East Van Bonsai’s next meeting is Monday March 25 2019.
621 Kingsway, Vancouver. 7-9pm.
The monthly meetings are drop-in socials. Bring your tree(s), tools and supplies, or just your questions. Be sure to sign-in. 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? By the end of March, early spring should be pushing growth on some tree species. Bring which ever tree you wish to work on. There will be ceramics and bonsai magazines for sale.
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Do you have a bonsai question or club query that must be answered RIGHT NOW? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a fairly timely response.
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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China Pottery in Richmond, BC has some new stock. As of Feb 26 2019 they have a few bonsai pots to choose from. They are one of the few local retailers. Check ’em out.
Check out this post by Bonsai Tonight. Here I was getting ready to upload my photos from the event when I spot this post. His images came out better than mine. Enjoy this snapshot of the show. I had a great time there!
The Bonsai Society of Portland and Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association presented the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous this month in Milwaukie, Oregon. The event was a big success! Three days of workshops, critiques, and demonstrations made the time fly by. Just steps away, a high quality exhibition featured some of the region’s best trees. Here…
via Highlights from the Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous exhibit — Bonsai Tonight
The bonsai season is all but over and winter is heading our way. More importantly, the cold, the wind and the rain are heading for our trees. As winter rolls in for us in the temperate zone, we must protect our trees. Keep your trees from getting too wet over winter. Shield your trees from harsh drying winds, especially those twiggy trees. Remember that roots in shallow pots are highly susceptible to freezing. Heeling-in our trees or placing them on the ground next to the heat of our homes is often enough protection from our mild winters. Enjoy the last days of fall and we will see you at the end of winter.
On May 19 & 20 2018, Sumi Bonsai Club had their annual show at VanDusen. The show consisted of one room full of bonsai on display, a few live demonstrations and vendor tables along the hall entrance. These shows are great opportunities to purchase material at fair prices. Small Japanese Maples, Azalea’s, the odd Juniper, Cypress, Pine, and other various deciduous trees can be purchased in pots. I walked away with an exceptional Hornbeam(Carpinus) bonsai. Here are just a few images of the show including some trees that caught my attention. Enjoy.
On April 23 2018 East Van Bonsai hosted an air-layer demo lead by Peter B. Here are some photos and words regarding the layer done on a big larch. Assuming all goes to plan, Peter will revisit the larch in August. Hopefully enough roots will have formed by then to remove the layer in the same year.
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.
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.