May 2018 Newsletter

This month I want to look forward a few meetings, then look back a bit.

First, the future. For the Conejo Valley Bonsai Society’s May meeting, we are trying something new: a peer critique.
All members are asked to bring in a tree; other members will critique it. You can bring new material for advice on initial styling. Or it can be an existing bonsai for some input on refinement. If you find this helpful, we will make it an annual activity.

Speaking of annual activities, I would like to re-mind everyone that during the August meeting (which will be a workshop), we will hold our yearly Swap Meet. So plan ahead and consider offering any bonsai or bonsai-related thing you want to part with. It can be an already styled and potted bonsai, raw material, pots, tools, books, you name it. Your unwanted item could be someone else’s treasure.

Now a peek in the rear-view mirror: Our April meeting was a demonstration by Bob Pressler, who is a club member, the owner of Kimura Bonsai Nursery, and cur-rent president of the California Bonsai Society. In addition to his demonstration, Bob announced a new CBS initiative: $200 Ben Oki Bonsai Scholarships for students of the art. Applications for this year are open until May 30, so see me at our next meet-ing for details—there’s no time to waste.

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