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.