--Welcome to The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit Blog--

A few times per year, volunteers will get together to work on the exhibit trees with Kathy Shaner,  international Bonsai master extraordinaire, that will lead the group with any styling or maintenance needed for the trees.

TTSBE Foster Care Day (02-12-2017)

February 12, 2017
Repotting day for a few more of our collection bonsai. Our dear volunteers gathered again bright and early. Before pictures. Working on trimming and cleaning the branches before repotting. This one sure needs to be repotted. Our TTSBE soil mix. Ready for its new soil. There are a lot of different ways to tie a screen to the pot...
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TTSBE Foster Care Day (01-13-2017)

January 13, 2017
Day 2 of Kathy Shaner Foster day. We met bright and early to work on TTSBE trees. Before picture of Boxwood #145: After picture: This old Collected Japanese Boxwood was repotted into a new (but vintage) Sara Rayner pot, giving the whole composition a lighter and more elegant look. This tree is about 50 years old, originally collected in Dalla...
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TTSBE Foster Care Day (01-12-2017)

January 13, 2017
We welcome Kathy Shaner once again to our TTSBE Foster Care Day. We are very thankful to have her as our curator to see to the health and styling of our TTSBE Trees. A few months have gone by since we put up our extension for the tropical species and it has been holding up well. A little bit of adjusting the clamps and we are good to go for a...
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TTSBE Board Meeting (08-14-2016)

August 14, 2016
Great news! Our future TTSBE bonsai exhibit at Zilker Botanical Garden is moving along quite nicely. With the support of the newly established Conservancy (a non-profit group which works closely with the City of Austin and PARD to oversee and coordinate the Zilker Park development), we are asked to provide a unified design of the buildings. Numerou...
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TTSBE Board Meeting (08-07-2016)

August 07, 2016
Prior to our board meeting, we checked on our collection trees and removed some wires on a few trees. This Chinese Quince was donated to us by Audrey Lanier and took Kathy Shaner a few hours to wire the whole tree. It looked absolutely magnificent from this angle! A close up of the detailed wiring. I love this picture of our volunteer admi...
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TTSBE Tropical Foster Care Day (7-17-2016)

July 17, 2016
Let us start off with my favorite picture of the day. This pulley system creates an illusion of a levitating tree! We will get to the process later on. On a Sunday morning, volunteers gathered at MBP Bonsai Studio to help repot two big ficus, assist in trimming and maintain the rest of our TTSBE collection trees. We noticed that the leaves on...
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