The Future of the Bonsai Garden

plan_150I recently had the privilege of presenting our future plans for the the BGLM to the East Bay Bonsai Society (EBBS). The club booked the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) for their June meeting and requested a short talk about our plans for the Garden along with a tour. The members arrived in the early evening and were greeted by refreshments furnished by the Club. Once appetites were satisfied, Bob Gould and Janice Dilbeck took the group of several dozen on an expansive Garden tour.

Many club members are volunteers and some were new members who had not visited the Garden previously. All enjoyed the tour and the changes to the Garden that were mentioned to them. They liked the nameplates on the trees and the shade cloths but mostly they loved the bonsai on display and in the reserve. Continue reading

Volunteer Appreciation Day Party

gordon150It’s a very special day that comes around every year! It really is a party to show the genuine appreciation to the many volunteer members who docent and fill many other jobs at the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM), Oakland, California. This year the volunteer appreciation day party was held at the home and garden of Gordon Deeg.The event started around 2 PM, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. As people began showing up they were put to work setting up tables and chairs, table cloths, BBQ grills, and all the accessories associated with a grand old BBQ party. When arriving one could not resist walking around the bonsai garden collection established by Gordon at his home. Some of the guests came directly from the BGLM as they spent the morning hours there volunteering. Continue reading