Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Dave DeGroot 7:30pm

Dave DeGroot, Former curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (which included tending the collection of more than 120 trees, managing the facility, and operating an educational program that included approximately 20 lectures and several special exhibits annually), noted lecturer, author of two outstanding bonsai books and one of the original members of GNOBS (and former president) under the tutelage of Vaughn Banting will do a lecture and demonstration (topic to be determined)!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Silhouette Show and Lecture on How to Prepare Your Trees for a Show 7:30pm
The Silhouette Program is a study of branch ramification and evaluation of plans for further development of our deciduous bonsai. Bring in a deciduous tree for display and discussion. There will also be a lecture on preparing your bonsai for showing in advance of our Spring Garden Show participation.
Bonus: There will be a door prize raffle for all dues paid members

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Azalea Study Group 7:00pm
(Subsequent Azalea study groups are March 28 and May 16 – same place and time)
Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library
4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001
Free species based study group. Sign up at the regular meeting or contact Randy Bennett for more information.

Friday, March 15, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Brussel Martin 7:30pm
Brussel Martin, bonsai artist and owner of Brussel’s Bonsai will be visiting to do a lecture/demo on black pine in the bunjin style.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Brussel Martin Black Pine Bunjin Workshop 8:00am
Brussel Martin will conduct a workshop on Black Pine in the Bunjin style. Sign up sheets will be available at the meetings. Cost of the workshop (which includes tree) is $140. Workshop is full.

Saturday, April 6 & Sunday April 7
Mark your calendars for our club participation in the Spring Garden Show at City Park.
Information and volunteer sign up sheets will be available at the meetings.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: How to Select Material for Bonsai 7:30pm
GNOBS President Randy Bennett will lecture (with examples) on how to evaluate and select the best raw material for bonsai.
Bonus: Nursery stock material used as examples will be raffled off at the end of the meeting.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Open Workshop 7:30pm
Bring your own tree(s) to work on during the meeting. More experienced members will be available to assist you with styling and to answer questions.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Azalea Study Group – 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001 Free species based study group. Sign up at the regular meeting or contact Randy Bennett for more information.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Creating Bonsai from Garden Center Stock
City Park Botanical Garden 9:00am – 12:00Noon
Jim Osborne will conduct a three hour hands on workshop on bonsai basics. Workshop participants will create a juniper bonsai. Some of the more experienced GNOBS members will be assisting. Cost for the workshop (which includes the juniper and wire) is $35. For more information or to sign up, visit the Botanical Garden’s website (in the calendar section). http://neworleanscitypark.com/calendar/category/garden

Friday, June 21, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Pedro Morales Demo/Lecture 7:30pm
Pedro Morales is an internationally renowned Bonsai Artist based in Puerto Rico with 30 years experience. Though adept at other species, he specializes in all species of tropical bonsai. GNOBS has been interested in having Pedro visit us for a long time and we were lucky enough to acquire his services right after he visits the Texas clubs. Don’t miss this opportunity to observe a tropicals master!

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Workshop: Pedro Morales 9:00am
Pedro Morales will conduct a tropicals workshop. More details will be available at the meeting. The workshop may be a combination of Bring Your Own Tree workshop along with some trees available for member purchase.

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Black Pine Study Group 9:00am – 12:00Noon
1816 Fairfax Ave, Metairie , LA 70003 (Randy’s house) Discussion and hands-on activity will be candle-pruning

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Johnny Martinez Competition 7:30pm

All members are asked to bring in their best trees (limit 2) for a friendly competition. All members present will get 3 votes for their favorite trees. The 3 trees with the most votes will be displayed at the Auction. Auction attendees will vote for their favorite tree from the 3 for the Johnny Martinez award. We ask that you not bring in a tree from a workshop done in the past year. Even if you are a beginner, we would very much like to see your best tree. Some of our most experienced members will provide a constructive critique.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Annual GNOBS Auction
Auction Setup and Donations Accepted – 12 Noon – 4:00pm
Viewing of trees and other auction items – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Auction – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Get your donations ready! Now is the time to go through that overcrowded bench and decide which of your trees should go to the auction for a new home. All donations contribute to the operating budget of the club and we hope to bring you even better programs next year. Besides, you’ll need the space for the fabulous new bonsai that you just can’t live without and bring home from the auction. The club accepts bonsai, pre-bonsai, nursery stock and rooted cuttings (for the bargain table), bonsai pots, books and tools and anything else bonsai related. Huge selection of bonsai, starter material and pots for every budget from the novice to dedicated enthusiast. FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Joe Day Presentation 7:30pm

Joe Day, a well known and well respected bonsai artist based in Alabama, will do a presentation on maintaining and managing your bonsai collection. Those club members that have known Joe for many years will tell you that he is a wealth of information on all things bonsai. As your collection grows, it can become difficult to keep up. Joe is sure to have many valuable tips and organizational ideas.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: “Three Ring Circus” Styling 7:30pm

Three members of the club (Robert Reed, Kirk Vaughn and Kathy Barbazon) will simultaneously demo three different trees – a Shimpaku Juniper, an Elm and a Kingsville boxwood. Bonus: The three styled trees will be raffled off at the end of the night! The trees were acquired from a hobbyist retiring from bonsai. All three trees are large and well developed (not starter material).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Intermediate Study Group 6:00pm-7:15pm
Program: Guy Guidry Lecture/Demo 7:30pm
Nationally renowned bonsai expert Guy Guidry (and longtime GNOBS member) will be visiting us to do a lecture demo. Guy will demo three junipers with an emphasis on creating deadwood, jin and shari. Guy is always an entertaining presenter and an artist at doing original bonsai designs.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Program: Annual Christmas Party 7:30pm
Bring your spouse or plus one and your favorite covered dish (side dishes, entrées, desserts) for our annual potluck Christmas party. The club will supply a ham, beverages and plates/utensils. Everyone attending gets a free raffle ticket for door prizes.