Roberta Walters’ Azaleas 101 – A Guide to Seasonal Azalea Care

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Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog.

            Few species of bonsai can compete with the visual intrigue produced by an azalea in full bloom. For that reason, today I have to resist the flowery temptation to write a full on history of their use in bonsai and review manual for Azalea techniques (maybe someday…). Instead, I'll whet your appetite with a more manageable intro to azalea-specific information through long-lost excerpts from one of California's premier azalea expert, Roberta Walters.            Roberta is a past president of both the Satsuki (Azalea) Bonsai Club (now known as Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai) in Sacramento and Golden State Bonsai Federation, as well as a founding member of the Chico Bonsai Society. Among her many decades in bonsai, Roberta intensely studied azaleas under Mr. Gondo and Mr Nakiyama who shared their expertise from working professionally on azalea bonsai in Japan. In April of 2001, Roberta came to share this knowledge as the visiting guest artist Puget Sound Bonsai Association. This went on to be only one small part of Roberta's career in bonsai education and she went on to be awarded the Circle of Sensei Award by the Golden State Bonsai Federation.             Over the same years as Roberta's bonsai career bloomed, the Puget Sound Bonsai Association maintained a long tradition of recording our guest artist meetings to make available to club members through the club library in VHS and DVD format. The DVD copies however have languished mostly unused by members for many years now. As most…

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