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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 Day at Lakeview Bonsai (04-12-2016)

April 12, 2016
It is always a pleasure to visit with Kathy Shaner. Once again, she came to give advice on TTSBE trees and to have her seminar on deadwood carving and tree refinement. Here you see everyone pondering over Kathy's question of how we could improve this particular Cedar elm. My dear backdrop holder at work again. Original potting angle. Fu...
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Zilker Garden Festival 2016

March 31, 2016
We arrived bright and early this morning to set up the educational display in the Greene Room and also brought along three different bonsai trees to put on the TTSBE stands near the pond area. Unloading is easier with more volunteers. Beginning the set up by laying out table cloths. Meanwhile, our sign designer gets ready to put up this beau...
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Pilot Display 3-26-2016

March 26, 2016
There is a Japanese Garden Tour Program at Zilker Botanical Garden and that gives us a perfect opportunity to put some trees on our new stands. Three trees are carefully loaded onto the club car to be transported to the site. A few days ago, our talented volunteer put bamboo trimmings on the fence. Trident maple and Japanese maple on the stan...
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Pilot Display installation at Zilker Botanical Garden, part 2 (2-28-2016)

February 28, 2016
Volunteers gather at Zilker Botanical Garden once again to get ready for the installation. A lot of measuring and pounding to make sure that the stakes are in the correct places. A little raking done to get the fencing to go flush against the ground. A perfect time to show off some bonsai wiring skills. Starting to lay down the fencing...
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TTSBE Foster Day at Persimmon Hill (2-21-2016)

February 21, 2016
Spring is early this year and some TTSBE trees are due for repotting! We have our regular volunteers and some new friends joining us at Persimmon Hill to do some root-pruning and repotting. There are different goals to root-pruning. Some trees have been living in their pots for a while and their roots have outgrown the pots so eventually the overa...
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Pilot Display installation at Zilker Botanical Garden (1-24-2016)

January 24, 2016
What an exciting day for all of us volunteers! After our board meeting at Zilker Botanical Garden, we went and installed three beautiful stands built by our volunteer and also marked out our Pilot Display Area. Transporting the bonsai stands down to the display area. Unloading the stands. Impressive attention to details can be seen in thes...
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