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Cape Bonsai Kai July 2017 Newsletter

From the President

Dear CBK Member,

The Autumn Bonsai Festival 3 held in George has come and gone. Harry Harrington the headliner withdrew literally at the last minute and the delegates and organisers were faced with a “what now” scenario. The organisers were not daunted and soon had a new programme printed and local presenters were roped in to fill the various slots in the programme. The presenters proceeded with such aplomb that it left me wandering if we even need headliners from overseas. It certainly made me realise that the calibre of our bonsai fraternity is not only of a very high standard, but that there is no challenge that they cannot overcome, well done to the Kat Rivier committee and the presenters. Yes, we do need overseas artists to ensure we stay on top of our hobby, but we are at least not dependent on them.

During the conference we had some very meaningful discussions and ideas to enhance the Cape Kai experience.

The idea that we get individual members to make a contribution to the newsletter with an in depth article on some aspect of bonsai. This can be in the form of taking a species from “background to bonsai pot” or a topic like Kusamono and giving it an in-depth analysis. This can preferably include personal experience. A start can be for presenters who do a topic at the club meeting to do it for publication. This does not exclude other members submitting an article for publication. The issue is how do we get volunteers? Do I nominate or can we rely on members to take up the challenge?

Our meeting in July will have a maple theme and Adam harrower will be doing a talk on maple grafting and a practical demonstration. We will also have Willem Pretorius doing a provocative talk on Bonsai as an art.

Kind Regards

Hennie Nel

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