The Badger Bonsai Society (BBS) was formed in 1972 for the purpose of promoting and enjoying the ancient art of bonsai. Meetings are at 6:30 on the second Thursday of every month at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, except for January and July when the club has special dinner meetings.
Here is what I propose for the club activities to the end of the year
WI State Fair
July 31 – August 10
Saturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center, Sycamore Room
$2 workshop (I have about 10 trees that I snagged at Menards), or BYO
Gene Wilcox procumbens styling event
Chicago bonsai show
Public bonsai exhibits in US
US bonsai exhibition – Rochester, NY
Suiseki lecture and workshop
Demo by club member
What makes a good bonsai? Illustrated Lecture
Just a reminder that this Saturday we are going to Anderson and rotary gardens. If you have an Olbrich membership remember to bring your membership card. Without this card there is an admission fee at both gardens. I plan on going regardless of the weather, so plan accordingly. I can accommodate 5 more people in my vehicle. If we have more than this, another person will also need to drive.
June 28: Trip to Rotary Gardens in Janesville, and Anderson Garden in Rockford. We will leave Dutch Mill Park and Ride on Madison’s SE side at 8:00 a.m. Spend about 1.5 hours at Rotary Gardens from 9-10:30. Then about another 1.5 hours at Anderson, from 11-12:30. We’ll find a Japanese restaurant, and then head back to Madison. I plan to be back at the Park and Ride by 3:30 p.m. If you are an Olbrich member, entrance to the gardens is free. If not, Rotary charges $5 and Anderson $8. I encourage you to secure an Olbrich membership. It offers reciprocal entries into many, many gardens throughout the US. As Ron Fortmann pointed out in May, the Chicago show in August is free. The catch is it’s $20 to park (maybe for Chicago folks this seems reasonable, but to us cheeseheads it’s outrageous). HOWEVER, with an Olbrich membership parking is free.
In case you missed it, the Wisconsin State Journal on Wednesday May 28 ran a very nice article about member Margaret Elmore and the creation of fairy gardens. Margaret works at America’s Best Flowers in Cottage Grove and is giving three workshops on the creation of fairy gardens – one at America’s Best on June 21, and two at Olbrich on June 19 and July 12. While not strictly bonsai, the objects, plant selection, pruning, etc have much in common. For more information contact either Olbrich, or America’s Best at 222-2269.
Wow! What a show! Excellent trees and displays, good attendance, great demonstrations – what more could there be? Thanks to everyone for making this a great success – and there are a lot of people to thank! Orion Kiesch for creating this years promotional flier; Gary Landerud for supervising the set-up and clean-up crews and storing all the back drops and table coverings; Mary Ellestad for the newspaper publicity; Orion and Gary for the professional quality photography on Sunday (The pics will be on the website soon) ; thanks to all four demonstrators, who all did great demos – Devon, Matthew, Tim, and Ron; Set-up crew Gary, Gene and Linda, Derek, John, Tim, Mary, Orion, Brian and Diana; clean-up crew Gary, Gene and Linda, Matthew, Mary, Orion, Ron, John and Annie, Devon, Elaine, Tim; tree sitters and door greeters Orion, Brian, Mary, Elaine, Gene and Linda, Ron, Matthew, John and Annie, Devon, Tim, Gary, and Ralph. And, most importantly, to everyone that brought trees to show, for without the trees we wouldn’t have a show: Orion, Mary, Derek, Brian, Ron, Matthew, Annie, John, Gene and Linda, Devon, and Tim.
Brian won Best of Show for his striking schefflera. It was outstanding! Other top vote recipients were Gene’s shimpaku, Ron’s lilac, Ron’s Hornbeam, Devon’s shimpaku, Mary’s lilac, and Brian’s other schefflera. Matthew’s trees were all perfect, but what especially struck me was the excellent nebari they all had. And as can be attested to by those members at the entrance table, many, many people left without casting a ballot because they “were all so fantastic I couldn’t decide”.
Our show is probably the highlight of the year for the Society. So, to everyone that participated, a major “thank you” and a “job well done”; it was awesome.
If anyone has suggestions or ideas on how to improve things for next year, jot them down, or let me know.
If I have inadvertently left anyone off this thank-you list, my sincere apologies. Ill make corrections in the next post.
Pictures of the show will be posted here this weekend, sorry for the delay…
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
This Saturday, May 3, we are having our annual nursery crawl. We will begin at 9 am at Jung’s on Northport Drive. See Devon’s email fromMarch 22 for a map and a complete itinerary. Feel free to join or leave the crawl as your schedule permits.
General membership meeting: Thursday, May 8 – the second Thursday comes early this month. This meeting will be devoted to a BYO workshop. So bring something to work on, your tools, wire, plastic to cover your work area, and a pot (or two). The club will provide a bucket of soil. There are also a few leftover larch and black pine that will be available.
Annual show, May 17-18 – start planning what trees you intend to show. We all want our trees to be perfect and we should strive towards that objective. However, keep in mind the public will be thrilled with even your worst tree. It is also instructive to show what can be achieved in a short time. So, if you have something recently styled and created, don’t hesitate to show it. It helps dispel the notion that bonsai HAVE to be old. We will need volunteers to set up, guard the trees, sign-up new members, tear down, etc. etc. Mary will have sign up sheets at the May 8meeting. We also need four people willing to demonstrate.
Hope to see you Saturday!