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Bonsai Banter Issue # 036-2-Japanese Pavilion
March 05, 2013

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Ahhh computers, love 'em and hate 'em! You may have received two issues of this Bonsai Banter newsletter. There were some glitches in links to other sites in the first mailing. Most have been corrected, my apologies.

The Japanese Pavilion
Washington, DC

My first visit to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum was in its first year of existence. I was shocked to realize that was over 35 years ago!

After all that time, not surprisingly, it’s time to renovate the Japanese Pavilion.

If you love the national collection in Washington, D.C as much as I do, let’s help!

To see some of the restoration plans visit the Campaign Project page.

Start by clicking HERE!

Bonsai Banter Fan Mail

I received lots of comments about last month's Bonsai Banter. This is one of my favorites.

"Hi Mary- I love your monthly Bonsai Banter, always looking forward to it!

This month's little reminder about frozen branches from Michael Hagedorn, reminds me of when I learned that lesson. In my case, it was with a Kingsville Boxwood in mid-winter.

I was gently brushing some very rare snow from the top, when a large branch snapped off like it was made from spun sugar. A BIG surprise! Lesson learned ... never do anything with frozen trees.

Joey McCoy - Austin, Texas, USA"

Miniature Bonsai

Bonsai are classified in many ways, size is one. The miniature category is basically divided into two sizes ...

shohin and mame.

If you create or even just enjoy miniature bonsai, the All Japan Shohin-Bonsai Association site is a ‘must see.’

View hundreds of exquisite miniature groupings, fabulous small trees, accents and amazing unique display stands!

Warning, don’t go there unless you have time to stay. There are eight pages of approximately 100 miniature exhibits on each page. Although primarily written in Japanese, it’s easy to navigate.

Click on your favorite individual display for a larger view.

Make Plans Early

It’s that time of year when spring bonsai show and convention announcements begin. Many of these events are in beautiful areas, just perfect for family vacations. Make plans early, and remember many of the workshops sell out in advance.

In Joey McCoy’s fan mail (above) he also sent me details for the

Lone State Bonsai Federation (Texas) convention April 11-14, 2013 in New Braunfels

Sponsored by the Austin Bonsai Society & The San Antonio Bonsai Society (48 miles from Austin/32 miles from San Antonio)

What a lineup they have! Walter Pall, Colin Lewis and Erik Wigert are guest artists. A couple of my old Texas friends Yvonne Padilla and Chuck Ware, are also on the schedule.

In a last minute email Joey added: “We recently found out that the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited (formerly Creedence Clearwater Revival - with the hits "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Proud Mary", Susie Q" and others) are donating a signed Fender guitar, CDs and T-shirts for our Saturday night Auction! How cool is that?!

Also coming up soon:

The Bonsai Societies of Florida convention

May 24-27, 2013 Memorial Day Weekend

Lake Mary, FL

(very near Orlando, and all the theme parks!)

This convention is right around the corner from me, so you just may catch me there.

Guest Artists: Suthin Sukosolvisit, Sean Smith and Michael Feduccia

The James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery

Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL

September 14 and 15, 2013

St. Lucie, FL Civic Center

Bonsai Curator, Patrick Giacobbe, has announced a new juried show! Lots more details on the site. Start getting your trees ready.

Site Reminders

On the Bonsai-Mary site, try one of the most unused assets I have. There is a blank “search” space at the top of every page.

You may be surprised at what you've missed. To test the search, type in the word … crocodile … and see what comes up. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let me know.

And don't forget, if you have a bonsai business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable spaces available for Your Ads. Take a look for design and size requirements.

Until next month, and hopefully spring, thanks for your input and for visiting my site.

Sincerely, Mary Miller

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