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There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Friday, 13 July 2012

Bonsai Lecture

Bonsai Lecture. Tuesday July 10th 2012

Guest speaker     Nacho
 nachosalarjurado@gmail.com            telephone;  639420522.

Nacho was born in Cómpeta and now lives, with his wife in Torrox, where they await the birth of their first child.
He made his first visit to Japan 6 years ago and returned 2 years later to study Bonsai with a Japanese Master.
His interest in all things to do with the Natural World began when he was a small boy and Jose Maria (The National Parks Ranger) took him on trips into the Parks and the mountains. 
That interest has never waned – on the contrary, it colours his entire life. Jose Maria joined us for part of the lecture and declared that the pupil had far exceeded the original Master. 
The respect and warmth these two men had for each other was patently obvious!

I think most AGC members expected a lecture on how to grow Bonsais. 
However, we were in for a wondrous surprise.
Nacho held us spellbound as he explained the philosophy and deep meaning on the Bonsai art.
His English was excellent, especially for such and arcane subject.
We learned that the technique of creating a Bonsai was unique as it entailed trimming the roots of the selected plant. This “pruning” does no actual harm to the tree – in fact it rejuvenates it, as does the trimming of the branches and even the  removal of the leaves.
Just as there is no Perfect Moment in Life, there is no Perfect Moment in the creation of a Bonsai – it is continual, living Art.
Nacho showed us several of his creations – 2 of which were English Elms. 
These he had laboriously crafted so that it appeared that strong winds had made the trees grow in a special direction and style. One could almost hear the wind howling through the branches. 
Each became a beautiful, natural sculpture.
In England, the elms grow tall and straight heading directly for the sunlight (what sunlight?)
In Spain they grow wide so that the canopy can shield the roots from the sun. 
The elm’s need for plentiful water means that they grow only along rivers & stream in this country.
Nacho kept his elms well watered and used moss and tiny ferns to cover the growing medium and so lock in the moisture.
The second elm we saw had been shaped by wiring the branches to control their growth. 
Nacho had also removed the leaves to create a dramatic Bonsai. 
The leaves reappear within a few weeks depending on the nutrients he adds to the special compost.  
Both these elms were 15 years old. A decade of dedicated attention.
A smaller Bonsai had been styled to represent a tree that had been damaged by a rock fall but recovered and produce a lovely plant. 
Many of us could discern the shape of a dragon breathing leaves in place of fire. We were getting into the spirit of the Bonsai Master !
The 4th  Bonsai was an evergreen – a Juniper. 
These trees found high in the mountains and can grow by  inserting its questing roots into the cracks and fissures of the rock that splits and crumbles due to the action of rain and ice. 
The roots suck up enough nutrients to make a beautiful green canopy.
Nacho planted his small Juniper beside a carefully chosen rock and the two have fused to make a beautiful artwork representing New Life springing from the destruction of rock – a metaphor for the Circle of Life.
Creating a lovely Bonsai requires meditation and an understanding of nature, spirits and harmony.
Club members are invited to visit Nacho’s home and see all his creations in their special setting.
Cindy suggests we may have the opportunity of an organised tour.

Speaking of tours – 
Nacho also leads Thematic tours into the Natural Park. www.malaga-aventura.es


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