Our monthly meetings, typically at 7 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month, are usually held in the Community room or activity room of St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Ln., Richmond, VA, 23229. Please check the individual event listings on the calendar for changes,updates and details.
We are happy to announce that the RBS web page now has the ability to accept online payments for paid workshops, activities, and MEMBERSHIP. You can use any credit or dept card or a Paypal account now via the Membership, Event Registration, and Purchases Page.
September Meeting with guest Young Choe, Monday, September 23, 7pm
We are delighted to host international Kusamono artist, Young Choe, as our guest artist and speaker in September. Young will deliver a presentation on Kusamono and its importance in bonsai display. She will also demonstrate the art of Kusamono by creating two Kusamono that will be auctioned after her demonstration. Kusamono are long lived and become more beautiful as they grow, mature and multiply. Young travels the globe to share the art of Kusamono and it’s role both independently as an art and as an accent plant when displaying bonsai. I’m excited have her in Richmond to share her amazing talent.
Young studied traditional art-ink painting and calligraphy-in her native Korea before she moved to the United States. She obtained her BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to bring her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create Kusamono. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with the master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student of Saburo Kato. In the world outside the Museum, she worked with native plants at the USDA, NRCS, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Also, she was a propagation horticulturist at the US National Arboretum. Young currently works at the US National Arboretum.
This meeting will take place at our normal time and place, 7-9 pm, the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods.
At the September meeting, there will be a table at the side of the room with an experienced member available to answer any of your bonsai-related questions before the meeting, between 6:15 and 7 pm. You can bring in your tree to get advice on styling or maintenance, or to have someone look over your shoulder as you clean the tree, or prune it, or wire it. (If you have a pest problem with a tree, please bring a picture of the problem or a small cutting of the infected area in a sealed bag.) If you potted a juniper at the March workshop, now would be an excellent time to wire it to improve the image. If you were in a bonsai basics class, you may need to cut off old wire if it is cutting into the bark.
RBS Nursery Crawl, Saturday, October 12, Colesville Nursery
As a follow up to our September meeting, RBS be visiting a Colesville Nursey in Ashland on Saturday, October 12, at 10 am. Join us as we scour the nursery for potential bonsai material. Experienced members will be on hand to advise as needed. THEN, we ask you to bring those purchases to discuss at the October meeting.