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January - No meeting



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)

Two days till our next meeting and We have one more opening in the ficus class. $15 for the tree, wire, pot and soil. Workshop conducted by Scott from Growco. Call me if you want the last spot Tim Cox 616-240-4440 (Source Facebook)

You have a great opportunity to snag one of the last 9 spots in the Tropical Bonsai Workshop next Saturday Nov 18 at 9:00 am at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park The workshop will include a ficus tree, pot, wire, soil and, instruction during the workshop to trim wire and repot it. You will leave with a nice new bonsai tree. Cost? Only $15 for the whole shebang. Interested? You must make a reservation by calling me Tim Cox at 616-240-4440. Not a member of this fabulous club? Well you can still participate by paying $20 as a non member or you could just join us because you know you will become so infatuated with these little trees you will want to attend every meeting in 2018. (price is cheap, $25). For all you laggards who have not paid 2018 membership this is your notice to do so (I haven't paid mine yet either so we are in this together!!) So Members please sign up to support the club and your hobby. (Source Facebook)

I will have some of my new bonsai pots at the West Michigan Potters Guild Fall Show this Friday and Saturday. The event is at St Nicholas Cultural Center, 2250 East Paris. Noon to 9 on Friday, 9 to 4 on Saturday (Source Facebook) www.facebook.com

Hello A little belated but here is the latest from the Bonsai Club. The tour of bonsai gardens in October was a great success. We had about 20 people tour and the response was just fabulous. The weather cooperated as well. Thanks to our hosts Scott Zomerlei, Tim Priest, and Steve Jetzer (and yours truly) for generously opening their gardens for all to enjoy. Cool day. In just two weeks we will have a ficus workshop as part of our regular November meeting on Saturday the 18th of November starting at 9am at Meijer Gardens. Workshop will be conducted by Scott Zomerlei of Growco. We will be working on Ficus "Wiandi" The fee will be $15 and will include tree, wire, pot and soil. There are only 12 spaces available so you must preregister and pay to hold a space. The first 12 get the spots. Call me at 616-240-4440. We will figure out how to pay when you call. There will be a brief meeting preceeding the workshop but the morning will be filled with hands on fun. If you do not participate you may come and observe and help out. If you participate we would appreciate it if you bring your tools, everything else provided. The last meeting of the year is Tuesday evening December the 12 at Meijer Gardens. This is the last time we can meet at Meijer Gardens (due to the construction) till late fall 2018 but we will keep you posted on our planned meeting place for next year. We are cooking up something fun for December. More later on this facebook site. 2018 membership dues are due and payable now. In order to contunue presenting great programs, workshops and bonsai masters to our club it costs money. Time of get current. (Source Facebook)

Remember our October meeting is a tour of 4 local bonsai gardens with lunch following. The tour starts at 9:00 am, Saturday October 21. Please either call or email me for where we meet then proceed to tour four gardens You will not be disappointed as these are gardens that are rarely open to anyone but close friends. So far we only have 3 people confirmed. Tim Cox 616-240-4440 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1 = 'timcox102' + '@'; addy08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1 = addy08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1 + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1 = 'timcox102' + '@' + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1').innerHTML += ''+addy_text08652a6a30b9535a623a347912dde0c1+''; (Source Facebook)

Our last two meetings of 2017 will happen Saturday October 21 and Saturday November 18. The November meeting will be a tropicals workshop led by the guys from Growco with more details to follow. For October we will try something a bit different. We will meet at 9:00 am at one member's garden then tour it and 3 other local bonsai gardens This should be a very interesting way to get your "bonsai fix" for the month. Following the tour we will gather for lunch at a local restaurant. To participate in this program you must either email, call or text me for instructions to the first stop from which we will proceed to each subsequent stop. This will enable us to not publish these addresses on the internet. This should be a very nice day. Remember the weather just now is very warm but could be variable and you should dress accordingly. You will not be disappointed with this tour My cell # has been published in past newsletters or you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce = 'timcox102' + '@'; addy150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce = addy150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce = 'timcox102' + '@' + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce').innerHTML += ''+addy_text150c57bc4d0dd0cb86ba861b39b5a7ce+''; . (Source Facebook)