2017 Calendar of Events


Club President Michael Corbeille Will Discuss This Years Agenda + Rick Bieniek’s Plant Botany Lecture + Cate Thomson Will Give Us a Tour of the Club’s New Website

Meeting held at Bordine’s Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 – 4:00

The board is excited to share this years calendar of events. We will have more guest presenters and club member presentations than years past. Michael Corbeille will share photos and stories from last years North American Bonsai show in NYC. We will also hear from club member Rick Bieniek. His detailed presentation on the science behind bonsai and understanding the chemical makeup of leaves, bark and roots should not be missed. Also, we are excited to launch our new website and hear from the person behind it’s design, Cate Thomson. This was a massive undertaking! We will have a raffle at every meeting and time for club members to bring in their bonsai for discussion. Be sure to bring new members and items for the raffle.


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Simultaneous Workshops for Experts and Beginners

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 12:30 – 3:40

New to bonsai or just looking to hone your skills, don’t miss this meeting! Members will hold simultaneous workshops and demos on a wide variety of bonsai related topics geared toward beginners through expert level bonsai artists. Lamont Jackson will show how to create a Forest arrangement, Guy Vitale will share his knowledge on repotting, Vance Hanna will discuss Pines. Michael Corbeille talks wiring and branch bending and Judy Muench will show us how to create dynamic landscapes with massive rock slabs. More presenters on hand.


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Ray Alexander “koi and Japanese Gardens” + “jin and Shari” with Michael Corbeille

If you are interested in Koi fish, you won’t want to miss Ray Alexander’s presentation. Ray is the president of Michigan Koi and Pond club he is also the creator of one of Michigan’s most incredible Japanese gardens. Ray will discuss raising Koi fish and how to develop your own Japanese garden. Michael Corbeille will be bringing in trees to show how to use Jin and Shari on your bonsai trees. Club members should bring in trees to create their own Jin/Shari.


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Aaron Wiley Encore Fertilizing Presentation + Troy Rider Propagation and Cutting Workshop

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 -3:00

Club member, Aaron Wiley’s incredible presentation on fertilizing and understanding the science of developing strong bonsai is back and better than ever. Understanding bonsai beyond design is essential information for all levels of bonsai artists. We also have Troy RIder’s presentation on propagating and developing bonsai from cuttings and from seed. We suggest getting here early, this meeting will be starting immediately to give these two engaging presentations time for questions.


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Kurt Smith Demonstration + Dan Bennett Stands Presentation

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 -3:00

The owner of Michigan’s largest bonsai nursery, Kurt Smith, will conduct a live demonstration. Trees, pots and rare bonsai related items will be on sale to club members. Club members are advised to bring in their own bonsai for styling and design advice from Kurt Smith and fellow club members. Kurt Smith presentations will fill every seat in the house, arrive early and be prepared to leave with a new bonsai at an exceptional price.


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Bonsai Show Preparation

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 -3:00

Senior level bonsai artists will advise club members on how to prepare your bonsai trees for our annual show. Choosing the right pot, displaying scrolls, finding and building stands, designing accents plants and cultivating moss will all be discussed. Club members are advised to bring in their trees for a final evalutation before entering them into our annual show. If you plan on entering trees into the annual show, you won’t want to miss this event.


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44th Four Seasons Annual Bonsai Show

Show is held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills Saturday 9 – 7, Sunday 10 – 4. ( Show prep is Friday Aug 11th @10am )

Come see our best bonsai trees on display, live demos, workshops and bonsai trees for sale. A must see for all bonsai fans. We are excited to have Bonsai Master JOHN WALL as our judge and special guest. Live demos and beginner workshops, raffles and more. Be sure to follow the website for more details. John Wall will be conducting a special workshop and Q & A for members. Be sure to help the club share times and dates with the public.



Bonsai Auction

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 12:00 – 4:00

A massive collection of bonsai trees and bonsai related items will be auctioned off to club members. A must attend for all levels of bonsai artists. Members are asked to come early and check in their sale items and register for the auction. Last years auction set a record for sales and attendance, be sure to arrive early and bring items to sell. We will be sending entry forms and sales information prior to the auction. Sellers must be club members.


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Special Guest Presenter Jack Sustic

  • Tree Inspiration and Public Critique with Walter Pall in Ann Arbor: October 11
  • Wiring Demonstration by Mauro Stemberger in Ann Arbor: October 18
  • Wiring Workshops by Mauro Stemberger at the Flower Market: October 18 -19

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 -3:00

This meeting we are honored to have Jack Sustic, the curator of the National Bonsai Museum in Washington DC. from 2002 until the fall of 2017. He has since returned to his roots in Michigan and is embarking on teaching, writing and refining his personal collection.

Mr Sustic will be discussing the development of black pines and how to maintain,
develop and refine them in our unpredictable climate here in Michigan. Zone 6.

If time permits, we will have a brief Q & A with club member trees. If you have a black pine,
white pine or tree that is worthy of discussion/directional ideas from Mr Sustic, be sure to bringit to the meeting. Time will be tight, please have questions ready and trees prepped if needed.


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Vance Wood Styling Demo – Club Elections for 2018

Meeting held at Bordines Nursery in Rochester Hills @ 1:00 -3:00

Nationally recognized Mugo Pine expert and author, Vance Wood, will be demonstrating expert level styling on a massive pine. Large branch bending, rafia and jin formation will be conducted. We will also finalize the new board member list. Be sure to attend and cast your vote.


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Holiday Dinner at Cafe Sushi @ 6:00 -8:00

Open to all club members. A great opportunity for everyone to share stories and plan for 2018.


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Meeting Location

Meetings are usually held at Bordine’s Nursery in Rochester Hills, (any exceptions will be noted in the schedule above)
1835 Rochester Road South, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.
Bordine’s phone: 248-651-9000.