Friday, November 5, 2010

Bodhi Bonsai - November 2010 Meet

Our next meet
Date & Time: Saturday, November 13 2010 at 2 30 pm
Venue: Kothari Academy for Women, Kilpauk, Chennai.
All members are requested to participate actively.
Materials for styling: Bougainvillea or Ficus. Please remember to bring required tools, soil, containers etc.

Friday, September 24, 2010

My recently created Bonsai nook!!!!!!!

Hello to all members,
Some of our members are going toBangalore today, for the exhibition and corresponding sale of Bonsai related materials, conducted by Vriksha, the Bonsai Study Group in BNG. I am sure it will be a fantastic display. It would be nice if all of you can post a few pictures of the exhibition on our blog...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Small is Beautiful: The Bonsai Exhibition

This is an article on the Bonsai Exhibition by the Bodhi Bonsai Association at the Stella Maris College, Chennai.
 Here is a link to the article: Small is Beautiful: The Bonsai Exhibition - by Kavya Ram Mohan

Here is the full text of the article:

The Dept of Botany, in collaboration with Bodhi, the Chennai Bonsai Association, organised an exhibition of Bonsai in the College, on the 18th and 19th of August, 2010. The Association, which is five years old, aims at spreading the art of bonsai by conducting workshops and training programs.
Bonsai is the art of growing dwarfed ornamental varieties of trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays by selective pruning techniques. The trees are grown in various styles such as upright, informal upright, slanting, cascade and semi cascade and in sizes ranging from small and medium to large. 

The President of the association, Mr K Sivaji, corrected the general misconception that Bonsai is a form of cruelty towards plants and stated that it was a peaceful hobby and has been practised by people and Buddhists in particular for several hundred years. The Vice President, Ms Suseela also added that it is a great stress buster and that has recently proven to have beneficial medical effects as well.
The exhibition also housed a display of Suiseki, i.e. natural rocks in various different shapes, taken from river beds, waterfalls etc.
The highlight of the event was the workshop conducted on the making of Bonsai. Interested students and faculty members were taught how to make Bonsai and how to maintain it.
Here’s what Anita, from the Literature Department, had to say about the experience – “I have always been interested in Bonsai and the college has provided the perfect opportunity to do so. The types, styles, and symmetry were explained with diagrams.” At the end of workshop, students took home their very own Bonsai plant and a memorable experience!

Friday, September 17, 2010

I am trying to fuse a Branch in a Ficus Nuda. I have made a deep nick in the main trunk & have placed the branch and tied it with a cloth . Will this work or should I use some chemical to facilitate the fusing .
Please provide your Suggestions asap

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bonsai on rock

from stella Maris Exhibition

August 2010 037

dr yogesh

good old memories

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mr. Ponnuswamys Workshop on Bonsai at Dr. Yogeshs place , yesterday.
It was really a privilege and pleasure to watch the Master at work! Mr . Ponnuswamys expertice on transforming an ordinary looking pre- bonsai plant into a real work of art, is amazing...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tip for the day: If you have an attack of scale insects on your plants, an easy way to get rid of them is to wipe the affected areas with a cloth dipped in kerosene. Scales can completely destroy a plant by sucking the sap. Leaves will turn yellow and drop.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pictures of Lim Keow Wah , President of Singapore Stone & Penjing appreciation society giving a demo of shaping an Ixora plant from a nursery into a Bonsai
Please also view the beautiful Bonsai landscapes displayed at the Singapore Garden festival

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bodhi Bonsai Aug 29, 2010 meeting

The next meeting will be at Dr. Yogesh’s place on Sunday Aug 29th at 10am. Mr. Ponnuswamy will also attend & meet the the members.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bonsai exhibition at Stella Maris college in Aug 2010

Bodhi  Bonsai Association was invited for  a demonstration & Exhibition  by the Botany dept. of the Stella Maris College, Chennai.



Competition to guess the name of the Bonsai.

Leaning Buddha

Curved trunk line.
Some of the exhibits.

Suiseki - Stone display
Drawings of different styles.

Some Bodhi members

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photos of the Bonsai Worskshop by Jyothi Parekh at Chennai, July 25 2009

This Workshop was organized by Bodhi - The Bonsai Association of Chennai.

Jyothi Parekh shaping a Juniper - cascade style




1.Suchitra - MC of the day








2.Welcome address - Mr. Shivaji - The President








3.Introduction of Jyothi Parekh - Suseela Vergis








5.Jyothi Parekh shaping a ficus virens








6.Memento & Shawl for Joythi Parekh from Bodhi

7. Jyothi with participants



8. Jyothi Parekh with participants




9. Jyothi with participants

Friday, July 23, 2010

I am eagerly waiting to see Ms Jyothi Parekhs demo on Sunday. Hope all our members would attend the function.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bonsai Demonstration by Jyoti Parekh on July 25, 2010

Bodhi - the Chennai Bonsai Association is proud to present a Bonsai demonstartion by Jyoti Parekh,
one of the leading Bonsai Artists in our country.
Jyothi is the author of 2 books on bonsai, and founded the Bonsai Study Group of The Indo-Japanese Association, Mumbai along with Nikunj Parekh. You can read more about Jyoti on her website.

