PLEASE.. let me offer some advice.......

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If you are new to bonsai, this is the best advice I can offer you. Find a club or someone that has been doing bonsai for a few years, I will gurantee you they have killed more trees than they have alive (ask to see their pot collection). Ask the person or club what will not just grow, but what will thrive in your area. It will save you time, money and heartache. Don't think you have a better way and you can beat the odds. That was my thinking and it cost me big time, well lets just say I would love to have that money back. Everybody kills trees, everybody, so please follow my advice and you will have a better bonsai experience.

Harry
 
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Great advice. It has really helped to join a club
 

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Alright, way to go!!!

That's just what I did 8 years ago. There is one an hour west of us (Syracuse) and another 1 1/2 hours east (Albany) but I still wanted one closer (Utica) and I'm proud to say we now have one and we're doing just fine.

See us at www.mvbonsai.com

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About joining a club ...

After a year of being the spouse of a new member, I've joined her and can't recommend club membership more heartily. And someone with a national office in another organization doesn't join local groups casually ;)
 

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In order to keep members interested at peak level, try to have a pro come once a year and conduct a workshop, I like junipers. Brussel's usually have some very nice one's they will ship to you. read all the books you can, but in my opinion having hands on instruction in a workshop can't be beat. The picture represents the last workshop junipers we purchased from Brussel's, they cost the members $125 and everybody left the workshop with a TREE, not a stick.

Harry
 

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I totally agree with you harry. The awesome thing to about doing junipers is that there are so many different ways one can style them, and no matter experience level one is at, they always seem to have something to offer...
nice tree harry !!!
 

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This is not a bonsai yet, this is the way we recieved the material from Brussels, the tree comes later, after the workshop.
Harry
 

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what does the shipping cost on something like that?
and was that a 125 dollar tree?
something like that around here would cost at least 3 hundred.
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This was from last year, the Bonsai Smiths came up from Dallas( 3 hrs) to do a one day workshop. Howard and Sylvia are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, we got two bonsai artists for the price of one. Now back to your question, yes this is a $125 tree, you can't see it very well in the picture, but it has two trunks. We bought ten of these and I don't what the shipping was, another member handled that. The club treasury picked up the tab for the shipping and the Smiths fees $300, so all the member had invested was $125, everybody had a great time and all took home a very nice juniper. The one in the picture was leftover, so I bought it from the club and sent it to a friend in Michigan.

Harry

Check em out....http://bonsaismiths.net/
 

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