Presidents Notes – January 2017

Thank you for trusting me to serve as your president for 2017.

This year as your president, I will try to add some comments pertaining the art, style, and thought of bonsai and the Japanese traditions that accompany our feelings about our inspiring hobby. I have included in this newsletter a list of “Bonsai Rules” that I have found useful (see announcements page). I hope they give some quick bonsai tips.

I will have at least one haiku poem in each newsletter.

 

American readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture in the late 19th century with the brief Japanese poems called Haiku or Hokku. The 17 syllable form is rooted in Japanese tradition of close observations of nature.

Working on trees at the meeting, though positive, is usually not enough time to complete a task since the meeting only lasts 1 to 1.5 hours… The time to really work on your tree is with your bonsai buddies in the Saturday workshop following the meeting. This is usually a 2-3 hours in a relaxed and friendly place and there is time for asking questions, shaping, cutting, wiring, and repotting (in the early spring) and gossip. So to get the most from your club and for your tree(s) attend the Saturday workshop!

Mon, Jan 23 Program: FOR THE NIGHT SHOW PLEASE BRING ONLY YOUR FAVORITE JUNIPERS. THERE SHOULD BE SOME VERY INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFUL TREES.

Jack Pierce will bring some of his junipers and talk/discuss several aspects of this popular and lovely bonsai species. Growth characteristic, Best type of soil for growth, when to prune, wire and design the tree. He will also demonstrate how to control growth and how to “pinch” (though one never pinches new growth). This latter technique must be learned and practiced often during the growing season to develop your tree into a beautiful art specimen.

See you all on Monday

Gerry

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