What is Bonsai?
Bonsai (盆栽, “plant tray”) is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.
All sorts of trees and shrubs are used as bonsai. In essence, any plant that can be grown in a small container can be cultivated as a bonsai. The most popular varieties are pines; maples, whose leaves change their color in autumn; flowering trees, like the cherry and plum; and fruit-bearing trees, like the quince and persimmon. Few of the traditional bonsai species can survive inside a typical house, due to the usually dry indoor climate. In countries other than Japan, varieties that are best suited to the local climate are used. The trees can grow as tall as a meter (three feet), or be small enough to be fit in one’s palm. Read More >>
March & April 2018
March 6th – General Meeting – Update on the Jim Gremel Shimpaku Whips
A few years back Jim Gremel, California bonsai professional, provided workshops creating bonsai from Shimpaku whips (Itiogawa and Kishu). Part of the bonsai experience is maintaining your bonsai to grow them from starter material to refined trees. Members having participated in those workshops are encouraged to bring at least one of their creations and share what they have done to develop it as a bonsai over the last few years. For those of you new to the group without the “Jim Gremel whip experience”, the information provided will beneficial to improving the maintenance of your own bonsai through an understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
Cheryl Sykora will bring her significant collection of these as well as various stages of “clones” propagated from the cuttings removed from the original stock as they grew. An understanding of growing shimpaku which is one of the easiest bonsai materials to style will be the goal of this session.
We will also discuss future general meetings and topics to explore as the 2018 year progresses.
Visitors are always welcome to attend General Meetings. It is a great way to begin learning about and enjoy bonsai.
March 06 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
March 15 – Thursday, 7:00 PM Intermediate Class (Record Keeping)
March 20 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Bonsai Basics Class (Repotting & Pot Selection)
March 27 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting, Maplewood Public Library
April 03 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
April 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Bonsai Basics Class
April 19 – Thursday, 7:00 PM Intermediate Class
April 24 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting, Maplewood Public Library
April 19-22 – ABS Gateway to Bonsai Convention
Soils: Lava, pumice and akadama orders
2018 Bonsai Conventions
Matt Reel Fundamentals Program
2018 Board Members
MBS Store at Land’s End
November Board Minutes
December Board Minutes
January Board Minutes