Calendar 2020

Our regularly scheduled monthly meeting dates as follows. Please see the “Workshops 2020” page for special events and workshops.

September Meeting: Your Executive is pleased to announce we are once again able to meet, as a group, at the HCP Pavilion. Our first meeting this fall will be held Monday, Sept 21st @ 6:30 p.m.

Members are encouraged to bring a choice tree (or two) to this meeting for everyone to view, enjoy and then vote on.

The winner will be the recipient of the George Heffelfinger “Peoples’ Choice” Award.

Some members may remember that Jim Donaldson was the first “winner” with a Satsuki Azalea which was in full bloom. Kent MacLeod won the award the following year. This year it could be you!

We will also have a sign-up sheet for the book Bonsai Aesthetics by Francois Jeker, which we will order from Stone Lantern publishing.

Bonsai Aesthetics is one of the only Western bonsai books dedicated to the major principles of Japanese aesthetics as applied to bonsai. Practical and simple, yet full of ideas which will inspire and challenge your bonsai skills and understanding.

As with our August meeting, there are COVID protocols. People will be required to wear a mask inside, which we will provide. We also provide hand sanitizer. At any one time inside the pavilion, we are limited to 22 ‘units’ which can be either 22 individuals or 22 couples or a combination (e.g., 16 individuals and 6 couples). If we have a few more people, the Executive

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will step outside. To give us a general idea of how many members will be coming please respond at the following e-mail address: secretary@victoriabonsai.bc.ca

Please also note if you are bringing a tree.
If you are bringing a tree, we will be able to receive your tree as early as 6 PM.

October Meeting Monday October. 19

Welcome to our Annual Bonsai (silent) Auction! Starts at 7:00 pm, Monday, October 19, 2020, at the HCP Pavilion.

This auction is our only club fundraiser this year, and 20% of the proceeds will support club expenses and activities.  So please bring nice items to be auctioned off; bring your wallets to bid on everything – all for a very worthy cause – Our Club…AND this auction also helps members to ‘right-size’ their collections and provides other members access to different tree types at a reasonable price.

This auction is different from previous ones as items for sale will be openly displayed for attendees to assess, place bids on, and purchase.

How the Silent Auction works

In a silent auction items for sale are displayed for attendees to assess and compete by placing bids on a bidding sheet until bidding is closed down at 8 pm. 

Given restrictions on the number of people allowed in the pavilion at a time, we will slowly enter in a line that circulates past the auction items, out the door, and then in again several times.

All our meetings and special events will adhere to physical distancing and cleaning protocols provided by the HCP.

We have designed this new auction format to keep everyone safe, so please bring out your best ‘bonsai patience’ during this process.

Safe protocols include:

  1. Come to the event, only if you are healthy, that is, no COVID symptoms;
  2. Please wait at the door until invited into the Pavilion by an auction host;
  3. Provide your name, phone number and confirm no COVID-19 symptoms to the auction host at the door;
  4. Each guest entering the pavilion wears a mask (if you forget to bring one, we will provide one);
  5. Each guest uses hand sanitizer provided at the entrance;
  6. You remain 6 feet apart from other members;
    1. One exception is being with people who are in your social ‘bubble’; 
  7. Having only one person at an auction item display table at a time; 
  8. Follow the directions of the Auction hosts

Keeping safe will ensure everyone enjoys this event.

Thanks again for your best ‘bonsai patience’ during this process.

Monday November 16th

We will be setting aside 15-20 minutes for the AGM, a video presentation about winterizing, a raffle, and members are welcome to bring a tree if they have a problem and wish to have input from the members. See you all then.

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