MBC Roles & Responsibilities

UPDATE 10/2/18: We also need a Docent Coordinator and a Newsletter Editor…

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As mentioned in October’s newsletter, our Board is looking for a President, Secretary and Treasurer. If you would like to know what is involved in the various board positions and leadership roles, please click MBC Roles & Responsibilities to see a detailed description of the responsibilities.

Email info@marinbonsai.org for more information.

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Deodar pruning complete!

Jay McDonald finished trimming the Deodar Cedar he brought to the demo a few weeks ago.

Before:

After:

Nice work, Jay!

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September 2018: Jay McDonald

Marin Bonsai Club’s very own VP of Shows, Jay McDonald was our very entertaining demonstrator this month. Jay cooked up a scrumptious rock planting.

The main ingredients: a beautiful lace rock foundation, one Hollywood Juniper and Jay’s special ‘Silverback’ moss.

Throw in a little Dymondia, a pinch of orange Bacopa and one tiny Tillandsia and here’s what Jay came up with:

Note the perfect corresponding ‘wing’ on the rock!

Treasurer Art Wasserman, the raffle man

Winner Cheryl Redmond

The bonsai winner and the winner artist. Good job, Jay!

Show & Tell:

Trident Maple rock planting

Deodar Cedar – Working from the bottom up.

Euonymus alatus aka Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush

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August 2018: Peter Tea

Peter Tea returned to the Marin Bonsai Club for our August meeting with his ongoing program on developing junipers for bonsai. He brought several trees to illustrate his talk, some he had worked on previously with the club, so we could see the progress the trees have made.

Peter started out with a review of the trees, pointing out the differences between the Itoyagawa variety which has lighter, finer foliage and is a little more difficult to work on, and Kishu, which is identified by darker and more dense foliage. Examining the trees that had been worked on previously with the club we saw that the trees exhibited strong growth and buds developing at the base of branches enabling Peter to make some judicious cuts. He cautioned us not to over prune the trees. Generally junipers are worked on twice a year, in June and December. The months of June and July will generally show the strongest growth, and if the tree responds well to pruning at this time and grows back strongly, it can then be pruned again at the end of the year. The top might even need to be cut more frequently, but there will also be areas that we won’t want to cut at all. The temptation to cut ugly or overly exuberant growth is strong, but these branches serve a purpose for a period of time in that they may generate new growth in an area that currently has none.

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More auction enticement

Wondering what else you’ll be able to bid on at tomorrow’s Marin Bonsai Club auction?

The auction is open to the public. Be there or be square (sorry, couldn’t stop myself).

August 21 – 7pm preview, live auction starts at 7:30pm.

Terra Linda Community Center
670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael, CA

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Here’s Your First Look

This is a sample of what’s in store at next week’s Marin Bonsai Club’s annual auction. This handsome and newly styled Shimpaku Juniper is a ‘Legacy Tree’ owned by a long time MBC member.

The auction is open to the public. Come one, come all.

August 21 – 7pm preview, live auction starts at 7:30pm.

Terra Linda Community Center
670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael, CA

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The Auction Office

In this post you’ll find info to help prepare yourself for our auction on August 21. Check back, as we’ll be updating this post over the next week.

It’s all in the details...knowing a bit more about the tree you’re considering acquiring makes all the difference. Below is a form you can use to tell potential bidders about your tree. Click here (or there) to print the form.  Fill the form out, bring it to the auction and we’ll attach it to your item.

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The Seller’s inventory form is below, along with a sample of what it looks like filled out  properly (in pencil!).

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the form to print it and then fill it out before you arrive to give yourself more time to peruse the other auction inventory.

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And….introducing the new Silent Auction form:

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