Catch Up on What We are Doing!

2022 Bonsai Road Trip to Harrisburg, PA

Finally a new road trip for the club!  This time we will travel separately (as in, no bus) but may carpool as it works out. We’ll meet at Nature’s Way in Harrisburg (see the flier for the address) at 11 on Saturday, and we’ll have lunch in his garden. We’ll tour Nature’s Way, and be treated to Jim Doyle’s expertise. Then we’ll drive to SuperFly Bonsai, THE Bonsai Megastore. Sean Smith will meet us for dinner at a place he has arranged, and dinner will be at your own expense.  Here is a copy of the flier: Road Trip

There are 2 possible hotels available at a reasonable price, the Days Inn Harrisburg, and the Rodeway Inn also in Harrisburg.
Both charge $99 per night, less AARP or AA discounts, plus taxes and lodging charges. You will need to make your own reservations, and there is a car race nearby, so don’t delay. On Sunday we’ll go to Three Mountain Bonsai School for a private seminar on bonsai, Suiseki, and other art displays. We hope everyone will respect Sean Smith’s dedication and expertise being offered to our club members at no charge, by staying until the end of the Display session. Then we’ll return to Rochester by the same way that we came.

How to take part in this very special field trip? First, send an email to Marti Macinski with your intention to participate, your ability to share car space or your desire to carpool with someone else driving.

August 8, 2020 Tanseki Outing

Once again the weather smiled on us as we spent a lovely morning searching for stones. Not just any stones, but special stones that will be chosen as Suiseki. Our Tanseki (stone collecting trip) was a special time to gather with friends and fellow Suiseki enthusiasts, while enjoying a lovely outdoor walk in the stream (literally). The day was all sunshine, the mood was all smiles, and the stones we found were special and will be lingering remembrances of a special time.

March 12-25, 2020 Gardenscape Display

This year’s Gardenscape exhibit came with a larger and more open display area.  We got a lot of nice trees from about 9 or 10 members and setup / take down went pretty well due to all of the helping hands.  The show overall was lightly attended as it was held in the initial days of the COVID-19 shut down.  Those that came by were happy to see our display and our volunteer member staff got to answer a fair amount of questions.  Next door to our booth, Bill Valavanis went all out with his International Bonsai display.  He won numerous booth awards for his interpretation of the “Passport To Spring” show theme.  Thanks everyone that helped make this a quiet success!

Kusamono Pot Making Class

Kusamono Pots are small containers used to hold ornamental grasses, moss or other accessory flowers which are placed next to a bonsai tree in a formal display.  One of our most popular Project Involved classes was put on by our talented BSUNY member, David Bennett. In 2019 David set up an initial class for members to build their own bonsai pot and the group recently got back together to glaze and fire their masterpieces. Check out these beauties which will be delivered just in time for the Spring repotting season!