- AACC Bonsai Club was founded in 2013 by AACC graduate Kevin Kohler.
Club founder Kevin Kohler (right) discusses bonsai with club members. Photo by Noah Reem
- The “AACC” in AACC Bonsai Club actually stands for “Any Artist Can Create,” which highlights the clubs community focus.
- Bonsai literally means “planted in a container,” but the proper miniaturization of a full-sized cultivar in a container requires careful pruning of roots and branches.
- The club’s first major event of the year was held on Sunday, October 28 and was well-attended by student and community member horticultural hobbyists.
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I love a bonsai tree. I am fascinated by its beauty. Can’t tell you exactly why.
Maybe it was because of Mr Miyagi and the way he styled those bonsai’s in the first karate kid movie. Remember the famous quote? Daniel: “But how do I know if my picture’s the right one?” Miyagi: “If come from inside you, always right one.” Also: “Close your eyes, concentrate. Think only tree…”
Or maybe because of my love for Asian culture in general. Although the roots of bonsai go back to China, to me it’s one of the symbols of Japanese culture. It reflects the focus, dedication and tradition of Japan and Japanese people.
Or maybe because I find miniaturization so intriguing . One of my earliest childhood memories was that really cool train track I built, with all those details. Still today, I really admire those big train model displays, with complete…
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I feel sure that many of you will have shared the same thoughts as I had when driving the section of the Mombasa highway that bisects Tsavo: What lies on and beyond that long highland called the Yatta Plateau? This fascinating geological feature always held an air of mystery. Its inaccessibility led to stories about what could be found there. I once heard that fruiting trees up there attracted many elephants; they would wait for the fruit to fall, ferment and then get themselves drunk. I now know that isn’t true, but the intrigue is still in me.
I finally got to quell some of that with a visit to the charming Tsavo Safari Camp, which lies at the base of the plateau, on the northern bank of the Athi-Galana river. Its location gives its guests a unique chance to explore a truly wild part of Kenya, as there is…
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