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Why join a local bonsai society?

 

Learning the art and science of Bonsai, and trying to overcome the daunting problems imposed by our desert climate can be a challenging and even painful experience without proper guidance.  The books and websites available do not take into account the desert extremes encountered by our plants.  Nearly all bonsai anywhere in the world are outdoor trees, and cannot be kept indoors for more than a few days. Only certain tropical and succulents (never conifers or hardwood trees) can be grown indoors under high light conditions and placed outdoors in warm weather. Nearly all of our bonsai are grown outdoors with part shade all summer.

 After many years of experience and growing success, we have developed our own unique Bonsai Basics classes, described further under Classes.

 

Benefits of Society Membership

 

Every effort is made by our Board of Directors to be responsive to the wants and needs of members as they acquire new skills and knowledge.  Here are some of the activities and events offered each year, but may be subject to changes, reflected on our website:

 

  • Monthly programs and lectures at the Tucson Woman’s Club at 12:00 noon on the second Sunday of each month

  • Mentors and teachers are available to assist with the training of your bonsai  at meetings and workshops, at no charge to you 

  • Additional workshops and tours at members’  homes, on a seasonal basis, with the assistance of our mentors and teachers, at no cost to you

  • Annual bonsai auction where plants and other items can be purchased; proceeds to benefit our club

  • Access to a local source for bonsai tools, wire, and pottery; other materials at prices competitive with the internet

  • Special buys or prices on nursery plants, custom logo shirts, and accessories

  • Annual seminar and workshops instructed by a prominent California bonsai teacher to acquire new skills and techniques, with a major part of the cost subsidized by our club resources

  • Field trips to nearby mountains and canyons for collection of native specimens including juniper, pine, oak, desert willow, hackberry, etc., with an approved permit