Golden Statements Magazine – Free digital access!

The Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Board voted to end printing of the magazine due to high cost. Now you can enjoy the latest information on bonsai club activities, such as shows and demonstrations, and other bonsai related interests. The digital version of the magazine will be online for free world wide viewership in 2019.

Click here for FREE access to the latest issue of Golden Statements Magazine. (Once on the GSBF page, you’ll need to click on ‘Download here’ or ‘Click here to view…’ to view the issue. Or… here’s a direct link: Golden Statements Spring 2019. Another easy option is to click on the image below.)

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Markus Makes Big Hit with ‘Learning the Art of Bonsai’

It took place on Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, at the Novato Charter School’s Project Night 2019, where Markus Mieritz gave his 8th grade project ‘Learning the Art of Bonsai’. The audience of classmates, family and friends, including the 7th grade students, was full to capacity with standing room only. There were 26 8th grade students in total, presenting their individual projects, ranging from Italian Cuisine to Short Film Production.

Markus’ presentation was all about bonsai and his year long endeavor to become a bonsai hobbyist. He said the project led him to find “the best bonsai club in California right here in Marin County.” Markus showed slides of his collection of bonsai. He thanked his mother for her support. He also thanked Marin Bonsai Club senior member, instructor and mentor Chris Ross for his coaching and patience. Markus received a huge applause from the audience and his classmates.

– George Haas

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Club member Markus Mieritz on stage April 18!

On Thursday, April 18th, Markus will be presenting a 2-3 minute synopsis of his 8th grade project, “Learning the art of Bonsai.”  The Novato Charter School community and friends are invited to attend this event held at Unity Church (600 Palm Drive) in Novato at 6pm. All of his classmates will present their projects through a short speech they have each prepared.  

Markus Mieritz

A casual pizza dinner fundraiser organized by the 7th grade will be served at 5pm in the church’s courtyard (optional). The audience will start seating at about 5:40-5:45. (Arrive early for better seating, not every year but some years some people had been left with standing room only.) The presentations will begin at 6pm and run for about an hour. At approximately 7pm the audience will get a 10-minute stretch break, after which we will resume with the second half. The second half will also run for about an hour, approximately 7:15-8:15. Markus will be presenting in the first half.

We hope you can join us!

  • Aniko Mieritz

April 18, 2019 – 6pm – Unity Church, 600 Palm Drive, Novato, CA

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Our first workshop at TLCC!

On March 19, 2019, MBC conducted its first workshop at the Terra Linda Community Center (TLCC). There were four members involved in pruning, thinning and wiring, while one member repotted an azalea.

It is time to move on to seasonal tasks so the club won’t be bringing soil and drain hole screen material for repotting to any more workshops this year.

Visit the Taskmaster page on this website for information on seasonal tasks.

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Tidying Up a Korean Hornbeam

Here we get a sneak peek at the workshop of our VP of Shows, Jay McDonald as he works his magic on a Korean Hornbeam.

Jay wiring away in his workshop
No, definitely not a Mame!
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Wisteria’s Ways

Wisteria in Winter

This Chinese Wisteria was air-layered by Bill Sullivan, my first mentor, back in the 1980’s. I acquired the tree as partial payment for the cosmetic remodel of his kitchen – that was back in 2000 or 2001. This tree was featured in the new edition of Sunset Magazine’s ‘Bonsai: Illustrated Guide to an Ancient Art’, 1994. I also acquired two other trees that were featured in the magazine.

Bill was considered the grandfather of Marin County bonsai, and was instrumental in starting our show at the county fair. He was the show chairman since Marin Bonsai Club showed their art at the fair, a job which I took over after Bill passed me the reins.

After the party

This Wisteria’s truly been a joy to own and show, not one year has it not bloomed profusely like you see in the picture. Not only does it flower well, the fall color and the winter silhouette makes it exciting to own. A true all-season viewer.

  • Jay McDonald
Wisteria in full bloom
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Honda Bonsai Pots Sale for MBC Members

UPDATE: The sale of Honda bonsai pots is complete. Out of 54 bonsai pots, 52 were sold and one was sold through auction. One chipped pot was disposed of. The members of Marin Bonsai Club purchased 44 in total. The 10 other bonsai pots went to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction and Sale. It took nearly four months to dispose of the bonsai pots; including transporting, washing, announcing the sale, conducting the sale. Marin Bonsai Club received a percentage of the sales. All proceeds went to the Honda family.


MBC members have already taken advantage of purchasing Honda bonsai pots. These bonsai pots are being sold on a 80/20 split for the benefit of the Honda estate and MBC.

Some 19 out of 54 bonsai pots have been purchased to date. There are quality bonsai pots remaining to be sold. Contact George Haas at or 707-762-9154 if interested.

As a reminder, repotting season is from December through March. MBC has scheduled three consecutive repotting workshops in January and February of 2019.

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