A sustained spell of hot weather has prompted requests for an article on caring for bonsai when the temperature climbs up into the high 80’s and 90’s. What follows is how I take care of my trees when the weather heats up. High temperatures can sometimes be as brutal to the health of bonsai as sub-freezing temperatures can. The recent run of hot weather is unusual in that it has lasted so long. These sustained temps can put a lot of strain on our trees. There are some things that you can do to help your trees endure these temperatures, even thrive in this hot weather.
The Puget Sound Bonsai Association was formed in 1973 and is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. The PSBA holds regularly scheduled club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs by national and international bonsai artists. The club also stages public shows and participates in community events where members' trees are showcased.
Saturday July 19, 2015 is the annual PSBA Potluck and Bazaar. Activities begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. All PSBA members & their families are welcome to enjoy the fun and fellowship. Remember to wear your name badge! For the bazaar, sell your unwanted trees, pots, tools, books, and keep 100% of the proceeds or you can donate the proceeds to PSBA. There will also be stones for sale for those members who are enthusiastic about suiseki. You can browse the Club history books that our historian Edd Kuehn will have on display. Please feel free to bring any articles or pictures that you think would be good additions for the books. Kusamono plants - (companion plants) if you have any to exchange for others you can bring them. This can be any grasses, dwarf hostas, violets, alpines... The Potluck will begin at 2:00 pm. Please bring a dish according to the last name beginning with: A--F----Desserts G--K---Appetizers L--R---Salads S--Z---Hot or Main dishes Please deliver your food contribution no later than 1:30 pm Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided. Be sure to bring serving utensils for your dish. Please remember to take your belongings home when you leave. Hope to see you at the Potluck & Bazaar!
Jim Gremel is a bonsai artist and an achiever. His trees are universally praised as beautiful and he has thousands of them in various states of progress at his home deep in the redwoods in California. One of his grafted Shimpaku Juniper bonsai won the top prize in the First National Bonsai Exhibit in New York in 2008. And Jim is a popular guy. When his award was announced he received three standing ovations! His classes and demonstrations are sold out wherever he is, whether it is in the West or in the South. From New York to California to Tennessee, when Jim Gremel speaks, people listen. Jim Gremel was chosen for the PSBA artist series because he has the ability to create a bonsai that transports the viewer to a different time and place. The workshops will be held at Bonsai NW with Jim during his series. In keeping with the investment strategy of the artist series, those who sign up are committing to all three workshops. Mark your calendar now for Jim Gremel's artist series. His first demonstration was held on April 27. His second and third demonstrations will be June 22, and November 23 at the Center for Urban Horticulture at 7pm. His second and third workshops will be held on June 21 and November 22 at Bonsai NW.
PSBA's 10th annual auction will be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way Saturday June 6, from noon to 4 pm. To make the auction a success, we will need plenty of volunteers to help out and auction chairman Jason Eider reminds members that they can still participate in the live and silent auctions while volunteering. PSBA's 2015 auction will feature trees created by such outstanding artists as Ryan Neil, the late Peter Adams, Scott Elser and Jack and Genieve Enright was well as well-known collectors of wild trees such as Randy Knight. This year's event again will feature both a live auction of more than 80 bonsai and a silent auction that will include more trees, pots, books and other bonsai related material. The auction will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the pavilion at the Pacific Bonsai Museum on the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way, Washington. Bidders are welcome to browse the auction items starting at noon. Winning bidders may pay for their purchases by check, credit card or cash for either the silent or the live auctions. All participants in either auction must sign up for a paddle number prior to the start of the event. No paddle, no bidding. Sellers will be paying 10 percent of sales prices to PSBA instead of the old 15 percent, and buyers will be charged a 10 percent premium on all purchases.
Sharon Muth, one of the founding members of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association and a former president of the organization, passed away April 2 after a long battle with cancer. Sharon was the former owner of Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila, now owned by her son John Muth, and was well-known in American bonsai circles. In addition to serving as president of PSBA, over the years she remained active in positions ranging from the board of directors to auditing the club’s financial records. Earlier she was also well known for the bonsai pots that she created. In addition to her son John, she is survived by three other children, 10 grandchildren and countless bonsai that she grew and styled over the years. A private family gathering is planned at a later date. Those who wish may send cards to the family in care of Bonsai Northwest, 5021 S. 144th St., Tukwila, WA 98168.