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IN THE NEWS

Feature story on AZPM Arizona Illustrated - 50 Years of Tucson Bonsai

Feature Article in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
May 2022

Reflecting on ​an amazing ​2022,​ our 50th Anniversary of the Tucson Bonsai Society​​, and ​​​​now entering our last quarter of the year.   Fall, changing of the leaves,​ ​cooling temperatures, and bonsai tasks to prepare our trees for hibernation or lush winter growth are all on our minds.  

 

​It has been a stressful few years for many of us and our families​.  Coming out of the Covid quarantine at the beginning of 2022​,​ we had dedicated members wearing masks to the meetings.  Gradually, attendance grew at each monthly meeting​.​ ​​ More new members started to join the club after finding us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

 

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine  wrote a five-page editorial on the Tucson Bonsai Society with photographs of our gardens, which resulted in a flurry of new members. (Scroll down home page to read)

 

A Podcast, hosted by Mark Bishop on 'Tucson Means Business'​, ​​went live​ in March.​  ​Interviews between the Tucson Bonsai Society, The Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Yume Japanese Garden​ ​confirm​s​ our outreach ​working​ closely with our peers​ has been a great move​.  

 

​AZPM Arizona Illustrated  - On October 2nd, we ​aired on ​PBS TV with Tom McNamara on the ​widely viewed ​Arizona Illustrated.  The program focused on ​Clubs, Societies and why members join them.  Our segment was titled 50 Years of

Tucson Bonsai.  (See link below)

In May, we hosted a successful 50th Anniversary Living Art Exhibition, honoring our Founder, David Meyer, held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.   We displayed 80 majestic bonsai trees, all from our members' gardens.  We experienced another surge of new members with a desire to learn about Bonsai; a mix of people from bonsai artists of 35 years and many members with no bonsai knowledge whatsoever, willing to be trained.

 

And now what you’ve all been waiting for….

 

Two Basic Bonsai Classes by Rod McKenna

$140 includes three 3-hour classes spread over four months

 

We are offering a variety of class dates​/times to accommodate​​ everyone’s schedules.  ​

P​lan​s​ are ​to have make-up classes thru zoom or a video link of the live class, if you need to miss one of three

 

Class 1:   Thursday evenings at The Tucson Woman's Center beginning Oct6/Nov16/Jan5

Details and registration here

 

Class 2:   Sunday mornings through The Tucson Botanical Gardens beginning Sept25/Oct16/Dec4                 

Details and registration here

 

 

Come join our members each month to learn about the wonderous world of bonsai.  Watch demonstrations about seasonal  plant care, soils and fertilizers, styling and wiring techniques,  how to enroll in our next Basic Bonsai Classes, and participate in annual special workshops. 

Throughout the year we host auctions where you will have the opportunity to purchase trees from our mentors and other members.  We also host the annual Living Art Bonsai Exhibition where you can publicly show your trees and view other juried trees.