I attended the October 6 meeting of the Wilson County Master Gardener Association at which Patti and Gary Stein gave a presentation on the art of bonsai. During the presentation they demonstrated their craft by creating a bonsai using a nursery-grown Mugo pine. The Master Gardener Association sold chances to win the tree for $1/each, and although I purchased several chances, I ended up winning the raffle and the tree when another member left early and gave me her ticket as she was leaving. Thank you Marilyn Burchett. And thank you Patti and Gary for the presentation and for your guidance and help since the meeting. I am hooked.

Here are a few photos of my first bonsai.

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My first attempt at creating a bonsai will be either a red cedar (Juniper virginiana) a hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) or a Nandina (Nandina domestica ‘firepower’). I will post photos once I get the materials and find a specimen. Stay tuned.

Greg Tomerlin


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