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August 2023 Meeting

The practice of bonsai, especially outside of Japan is not a settled practice. We should always be exploring, learning and experimenting for ways to raise the level of our practice in our own back yards. As a suggested discussion topic, I’d like to invite you all to share something new you’ve been trying this year. It could be seedlings or cuttings you started, a new fertilizer or pest/disease mitigation, automatic watering system, a new tool, pruning technique/timing or maybe just a new species or tree you’ve added to your collection. Even though every garden is slightly different, we all grow our bonsai in the Northeast Ohio environment and can benefit from the collective experience that I hope you will share with the group.
Saturday August 26th 9:30-11:30am at Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. 
750 E. 88th St. Cleveland in the indoor classroom.
Hope to see you and learn from you!
-Adam Shank
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2022 Bonsai Show

Here are some pictures of the bonsai trees in the 2022 Spring Show as taken by club VP Adam Shank.

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Bonsai Resources

During this necessary separation we wanted to share with our members some sources they can tap for inspiration and educationt to continue their bonsai journey. Below you’ll find both YouTube channels and a few blogs from various bonsai professionals and enthusiasts. All free and waiting for you. Make the most of your quarantine and stay home if you can. We hope to see everyone again real soon!

Feel free to share your favorites and we’ll add them to the list!




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2019 Fall Show and Winners

Our 2019 Fall Show was held this past weekend and was a big success with over 1,000 visitors!

While we did get a little light rain on both days the weather cooperated for the most part. See below for a gallery of sights from the show.

We are also pleased to announce the winners of the People’s Choice voting:

First Place: Mel G for his North American Larch forest planting
This Place: Mel G and his Korin Satsuki azalea.

Thank you to everyone who attended and I hope you all had a wonderful time.

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Suiseki Primer

The March 2019 meeting of the Cleveland Bonsai Club featured a presentation by member Les Allen on Suiseki, the Japanese art of stone appreciation.

Suiseki are small, naturally formed stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity, and tranquility. They invoke a feeling, memory, or impression in the viewer and can resemble landscapes, mountains, huts, people, animals, and more.

They are usually displayed on a daiza (a wooden base custom made for that particular stone) or in a shallow tray of sand called a suiban (ceramic) or doban (bronze). The display may incorporate a stand and possibly a scroll on the wall.

Suiseki are selected based on five criteria:

  1. Shape – balance and proportion
  2. Quality of material – appearance of hardness
  3. Color – reflection of nature
  4. Surface texture – varies but should never show damage
  5. Age – appearance of age (patina)

Some classifications include:

  1. Landscape Suiseki (Sansui keijo-seki): shaped like a mountain, island, waterfall, shoreline, cave, canyon, or plateau.
  2. Object stones (Keisho-seki): resembling a person, animal, boat, house or bridge.
  3. Celestial (Gensho-seki): with patterns resembling the moon, sun or stars.
  4. Plant (Kigata-ishi): with patterns picturing flowers, fruits, grasses, forests or even Bonsai.
  5. Weather (Tenko-seki): resembling rain, intense sunlight, lightning or snow.
  6. Abstract (Chusho-seki): with surfaces similar to animal prints, tangled nets, etc.

Suiseki are sometimes displayed along with bonsai trees and can be valued in the thousands of dollars.

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2019 Bonsai Internship

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum located at the U.S. National Arboretum is seeking an intern for 2019. The intern will be trained by the bonsai staff in the care and maintenance of the bonsai collection. Weekend work will be required. The length of the internship is one year. The approximate start date is February 1, 2019. The internship is paid through a stipend funded by the National Bonsai Foundation.


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2018 Fall Show September 29/30

The Cleveland Bonsai Club is hosting our annual show the weekend of Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th at Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse.


Come and see more than 50 trees and learn about the art of bonsai! Trees will be on display at all stages of development. Vendors will have trees, pots, and other supplies for sale.


Demonstrations daily! Learn how these trees are selected, potted, wired, trimmed, and cared for from our club masters. 


While you’re here, visit the beautiful greenhouses and gardens of Rockefeller Greenhouse.


The show is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted. Free parking!