Bonsai in the Upstate of South Carolina
Ours is a pretty informal study group. We meet monthly at Green Thumb Bonsai in Greenville SC on the 4th Saturday of the month @ 10 am. Members from all over the Upstate area of SC (Greenville, Laurens, and Pickens Counties are all well-represented) come and work on the art, and craft of bonsai. We've mostly focused on our own bonsai trees, while lending ideas and insight (and fresh perspective) for each other's trees. Our meetings will usually consist of each member discussing the tree they've brought. We take turns detailing the strengths and weaknesses of our own tree before opening up the floor for discussion. Each member is free to do what they like with any recommendations on their trees. (That is, ignore it if you want to!)
We're also there to lend an extra hand if you need help repotting a tree, or bending a large branch. If you'd just like to see how other folks style their trees, come and see what we have going on. There are no dues or fees, just enthusiasts eager to learn bonsai. We sort of have a rotating schedule where one member has to lead the initial discussion. You get to teach what you know or feel confident about. We've found we can all learn this way.
We've tossed around the idea of exhibiting in the Carolina Bonsai Expo in the coming years. To that end we have a few trees that have been donated as Study Group trees that are cared for @ Green Thumb Bonsai. I've linked to images of the trees that we have already worked on, and will continue to update the status of their progress. Look for a gallery of individual's as well as group trees soon.
We have a few ideas that we're going to be tossing around.
- Have a guest artist style some trees and offer advice on ours
- He knows the area so his advice will be that much better
- Species specific meetings where we concentrate on our own trees of a certain species. We can all share what we've found to work.
- Pruning & Pinching junipers
- Pine care and maintenance
- Deciduous tree defoliation
- Grafting,air layering, ...
- Continue styling our group-trees. These trees really ought to be something on display soon enough.
- We have a number of videos that demonstrate techniques and artistry. Sometimes its easier to figure out what to do when you can actually see whats being done.