OUR NEXT BONSAI NIGHT IS APRIL 23. AIR-LAYER DEMO.

East Van Bonsai’s next meeting is Monday April 23rd.

621 Kingsway, Vancouver. 7-9pm.

The monthly meetings are drop-in socials. Bring your own trees, tools and supplies, or just your questions. We do not currently have supplies or soil for sale. Donations are always welcome! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

What’s happening this month at the meeting? We are pleased to be hosting our first demo & workshop! The air-layer demo will be hosted by EVB member Peter, who will be demonstrating this technique on a landscape tree. Watch and learn how it’s done and leave with the knowledge and understanding to create your own air-layers at home. Turn faulty bonsai into great bonsai. Create bonsai from otherwise un-appealing nursery stock. Create bonsai from ordinary trees on your property, and so on. Many fine Japanese bonsai began as air-layers.

Assistance will be given for those who wish to create their own air-layer. Those looking to do their own layer must bring a tree and a sharp knife(box cutter). Items provided are plastic for the layer bags, cling wrap to secure them tightly, moss, wire and root hormone. Please consider making a small donation if you plan to create a layer and use the materials.

More info; View helpful pages listed on the home screen. Or click these links. About EVB + Calander, Resources, and Members page.

Space Access; 621 Kingsway is a retail plant shop. We are ever so thankful to be using the space. Please respect the space and it’s contents. Enter through the front gate. Parking can be found along 15th Ave(East of the shop), on Kingsway or around Robson Park(to the West).

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WOOD TRAINING BOXES. EASY & AFFORDABLE.

Before that magical bonsai tree of yours reaches the refinement stage, focus should be on growth and development. A shallow ceramic pot looks great, but may not be ideal for optimum growth. Wooden training boxes allow for bespoke dimensions to accommodate any size of tree. By allowing your tree to build up it’s resources and develop a strong(compact) root system, you propel it’s rate of growth, moving the tree ahead. There is good reason why bonsai professionals use boxes. Here are some benefits of using training crates.

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1. Build to size, any size. Finding the perfect dimensions in a training pot for your tree can be challenging. Make your box to any specs.

2. Inexpensive. Buy affordable planks of wood. Use wood you find or already have.

3. Easy to customize. Attach handles for large heavy trees. Fasten screws in the wood for guide-wire mounting points or tie-down wires to secure on the bench or railing.

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I WANT A BONSAI TREE. WHERE DO I START?

Here are 10 helpful tips on how to begin.

1. Determine the space or area you have for your tree(s). What is the light level like? Full sun, a few hours of sun, or bright shade? Heavily shaded or dark areas are not ideal for growing healthy bonsai.

2. Research tree species. Figure out which tree types will thrive in the space you have available. For example, Pines do best in sunny locations. Japanese Maples do best in part sun or bright shade.

3. When starting out, aim for specific species that are commonly used for bonsai. This ensures that you can find plenty of information on your tree. Plus you have a higher chance for success when developing your bonsai. Some plant material may be very appealing, but will not tolerate bonsai development techniques like root pruning or won’t reduce in twig and leaf size. This can cause some frustration… or just lead to a nice garden plant.

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A LOOK AT THE PENJING DEMO & WORKSHOP FROM SEPT 16th.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown is beautiful. One side is open to the public with no admission fee. It’s a calming oasis right in Vancouver. The other side which holds tours is open to garden members and the general public for a fee. If you haven’t seen either side of the garden yet, go, go!

The garden hosted a tour, demo and workshop on Saturday September 16th. Mr. Pin Lee was the penjing master on hand. He and another host took us on a quick tour around the garden. We saw penjing on display and heard some history of the ancient Chinese art form. Pin Lee was a delight to listen to. His warm energy was great to be around and his enthusiasm for penjing was as contagious as his smile. Continue reading