From the VP of Programs – February 2016

Although Fall typically gets the title “Season of Change,” for most of us with bonsai I believe the true season of change is right here and now, when our trees are awaking from dormancy, often to an entirely new pot and other modifications. This is when we take stock of our collection, however large or small it may be, and plot and scheme what will be done throughout the coming growing season, much of it in the next few days, weeks, and months.

Change seems to be a recurring theme in these Marin Bonsai articles of mine. This is largely because the club is continuing a rather long period of extensive change as we adapt to what is going on around us and the needs and capabilities of our membership. The most immediate and noticeable change, because Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Double your pleasure: Mammoth Fundraiser + BGLM Tour in Oakland, CA on Saturday, February 27. Check it out on the events page!

Field Trip to BGLM

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Improving a Juniper

Marin Bonsai Club member George Haas had his bonsai California Juniper evaluated by JP Hoareau, hosted by Bonsai Empire, today.  Nice!

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From the VP of Programs – January 2016

Happy New Year, everybody! After a couple months of minimal club activity, we’re about to kick it into high gear as we enter repotting season. Skip to the end of this report if you want the details of the MBC repotting schedule.

If you didn’t make it to the club’s holiday party, you missed a fine hootenanny. Good food, good drinks, good company, and plenty of beautiful trees all contributed to a lovely and festive evening. Thank you to Roger Lion and Marlene Philley for hosting the event, and to everybody who brought the universally delicious dishes. And congratulations to the tree decorating contest winners: Continue reading

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Mammoth Fundraiser at Lake Merritt

It’s that time again.  Finally!

For more information:  Golden State Bonsai Federation

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MBC Holiday Party 2015

Here are some photos of our annual get-together in Corte Madera.  Thank you for the photos Frances!

George, Michaele, Craig

George, Michaele, Craig

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Good eating, as always.

Good eating, as always.

 

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From the VP of Programs – November 2015

Here we are at Autumn again. Such a fun time to have trees with fall colors. We are all a little sad, of course, because once again we will not be having a Fall Show this year. But enough of us want it badly enough that there is hope we will figure it out for 2016. Meanwhile, look for Candace’s announcement of a smaller scale get together we are having that does not replace the Fall Show, but will somewhat soothe the part of our collective heart that longs for that event. All while we honor a cherished longstanding member of the club.
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October 2015 – Bob Shimon

Bob Shimon

Bob Shimon

Bob Shimon brought a few spectacular display trees in addition to the tree that was extensively trimmed and wired for the demo he did for us at October’s meeting. He also had time to discuss, and even lightly trim, trees brought in by Candace Key and Art Wasserman. Bob talked extensively about shaping Redwoods, their vigor, and collecting Redwoods and other trees. Apparently, Redwoods are so vigorous that when they are collected, all but a few feeder roots may be sacrificed, the foliage may be removed, and the trees survival chances will remain rather high. The best soil in which to place a newly collected Redwood is a sandy soil. Once the tree is ready to go into a regular bonsai pot, at least a year after collection, pure akadama soil works well. If you like using pumice and/or lava for increased drainage, one part of those elements may be added to two parts akadama.
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September 2015 – Peter Tea

PeterTea Peter Tea discusses a Trident Maple as TJ Williams as and Adam Petras look on. Photo & caption courtesy Candace Key.

Attendees arriving to Peter Tea’s lecture in September were immediately greeted with Peter’s unique approach to the evening. He brought four trees and had them on four tables, which he moved among and incorporated into his discussion. His focus: what can be done now to junipers and deciduous trees, with two types of junipers, a Seiju Elm, and a Trident Maple as his subjects. He covered both the removal and cutting back of branches, and signs to look for to make sure a tree is ready for those procedures, like runners (or tip extensions on junipers) and the hardening off of the growth.
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