Newsletters · March 2016

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Roots, Shoots & Tips

• NEW MEMBERBruce Hubbell, from Clinton, NY, joined MVBC after finding and enjoying our website. Bruce has had a long-time interest in bonsai and has been reading extensively. Now he is anxious to give it a try and he wants to participate in our upcoming programs. There are a few other newbies in the group to keep him company. WELCOME!

• Iris Cohen is recovering from a recent stroke and is recovering in a Syracuse area home. We sent a card from the club and hope to have a further update soon.

• Before we discuss our March program, and since there was no meeting in February, we should give this treasurer’s report:
Bank balance at the end of 2015:  $1205.19
Income from membership dues: (D. Whitfield, J. Alexander, B. Hubbell) $75.00
Expenses: (donation to National Bonsai Federation) $50.00
                 (purchase of book for club library [Nick Lenz] $38.91
                 (annual membership/magazine – International Bonsai) $40.00
                 (workshop supplies – 25 one-gallon plastic pots) $35.00
Current bank balance: $1116.28

Note – Additional workshop supplies not yet billed include the 100 seedling trees from Wm. N. Valavanis/International Bonsai, bonsai soil from Bill Jones/North Country Bonsai Soil, plastic mesh and zip-ties.

 


NEXT MEETING – the one we’ve been waiting for – CABIN FEVER RELIEVER – Saturday, March 12 at the U-U Church, 10 Higby Road, just off Genesee Street in South Utica. We will dispense of any business discussions in order to devote our full 2 hours to the special program. Please be there on time! We want to begin at 1 p.m. sharp. Return all borrowed library books to Nancy Knapp.

Creating a clump-style bonsai using multiple seedlings of European beech from Wm. N. Valavanis. A clump-style bonsai uses three or more trunks that are joined at the base and they fuse together over time.

Although the workshop title is ‘clump-style’, participants have the option of creating a clump or individual trees for a forest style. Bill Valavanis recommends the group be started using 3-7 saplings in a gallon container of bonsai soil. We have ordered 100 trees. Depending on participation, people may want to try two containers. Be prepared - you MAY lose a tree the first year but it can be replaced next year. Your new sapling must be kept moist, they should be held at 35-45F in winter as they cannot freeze!

Here is more information on European beech: Fagus sylvatica:

Basic: www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Fagus.html

Advanced: www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Beechadvancedpruning.htm

The saplings cost $4 each; the club is paying half, so each tree will cost participants $2.  1-gallon plastic pots will be available at $1.50 each.  Bonsai soil is $6 per gallon.  A group of 5 trees plus pot and soil would be $17.50.  The club provides plastic mesh, wire and ties. Cash and checks will be accepted.

For planning purposes, please let me know at tommartin946@gmail.com ASAP if you are going to participate and approximately how many trees you want.

 


COMING SOON – future programs for MVBC

April 9 – Root pruning/re-potting

May 14 – Air layering demonstration 

June 11 – All day shohin demo and workshop with Mark Arpag, details to follow