Presidents Notes – October 2015

Fall is upon us.

The weather is slightly cooler during the days and the nights are even cooler. Days are shorter and the nights are longer. There simply are not enough hours in the days to get everything done or so it seems. It is time to handle all our fall chores and start preparing our trees for the winter. As I said, there are not enough hours to do everything.

The selection committee has selected our trees which will make up our display in Asheville, NC, at the Carolina Bonsai Expo 2015. With only eight feet of display, the selected trees are Jim McLane’s cascade Japanese black pine, Bobby Popwell’s Hokkaido elm forest, and Brian Van Fleet’s fire thorn pyracantha. The trees are looking great and we believe we have a really good display. We will be taking lots of photos and will present these during our November meeting. Next year we have been assured we will have additional display area
and we can display more trees. Please start now planning what tree you would like to submit for next year.

For those who have not had the opportunity to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo, we are including a link here which is a good video of the 2014 Expo put together by John Geanangel.

For those who have signed up for the Rodney Clemons workshop in the spring, please remember to pay John Walker at the Monday night meeting.

I will not have made it back home from North Carolina in time for the Monday night meeting and Gerry Fuller has agreed to host our meeting. The meeting is meant to be advice on problems you may be facing with a tree. Please bring any tree you would like one of our more experienced members to critique and or advise you. We will have our Saturday  workshop in the Potting Shed. Tear down of the Expo will start at 4:00 PM and I am sure will take some time and it will be too late to drive home; therefore, we are spending an extra day in the mountains.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Pierce for his excellent presentation on soil. Jack it was a super discussion and you brought out some outstanding points for all of us to consider.

We are hoping to see some of you in Asheville this weekend. If you can make the trip, you will not be disappointed. The address is:

The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315
Phone: 828-665-2492

In closing let’s keep the people in South Carolina in our prayers and our thoughts. The news coming from SC is most alarming and the recovery is going to be very long.

Best regards to all,


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