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NOTE:  No meeting in May - support the All State Bonsai event in Grand Rapids, MI

June 10        Air layering and thread grafting workshop

 

 

Remember tomorrow is the April meeting of the West Michigan Bonsai Club We meet at Kent Career Tech Center, 1655 East Beltline NE. Park in lot #5 and enter through door D75. The meeting begins at 7:00 with a brief presentation on preparing and presenting your trees for show (the Michigan Allstate showis coming soon) followed by a repotting workshop. The club will provide soil and wire for you to repot 2 trees. Bring your trees and pots.and tools if you have them. This should be a fun evening. Come and enjoy working with your trees with your bonsai friends. Even if you do not plan to repot, come and help assist new members with their work (Source Facebook)

IS IT SPRING YET? PLEASE!? COME CELEBRATE AT THE BONSAI CLUB APRIL MEETING TUESDAY APRIL 17 (SPRING, REALY)! 7:00 AT KENT CAREER TECH CENTER, 1655 EAST BELTLINE NE LESS THAN A MILE NORTH OF MEIJER GARDENS. PARK IN LOT #5 AND ENTER THROUGH DOOR D75. IT IS EASIER TO ENTER KCTC FROM LEFFINGWELL AVENUE AS THE ENTRANCE LEADS DIRECTLY TO LOT 5. OUR MEETING WILL HAVE A DEMONSTRATION ABOUT HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR TREES, USING DISPLAY STANDS AND COMPANION PLANTS, ALL AIMED AT HELPING YOU PREPARE FOR ENTERING A TREE IN THE UPCOMING MICHIGAN ALLSTATE BONSAI SHOW AT MEIJER GARDENS ON MAY 12 AND 13. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING. WE WILL ALSO BE REPOTTING TREES! CURRENT MEMBERS WILL BE ABLE TO REPOT TWO TREES. WMBC WILL PROVIDE SOIL, WIRE AND SCREEN WITH SEVERAL "SEASONED" MEMBERS AVAILABLE TO HELP NOVICE MEMBERS. THIS SHOULD BE A FUN HELPFUL EVENING. COME JOIN US! (Source Facebook)

REMINDER Tuesday is our first Bonsai Club meeting of the year! We meet at Kent Career Tech Center 1655 East Beltline NE starting at 7pm Park in LOT 5 and enter through DOOR D75. That door will only be open till 7:30. If you need more help in finding the place please call me 616-240-4440. Although anyone is free to visit occationally, if you haven't paid your membership for 2018 please plan to do so Tuesday. We have a big lineup for 2018 and we need your support to pay for it. (Source Facebook)

Spring is prodding our temperatures up a little bit, the sunshine is a welcome friend, the hours of daylight are increasing and our bonsai are beginning to show signs of rebirth!! It is an exciting time! Just over 1 week from now we will have our first bonsai club meeting of the new year. On Tuesday March 20 at 7:00 we will meet at Kent Career Tech Center (see attached map). They ask us to use parking lot D and use door D-75. That door will lock automatically at 7:30 so please be on time! You may access KCTC from The East Beltline (between Leonard and Knapp) or from Leffingwell. The Leffingwell entrance is easier and the entrance leads almost directly to parking lot 5. I will be there at 6:30 and will answer my cell if you need help finding the proper entrance. (616-240-4440) Our program for the evening will be Tim Priest showing us bonsai tools, How to use them and how to care for them. Anita Buckowing will talk about bonsai pots, how to select them, where to buy them and how to match them to your trees. This is especially timely as our April meeting will be about transplanting, your trees into proper bonsai soil and a pot. Of course I encourage you to bring a tree to ask for help and/or advice, or just plain show off. See you on the 20th!! Tim Cox, president West Michigan Bonsai Club (Source Facebook)

We've had quite a few new "likes" since I first posted about this so I thought I'd go ahead and say something again. I created a group to help network bonsai enthusiasts throughout the state. The goal is to help spread what we do. If you are not yet a member, feel free to send a request. You can post questions, show off trees, find out what's going on near by, etc. - Austin https://www.facebook.com/groups/763681763788379/ (Source Facebook)

Are you ready for spring? It is snowing like crazy in Grand Rapids as I write this. ONLY 38 DAYS TILL SPRING!! That same day we have the first meeting of the West Michigan Bonsai Club for 2018. That's a good sign. We have a new place to meet (Kent Career Tech Center) while Meijer Gardens continues the renovation of the learning center. I will attempt to post a map and directions to the place we will meet as well as full directions, soon. Less than a mile from Meijer Gardens Our schedule for 2018 is shaping to be a very good one. March 20 we gather to see Tim Priest present tools, what they are used for, how to maintain them, and how to sharpen them if necessary. Tim is a great presenter and always makes his time fun and informative. Anita Buckowing will talk about pots and how to match your bonsai to a pot. We will also have some suggestions about where to acquire a pot in anticipation of our April meeting. Of course you are always welcome to bring a tree to show off or to ask a questions about. In April we will concentrate on re-potting The Club will provide soil and wire (you must be a member otherwise you must join that night). and several of us will be there to guide you through re-potting. Limit this to two trees, please. That date is April 17. The Michigan Allstate Bonsai Show is May 12 and 13 at Meijer Gardens I encourage all of you to enter a tree. Must be in a proper pot (not nursery pots) and using a stand or mat to make it a professional looking presentation. I will try to spend a bit of time during the April meeting to talk about where to find those resources. May 15 we will host John Cervoski from Kalamazoo who will present a demonstration of deadwood and deadwood carving. He will be demonstrating tools and techniques as well as a few of his own trees that have carved deadwood. John is from Kalamazoo and pursuing bonsai during his retirement. A few years ago John won the Best of Show award at the AllState show with a yew (with carved deadwood of course). This will be a very interesting evening I am sure June 19 will be a special night. Jack Sustic, retired curator of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum part of The National Arboretum in Washington, will present a program on the Museum, the trees (some are National Treasures) as well as an overview of how they acquire trees and how they maintain them. Jack is a very personable guy who should make the evening very special. We are still working on programs for later in the year. Watch this facebook page for more information when it is available Now about that snowblower! (Source Facebook)

