I’ve got some catching up to do
Posted on March 28th, 2008 at 3:49 pm by admin

I’ll keep short the apologies for not keeping everyone up to date better. There; you’ve got all the apologies you’re going to get.

We have had lots of stuff happening lately. As the flurry of emails lately would suggest, we’ve been pretty active this late winter. We went collecting, visited Gary Marchal and learned a thing or two, then just wrapped up a very exciting dual workshop/study group meeting.

John Green invited us to collect trees on some property near Lake Greenwood in Laurens County. Upon arrival we were shown the area with the most promising trees, and told that we could have 3 of anything other than the pines he is field growing. There were plenty of Winged Elms (Ulmus alata) for everyone to have. We had a good turnout for this event and hopefully our collections are better off for the troubles of collecting. Let no one suggest that collecting trees is a walk in the park. Check the gallery for a smattering of pictures.

Gary Marchal was nice enough to host us at his place. Driving through wind and snow, we made it to his warm greenhouse and nestled in among the towering Bald Cypress and other fine bonsai. He showed us his carving technique that took him 7 or 8 years to perfect. He then let us practice what we’d learned. This by itself made the trip worthwhile.

His fine collection of trees is something to behold. Even in winter storage you could tell they were the product of much labor and much love. The 800 yr. old Water Elm (Planera aquatica) was amazing, and luckily enough for me, was in need of a trim. I got to work on it, while he sent the rest of us off to work on a handful of other trees needing a handful of other things done to them. We each learned something, and look forward to being able to do this again.

Last week, the March study group shared time and space with a Grafting workshop that Green Thumb Bonsai hosted. This was pretty good PR for the Study Group as many who’d never made it for a study group got to see what its all about. Clearly the highlight of this month’s meeting was the building of a 7 tree bald cypress forest. (I need to remember to add pictures of this.) It filled the back portion of a full-size Chevy Suburban. It was a lot of fun helping build this forest, and we all got to have a little input. Some he liked, and some he didn’t but thats the beauty of what happens at our study group meetings.

That brings us close enough to up to date.

Comments so far:

Link Here | May 14, 2008,

I just visited Green Thumb Bonsai and would like to join your study group. I am from Greenville and my dad will be driving up from Cameron, SC. Can you let me know when your next meeting will be? thanks.

Comment by Sheree Moore

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