About Megumi Bennett
Award for Megumi
In November 2006, the Foreign Minister of Japan, Mr Taro Aso, conferred Foreign Ministerial Awards on two individuals and one group in New South Wales.
Mrs Megumi Bennett, Mr Ken Done and the Ikebana International Sydney Chapter 36 Inc were honoured for having greatly strengthened the bilateral relationship. Mrs Bennett and Ikebana International Sydney were presented their awards at a reception at the Consul-General Official Residence on 16 February 2007.
Megumi Bennett gained her B.A. in English Literature in Tokyo, Japan. On arriving in Australia in 1974 she continued to develop the bonsai and ikebana skills she had learnt in Japan. Megumi is a graduate of the Ryde School of Horticulture, where she also taught bonsai. In 1999 she founded the Bonsai Society of Sydney inc and is also a member of the Nippon Bonsai Association and Ikebana International.
For many years Megumi has given demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops throughout Australia. She has been interviewed on both radio and T.V and is a contributor to articles on bonsai in Australia and overseas. Her first solo exhibition took place at the Japan Foundation Sydney in 1997.
Megumi received the bonsai instructors qualification from the Nippon Bonsai Association, Japan in 2008. She is the fist overseas person to receive this recognition. She qualifies as a bonsai artist, teacher, demonstrator and lecturer not only in Japan but internationally as well.
If you would like to enrol in a bonsai or ikebana classes with Megumi, see our Bonsai School information.