Calling all Mammoth Auction Items

If you wish to submit your prize bonsai to the Mammoth Auction, the largest such event on the West Coast, now is the time. Contact Bob Gould at rgould1003@aol.com, to discuss what you have in mind to submit to the Auction. He will be happy to assist you.

The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale will be held on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, 17, 2019 at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA.  This is an official appeal for materials for the Auction of quality bonsai on Saturday and the Sale of bonsai and pre-and-developing bonsai on Sunday.  Items may be donated or submitted on consignment.

Bonsai for the Auction will need to be submitted by December 30, 2018. Material for the Sunday Sale will be accepted at the Garden Center on Saturday, February 16th, 9am – 4pm and Sunday, February 17th, between 8am – 9am. Any bonsai material, pots, etc. will be accepted as sale material.  Consignment items for the Saturday Auction will have a 30% charge and for the Sunday Sale will have a 25% charge.  Again, full donations are appreciated and tax-deductible. Contact Mike Mello, 510-886-1568 or Dennis Hawkins, 510-657-8229 IDHAWK@comcast.net for more sale information. If you wish to place a reserve price on your item in the Auction, you will be charged a fee of 10% of that reserve if the item does not sell. This fee goes to help defray the cost of the auction.

All proceeds go to support the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, one of the finest bonsai museums in the US.

7th Annual 2018 Autumn Lights Festival

October 18-20, 2018

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will once again participate in the Autumn Lights Festival that bathes the Gardens of Lake Merritt in lights of all descriptions. Don’t miss this exciting event that delights all members of the family. You’ll thrill to see the Bonsai Garden lit up with exciting light features like the flowing blue lights of the waterfall and stream bed, lanterns and lights decorating all bonsai and new features like walls of light, and glowing honey bees.

The festive evenings blend live music, illuminated art, fire dancers, food and libations to make one unforgettable experience. This wildly popular annual tradition benefiting the Gardens at Lake Merritt is easy to get to and fun for all ages. The Autumn Lights Festival, which has become a unique Oakland tradition, is a festive three-night community event  held in the seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled in Lakeside Park surrounding Lake Merritt. This three-night event is for all ages. It entails a leisurely stroll along paved pathways through seven- acres of lush gardens. The pathways are minimally lit so as not to impede the art, so if you feel you may need a little extra light, feel free to bring a small flashlight. The festival is wheelchair accessible, ADA compliant.

Tickets
General Admission – $20 adults/$7 youth (advance); $25/$10 event day
Tickets are available now on EventBrite.
All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt for improvements at the gardens including construction of a new entrance on Bellevue Avenue.
This year’s festival will take place from October 18th through October 20st, every night from 6 pm until 11 pm.

For more information, visit http://autumnlightsfestival.herokuapp.com/.

The Mammoth is coming soon

The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale will be held on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, 18, 2018 at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA.  This is an official appeal for materials for the Auction of quality bonsai on Saturday and the Sale of bonsai and pre-and-developing bonsai on Sunday.  Items may be donated or submitted on consignment.

Bonsai for the Auction will need to be submitted by December 30, 2017. Material for the Sunday Sale will be accepted at the Garden Center on Saturday, February 17th, 9am – 4pm and Sunday, February 18th, between 8am – 9am. Any bonsai material, pots, etc. will be accepted as sale material.  Consignment items for the Saturday Auction will have a 30% charge and for the Sunday Sale will have a 25% charge.  Again, full donations are appreciated and tax-deductible. Contact Mike Mello, 510-886-1568 or Dennis Hawkins, 510-657-8229 IDHAWK@comcast.net for more sale information. If you wish to place a reserve price on your item in the Auction, you will be charged a fee of 10% of that reserve if the item does not sell. This fee goes to help defray the cost of the auction.

For complete Mammoth Fundraiser details visit HERE.

Watering the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

By George Haas

Watering by hand nearly 200 bonsai and accent plants is undertaken by volunteers for the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, when all systems fail. The task is challenging and in the summer months necessary two to three times in a single day.

The new overhead watering system in operatio

The timed watering system in existence for many years utilized Drip Irrigation and Low Volume Watering products, including water connection kits, distribution tubing, drip lines, fittings, drip emitters, filters, and more.
Bonsai experts all agree watering bonsai is critical in the care and maintenance of bonsai. Overwatering and inadequate watering can be the death of bonsai. We generally do not worry much about overwatering. Although, watering too frequently can be harmful to the bonsai. Because we use special bonsai soil mixes in the potting of bonsai, over watering just drains through the bottom holes of the pot. On the other hand, inadequate watering or drying out the roots of bonsai results are usually fatal to the tree. Continue reading

West Coast Zen Garden Inspiration

by Sally Writes

There are so many different types of gardens in the world that just about anyone can find the one that is the perfect match for them. When you have weather like we do in the West Coast, creating and maintaining a flourishing garden becomes all the more achievable.

