Welcome to the home of the Memphis Bonsai Society.
Members brought trees to the September meeting. Darryl and Terry spent a good bit of their time helping others with their trees and explaining the bonsai "process". David brought a small Kingsville Boxwood grove that really was a pleasure to look at. He trimmed it up while Richard Stewart worked on an old Ponderosa Pine cascade. Jim brought a cedar elm which he had grown from a root cutting. Fred brought Chinese Junipers and a Satsuki Azalea.
If you wanted to learn about bonsai planting medium alternatives, you should have been at the March meeting. Darryl brought with him several samples of bonsai planting medium and different sizes of aggregate. There are a variety of "concoctions" that bonsai enthusiasts use ranging from course sand, to chicken grit, to turface, to akadama, to lava rock, to baked gumbo clay. They each have their own properties. The planting medium available from Brussel's is a combination of baked clay (gumbo) and soil conditioner. It works well and many purchase it.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens presented a very special exhibit of fine specimen bonsai on loan from Brussel's Bonsai. The exhibit, tours and talks took place Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Sunday, October 28, 2012.
MBS member Rick O'Brien took some photographs to share in our photo gallery.