Feb - Four Seasons Bonsai Club of Michigan
CLUB MEETING @
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
CLUB CHECK IN / SET UP
RAFFLE / CLOSING
Spring is coming soon, we've seen a few 50 degree days and it's time
to start preparation for repotting your trees, procuring the elements
First of all, I'd like to welcome the six
new members to the Four Seasons
Club. We continue to grow and that
is all thanks to fellow club members
sharing their stories, photos of their
trees on their social networking
pages and emails. Our growth is
key to procuring master level bonsai
artists to conduct workshops and
demonstrations for our club. New
members will help us procure more
items for our massive raffle and
improve our club's annual show
to make a soil specifically suited for your trees, maintaining protection
from Michigan's high winds and potential heavy snow. Yes, we all
know how unpredictable our weather is, however, by attending our
meetings, you will be prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends your
We have a special guest speaker, Aaron Wiley, giving an in depth
presentation on soil development, preparation and understanding your
bonsai's chemical needs and how the right soil can promote stronger
roots and leaf development. Club members are asked to bring samples
of their own "custom" mix and share stories of success and failure
with soil development. We will discuss how to mix, procure and
organize your mix to your bonsai needs.
We will be meeting in the back of Bordines Nursery. Enter from
the front and walk down the middle of the store. We will be in the
As always, bring in items for the raffle and new faces to the club.
Above all, new members bring new
ideas and stories for all of us to use
to create better bonsai. As we all
prepare for another great year, be
sure to bring your trees and ideas
to every meeting. We look forward
to hearing from new people from
beginner to expert leve.
Creating the perfect soil for you.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many people saying that they have the perfect soil mix for bonsai? Well that’s because
they do……… for their bonsai that is. The ability to grow a healthy tree starts with the proper soil mix for your tree and for your
lifestyle. Lifestyle you say?? Yes, the amount of time you have to water and fertilize is also a crucial factor in creating the right
bonsai soil for your trees. This seminar will focus not on why a specific mix is right for you but on each individual element of the
soil. The more you know about the ingredients that we have available to us the better you can make a decision on the perfect soil
mix. We will go over water holding ability, effects on fertilizer and partial size. From akadama to turface and from expanded shale
to river stone, all will be discussed and presented to you so that you can create that perfect bonsai soil for your trees and your
Grit and Rocks
There are a number of qualities that are required in a good soil mix
Good water-retention. The soil needs to be able to hold and retain sufficient quantities of water to supply moisture to the bonsai
between each watering.
Good drainage. Excess water must be able to drain immediately from the pot. Soils lacking good drainage are too water retentive,
lack aeration and are liable to a build up of salts. Too much water-retention will also cause the roots to rot, killing the tree.
Good aeration. The particles used in a bonsai mix should be of sufficient size to allow tiny gaps or air pockets between each
particle. Beside the need of oxygen for the roots, it is also important to let the good bacteria and mycorrhizae intact, so the
processing of food will take place before being absorbed by the root-hairs and send to the leaves for photosynthesis.
Deciduous tree bonsai soil
25% Organic potting compost
Coniferous / Pine tree bonsai soil
10% Organic potting compost
Finalized Calendar of Events.
Be sure to check our Facebook/Website for updates.
NEW RAFFLE TREE
Tickets are only $10.
Only 80 tickets are available.
The massive Shimpaku is worth over $950
Raffle tree is only available to club members.
Tickets are sold at every club meeting
JAN 31st .
INTER CARE - Q & A
Meeting held at SMZ Advertising in Troy.
Our first meeting of the year wil be an open
forum for members to share ideas for our new
calendar of events. Dues will be collected.
Febr 28th .... AARON WILEY SOIL LECTURE
An informative look into the creation of the perfect soil for your specific species of bonsai.
Mar 27th ..... BONSAI CIRCUS
New to bonsai or just looking to hone your skills,
don’t miss this meeting! Members will hold
simultaneous workshops and demos on a wide
variety of bonsai related topics geared toward
beginners through expert level bonsai artists.
April 23rd ... FLOWER MARKET IN DUNDEE (road trip)
Kurt Smith, the owner of the Flower Market, will
conduct demos and hands on workshops at his
incredible store. Discounts for members.
May 29........ VANCE HANNA PINE DEMO
One of our most decorated club members will
be sharing over 25 years of bonsai experience
with our club. Bring in your own pine tree for
styling and development advice.
June 26th..... KURT SMITH DEMONSTRATION
The owner of Michigan's largest bonsai nursery
will conduct a live demo. Subject TBD.
July 17th...... BONSAI SHOW PREPARATION
Highly awarded club members will advise members on how to prepare your trees for the annual
show next month.
Aug 6-7th.... 43rd ANNUAL BONSAI SHOW
BORDINES NURSERY IN ROCHESTER
Come see our best bonsai trees on display, live
demos, workshops and bonsai trees for sale. A
must see for all bonsai fans. Mark Fields will be
our judge and special guest master. Live demos
and beginner workshops, raffles and more.
Sept 25th.... BONSAI AUCTION
A massive amount of bonsai trees and bonsai
related items being sold for some of the lowest
prices of the year. A must attend for all levels.
Oct 23th...... SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER
We are working on procuring a master level
bonsai artist to conduct workshops and lectures.
Nationally recognized Mugo pine expert and au thor, Vance Wood will be demonstrating expert level styling on a massive pine. A must see.
Nov 20th..... VANCE WOOD STYLING DEMO
Dec 11th ..... HOLIDAY DINNER at CAFE SUSHI
Open to all club members.
2016 OFFICERS, BOARD
OF DIRECTORS AND
Vice-President......... Vance Hanna
Secretary................. Aaron Wiley (248) 544-3112
Treasurer................. Guy Vitale, (734) 558-2024
Newsletter................ M.Corbeille / Aaron Wiley
Library..................... Kandy Wiley (248) 872-8050
Show Chair.............. Michael Corbeille
Website.................... Cate Horn (248) 979-2254 [email protected]
Social Director ......... David Muzzarelli
Director, 2-Yr. Term... John Stevens (248) 544-3112
Director, 2-Yr. Term... Troy Rider (585) 953-4207
Director, 2-Yr. Term... Ray Alexander
Director, 1-Yr. Term... Rick Bieniek
Catering, 1-Yr. Term.. Judy Muensch
THE MAJORITY OF OUR CLUB MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT BORDINES
NURSERY IN ROCHESTER HILLS. PLEASE CHECK THE NEWSLETTER FOR
ANY LOCATION CHANGES AND TO CONFIRM OUR MEETING TIMES.
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BONSAI VENDORS