Happy New Year!! I hope this finds you in good spirits and your trees safely tucked away where they are protected from the worst of the cold. Ideal temperatures for winter dormancy is 30 to 40. Of course there are exceptions. I have my ponderosa pines outside on the ground beside my fence covered with snow behind a wind fence. Their native habitat was in a place where the temps routinely were -30 so I think I'm good with them. Our holiday meeting was a big sucess. We had almost 30 in attendance with many raffle items, a nice door prize and a couple of silent auctions that were well received. 13 people either joined the club for the first time or renewed their membership. With plenty of food to share and lots food to donate to the food pantry the night was a great success. The folks at East Church Food Pantry thank us for the generousity and assure the canned goods will help needy families with their basic food needs. Thanks to you all. We will not be meeting in January or February but our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 20 at our new meeting place Kent Career Technical Center at 1655 East Beltline NE This is just about a mile from our previous home at Meijer Gardens. Just to summarize, because of construction at Meijer Gardens, we will meet for several months at KCTC. I will publish detailed instructions about how to find our meeting room and which parking lot and which door to use in early March. This is a great place adjacent to their greenhouse with adequate workspace and a pleasant atmosphere. We are fortunate to have such a place to meet. That meeting will have two presentations. Tim Priest will speak about bonsai tools, their use and maintainence. Also Anita Buckowing will talk a bit about pots, pot styles and how to match a pot to a tree. This will be good information leading up to our April meeting which will be a potting/repotting workshop. Of course you can bring a tree with questions for the group. I am itching to get to my trees to do some work but THAT'S A BIG NO NO. With the exception of tropicals or sub tropicals grown indoors under lights, do not get impatient (like me) and try to work on your trees while they are dormant. Here's to a short winter and a brief time till we can get back to working with our beautiful trees! (Source Facebook)

Where can you find a knob cutter, a root cutter, bonsai shears, a concave cutter, super thrive and rapeseed cake fertilizers, wire cutters, a bonsai calendar, bonsai potting soil, a beginners bonsai tool kit in a zipper case, books, and a few more items? All these will be available as either silent auction items, raffle items or door prizes at our Holiday Celebration in one week at Meijer Gardens (12-19-17 7:00 pm). Bring a desert or snack to share with everyone else and come have some fun. If you have not paid your dues for 2018 plan to do it there and get some additional raffle tickets in return (think of it as our gentle nudge to get your renewal)! Members get tickets at the door and more if you bring 4 food items to give to the food bank we support (East Congregational Church) from the list in the last post (scroll down). Fun, Food and Prizes, bonsai prizes no less, What could be better? See you Tuesday! (Source Facebook)

Only two weeks till our Holiday Celebration Meeting at Meijer Gardens (Tuesday December 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm) This will be the last meeting at Meijer Gardens so they can remodel and add on to the classrooms. We will return there late in 2018 when that construction is complete. We will not meet in January or February but will return to monthly meetings at Kent Career Tech Center in March. This will be a great move for us. More about that later. At the Holiday meeting everyone should bring a snack or desert to exchange. The Club will provide plates, utensils and water. There will be numerous giveaways, silent auctions, door prizes, and raffles. We have several bonsai tools, books, a bonsai calendar, soil, nutrients, and maybe a pot or two. Tim Priest has donated a gift certificate for a photo session for one of your bonsai trees (Tim's bonsai photographs are award winning and awesome). We will conduct a silent auction for that certificate. Everyone will get some raffle tickets when they enter the party and an extra ticket for the door prize. If you renew your membership at the meeting you will receive additional tickets. If you bring 4 items of food for our food drive (all food items will be for donation to the East Congregational Church Food Pantry) you will receive additional tickets*. You may also purchase tickets. The night is for sharing some food, fellowship with your bonsai friends, and prizes! Hope to see you at 7! *We are again supporting East Congretational Church and their Food Pantry. In this season of giving we hope to help them give food to those in need. We are asking you to bring 4 items of food to donate. Choose from the suggested list below. canned chicken, spaghetti sauce (not in glass), mayonaise, canned fruit, mac and cheese in a box, oatmeal, small container of cooking oil, dawn blue dish soap, (Source Facebook)

Last Saturday (Nov 18) was our tropical bonsai workshop hosted by Scott Zomerlei. There were over 20 in attendance. A good time was had by all. I want to thank Scott for another successful workshop. We really appreciate your dedication to the club. Thanks Scott!! Our last meeting for the year will be held at Meijer Gardens on TUESDAY Dec 19 at 7:00 pm. Note this is a Tuesday not a Saturday meeting. We will announce the 2018 Schedule and location of those meetings. If there is some topic or activity you want to see the club persue please email me and we will put it in our pot of ideas for consideration. Do that soon as our committee is meeting to plan next year on Sat Dec 2. This will be a different type of meeting. We will celebrate a successful year and the holiday season with a festive party. No tree work at this meeting, Just fun, food and fellowship (and PRIZES!) We are asking everyone to bring a snack or desert to share with everyone. (food) There will be door prizes, silent auctions and some other surprizes (those are the prizes). Plenty of opportunities for everyone to visit (fellowship) and have fun (did I mention fun) . Watch this facebook post for more information as details become available. Don't miss this party, I guarantee you will have a good time. (Source Facebook)