I have a bucket list. Not anything written down, just ideas in my head. What's a bucket list? It's a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket. (My favorite movie is The Bucket List.) Could be to run a marathon, or see the Great Wall of China, or try escargot.
Our city has a touristy place called Meijer Gardens. It's great actually. If you are visiting the area, it's a beautiful place to visit - lots to do, especially in good weather when you can see the outdoor art installations, trails and gardens. Good for locals too. Huge. Always changing and Meijer Gardens has a good concert lineup too in the summer. I've never been to a concert there, but the venue doesn't hold very many people (2,000 I think?) so I'm sure it's a good show.
Recently my husband and I became members of Meijer Gardens, primarily to get access to pre-sale concert tickets. I pasted the concert lineup from 2016 at the bottom of this post if you are curious.
So this week at Meijer Gardens is the fall Bonsai show. I'm told the spring Bonsai show at Meijer Gardens is larger because it's state wide, whereas this show is geared more toward local/West Michigan Bonsai Club members.
I don't know why these little trees intrigue me, but they do. A bucket list item was to learn about them and perhaps start a tree of my own.
Clint, a grower and collector of Bonsai trees works at a local garden center and came in to teach a group of about 20 of us how to select, transplant, and train Bonsai trees. We were given a ficus tree to start. From the sounds of it, ficus trees are fairly hardy, and can withstand cooler temperatures. They like to be watered every few days, misted daily and have plenty of light. I think my success rate with indoor plants is about 50/50 so we'll see. Clint works at Growco so he knows what he's doing. He warns us that Bonsai trees can be addictive. Once you have one, you'll soon have two, three and so on.
Killing Trees is the Tuition You Pay for Learning Bonsai. -John NakaHere's some pics of our class today:
|Bob Goddard helping a student trim her Bonsai tree|
|training a young Bonsai tree|
|using wire to train the branches to form desired angles|
|Clint (the Bonsai expert) showing us how to transplant a Bonsai tree|
|these little weeds might look cute, but they will steal nutrients from your Bonsai|
tree so it's best to pull them - tweezers work best.
|Clint has offered to help us transplant our trees in the Spring. (hopefully they will live that long, lol)|
|a tree from the West Michigan Bonsai Club - looks great!|
|Boxwood Bonsai Tree - she's been training it since 2012 and it's about 9 years old|
|Step 1: Nursery Stock - no training|
|Step 2: starting to shape and train into Bonsai|
|Step 3: Basic Bonsai|
Video footage of the 2014 European Bonsai show:
|June 8 2016:|
The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour
|Sun, Jun 12||America||SOLD OUT|
|Mon, Jun 13||Of Monsters and Men||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Jun 15||Ziggy Marley||SOLD OUT|
|Fri, Jun 17||Tedeschi Trucks Band||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Jun 22||Michael Franti & Spearhead with special guest Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters||SOLD OUT|
|Sun, Jun 26||Fitz and The Tantrums||SOLD OUT|
|Mon, Jun 27||Jackson Browne||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Jun 29||Gregg Allman||SOLD OUT|
|Sun, Jul 10||Ben Folds with yMusic||SOLD OUT|
|Mon, Jul 11||The Decemberists||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Jul 13||Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals||SOLD OUT|
|Thu, Jul 14||Old Crow Medicine Show||SOLD OUT|
|Sun, Jul 17||Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Jul 20||Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Band and Bombino|
|Sun, Jul 24||An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band||SOLD OUT|
|Mon, Jul 25||Diana Ross|
|Wed, Jul 27||The Goo Goo Dolls||SOLD OUT|
|Thu, Jul 28||Jay Leno|
|Wed, Aug 3||Grace Potter||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Aug 10||WAR & Los Lonely Boys|
|Sun, Aug 14||Toto||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Aug 17||ABBA The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA||SOLD OUT|
|Sun, Aug 21||An Evening with The Beach Boys||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Aug 24||Lake Street Dive||SOLD OUT|
|Fri, Aug 26||Seal||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Aug 31||Bonnie Raitt|
|Thu, Sep 1||O.A.R.||SOLD OUT|
|Wed, Sep 7||Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer||SOLD OUT|
|Mon, Sep 26||Tears for Fears - RESCHEDULED|