When watching any of the video recordings below, you can make the video display full-screen on a Windows machine by clicking in the lower right-hand corner while the video is running. On an iPad, click in the upper left-hand corner.

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In April, we met again at the Etowah Golf Club Pavilion for a presentation by Rob Wallace on matching the best pot to a bonsai and a first examination of the members' trees available for inclusion in our World Bonsai Day exhibit at the NC Arboretum in May. Also some trees and pots were available for purchase from Sage Smith, Rob Wallace, and other members .

Peggy Snow was given a small gift in appreciation for her years of service as President of the BRBS.

 

You can download Rob's presentation on matching pots to bonsai here:

January - Click below to see the recording of Jonas Johnson's presentation on building grow boxes and display and outdoor stands.

Jonas discusses different kinds of woods and other materials to make grow boxes last as long as possible, kinds of wood and construction techniques to make beautiful wooden pots that will last 30 years, and different designs for garden stands and exhibit stands. 

NY Times article link:
>> https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/t-magazine/bonsai-plants-trees-craft.html?referringSource=articleShare
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/t-magazine/bonsai-plants-trees-craft.html

February - Click below to see the recording of Sage Smith's presentation on propagating deciduous bonsai. The screen is black while he is being introduced by Stuart Rogers. The broadcast is on Sage's phone.

Sage demonstrates planting seedlings through small holes in a plastic square so roots will grow above the plastic--where you want them--as well as below. Several trident seedlings can be planted through the same hole in the plastic to create a multi-truck tree. Also, at the end of the session, notice the wonderful nebari developed in a black pine growing in the ground.

June Bonsai Care

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2022 Meetings and Events ORIGINAL ORDER

Starting in June, 2022,  we will resume meeting at the Asheville Botanical Gardens Visitors' Center. If we meet elsewhere or need to use Zoom, you will receive an email before the meeting.

Jan 9 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Jonas Johnson, a talented wood-worker and a BRBS member, discussed building grow-boxes and stands of various styles.

This was a ZOOM Meeting. The recording is on the Special Notices / Recent Events page.

Note: During the Jan. 9 meeting, we also voted to adopt the revised club by-laws presented to the membership by the Board of Directors. 

Feb 13 - Professional horticulturist and BRBS member Sage Smith, discussed propagation of young trees for future bonsai. Later in the year, when we can meet again in person, he will have young trees and seedlings and perhaps some pots to sell.

This was a ZOOM Meeting. The recording is on the Special Notices / Recent Events page.

Mar 13 - Repotting workshop (Bring one tree.)

We met at the  Etowah Golf Club Pavilion. Members discussed and repotted their trees. We started inside the Pavillion wearing masks, but moved outside into the sun and removed our masks.

See the Special Notices / Recent Events page for some pictures. 

April 10 - Three activities at the Etowah Golf Club Pavilion

  • In May, we will be holding a club exhibit and demonstrations in the Bonsai Pavilion at the NC Arboretum for World Bonsai Day.  At the April meeting, members brought trees in various stages of development for possible inclusion in our display.

  • Rob Wallace, a professional ceramicist, did a special presentation at this meeting on how to choose the best pot for a particular bonsai. See the Special Notices /Recent Events page for Rob's presentation and pictures from our visit to his studio in Aug., 2021..

  • Sage Smith provided seedlings and young trees for sale and both Sage and Rob had pots for sale. A few other members had bonsai for sale.

May 14 & 15: Our World Bonsai Day exhibit and activities at the NC Arboretum on both days. 

We will have no regular club meeting in May, but some suggested field trips to local nurseries are below.

May & June Field Trips -- More details in the right column

Saturday, May 7th

Saturday, May 28th

Saturday, June 4th

June 12th - Workshop on initial styling at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Bring a tree, wire, and your tools,

Advice and initial styling on our field trip trees.  

July 10: Tyler Sherrod will discuss "How to Judge a Bonsai Show."

Tyler has led this discussion for several bonsai clubs already, and they all say it was fun and very helpful in learning to judge the state of development of your own trees.

You can find Tyler under Artists on our Resources page to see his resume and website. Tyler completed a 5-year apprenticeship in Japan and styled trees for the Kokufu exhibit. He now has a studio in Hickory. 

Later in the year (probably in September) we will have a members-only show of our own trees for practice. All members will rate all trees in the show.

Remaining meetings: We are arranging presentations by Daniel Coffey and Jennifer Price. We will also have a pot-luck dinner and auction. Arrangements are not yet final.

The 7th US National Bonsai Exhibit was held September 11 and 12
by William Valavanis in Rochester, NY.


Pictures and discussions are available from Bill Valavanis at

         https://valavanisbonsaiblog.com/

and

on Bjorn  Bjorholm's YouTube channel at:     

         
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMIZqKAtSetjReDVLvBV0tA 

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The Bonsai Leanring Center

The Bonsai Leanring Center

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The Bonsai Leaning Center

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Stone Lantern sells tools, supplies, and many good books. 

https://stonelantern.com/

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The Bonsai Learning  Center sells tools, supplies, pots, and trees as well as providing classes and workshops. They have recently moved to Statesville, north of Charlotte. Go to their website for the latest information. 

https://bonsailearningcenter.com/

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Stone Lantern sells tools, supplies, and many good books.

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Mountain Meadows is a nursery in Waynesville specializing in dwarf conifers. They understand the requirements of bonsai and are a good place to get bonsai starters, but they do not sell bonsai supplies. 

40 Elkins Branch Road, Weaverville, North Carolina 28787 United States 828.301.2184 Michael Balogh

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The Bonsai Learning  Center sells tools, supplies, pots, and trees as well as providing classes and workshops. They have recently moved to Statesville, north of Charlotte. Go to their website for the latest information. 

https://bonsailearningcenter.com/

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The Bonsai Learning  Center sells tools, supplies, pots, and trees as well as providing classes and workshops. They have recently moved to Statesville, north of Charlotte. Go to their website for the latest information. 

https://bonsailearningcenter.com/

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The Bonsai Learning  Center sells tools, supplies, pots, and trees as well as providing classes and workshops. They have recently moved to Statesville, north of Charlotte. Go to their website for the latest information. 

https://bonsailearningcenter.com/

The Bonsai Learning  Center sells tools, supplies, pots, and trees as well as providing classes and workshops. They have recently moved to Statesville, north of Charlotte. Go to their website for the latest information. 

https://bonsailearningcenter.com/

New:  International BONSAI Online

In 1979, William Valavanis and Yuji Yoshimura launched International BONSAI magazine type-set with state-of-the-art four-color film photographs.

 

42 years and 164 issues later, Bill Valavanis has decided to retire this beautiful printed version and replace it with a free digital bimonthly magazine; International BONSAI OnLine:

 

Here is the link to sign up:​

 https://internationalbonsaionline.com

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Fifth Season Gadening Company in Asheville sells supplies for brewing and hydroponics as well as some bonsai supplies. 

https://fifthseasongardening.com/

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August 28 & 29: 20th Anniversary of  

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Knoxville's special exhibition included many beautiful trees and kusamono:

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The featured artist, Bjorn Bjorholm, demonstrated initial styling of a collected Colorado blue spruce:

Our BRBS display:

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included a Scots pine with an egret orchid kusamono, a musk maple, and a Chinese elm.