Joe Byrd is the New Chairman

joe_150I come to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) with nearly 20 years’ experience in bonsai including 10+ as the webmaster, 10+ as a GSBF Board of Trustee member and 12+ as the president of the Monterey Bonsai Club. I helped create the original Garden website and attended the Garden grand opening in 1999. This year I will help lead the 15th year anniversary celebration. I have a background in publishing, technology marketing, and as a founder of a company and an international photo industry conference business. My vision for BGLM for it to develop it into a world-famous bonsai museum and a center for bonsai education. I am grateful to work with the many wonderful volunteers who make our Garden the success that it is and look forward to continue the great work of the leaders who have come before me.

—Joe Byrd
Chairman, Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt



Upcoming Events

green_LM LogoSQ_rev_150Upcoming Events:

Spring in the Garden
It is already turning into spring time at the garden. Be sure to drop by and see the many trees that are beginning to bloom and form fragil new leaves.

Oakland Farmers Market Table, June 21, 2014
BGLM will have a presence at the Farmers Market to spread the word that we are in Oakland and is a great place to visit regually.


BGLM Joins California Association of Museums


How do you describe the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) to someone who has not visited there? Perhaps you will say that it is LIKE a bonsai museum. Now you can say it IS a bonsai museum. Thanks to the help of Dr. John Nackley, a regular volunteer, we have recently joined the California Association of Museums (CAM). Not only does this make it easier to explain to others what the BGLM is, it also helps us secure more funding and provides us with assistance in formalizing the preservation of our collection and the history of our bonsai.