Newsletters · June 2017

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Roots, Shoots & Tips

Please join us, Saturday, June 10, 1-3 p.m., for Wiring 101

Wiring is an important part of the process of styling our bonsai. This is definitely a session that new people will not want to miss as nearly all bonsai will need to be wired at some point in their development. Aluminum wire will be provided by the club. Don’t forget to bring your tools.

Also we will discuss preparation for our club exhibition. The show will be Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2; the hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. We have created an “event” on Facebook for this and hope you will help get the word out by sharing our post. Please be thinking about spending some time either (or both) days helping to staff the event or assist with set up and take down.


Last Month

Our Shohin roundup turned out to be quite fun. We played with many display options, both traditional and nontraditional. You can see a couple of photos on the home page >>.


Member News

Our deepest condolences to Nancy Knapp who recently lost her bother. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We have also sent get-well wishes to Bill Jones who recently had cardiac bypass surgery. We last heard he was feeling well, but is still having some difficulty with his foot not healing. We all hope he is able to join us again soon.



Treasurer's Report

Expenses: $40.86, supplies (white board, markers & eraser)

Current club balance: $1160.87


Reminder - Please return all borrowed club library books and magazines and sign out new ones to enjoy!


—Tom and Art recently visited the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York (Rochester) bonsai show. Tom came home quite inspired by a purchase he made and had to share! (We hope to get more inspired members to contribute their own special stories, so we can share them with the group in future newsletters!)

A Bonsai Memorial 
by Tom Martin

The show was totally awesome, possibly the best club exhibit I've ever seen! It was held at the Monroe County Hospital's grand conference hall. The trees and their displays were first-class, including the shohin compositions. This year there was an extra treat — many azalea bonsai in full bloom from the Melvyn Goldstein Collection in Cleveland, Ohio. Very beautiful! Mind boggling!!

My 'big purchase' has a story. At the show, there was a sales area where all the trees and materials were donated to the club by a member who passed away just a week ago, proceeds going to the club. Not high-end bonsai by any means, but an interesting assortment of collected starter plants mostly. 

What caught my eye, tucked away in a far corner, was a tall, lanky, beanpole Eastern white pine that appeared to have had an initial 'styling' in a literati design. It was in a small nursery pot which also contained a scrawny maple, super thin trunk (wired as a literati) and a tiny strawberry plant.

A pine, maple and strawberry — all for ten bucks, and wired with copper! I had to take them home. I found out that the price had been marked up from $1 when Mark Arpag decided to wire and 'style' the 2 trees as a demo for the crowd. 

Mark provided me with an online obituary of the donor and I found that he (Robert A. Taylor) and I had these things in common — appreciation of bonsai, art, hockey, and we're both Air Force veterans just 1 year apart in dates of service.

Mark suggested that I keep the 3 component plants together, at least for a while, so that they don't get lonely. So today I repotted, keeping the 3 together, into their new home. I did some additional wiring and I also set a 'memorial stone' and marked it



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Our upcoming meetings

Bonsai Study Group — Our friends at D'Alessandro's Nursery have asked for more Bonsai club programs at their location!

The first session will be Sunday June 25, 1-3 p.m. at D'Alessandro's Nursery. This is located at 1346 Higby Road, up the long, beautiful hill just east of Albany Street, and about 10 minutes from our club meeting site. The topic for this session is Hinoki cypress. Several of us purchased hinoki from the nursery last fall. We will bring them in to show and discuss. There may be some additional hinoki for sale.

Please confirm your plans to attend by emailing Tom or Deverie, or call 315/204-4016. There is no cost and nothing to bring. So far we have Art, Tom, Doug, George, Deverie and Sharon. The nursery also plans to promote this event.

Watch for further information in the days ahead concerning this and future study group session scheduling.


July 8 Summer gathering and working session; auction for club fundraising

Aug 12 Juniper workshop; club trees, working with Doug Whitfield and Carl Hoffner.


Other Meetings & Events

Bonsai Club of Central New York: The June meeting will be a field trip to Carl Hoffner's backyard Bonsai garden. Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., rain date June 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Informal meeting to view and talk about his trees and set up.

Address: 214 Washington Blvd. Fayetteville, NY 13066

Bonsai Club of Central New York: July Meeting, Wednesday, July 12, 7-9 p.m. Show and tell; all our trees are growing vigorously now, bring some in to show off. Let's see and talk about your new projects, what is working and what didn't. We can all learn something.