February 2014 Newsletter

W e started 2014 off in January with our first demonstration of the year, a presentation by Peter Macasieb, which we all enjoyed. He started us off by showing us his grafting techniques. The Bonsai-A-Thon, which is February 22 – 23, still needs volunteers to help work that Saturday and/or Sunday. We have supported this activity in past years so if anyone would like to volunteer please let me know. Plan a day for it—spend a few hours working and the balance of the day going through the vendor section or watching the demonstrations. The details of the program are on page 6.

The California Shohin Seminar in Santa Nella January 31 – February 2 was a fun weekend. There was a good selection of classes to take and the exhibition was excellent and seems to be getting bigger. It appears that more bonsai enthusiasts are downsizing into smaller trees.

During this month’s meeting, we will start having our swap table for bonsai items. If you have trees, pots, or some other bonsai-related item that you would like to sell or swap, ring it along.

Springtime is the start of club shows. Try to attend as many as you can. It is a good opportunity to meet with your mentor and make this part of your program. We will be  discussing bonsai activities at our February meeting so please bring your suggestions.

With the warm weather, many have already started their repotting program. Many deciduous trees have started budding out. Should you need to get trees or supplies such as soil, wire, tools, or pots, the Bonsai-A-Thon will be a great place to pick them up!

See you Thursday the 20th at 7:30 PM.

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