Sunday, December 10th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
We will have three teams styling the 'nanas', aka dwarf Japanese garden junipers. These junipers are easy to style and grow; basically a very forgiving plant. They have nice tight foliage and flexible branches for wiring, making them an ideal plant for bonsai. But as forgiving as they are, we do have to remember that the strength of a juniper is in the foliage. This means that removal of too much foliage weakens the plant. Junipers can recover nicely after a lot of foliage removal, but they will recover much faster if the amount of foliage removal is somewhat conservative. More removal can be done later after the plant bounces back. Good for the health of the plant and it gives you time to study the tree and evaluate what you are going to do to further the styling of the tree.
Last year’s pairing of an inexperienced member with an experienced member worked so well that we are going to do it again. This a great opportunity for new members to work with one of our experienced members in a fun, no stress atmosphere. The trees will be auctioned off the same day or in the spring of 2018.
Bonsai Tree Decorating Contest
It’s close to sacrilege, but oh so fun. We have an annual bonsai tree decorating contest at our December meeting with a small prize for the winner. Now since it’s close to the holidays, most folks go with a holiday tree theme. Just to let you know, the winner last year was Neil Auwarter, whose yaupon holly didn’t have a single ornament. It was covered with perfect bright red holly berries and was simply spectacular. So go crazy or go simple, but please join in the fun. We look forward to seeing your tree!
December Meeting Special Potluck
In addition to our annual styling competition and bonsai tree-decorating contest, our lunch will bit more extravagant. Similar to the Lake Poway Picnic, the club will provide some cold sliced turkey and ham for lunch. We ask that you bring side dishes, salads, and desserts.