Holiday Traditions Getting Even Better

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Catherine's Blog
Holiday Traditions Getting Even Better

We have a big change coming for this December?s Holiday Party on December 8th. In the past, we?ve asked members to donate items for a silent auction benefiting the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Curator?s Fund. This year, the BGLM Curator?s Fund will still benefit from our event but in a new way. Members are […]

Pattern, Style, Clay, Chop

Pattern, Style, Clay, Chop

Kowatari, Kurodei, Kinyo are all terms related to bonsai pots. One of these terms is a color of clay. One is an old kiln in China. The other is a classification of age of pots from Japan. Do you know which is which? An internet search of these terms with the word bonsai returns a […]

April 2016 Meeting Notes- Bonsai in Small Urban Spaces

April 2016 Meeting Notes- Bonsai in Small Urban Spaces

Our April member meeting was an experiment with a different kind of program for our club. I’d like to thank everyone that brought or sent photos of their small spaces to the meeting. We had 30 photos from nine people. The photos and the conversation that happened around them were very interesting. There was a […]

Make Over a Year

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Articles And Stories, Catherine's Blog

Look at these two photos!!! I love pictures of bonsai taken at different stages of development, don’t you? I’m also a sucker for the television shows and magazine articles that show Plain Jane before and after a fresh new haircut, makeup and wardrobe change. But, this tree didn’t get an instant makeover. Instead, it is […]

Peter Bonsai Teacher

Peter Bonsai Teacher

It was late on July 9th when Peter Tea put the finishing touches on the Itoigawa Juniper provided for his demo. At 9:30 pm, when we typically wrap up our meetings, Peter was really just getting started working on the tree. What preceded this work was what Peter does best and what he treats as […]

Jay McDonald – Getting Back to Golf

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Catherine's Blog
Jay McDonald – Getting Back to Golf

A part of any worthwhile occupation is slogging work. As Eric Schrader wrote in his article ‘Growing Efficiently’, “90% of the work in bonsai is growing the tree and keeping it healthy.” Jay used our meeting in June to talk about the work our trees need in early summer after spring has pushed out a […]

A Beginner at Satsuki

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Catherine's Blog
A Beginner at Satsuki

Growing up in Georgia, I remember azaleas were a common prize in southern gardens. We liked them green, round and clumped together under large shade trees or the eves of our homes. They grew like weeds in the warm, humid climate. We didn’t consider them fussy at all. They were a shrub anyone could grow […]