2 July: Meeting Report
Our Secretary, Mike Konig, gave a presentation to members on Basic Horticultural Practices and Principles related to Bonsai Cultivation.
He concentrated on the basic aspects of maintaining both pre bonsai material and show ready bonsai in a healthy and vigorous candition. While the evening din’t really lend itself to taking photos (I will spare you the view of Mike standing next to a flipchart talking), the presentation proved to be a very interesting and informative for members of all experience levels.
It opened a window on the knowledge and understanding on how important it is to maintain the good health of a growing tree in order for it to be able to withstand the stress of being turned into a bonsai. It also highlighted that knowing (or being able to predict) how a particular tree will react to work carried will make planning the artistic manipulation of developing a good bonsai much easier and faster.
It takes time, practice, observation and patience to understand the horticultural elements,but knowing your trees will reap rewards.
A novice club member remarked it was invaluable information andthat we are lucky to have been given the opportunity to share the knowledge and experiences one of our own members.