The Bonsai Society of Portland, Oregon, promotes the art of bonsai through education. The Society meets monthly, presents guest speakers, shares bonsai knowledge, holds public exhibits, maintains a library of books, videos, maintains a mentorship program and holds social events.

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April 28, 2015 Meeting - Native Deciduous Trees for Bonsai

Here is what’s happening at the BSOP Meeting on April 28, 2015:  

 Presentation 7pm - 8:55pm:  This month Greg Brenden and Scott Elser will be giving a presentation on Native Deciduous Trees for Bonsai. This is the second half and follow up to last year’s program on Coniferous Natives. As last year, this will be a survey of as many species and live examples as they can round up. Topics to be covered will be where to find and how to collect, as well as techniques for developing and caring for this relatively unexplored group of materials. Expect to see collected hawthorns and maples as well as field grown alders and crabapples. Included in this presentation will be a large group of accent plants of all types and sizes. This is a ground breaking event for the Northwest, so we hope you can all make it.

Question & Answer Table 6pm - 7pm:  Stop by the Q&A table to get some direction and advice.  For April we have Keith Wingfield answering your questions. Keith is VERY knowledgeable about fertilizers & pest control, this is definitely the month to ask questions in those areas.

Show & Tell Tables 6pm - 9pm:  Show us what you’ve got!  Anything in the advanced development stage is welcome. The last few months we have seen some outstanding bonsai. When bringing items for display, please fill out an information card (available on the table) and place it next to your item.


Silent Auction 6pm - presentation break:   If you thought we had a great auction last month, you haven’t seen anything yet.  This month we will have over 100 items from trees to pots to special soils.  Included will be the last of the trees from the generous donation of Steve Longenecker…..we saved some of the best for last!  If you are looking for great additions to your collection, you need to be at this meeting!

Raffle 6pm - meeting end:  Lots of great items available again this month. Your 1st raffle ticket is FREE when you pick up your name badge.   Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase for $1.00 each and will be sold before the meeting and through the break.  Winning tickets will be drawn and posted by the end of the meeting.  Following the guest speakers’ presentation, check the winners board to see what you won.  This month the raffle proceeds benefit the Mentorship program.  Your donation of raffle trees & bonsai related items are always welcome and appreciated! 

Vendor Tables 6pm - 7pm & break: Local bonsai vendors & members will be present to sell bonsai trees supplies & equipment.  You can call ahead and preorder:  Daybreak Gardens (Donna) 360-687-5641, Wee Tree (Rose) 541-829-1859, and Rose Society Fertilizer (Bill) 503-936-5629.  If you are interested in selling at the meeting please email or call me to reserve a table at no charge 503-750-4552.

BSOP Library 6pm – 7pm: Our librarian Barbara Devitt is the BSOP resident reference expert. The library is located at the back of the stage in the main meeting room and contains a huge selection of books, periodicals and reference materials. The library closes when the meeting presentation begins.