This bonsai demonstration will be held on Sunday 25th July, from 10am to 1pm at the Presidency Club, Chennai. Lunch will be provided.
Those who are interested in attending, please write to 

demo of bonsai at IWA

Chinese Garden Singapore

The Stone Bonsai at this garden is amazing. It is an inspiration for creating Bonsai landscapes without getting restricted to Tree cutting & shaping . The quality of the ferns & moss on the stone is excellent.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interview with Udayakumar by Bonsaifarms Blog

Here is an interview with Udayakumar By bonsaifarms blog

Here is an excerpt:
Do you think clubs can promote this art?
Sure, Bonsai clubs are mostly non profitable organizations that can give practice to an individual and also sets a stage to showcase the individual’s art.

Interview with Suseela Vergis by Bonsaifarms Blog

Here is an interesting interview with Suseela Vergis

An excerpt:
About bonsai club?
Bodhi is Chennai Bonsai association functioning for couple of years. All interested Bonsai passionate can join the club. Clubs are very good medium for promoting this special art, it creates a good opportunity for Bonsai artists to get together share ideas and promote the art.

Styles of bonsai

Click the link below to see different styles of bonsai.
This was a presentation made at our recent workshop.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A report on the Bodhi Bonsai Workshop held on 4th July

The Bodhi Bonsai workshop held on 4th July at Abu Palace Hotel, Chennai from 9.30 to 5 pm.

About 18 participants attended the workshop, which conducted by the members of the club.
Members demonstrated with actual Bonsai specimen, and with powerpoint presentations.
Participants benefited from the practical experience of the members of the Bodhi Bonsai Association of Chennai.
There was a lively discussion, and many questions on bonsai growing were answered.

Refreshments and lunch was excellent. In the end each participant was gifted a mature bonsai in a lovely ceramic container.
Few of the participants expressed their desire to become members.

The full forum of members were present, except Satyabhama. We missed you, Satya.

Article in Mylapore Times about Bonsai Show

Here is an article that appeared in the Mylapore Times on May 31st 2010 about a Bonsai Exhibition held at the Indo Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Here are excerpts from the article.

Age could be a plus point – it sure was true at the exhibition of Bonsai that the Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Eldams Road organised at the chamber premises this past week.

Bodhi -the Chennai Bonsai Association had put out their exhibits and also demonstrated the technique of wiring, shaping and other ways of encouraging growth of trees horizontally.

The result is a set of ‘trees’, some 40 – 50 years old, barely a few feet high, with thick tree trunks and branches and some with fruit and flowers to boot!

Suganthy Aiyaswamy and Molly Cherian were the exhibitors who are part of the Bodhi group.
Prof. N. Krishnaswami, President of the IJCCI worked along with the members of the chamber to showcase the exhibition

Article in Hindu about Bodhi Bonsai Exhibition

Here is an article that appeared in The Hindu dated February 24th, 2010 about the Bonsai Exhibition conducted by Bodhi Chennai at Lalit Kala Academy.

Here are excerpts from the article.

Weather-beaten bonsai trees with stout roots criss-crossing inside trays provide a very Japanese flavour, part of the Japanese art exhibition, ‘Passage to the future: Art from a new generation in Japan,' organised by the Consulate General of Japan at Chennai, ABK-AOTS Dosokai, and Japan Foundation.

An assortment of Bonsai trees, that are over 30 years old or more, take a major share of space at the exhibition. The trees that are nurtured by the ‘Bodhi – Chennai Bonsai Association' stand as evidence to years of meticulous maintenance by their owners.

“Every tree needs constant wiring, pruning, grafting, clamping, watering and care. As they are tropical trees, they need a lot of sunlight,” explains K.Sivaji, president, Bodhi. The artfully sculpted trees attract a steady stream of visitors.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Article in the Hindu Newspaper about Bodhi Bonsai Association

Click this link to see this article in full: On maintaining Bonsai in The Hindu, April 7th, 2010

Here is an excerpt:

When a handful of bonsai growers accidentally got together at a workshop in the city a couple of years ago, they realised the need to start an association to help grow each others' foliage. Bodhi, a Chennai-based Bonsai association, was born some months after the workshop.

“There aren't a good number of materials available to assist Bonsai growers. We decided to start an association, which will popularise the art of dwarfing trees and help us grow trees in the right way,” explains K. Sivaji, president of the association.

Suseela Vergis has nearly 200 potted trees bordering her house. From extravagant ceramic vases to plain-looking terracotta ones, the stout-rooted woods are placed in a variety of containers. “Maintaining a bonsai needs a lot of patience, particularly if you want to buy a sapling and nurture it into a tree. Mature ones are sold in the market but they are very expensive,” says Ms.Vergis, who is also the vice-president of Bodhi.

The association, with 20 members, organises periodical workshops and exhibitions to popularise the art of growing Bonsais.

When P.B. Yogesh took up the hobby, little did he know that these small trees would take up a major chunk of the space in his house. His terrace is lush with greenery, with an astounding line up of petite pots holding triangle-shaped trees. “Fruits will be of the same size, despite the miniature form of trees. Bonsai is all about such incredible facts of nature,” says the dental surgeon.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Photos of Inauguration

Good website on bonsai styling.

Bougainvillea Bonsai

Here is an interesting sample of a Bougainvillea bonsai

Monthly meeting - April 2010

We are meeting on April 24, 2010 at Dr. Yogesh's house from 2:30-5pm.
Please send your pictures of exhibits at Lalit Kala Accademy for circulation.