Thursday March 28, 2019

The Basics of Bonsai

TGCOA Newsletter

New Members - Always welcome

Bring a friend to the next meeting!

Coming up - April 25, 2019
Plant Auction (To be confirmed)


Current Events/Meetings

Upcoming Events/Meetings

April 25, 2019 (Held prior to Monthly Meeting)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Board Meeting Zilker Garden Center

April 25, 2019 To be Announced
To be confirmed Garden Tour and Dinner Evan Taniguchi Garden

May 23, 2019 Fied Trip
Evening (To be confirmed) Monthly Meeting Great Outdoors

May 23, 2019 (Held prior to Monthly Meeting)
5:30 - 6:30 PM Board Meeting Zilker Garden Center

June 01, 2019
June 1 -2, 2019 (Plant drop off May 31)
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plant Sale Zilker Park - Garden Center
Club Plant Sale

The club’s annual plant sale and show to be held at Zilker Botanical Gardens on June 1 & 2.

Bring your donated plants ready to sell to the setup on Friday, May 31st. from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm or on Saturday from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. Then, plan to work the sale on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Plants will be on sale all day Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 9.00 am to 4:00 pm. Come by and pick up a great plant at a great price.

We will also be having a club luncheon on Saturday-everyone is welcome! Thank you to those who have already signed up. But, we have lots of openings left. Remember, this is a club event and the proceeds from the sale benefit the club. Contact Laura Joseph if you would like to sign up to help.

This is an open show and we invite all interested gardeners to bring a plant for judging. The show will be open to the public from noon to 7:00 pm on Saturday. and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday June 2. All plants must be picked up by 5 o'clock on Sunday.

July 25, 2019 Ice cream Social and Plant Auction
7:00 pm Networking; 7:30 pm Program Montly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Annual Ice cream social, plant auction and intern presentation

November 15, 2019 A cactus-related presentation
7:00 PM Social; 7:30 Presentation Joint Meeting with Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
The November meeting will be a joint meeting with the Cactus and Succulent Society. The evening will include a speaker from The Cactus and Succulent Society as well as lots of exotic plants for the plant raffle. The TGCOA will provide the refreshments for the meeting.

Recent Events/Meetings

February 28, 2019 Ikebana - Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement
7:00 - 9:30 PM Monthly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Ikebana – Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging – Demonstration on February 28th

For spectacular images of Ikebana, click here

This month The Garden Club of Austin (TGCOA) enjoyed a very special presentation by Gregory Gaiser. Mr. Gaiser, a member of the Zilker Botanic Garden Ikebana Study Group, demonstrated how to create several Ikebana arrangements following the ancient Japanese art that incorporates principles of line, movement, open space, and focal point.

Ikebana is the Japanese practice of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō. This tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, these arrangements were placed in the tokonoma of a home. Tokonoma, or simply toko, is a built-in recessed space in a Japanese-style reception room (known in English as an alcove) in which items of artistic merit are displayed.

The time taken to create compositions of this type of Japanese art are often used as a period of reflection, during which time seems to stand still for the artist. This spiritual aspect is the most important element of ikebana. The main objective of making ikebana floral arrangements is not to create decorations.

February 28, 2019 (Held prior to Monthly Meeting)
5:30 - 6:30 PM Board Meeting Zilker Garden Center
Board meeting - Zilker

March 28, 2019 The Basics of Bonsai
7:00 PM Social, Meeting: 7:30 PM Monthly Meeting Zilker Park - Garden Center - Auditorium
Monthly Meeting

Come Learn the Basics of Bonsai

Demonstrating the Basics of Bonsais at our March will be Elaine White. Ms White is a member of the Austin Bonsai Society. She served as President for many years, is a founder of The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit and a member of the Bonsai Society International.

Bonsai Basics topics will cover keeping records, soil components, fertilizer, insects & fungus control, water & PH, styling & wiring, and re-potting. Examples of Ms. White's and other Bonsai artists work can be seen by clicking here

Please plan on coming to this presentation on March 28th. Light refreshments and social time is from 7:00 – 7:30. All are welcome – gardening newbies and seasoned gardeners alike. And if you are new to Central Texas, this club is a great place to get helpful information on what to successfully plant and grow in your yard or on your patio or balcony. Attendance to this demonstration is FREE; however, there may be a parking fee if you arrive before the Botanical Garden gates are closed.

Also make plans to attend the club’s annual Plant/Flower Show & Sale at the Zilker Botanical Gardens auditorium on June 1 & 2, 2019, where we also hope to have some beautiful Ikebana on display.

Bonsai Nurseries in the Austin Area Jade Gardens-Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit-Chuck and Pat Ware
Chuck is a Master Gardener
12404 RR 12 Wimberley TX 78676

MBP Bonsai Studio-Mike and Candy Hansen
Hold beginners’ classes at the studio every January.
601 Kay Lane, Pflugerville, TX 78660

A board meeting was held at 4:30 - 6:30 pm, just prior to the event meeting.