Welcome Bonsai Enthusiasts of All Levels!
Albuquerque Bonsai Club is a friendly group of bonsai enthusiasts of all levels—from curious beginners to lifelong practitioners. We meet at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy NE, Room 403 on the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM. Our meetings are open to the members and the general public. Members also attend additional workshops, study groups, demonstrations throughout the year, and participate in the Mother’s Day Weekend annual bonsai exhibition at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. More information about programming and membership is available here.
OUR NEXT MEETING
MAY REGULAR MEETING
MAY 6, 2017 | 9AM–12PM
Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church
8600 Academy NE, Room 403 | 9am–12pm
Open to members and the public. Free event.
2017 Regular Meeting Notes
Please find links below to the PDF notes for our regular meetings. This page will be updated as new documents are prepared by our 2017 club president, Gordon Van Wechel. Thanks Gordon! January 2017 Albuquerque Bonsai Club Notes Bonsai Soil & Substrate, Pot Cleaning, Learning Opportunities February 2017 Albuquerque Bonsai Regular Meeting Notes… FULL STORY
Recommendations for Beginners
Those of you who are completely new to the art have a distinct advantage—you don’t have to unlearn any of the B.S. that floats through the bonsai world all too often. Enjoy your Beginner’s Mind while you can. First, get a book or two and try to absorb the most basic ideas.… FULL STORY
The 3 basic components of plant food are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. On all store-bought fertilizers, these 3 will be listed by the N-P-K ratios. Numerous other “trace elements” are blended with these. The compositions, strengths, frequencies of use, and seasonal timing provide yet more tempests-in-teapots for bonsaists to argue about. Historical… FULL STORY
Enemies of Bonsai
The main enemies to keeping bonsai here are: 1. Direct and reflected full sun. 2. Desiccating winds, both summer and winter. 3. Lack of any meaningful humidity.
Bonsai in April
April is usually the windiest month in Albuquerque. The average high temperature is 70 degrees, and the average low is 41 degrees. The record high is 89 degrees; the record low is 18 degrees. Humidity averages 30%. Start bringing trees out of the cold frame, but be prepared to put them back… FULL STORY