March 2019 Newsletter

March 20th is the first day of spring and time to get back to our trees. There’s so much work to do and so little time: repotting, trimming, fertilizing, and more. (See Jim Barrett’s Bonsai Tips on page 3 for expert advice on what to do this month.) Meanwhile, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

Speaking of busy, we have a very full pro-gram of workshops and guest demonstrations coming up for our Conejo Valley Bonsai Society meetings this season and throughout the year. (See page 2 for the details.)

At our meeting on Thursday, March 21, Frank Yee will demonstrate how to create a forest planting with cork-bark jades, Frank’s specialty. This species tree is very different from regular jades, so you won’t want to miss it.

At the last CVBS monthly meeting, we discussed possible field trips and activities for 2019. At our March meeting, we should finalize a few. Remember that we welcome ideas and suggestions for programs and excursions you would like to see included.

To aid in this effort, we have an opening for a Field Trips and Activities commit-tee chair. Please see me if you would like to get involved.

Later in the year, our own annual bonsai exhibition at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks has been confirmed on the weekend of October 5th and 6th. Please mark this important event on you calendars. And it’s not too early to start planning for the show. Keep this in mind when working on your future display trees.

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