One type of garden that is gaining in popularity recently, is a Zen garden. You can chalk

it up to people leading busier lives, dealing with increased stress, being surrounded by too much technology, or just not having enough alone time, but the fact still remains: people are looking for more ways to conveniently contemplate, reflect and meditate. That’s where a Zen garden comes in. Consider it a way to create your own personal utopia that you have constant access to. While the beauty of any type of garden is that you can personalize it to your own liking, here are three standard features to consider including in your own Zen garden, for optimal results:

Plants

Use nature itself to decorate your beautiful and relaxing Zen garden and soon enough achieving inner peace will come naturally and effortlessly. You can use plants native to California for a local touch, or expand and incorporate multiple different varieties. You can use plants as a utilitarian way of creating a border or fence for your Zen garden, or simply to keep the area inside green and full of life. Whatever options you choose, just make sure to include some luscious plants.

Water

A source of life, so it should have a spot in your Zen garden, right? Not only does water symbolize life, purity, resilience and even love, the actual sound of it is calming, relaxing, and absolutely vital for some outdoor meditation practice. Choose a beautiful fountain in the size that best makes sense and make it the focal point of your garden. Soon, peaceful thoughts will begin to flow effortlessly.

Statues

Many Zen gardens feature multiple statues, and you can opt for as many or as few as you like. If certain animals, people, or images hold a special meaning for you, incorporate their statues throughout your garden for some extra inspiration. You can even opt for a 2-in-1 idea and choose a water fountain that doubles as a statue, meaning you get the relaxing and calming effect of flowing water, coupled with inspiring imagery.

So, while no two people are identical, neither are gardens. That is the beauty of it. Personalize your own Zen garden to make it a place of fulfilment, contemplation, meditation, and peace. You’ll never want to leave!

Hats off to the Bonsai Garden

Order a hat and support GRO

Summer is coming and I’m sure you can use a new hat. We have BGLM logoed hats available online in Hunter Green, Black, Khaki and Neon Pink. We are offering our new BGLM logoed hats for sale online to raise funds for our GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity) project. The hat is 100% cotton twill made by Port & Company, one of the

Speaking of GRO, you’ll be pleased to know that we have nearly 3/4 of our water system replaced with overhead misters. Over 1/4 of our display benches have been replaced with ones made of vertical grain red cedar that are masterpieces of Japanese joinery carpentry. premier suppliers in the industry. Our BGLM logo is embroidered on the front using metallic gold thread. Everyone who has purchased one loves it, and many have come back for a second one.

We have teamed up Broken Arrow, our apparel vendor, to offer you these hats online. Just click HERE to order or stop by the Garden to pick up one or two.  You’ll love wearing it around town and to Club meetings and you will be supporting your Bonsai Garden.

Please note that since online sales this is a new project for us, Broken Arrow will ship your order when the test program is complete after May 31. This will allow them to make the hats once all of the orders have been received. If this is a problem for you, please respond to this email and we can make other arrangements. Thanks for your continued support of our Bonsai Garden.

Tourism Cares for the Bonsai Garden

On a cold and rainy Saturday, members of Tourism Cares came to the Bonsai Garden and helped us sort wire and stain new display benches. It was such a treat working with folks from the tourism industry who flew in on Friday and spent their Saturday with us before flying out on Saturday night. Not only were they great workers, but they were very pleasant and energetic as well as interested in learning more about bonsai and the Garden.

We continue to be fortunate to have enthusiastic volunteers from the community participate in volunteer projects at the Garden. Our next big volunteer day is Earth Day on April 22. Several groups have already contacted us to volunteer, but there is always room for more. Just email us at bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com. For more information about Earth Day, visit Oakland’s Earth Day website.

We are indebted to members of Tourism Cares and other groups who volunteer in support of our Bonsai Garden.

Tourism Cares, a 501(c)3 nonprofit*, is the charitable community of the travel and tourism industry.  It unites the industry in three initiatives where, in addition to individual company efforts, it can make a greater difference by working together. Tourism Cares channels the philanthropic passion and commitment of the travel industry to protect and restore emerging or at-risk destinations we all care about, such as New Orleans after Katrina, Plimoth Plantation, the Los Angeles Waterfront near San Pedro, and most recently, Nepal. Through volunteering, grants, business connections and advocacy, it invests in high potential destinations where tourism can be an engine of prosperity and community pride.

Ryan Neil Demo Raised Funds for GRO

By George Haas 
BGLM Marketing Manager

Before the re-potting.

Ryan Neil performed a great re-styling and re-potting of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt’s Rocky Mountain Juniper (BGLM No. 401) at the Lake Merritt Sailboat Boathouse on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Ryan’s demonstration was a special fundraising event in support of the Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project. BGLM is raising $100,000 to replace worn out display and seating benches, upgrade water systems, install new pathways, and more.

Ryan’s first appearance as a headliner was at the 2010 GSBF Convention in Santa Clara. The tree he styled was the same Rocky Mountain Juniper, which was placed in the auction and purchased by BGLM board member Andrea Burhoe. Subsequently, Andrea donated the bonsai to the BGLM. In 2012, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, Ryan did a first re-potting demonstration, placing the Rocky Mountain Juniper from a wooden crate into a old Chinese pot. For the period of 2010 to 2015, Ryan cared for the bonsai at his studio in Oregon, when it was moved to the Garden and placed on permanent display. Continue reading