March 2017 Newsletter

Our March meeting was a workshop—with a new twist: Ken Martin started the evening with a talk about fertilizers. This was the beginning of our plan to kick off workshops with short talks by experienced club members on bonsai-related topics. This first talk was well received, and it was decided to carry on with the program. Let us know if you have a bonsai topic to discuss in our future forums.

Looking ahead, our April meeting will be a demonstration by Bob Pressler. He will be demonstrating the art of repotting trees. Bring your questions for him.

In memory of late club member Frank Greenway, members agreed to place a memorial brick at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks. At the last meeting, members donated the funds to purchase the brick. The memorial brick will be in-stalled in October. Thank you for your support.

The Bonsai-A-Thon at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino was successful. I would like to thank CVBS members for helping out that weekend. Your efforts were very much appreciated.

In addition to providing a weekend of full-on bonsai activities, the purpose of the Bonsai-A-Thon is to raise funds to help maintain and improve the Golden State Bon-sai Federation collection at the Huntington. As some members may know, there is a volunteer program to help maintain the collection, working with curator Ted Matson. If you would like to participate, please let me know.

Many bonsai clubs have exhibitions in the spring and summer—including our one-day event June 24 (see box, below). At our April meeting, we will discuss de-tails of this upcoming show and reception with the Arts Council of the Conejo Val-ley. We want to put together a good exhibition, so please start looking at your bonsai collection to select trees to show.
Also, don’t forget to check page 8 of this newsletter for other upcoming events.

For later this spring, let us know if you would like to participate in a nursery trip. Come with your suggestions—either for nurseries you would like to visit or for other activities or field trips—to our next meeting.

Hope to see everyone the evening of Thursday, April 20.

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