This is a re-post from Bonsai Tonight. Jonas puts it very clearly so that it is easy to follow. View his blog for tons of helpful and informative articles on bonsai. Link below.
East Van Bonsai’s next meeting is Monday February 26.
621 Kingsway, Vancouver. 7-9pm.
The monthly meetings are drop-in socials. Bring your trees and tools, or just your questions. Donations are always welcome!
What’s happening at the meeting? It’s our first meeting of 2018! End of winter to early spring means there is lots to do. Prep of pots and soil continues from winter. Depending on weather, some species can be re potted. Structural pruning can be done on certain species as well. We will do a brief demo of moss top dressing and discuss it’s benefits. Finally, the group will decide on the activities to come this spring.
Space Access; Enter through the front gate. The space is wheelchair accessible. Parking can be found along 15th Ave(East of the shop), on Kingsway or around Robson Park(to the West).
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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. Continue reading
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
Here are a few images from this year’s Vancouver Penjing Society show. Held at VanDusen on Saturday and Sunday. The vendor area was buzzing with activity and the show itself featured many colourful trees. Continue reading
One highlight of my recent visit to Japan was a day trip to Tokoname where a group of us visited several well-known kilns. Our first stop – the Koyo kiln. Koyo – the kiln established in 1970 by Kouichirou Aiba, is best known for its glazed pots. Today the kiln is run by Aiba’s son,…