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2014 Calendar of Events for Eastern Iowa Bonsai Association


Meetings (noted in BOLD) are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at various locations in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.  These meetings will begin at 7pm.  Please call Chris Burr,  EIBA club president, at 319-389-3821 for locations for any particular date you are interested in attending if the location is not noted below.

JANUARY--no group meetings or workshops to be held



February 27th, 7:00 pm Soil mix hand out (members only) and dues collected. Pot sale of used bonsai pots.  Reminders on bringing trees out of hibernation.  Location: Pierson's Flower Shop on Ellis Blvd. nw, cedar rapids, ia. ***  Due to weather and road condition predictions we are postponing this meeting until February 27th same time/place. *** (originally posted for Feb.20th)


 March 13th:,  repotting: to be held at John Denny's residence but is 'by reservation only.   Fees will be charged.     March 13th,  9am is start time.   Dress warmly and bring a chair and tools and trees needing to be repotted.   Contact John Denny if interested in this study group participation.   

March 20th 7:00 pm    Continue soil distribution (members only) and dues collection. Continue working on repotting and trimming Foster Trees with Foster Tree groups.

 Location:Pierson's Flower Shop on Ellis Blvd. nw, cedar rapids, ia.  


April 17th 6:00 pm Foster Tree program; groups to work on assigned trees.  Wiring and Pruning.   When to begin shaping a bonsai?  Soil purchases for non-members can be made this month:  contact Chris Burr, 319-389-3821 if wishing to purchase club bonsai soil mix during April.

Location: Chris Burr's residence in Cedar Rapids, Ia.


May 11 Mother’s Day Bonsai Show 
Noelridge Greenhouse, 10am - 4pm. EIBA will participate and display trees.

May 15th, EIBA group meeting:  Agenda: 6:30pm, Foster Tree program; groups work on candling, pruning.   Program: how to on:" Growing softwood cuttings".

 Location: Bill Englert's home in Swisher, Ia.

May 18th, 19th Chicago Spring Show, Botanical gardens Chicago, IL??

May 23-25th (Memorial Day weekend) Brussel’s Bonsai Workshops, Mississippi


June 28th, Guthridge Park, Green pavilion, Hiawatha, Ia.  EIBA picnic and sale with Dave Lowman from DASU bonsai.  Possible defoliation demonstration. Bring food items to share with others.  Pot luck (club will provide and grill brats and hamburgers)bring your own meat (if you don't want brats or hamburgers) and a side dish to share.  Bring own silverware and table settings. Drinks provided..   No formal group meeting for June.  


July 17th, 1. Foster Tree work and progress; 2.  Bring your trees that you want to display for Brucemore show in August and we will practice set up of your trees for a public event. 3.  Discuss 360 degree swivel tables for bonsai work and doing a group order for these tables:  cost $10.00-$30.00, sizes 10 inch diameter to 20 inch diameter and 200lbs weight capacity.   Please plan to attend if you want to be part of group order as Treasurer will take your money at that time.   Location:  Pierson's Flower shop on Ellis Blvd, NW, Cedar Rapids, Ia. 


August 11-12??, Iowa State Fair Bonsai Show, State Fair, Des Moines, IA??

August 17th, Sunday trip to Pleasant Valley Nursery, Iowa City, Ia. to look at nursery stock that might make good bonsai material. 2pm-5pm,  meet at Al Klimesh's residence to car pool down there and back..  Discuss Brussel's bonsai group trip over Memorial Day weekend (end of May 2015).    Please attend if you think you would want to go on this trip next year or to just learn about what goes on at this annual event in Mississippi.   Passout wrist bands to those wishing to participate in Brucemore show the following weekend. Location:  Klimesh's home  in Cedar Rapids, Ia. .

August 23rd, Saturday, public access:   9am-4pm,Brucemore Garden and Arts Show;  exhibitors can access from 6:30am-9am to set up booths, must have access wrist bands Location: Brucemore Mansion, Cedar Rapids, IA.


September 2nd, St. Louis Bonsai Show & Japanese Festival, St Louis MO??

September 8 (?) CR Fall Flower & Garden Show and EIBA Bonsai Show at ??Noelridge  (EIBA will not officially participate but will have representative there)

September 18th, Program: Pests and Diseases;   Tree and pot sale.   Announce candidates running for board positions for EIBA.   Bring pots and trees for sale.  Pick up swivel tables ordered from Jim Rajtora.  Bring empty 5 gallon buckets with lids if you have any.  LOcation: John Denny's  in Fairfax,  Ia.  MEETING STARTS AT 6pm and goes to 8pm.

September 20th, Saturday, 10am until 4pm: Soil making day at Jim Venneman's.  Pizza included for member participants.  Bring empty 5 gallon buckets with lids if you have them. (Rain date Sept. 27th)  Location is: 

730 49th Street in Marion, IA


October 4th-5th, IBA Fall Bonsai Show, Reiman Gardens, Ames ,IA.  Contact Chris burr if you want to car pool on saturday the 4th and contact Bill Englert if you want to car pool on Sunday, october 5th.

October 16th 7:00 pm Winter preparations for bonsai.: storage and pruning
Final nominations and elections of officers for 2015.  Foster tree groups work on trees for winter preparation.  Mentors will take foster trees for winter storage if needed.  
Location: Pierson’s Greenhouse. Ellis Blvd NW, Cedar Rapids, Ia


November 20th Holiday part,  6pm At Carlos O'Kelly's off of 1st avenue near Marion, Ia.  No formal group meeting or workshops this month.


No group meetings or workshops toobe held this month.

Board meetings:  (2nd Thursdays of each month). Please contact a board member if you wish to attend for information on the time and location of the board meeting or the President's phone number listed at the top of this schedule. No board meetings in January or June of this year.





When NOT to purchase a bonsai tree....

A common error when purchasing a bonsai tree: Purchasing an "out door" tree for "an indoor" environment. Junipers are a common commercially sold bonsai tree that shape well and can have the classic…Continue

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