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Bonsai trees charm garden club

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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A variety of specimens with an abundance of color were brought in by club members.
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The Shelbyville Garden Club held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at the Farm Bureau with 16 members present.

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Guest speaker Jean McCarter is shown holding a Korean Lilac Bonsai -- one of her favorites.
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President Janie Burke introduced guest speaker, Jean McCarter, who is a life member of the Richmond Bonsai Society. Jean presented an interesting program about Bonsai trees. She has displayed trees at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the Virginia State Fair, and the Maymont Flower show in Richmond, Va. Jean explained the term "Bonsai" is defined as a "tree in a pot." The most common characteristics of Bonsai trees are small leaves, non-conforming trunks, and good root systems.

Jean now resides in Shelbyville and is the passionate caregiver of about 75 Bonsai plants at her home, many of which represent visits to other states. Her collection of Bonsai trees consists of plants ranging up to 30 years old. Jean's display consisted of Ironwood, Corkbark Elm, Kingswood Boxwood, Korean Lilac, Azalea, and Procumbus Nana varieties.

McCarter explained each tree is placed in a clay pot that is specifically designed to grow Bonsai trees. The size of the pot controls the size of the tree, and the pot should have holes in the bottom for drainage. McCarter repots her Bonsais about every two years, pruning roots and new growth as needed.

Burke initiated the business meeting by reporting a tree has been planted on behalf of the club at the new city park on the public square for this year's Arbor Day. She noted a Publicity Award was presented to the club at the District II meeting and she recognized club reporter Dawn Rogers for her efforts.

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Blue ribbon winners Freda Head, Donna Simmons and Dawn Rogers.
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Before concluding, President Burke reminded members of upcoming activities including a tour of the Governor's Mansion planned for May 22, and a floral design workshop scheduled on June 6 during National Garden Week.

Members were encouraged to bring an arrangement with mixed spring flowers in a pitcher. Pat Martin, served as judge and awards were named as follows: Floral Design

Large category - Donna Simmons, blue; Kay Simmons, red; Pam Beasley, yellow.

Medium category - Dawn Rogers, blue; Amy Wells, red.

Small category - Dawn Rogers, blue; Donna Simmons, red.

Miniature category - Dawn Rogers, blue.

What Have You

1st place -- Freda Head, Iris

2nd place -- Freda Head, Foxglove

3rd place -- Nancy Hulan, Gladiola



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