies in Bonsai in Japan in 2011 and visited the famous collections of Mr Kunio Kobayashi, Fujikawa Kouka-en, the late Mr Suburo Kato and Mr Daizo Iwasaki.

I received the Bonsai Clubs International award for excellence in both 2011 and 2012 for Bonsai design and horticulture, as well as numerous local, state and national awards for Bonsai. My bonsai have been selected for photographic display in The World Bonsai Friendship Federation 2013 Bonsai Commemorative Album, six of my trees have been selected by committee for loan to the National Bonsai and Penjing collection, including one permanent donation.

I have provided high profile bonsai tours for the wives of Australian and Japans chief of navy and the guests, the Duke of Kent, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles (Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

But as all good Bonsai and Penjing artists know, you never stop learning and improving your skills.

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"The Duke of Kent, who is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was welcomed by Friends of the National Arboretum chair Jocelyn Plovits and spent several minutes inspecting the Hawthorn variety of bonsai."

"Shannon Young,"...... "said the Duke had an impressive knowledge of bonsai and recognised several species."

THE AGE  -  26 April 2015

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"I was particularly impressed with the work of Shannon Young"

....Bill Valavanis

"When I arrived at the venue the society had a small display of fine bonsai for me to enjoy, and I really did. I was particularly impressed with the work of Shannon Young one of the younger members of the society. He showed me a small leaf fig which I saw at the 2009 Australian Associated Bonsai Club convention where I taught and presented him with an award of encouragement for the same tree. I guess it worked, because the tree has developed quite nicely. He also had a Benjamin fig trained in a slanting style shohin bonsai from SEED which was impressive."

"Although Bald cypress is not native to Australia is it commonly used for bonsai, and they must really like this climate. I saw old looking trees, with rough bark and well developed branching where were under ten years old, from seed! Quite impressive! Shannon had a large forest set up in a corner display which was a two man bonsai. The trunks were magnificent as was the group planting composition. I found it difficult to believe he started the forest only four years ago from pencil size cuttings. He had another larger thicker specimen with quite a bit of dead wood as well."

--- extract from  Bill Valavanis Bonsai Blog - 

"if you have the chance don’t miss him."

youny bonai canberra award"Shannon Young – Although now a resident of Canberra (yes he moved from Sunshine Coast to Canberra) and the assistant Curator of the National Collection Shannon is an exceptional talent.

Although I don’t have any photos of him in action as a demonstrator I have seen him in action, if you have the chance don’t miss him.

A few years back I awarded him the BCI excellence award at the annual show and share this beautiful tree with you below."


"He’s had a decorated career "

young bonsai canberra short course"Shannon Young has over 25 years’ experience as a horticulturist and Bonsai artist. He’s had a decorated career winning many local, state and national awards for his ‘living sculptures’ Bonsai art..... Shannon will be taking the Bonsai Clinic short course for us at Short Courses by CIT Solutions."

- June 16, 2017 by The Short Courses Team - CIT Solutions

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