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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: GBHunter on September 08, 2013, 08:43 PM

Title: no idea
Post by: GBHunter on September 08, 2013, 08:43 PM
I have been "doing bonsai" for three years. I have some people telling me to quit and have mercy on the plants. Others say they like the plants. I know 3 years is not a ton of time. I enjoy it. But realistically am I just kidding myself.
Title: Re: no idea
Post by: Bonsaiteen on September 08, 2013, 09:12 PM
I am just starting bonsai. It is a hobby for artistic enjoyment. If you enjoy it, that is all that matters. It does take time, but most of that time is simply waiting for the tree to age. And in the long run you could make some money. Bonsai is like any other hobby. It is something to do when there is nothing else to do. It is not like it takes up somebody's entire life. Though it may take an entire lifetime to fully complete your vision for a tree. And if people are worried about the plants they should just open a tree farm instead of harping on someone who enjoys bonsai as a hobby. Just something to think about.
Title: Re: no idea
Post by: Owen Reich on September 08, 2013, 09:59 PM
It is possible for bonsai to take up a good part of your life.....  Nice to see another Nashvillian on here.  Welcome  :).
Title: Re: no idea
Post by: Sorce on September 09, 2013, 06:21 AM
If you are here, (See ^. You are! ) You have a second good idea. Your first was starting Bonsai. Your third should be posting some pics, get some feedback, then you'll have a lot more ideas. Really, you enjoy it. So, this must not be what "no idea" means. I guess you have no idea what to tell those folks with no patience or appreciation for your craft.

Tell them go pollinate themselves!

Seriously, post some pics. If you have not potted anything upside down, you'll be fine.
You'll find nothing but support here.  8)
Title: Re: no idea
Post by: GBHunter on September 09, 2013, 02:57 PM
Thank you so much
Title: Re: no idea
Post by: augustine on September 10, 2013, 09:19 AM
The difference between doing it by yourself and becoming a member of a bonsai club is like night and day. Join a club, go to seminars and make a commitment to learning.

Besides the knowledge you gain in a club you'll be exposed to seminars, digs and opportunities to acquire good material. I'm lucky to belong to the very dynamic Baltimore Bonsai Club. There's also alot of learning opportunities due to the efforts of Martha and Hugh Meehan of Meehans Miniatures, a bonsai and dwarf plant nursery located outside of Frederick, MD.  Also, I'm pretty close to the National Collection at the Arboretum in DC. I've been very impressed with the generosity of many bonsai professionals in sharing their knowledge and promoting the art of bonsai.

In addition to trying to learn I'm also trying to acquire better material.

If I were in Nashville I would contact Owen and find out what seminars and learning opportunities he is offerring. Owen is very knowledeable, a great teacher and good guy. I am talking about seminars in which you have to pay. If we don't support our bonsai professionals, they won't be able to promote the art.

Anyway just some thoughts. Best regards.