August 2020 Bonsai Newsletter

Our Conejo Valley Bonsai Society remains in a form of bonsai shut down—all our club activities have be-come by remote. The earliest we may be able to resume in-person meetings is December 2020, and the odds are against even that.

I have been in touch with the Westlake Village Community Center to see when they envision reopening their community rooms. They are still closed and don’t have a reopening date, but hope to have more information by October 1st when they do their planning for 2021. It looks like we will not have any further meetings during 2020.

My concern is for our Holiday Pot-luck dinner party. We will see if the center will be available for it. If we do not have it, what would you like to do in its place?

We are starting a new department in our newsletter. Our club advisor, Ken Fuentes, is going to take bonsai questions from members. In future issues, he will take one topic and share his thoughts and suggestions. This starts with this issue (see page 8). If you are having a problem with one of your trees, send your query to:

Ken Fuentes

Our October bonsai exhibition at the Gardens of the World is canceled. In its place it has been suggested that members take pictures of their show trees and send them to our newsletter editor, David Whiteside, so we can have a show via our newsletter. Please give this some thought. And start grooming your trees in preparation. You could do the photography in October, send the photographs to David for inclusion in our November or December newsletter.

The Bonsai-a-Thon at the Huntington is coming up in February 2021 and is the planning stage. The bonsai community is of mixed feelings. The Huntington has welcomed us to hold it, however, it must be entirely outside. There are many pros and cons to this idea—let me know if you would attend or work at it if held outside only?

Bonsai Empire continues its program of online bonsai classes. Its founder, Oscar Jonker, has extended a 20% club discount to CVBS members wanting to take either the Fundamentals or Intermediate classes. Hurry, the offer expires soon. Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Go to:
  2. Navigate to the Fundamentals or the Intermediate course
  3. Click on enroll now
  4. Register your account
  5. Enter your discount code: CVBS
  6. Click “Apply”—the 20% discount is now applied
  7. Select your payment method
  8. After payment you can start your online course at any time

I am assuming everyone’s trees are in top notch shape. I have been doing some fine tuning as my experience with my photographs show every imperfection. David Williams—you are an artist as your photos always look better!

Stay safe!

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