I was very happy with the number of people who enrolled for the beginner’s classes which commenced last meeting. I hope you all enjoyed your introduction to Bonsai. I would like you to bring an evergreen tree along to the March meeting.
We gave you a lot of information at the February meeting. Just a reminder of the first two upcoming events which are reasonably accessible from Wagga Wagga. The first is the Australian Plants as Bonsai exhibition 17 th – 18 th March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. This is a must if you are at all interested in natives as bonsais. There is time to take in a visit to the NBPCA Exhibition at the National Arboretum to make the visit to Canberra very worthwhile. This event is closely followed by the Bonsai Week hosted by NBPCA 19 th – 25 th March. Separate
information is available for those who are interested.
Peter told us of the away weekend he has planned for the first weekend in May. More detailed information follows. Godfrey and I have already made an overnight booking. We will be looking for names at the March meeting although April will not be too late (although overnight bookings might be getting tight. Peter has included something for everyone and remember, you can do as little or as much of the tour as you desire.
Peter and I had a discussion with Wagga Coop (Moorong St) who have agreed to get a trial pallet of Debco Bonsai potting mix. Price is just under $10 per bag. You will probably need to ask for it as when I purchased mine, we had to hunt around. I’m hopeful that if enough of us buy it, it may become a routine order for them. Even though we are officially in Autumn, the main job still seems to be watering. I find April is the better month for Autumn plantings as March is still a bit warm.
Looking forward to seeing you all this week.
Dates to Remember
March 2018 :
- 17 th – 18 th March, Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition, Australian National Botannic Gardens,Canberra.
- 19 th – 25 th March - Bonsai Week at NBPCA, National Arboretum, Canberra. April 2018:
- Bonsai by the Beach, Wauchope Bonsai Society featuring Shane Briggs and Clinton Nesci. Contact email@example.com or 65852995.
- 5 th – 6 th May; Illawarra Bonsai Society Show, Sutherland District Trade Union Club, Kingway, Gymea.
- “AABC National Bonsai Convention”: 20 th – 23 rd ‘Mantra Bell City’, Preston, Melbourne.
- 24 th – 26 th August, 19 th Annual Weekend Workshop at Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops.
- Saturday “AM” : 8.00 am Leave Wagga Wagga from ARCC Hall Tarcutta Street. Travel in Convoy.
- 9.15 am Visit Cascades Nursery in Batlow and Sugar Pine Walk Laurel Hill. (Time permitting).
- 11.15am Visit Garry Talbot’s Bonsai Collection : Tumut
- 12.30pm Lunch : BYO Food and Drink : Venue “Stockwell Gardens” Past Sun Herald awarded.
- 1.30pm Visit Tumut Landcare Nursery. Sales of tube and other stock available. Talk on Propagation – Cuttings and Seed Raising by Manager- Steve Hamil.
- 2.30pm Scenic drive around the Tumut River precinct and on to the Tumut African Violet Farm.(TAVF). Talk on African Violets and their TAVF processes by Leonie Jones.
- 3.30 pm Leave TAVF and travel to Talbingo via a brief stop at the Blowering Dam wall .
- Sunday “AM”: Breakfast approx. 7.30am : Bacon / Eggs/ Toast / Cereal / etc Provided.
- 9.00 am Visit Tumut T3 Power Station Exterior & Talbingo Shop-Scale Model of The Snowy.
- 10.15am Visit Yarrangobilly Caves . Guided or self guided tours available . Cost own care. Or Swim in the Thermal Pool/Spring. BYO Swimmers and Towel.
- (45 min from Talbingo). Will need Sturdy and enclosed footwear and a jacket.
- 12.30pm NSW Forestry Plantation Nursery. Talk by Phil Green about their 9 million plant cells.
- 1.30pm Lunch: Tumut. Tumut Riverside café Or Take Away’s to another Tumut Park . Cost own care.
- 2.30pm Depart for Wagga Wagga- home by around 3.30pm. Or Visit Tumut Broom Factory and /or Tumut
- River Brewing Co for return to Wagga Wagga around 4.30pm