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No meeting in August - consider attending the Midwest show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

We might adjust the date of the September meeting so that members can go to the National show in Rochester

Be sure to check here for September news.

 

 

Do not fear the rain today (there is not much anyway) because we meet in the pavilion at Richmond Park which is enclosed! See you there! (Source Facebook)

Hope to see you all tomorrow at Richmond Park for our Picnic and Swap Meet from noon till 2. Come join us for a lunch (you will need to bring a dish to pass) and a bonsai swap meet All items will have a silent auction bid sheet with several end times for the auctions. Everyone is welcome to participate. Bring a bonsai related item for bid (the Club will take 15%) or come buy a tree or a pot or a tool for your collection. Hope to see you there! (Source Facebook)

Next week, July 14, Noon, Richmond Park Pavilion, Swap Meet, Picnic. Bring a dish to pass and cash The club will provide meat and buns, condiments and drinks. Bring something you wish to sell or swap. The club takes 15% Plenty of room so you can bring multiple items. The last time we did this there were deals to be had. Come have some fun with your friends. (Source Facebook)

Two weeks till the WMBC picnic/swap meet! Here's the deal... Saturday July 14 noon till 2pm Richmond Park Pavillion First the picnic: WMBC will provide meat (hotdogs and buns) paper (plates, cups, utensils etc), drinks and condiments. You will need to bring a dish to pass. Swap meet: We will use a silent auction format for items you wish to auction and we will provide an auction sheet for each item. You will fill them out and attach them to your item(s). At the end of the auction you will be responsible for collecting your auction amount and giving 15% of that to our treasurer Brian for the benefit of the club. Different ending times will apply to each item. The last time we did this it was a hoot! Let's make this one even better! (Source Facebook)

Save the date, Saturday July 14! Gather those trees, accents, pots, tools on any other bonsai related items you wish to clear out from your life. Bring them all to Richmond Park at the pavillion at 12 noon for a picnic and swap meet. More details to follow in this space but know it will be fun, fellowship and food with a bonsai twist. Save the date! (Source Facebook)

Final reminder. Tonight at 7 pm the West Michigan Bonsai Club will present a program by Jack Sustic, Curator Emeritus of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in the National Arboretum in Washington DC. The meeting will be in the "Ball Room" (2nd floor) at The John Ball Zoo 1300 W. Fulton ST. Hope to see you there! (Source Facebook)

A Reminder. Tuesday evening 7 pm West Michigan Bonsai Club June meeting with very special guest Jack Sustic. Jack is the retired curator of the national Bonsai and Penjing Museum and will give a presentation on his job there, details about some of the trees and how they were acquired, their care plans and more. Should be a very nice evening The meeting is being held at John Ball Zoo in the Ball Room near the entrance. John Ball Zoo is at 1300 W Fulton See you there (Source Facebook)

Only 19 days till our next meeting where we will have the rare opportunity to hear a presentation from Jack Sustic, retired curator of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum in Washington DC. Jack is now living in MI and has agreed to give us a slide show of the major trees in the collection, talk about the history of the museum and about how trees are chosen and cared for. He will answer questions as well. This will be pretty special evening for our club. The program starts at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Ball Room at John Ball Zoo. Special Thanks to our member Lisa Rizzo for making this room available to us for this one time event. The Zoo is Located at 1300 West Fulton and the Ball Room is located near the entrance. There is no charge for attending this event. I hope to see you all there. (Source Facebook)

THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE MAY CLUB MEETING LAST TUESDAY. A BIG THANKS TO JOHN CEROVSKI FOR HIS PRESENTATION ON DEADWOOD. I LEARNED A LOT AND SO DID THOSE OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS A SMALL GROUP THERE WAS GOOD CONVERSATION AND QUESTIONS. THANKS AGAIN JOHN! I WILL PUBLISH THE REST OF THE YEAR'S SCHEDULE AND WHERE WE WILL MEET INCLUDING WHEN WE GO BACK TO MEIJER GARDENS BELOW BUT FIRST A WORD ABOUT NEXT MONTH'S MEETING. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE JACK SUSTIC, RETIRED CURATOR OF THE NATIONAL BONSAI AND PENJING MUSEUM IN THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM IN WASHINGTON. JACK WILL GIVE US A PRESENTATION AND HISTORY ON MANY OF THE MORE FAMOUS (AND VERY OLD) TREES AS WELL AS INFORMATION ABOUT CARE AND HANDLING OF THE COLLECTION. THIS SHOULD BE A FABULOUS EVENING i ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO ATTEND. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE SECOND FLOOR THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT JOHN BALL ZOO. THE ZOO IS LOCATED AT 1300 W FULTON ST. I WILL POST A MAP SOON AND WE WILL HAVE FOLKS AVAILABLE TO POINT THE WAY FROM THE PARKING LOT. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED ON JUNE 19 7 TO 9 PM. THIS IS ONE NOT TO MISS! (Source Facebook)

Happy Spring, finally!! I hope your bonsai trees all survived the cold spring and are budding, blooming, leafing out and otherwise looking spectacular. I am planning to see you all at the Michigan Allstate Show this weekend at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Maybe I will see a tree you have entered. It is a great opportunity to show off your little trees to a large, appreciative audience. There are a few classes available yet you may want to take. Especially interesting to me is the bring your own tree workshops both days with the guest master William Valavanis. Bill has a long history in bonsai starting with a Japanese apprenticeship 40 years ago. He will conduct a class both Saturday and Sunday afternoons If you are a Meijer Gardens member the cost is only $50 You can register here http://www.meijergardens.org/calendar/category/classes-camps/ Next meeting is Tuesday May 15 7:00 pm at Kent Career Technical Center 1655 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids, Our guest will be John Cervoski a Kalamazoo bonsai artist who will demonstrate deadwood carving and care for bonsai. Should be a very interesting, informative time. Of course you are encouraged to bring a tree or other treasure (maybe something you picked up from our vendors at the All State Show!) to share or to ask advice. There are plenty of folks who will offer help. Hope to see you at the show and then at the monthly meeting! Tim Cox, president West Michigan Bonsai Club (Source Facebook) www.meijergardens.org