One Last Peek

…before the 7pm Preview at tomorrow’s 7:30pm Auction.

Here is a smattering more of the trees you’ll find on the auction block.

Taiwanese Snake Bark Maple

Zelkova

 

Chinese Elm

Chinese Elm

 

Japanese Black Pine

Shimpaku Juniper

 

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

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August 17, 2017: Preview begins at 7pm and the auction starts at 7:30pm.

Absolutely incredible deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, stands, tools, books and other bonsai-related items. Payment by Check or Cash – no Credit Cards.

Don’t miss it!

 

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Can you stand it?

The suspense, that is. Only 2 more days until our big auction!!

One of the bonsai stands Jerry Braswell will be bringing to the auction.

What could you do with this Shimpaku?

 

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

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August 17, 2017: Preview begins at 7pm and the auction starts at 7:30pm.

Fantastic deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, stands, tools, books and other bonsai-related items. Payment by Check or Cash – no Credit Cards.

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DIY Bonsai

Not every tree being auctioned off on Thursday, August 17 will be all styled and ready to go. There will be plenty of trees (like the ones pictured below) that are just waiting for your creativity and guidance to bring them to their full bonsai glory.

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

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August 17, 2017: Preview begins at 7pm and the auction starts at 7:30pm.

Terrific deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, stands, tools, books and other bonsai related items. Payment by Check or Cash – no Credit Cards.

See you there!

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Tantalizing Trees

A little something to whet your appetite, here are a few more of the trees that will be offered at our August 17 Auction.

Pinot Noir Grape

Beautiful Boxwood

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

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Preview begins at 7pm and the auction starts at 7:30pm.

Terrific deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, stands, tools, books and other bonsai related items. Payment by Check or Cash – no Credit Cards.

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June 2017: Jay McDonald

The June 6, 2017 meeting of the Marin Bonsai Club featured our very own Jay McDonald, who demonstrated some work on a sizable, two-tree rock planting, which was raffled off at the end of the night. Jay had assembled the planting earlier this year, almost completely from materials he obtained at the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Mammoth event in February. Its well-established health was a testament to Jay’s skill with this fascinating subcategory of bonsai artistry.

Before starting in on the rock planting of the evening, Jay first introduced us to another, older planting he had created, featuring a Nanking Cherry tree, the arcing limbs of which complemented the giant arc of the rock. Planting trees in rocks requires a fair bit of ingenuity. Sometimes you have to drill or chisel into a rock to create more space for roots, find unique ways to attach anchor wire, or epoxy small bits of rock in place to eliminate the tippiness of a rock. For his Nanking Cherry rock planting, Jay showed us where he had to create more root space by attaching a large piece of screen (the type we all use to cover the holes in our pots) across a gap in an otherwise high side of a natural bowl in the rock. There’s no amount of accent plants and moss that will completely cover something that dramatic, but since it’s in the back of the planting, the end result works and looks just fine.

Nanking Cherry

Next Jay introduced us to his current subject matter, a Cedar of Lebanon planted with a unique maple, appropriately spaced and arranged with accent plants on a nice dramatic Continue reading

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This bonsai could be yours

Pyracantha

 

All you have to do is be the highest bidder at our auction on August 17!

This is a sneak peek at one of the trees that will be on the block. It’s a 20-year-old Pyracantha that the owner calls a “legacy” tree since it was bought from sensei Tim Kong and has been in the club for 12+ years.

Preview begins at 7pm and the auction starts at 7:30pm. Terrific deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, stands, tools, books and other bonsai related items. Payment by Check or Cash – no Credit Cards.

New this year, Jerry Braswell will be offering his wonderful bonsai stands in the auction, and Eric Schrader of the Bonsai Society of San Francisco (BSSF) will also be selling a few items.

We look forward to seeing you, whether you are buying or selling, or just need a good night of entertainment. If you want to come early to avoid the traffic there are plenty of good dinner options across the street from the Community Center: Thai, Mexican, Italian, Japanese and Scotty’s for deli selections.

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Beginners’ Workshops

The Marin Bonsai Club conducted its annual beginners’ workshop on July 18 and 25, 2017, at the Multi-Purpose Room at the Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross, California. This year’s beginners’ workshop or workshops were different in that they were taught as two-part classes by senior club members. The objectives were to teach interested students what is bonsai and learn from practical, hands-on techniques for developing nursery stock plants, styling, care, and maintenance of bonsai.

Roger Lion lecturing on the definition of bonsai and its origins.

The club provided the students with two plants (boxwoods and golden junipers) and aluminum wire and the tools to work with. The cost was $70 which included plants and supplies. Reservations were required and were started at the Marin County Fair bonsai display at the beginning of July. The responses to reserving one of 12 positions were great. The club had to turn away a number of individuals due to all 12 positions being filled early.

John Doig and Roger Lion covering bonsai styles.

On July 18, the president of the club, George Haas, welcomed everyone and introduced lead instructor Chris Ross, assistant instructor John (the Wire Guy) Doig, and bonsai historian Roger Lion. Other club members were present to help out.

The first class covered the definition and origins of bonsai by Roger. Then, Chris explained styling a bonsai from nursery stock. The students worked on boxwood Continue reading

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