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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.

Join the Bonsai Society of Portland and participate in an educational and pleasurable learning environment dedicated to the art of bonsai.


February 24, 2015 - Scott Elser on Pot Selection

Our February Meeting topic will be Pot Selection with Scott Elser. Ever wonder what pot to use for which tree? What size? What shape? What color? Scott will be covering those decisions and more when he demonstrates how to choose the proper container for growing and displaying your bonsai. This will be a very informative and detail rich discussion just in time for the potting season. To go along with this talk, Scott is asking folks to bring in containers made by western potters (The U.S. and Europe) for sharing and display. These containers should not have trees in them. We will be showing them in a hands off environment and will have labels to signify the different potters. So bring along your favorite unoccupied pot to share. Be sure to label the pot with your name on the bottom. This should make for quite an interesting show.

Scott started down the bonsai path with his grandfather Mark. With a passion for native Northwest species, he took his bonsai enthusiasm to another level and began studying with Boon, graduating from his three year Intensive course in 2005. Today he continues up the bonsai path with Michael Hagedorn and Ryan Neil. Scott draws on his profession as a graphic designer to create natural looking bonsai. In 2008, a Western Hemlock collected and created by Scott won the award for Most Outstanding Conifer at the first ever National Bonsai Show. In 2010 he repeated the same award with a Ponderosa Pine.

The presentation begins at 7pm. Members should show up early to network, learn, purchase, swap and brag. Guest are welcome to attend. Tuesday, Feb 24 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Milwaukie Center.