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The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Jeff » August 23rd, 2012, 6:12 pm

I heard Bonsai The Imagination Trees retail nursery is changing hands and they are selling off a lot of stock over the next two weekends. Anyone else have any info?
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Brian » August 23rd, 2012, 6:44 pm

I am not surprised. Most business have taken a tumble. Many retail and building industry jobs have been lost. I guess buying a bonsai is a luxury these days.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby ozzy » August 23rd, 2012, 7:11 pm

Yep, I'll be on Centrelink myself soon if things don't pick up :o , might have to buy a surf board and get prepared for the post carbon tax economy :cool:
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Olivecrazy » August 23rd, 2012, 7:21 pm

Im on centre link come Monday :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby reddoggy » August 23rd, 2012, 8:06 pm

Things are crook in Tullarook and there aint no work in Bourke. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Bloody awful in the building game.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby kcpoole » August 23rd, 2012, 9:03 pm

Any one wanna call in and find out the story?

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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Bretts » August 23rd, 2012, 9:07 pm

I think they are all too busy on hold with Centrelink :shock:
It's too bad your in such a hurry cause the stories I could tell you, Bushels and baskets of stories, hole crates full of stories. But if you can spare a moment I will tell you one story.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby vgarth » August 23rd, 2012, 9:35 pm

Hi
I received this in email from a bonsai friend:


SALE 50% off ALL PLANTS IN STOCK Including Bonsai

Friday August 31st-Sunday 2nd

at THE HOME OF GARDEN LOVERS
(Next door to the York on Lilydale)
136 York Rd Mt. Evelyn
Phone 97370851

I think that's the place.... unless I'm mixed up.

Cheers,
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Josh » August 23rd, 2012, 10:02 pm

Wow, think I'm having next friday off :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: Pitty all you blokes on centre link won't be able to afford anything, all the more for me :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Brian » August 23rd, 2012, 10:44 pm

vgarth wrote:Hi
I received this in email from a bonsai friend:


SALE 50% off ALL PLANTS IN STOCK Including Bonsai

Friday August 31st-Sunday 2nd

at THE HOME OF GARDEN LOVERS
(Next door to the York on Lilydale)
136 York Rd Mt. Evelyn
Phone 97370851

I think that's the place.... unless I'm mixed up.


Cheers,
Val Garth


Val, wrong nursery. I think a lot of plant nurseries will close down this year. Its doom and gloom everywhere folks.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Josh » August 23rd, 2012, 11:24 pm

Brian wrote:
vgarth wrote:Hi
I received this in email from a bonsai friend:


SALE 50% off ALL PLANTS IN STOCK Including Bonsai

Friday August 31st-Sunday 2nd

at THE HOME OF GARDEN LOVERS
(Next door to the York on Lilydale)
136 York Rd Mt. Evelyn
Phone 97370851

I think that's the place.... unless I'm mixed up.


Cheers,
Val Garth


Val, wrong nursery. I think a lot of plant nurseries will close down this year. Its doom and gloom everywhere folks.


They share the same site.... from the garden lovers website
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Bonsai The imagination Tree - www.sashieda.com.au

An amazing collection of established bonsai for sale representing the work of many Bonsai enthusiasts over more than 50 years.

In 2009 Bonsai The Imagination Tree moved from Monbulk to a site it now shares with The Home of Garden Lovers. From the beginner to the enthusiast we have all your needs plants, tools, potting mix, materials for nurturing your tree. Our staff can provide assistance in choosing the right tree or advice on what to do next in developing your work of art.



Bonsai maintenance services

We provide a tree sitting and maintenance service if you are going away for any period of time it is much cheaper to drop your tree off at the nursery and have the experts look after it than have someone come in to your home. At the same time we cam perform an annual check up of the tree and repot or fertilizer depending on your requirements.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Jeff » August 24th, 2012, 7:55 am

I think they are only open on the weekend.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby arthur » August 24th, 2012, 8:28 am

Ok I have the low down......Amazing what 1 phone call can achieve.
Bonsai the Imagination tree are having a sale this weekend Sat 25th & Sun 26th
Garden lovers (where Bonsai the imagination tree is located) have their yearly 50% off sale next weekend Sat 1st and Sun 2nd
Someone has taken over the Bonsai nursery and will be re-launching around Oct???? Great for all bonsai enthusiasts....so sad to see things close down in the current economy.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Daniel1986 » February 3rd, 2013, 1:01 pm

Went to Imagination Tree yesterday and was not very impressed. Had some great bonsai already in bonsai pots ready to take home and maintain but nothing you could take home and work on yourself. Only a few pines in growing pots and some maples but didn't look in the greatest condition.Asked one of the stuff about a trident maple and she grabbed a white pine :lost: . Not sure if they are new owners due to I have never been there be for but I would not recommend unless you are looking for a well established bonsai and looking to spend some decent money.
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Re: The Imagination Tree Retail Nursery changing hands?

Postby Mojo Moyogi » February 3rd, 2013, 3:03 pm

Daniel1986 wrote:Went to Imagination Tree yesterday and was not very impressed. Had some great bonsai already in bonsai pots ready to take home and maintain but nothing you could take home and work on yourself. Only a few pines in growing pots and some maples but didn't look in the greatest condition.Asked one of the stuff about a trident maple and she grabbed a white pine :lost: . Not sure if they are new owners due to I have never been there be for but I would not recommend unless you are looking for a well established bonsai and looking to spend some decent money.


Daniel, the current operators of what was The Imagination Tree have just recently re-opened as Shojo Feature Trees. The Imagination Tree, before the old management left to follow other pursuits was a shadow of it's former standard back in the early to mid 2000s. I believe that the the intention of the new management is to return the establishment to where it was in the past and more, but these things do not happen overnight and by admission of the current manager, the place is in transition. The nursery stock that you are speaking of would almost certainly be remnants of the previous management, the new manager assures me that in time this stock will be replaced by better material.

With this in mind, perhaps in the future you could speak openly to the staff and management in person about your grievances and get the full picture (in a nursery there is almost always a valid reason for any quality issue perceived or otherwise), before you write about them on the forum.

I have no affiliation with the nursery, but I know the manager and have spoken with him at length about his plans for the place, as someone who has spent thousands in the old Imagination Tree in the past, I am looking forward to what will come of his plans and am confident he will receive my business in the future.

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