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November 2016 Newsletter
Richmond Bonsai Society 2014 – 2016 Officers
President: Ron Edwards Vice President: Jon Warkentin Treasurer: Jack Frye Secretary: Thomas Sones
Board Members At Large: Betty Lou Lagis
Regular Meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held the 4th Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Ln., Richmond VA, 23229.
Bonsai information, common questions and answers, monthly growing advice, and bonsai links can be found here.
RBS 2017 dues are $25 per person or $30 per family, which includes PBA membership. Checks should be made out to RBS and can be paid at a meeting or mailed to our treasurer (email us for address).
In this issue…
- RBS Officers
- Secretary’s Message
- Calendar of Bonsai Events
- Recent Activity Report
- Upcoming Event Details
- Holiday Celebration
Richmond Bonsai Society 2016-2018 Officers and Board of Directors:
President Ron Edwards
Vice-President John Warkenton
Treasurer Jack Frye
Secretary Thomas Sones
Past-President Randi Heise
Board Member at Large Betty Lou Lages
Secretary’s Message by Thomas Sones
First off, I must apologize for the lack of newsletters over the past few months. Hopefully I will be able to prioritize the newsletters and find more time in the coming year to do much better. That being said, we have been busy as a club with a fall show, regular meetings, and a few extra activities.
Richmond Bonsai Society Events
November 28 Regular Meeting with Arthur Joura of the North Carolina Arboretum
December 11 Annual Holiday Diner Party
December 26 No regular meeting
January 23 Regular Meeting
February 27 Regular Meeting (TBD)
March 11 RBS Beginner Workshop
Recent Activity Reports
RBS Fall Show
We had a great show in September with beautiful trees, and met a lot of new people.
Recent Regular Meetings
Back in the summer, a number of members had fun making concrete slabs for a spring workshop. If you missed it, never fear, we made some extras that will be available this spring for purchase. This fall we have enjoyed great weather for working on trees and have had some nice meetings including tropical bonsai fair in August, a BYOT workshop in September, and a wiring workshop and member yard sale in October. We also had monthly Saturday study groups through August.
Upcoming Event Details
November Meeting with Arthur Joura – Monday, November 28th, 7pm. Arthor Joura is the curator of the bonsai collection of the North Carolina Arboretum. He will be discussing collecting and using native species for bonsai, as well as his work and the trees at the arboretum. This event will take place at our normal meeting place, the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods.
Holiday Diner Party -Sunday, December 11, 5 p.m., Maldini’s Ristorante Italiano. This year’s annual dinner party will be like last year’s. We will have a tasty, formal dinner which will include appetizer, salad, pasta, main (chicken or fish with vegetables), and desert. The cost is $30 per person, which includes drinks, but not alcohol (that’s on you). Attendees must RSVP with meat choice, via email or message, or in person, to THOMAS, no later than SUNDAY, December 4th.
In addition, we will have our usual gift exchange. Participants should being a wrapped bonsai gift of a $15 to $20 value.
Maldini’s Ristorante Italiano is at 4811 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA.
Article: Winter Preparation for Protecting your Bonsai
By now, you should have your tropical trees already in the house, but remember that most outdoor trees native to or appropriate in our climate zone, need to go dormant and “sleep” for the winter. They must be left outside or in a space cold enough for that to happen. They don’t need light, even the evergreens. They don’t need feed. And they don’t usually need water, as long as temperatures stay below freezing most nights, and the daytime highs stay below the 50’s. That’s a normal winter here. In fact, the ice and snow are considered good for them since they can insulate them, protect from pests, and will thaw just as your tree needs water.
There are different ways to winterize your trees, most perfectly fine. The main thing to remember is that you need to protect the roots (the pot and soil) from drying out in cold, dry winds. Luckily, our winters are fairly mild and this is easy to accomplish. In more colder areas, further protections from deep cold are necessary, but not here. The simplest way to do this is to place them somewhere near a structure, in a window well, or under a shrub, somewhere where they will be protected from the wind, and completely mulch over the pots. You can use pine needles, bark much. Some people use leaves, although they are not ideal for several reasons, including that they can pack tightly and not let water through if needed.
If you can not find a protected spot, you could do like I do and build a wind barrier around them, with the top open to let in moisture. They are still mulched over, but the open top lets in rain and snow, providing appropriate moisture when needed. I would only water if we have sustained unusually warm and dry weather. In this photo, i have trees below and on top of the bench, maximizing space in the barrier.
Others like to use unheated hot houses or cold frames that are completely enclosed. These also work, but, not being open to the rain and snow, you must be careful of them drying out. If they do get dry, then be careful to water when warm and NOT before a deep freeze, which could damage roots. Another thing to be careful of when using enclosed protection is that they tend to heat up in the sun during the day. You don’t want temperatures to be much higher than outside.
There are a few more things to consider when winterizing. Sometimes mice like to eat soft bark. You can avoid this by placing moth balls on the ground or in the mulch beneath or around your trees. Also, when placing tree, consider which ones you may need to access for wiring during the winter, which ones may come out of dormancy early, or which one you may need to pull out early for re-potting. You may want to tie an piece of ribbon in the top so that you can spot them. Lastly, you may have trees that are actually not zoned for here, but for slightly warmer zones. They will need special attention and placement, maybe somewhere a bit warmer than outdoor temperatures. I experience this with miniature crepe myrtles. If they do not have extra protection from temperatures, they survive, but are weakened and don’t push leaves until late spring, even as late as mid-May.
So, if you haven’t made plans for protecting your trees, it is time to do so. If you have further questions, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.
Other Announcements and information
Donate a Book or Magazine: RBS maintains a lending library available to members. The lending selection includes many magazines, books, and some videos. If you have books or magazines that you no longer enjoy, please donate them to the club.
PBA mailing list – PBA is compiling an email list to make communications more streamlined. Sign up here.
Mixed Bonsai Soil -regular and shohin soil (fine) 5 gal bags. Call Lee (320-1257) to place a special order.
Pumice (as a planting medium). Randi has pumice in two sizes, 3/8 and 5/16. Both sizes are priced the same, a 79 pound bag is $93 otherwise the pumice is sold at $1.25 per pound. Contact her for orders. firstname.lastname@example.org
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