GRO Fundraising Drive

Volunteers joined together through our hard work and generous donations to create a one-of-a-kind living art museum of legacy and master bonsai that is supported totally by volunteers and donations. Now we need help once again to revitalize the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt that is showing signs of its age and popularity. Please donate what you can to help us through the next phase of our journey together.
The Bonsai Garden has begun its GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project with funds from our reserves and a grant from the Golden State Bonsai Federation as well as contributions from individuals and clubs through out the area. We also received a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that will help take us to our $100,000 goal, but we need your help to reach our goal. Please contribute here or using the box below and come by to visit the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to see how your contribution will help keep this museum open free to the public.

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Ryan Neil will bring a ray of sunshine to our wet winter

Thanks to all of you who supported the BGLM during our Mammoth Auction & Sale this past weekend. I think all who attended will agree it was a superb event and everyone seemed to have a great time. With our biggest fundraiser of the year behind us, its time to focus on our next fundraising event, Ryan Neil’s demo. If you have ever seen Ryan in person, you will surly agree that he is certainly the ray of sunshine we need to help us make it through this rainy winter.

Ryan will conduct a re-styling of the BGLM’s Rocky Mountain Juniper t at the Lake Merritt Sailboat Boathouse from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Ryan’s demonstration will be a fund-raising event in support of the Bonsai Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project. BGLM is raising $100,000 to replace worn out display and seating benches, upgrade water systems and install new pathways and windows. Your participation will help fund GRO.

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The 2017 Mammoth is rapidly coming together

Gordon Deeg has finished the Companion Display.

On Saturday, February 18, from 11:00 to 12:00, just prior to the Mammoth Auction, the Bonsai Garden will unveil our new Companion Plant display, our second bonsai from the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition, and the first of our new display benches. The new Companion Plant display is dedicated to Chizuko “Mary” Sakaishi and funded by her family who will attend the ceremony. Gordon Deeg and his sidekick, Fabian, have completed the display made of cultured stone and copper.

George Haas and Grant Foerster picked up the Atlas Cedar from its home in San Francisco and transported it to the Garden where they worked with Bob Gould to repot it.
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We’re unveiling three new features of the Garden

Chizuko “Mary” Sakaishi

On Saturday, February 18 from 11:00 to 12:00, just prior to the Mammoth Auction, the Bonsai Garden will unveil our new Companion Plant display, our second bonsai from the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition, and the first of our new display benches. The new Companion Plant display is dedicated to Chizuko “Mary” Sakaishi and funded by her family who will attend the ceremony. Mary, known as the “queen of accent plants” left us with a most a positive legacy of living art and charm. She shared her love and knowledge of plants with others throughout the bonsai community. She created wonderful Kusamono centerpieces for the conventions and club shows and led workshops at the Shohin Seminars in Santa Nella, and for club demonstrations.

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2017 Mammoth Auction Photos Now Online

The 131 Mammoth Auction items for 2017are now online for your review. 

The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale is scheduled for February 18-19, 2017 at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA. The Auction of Bonsai, special pots and display stands is on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Auction items can be viewed on this Gallery. This is the largest Auction of quality bonsai and items in many years. Check out the Gallery and make your bidding selections. A colorful Auction Catalog is included with your auction bidding card for just a $5 donation to the Bonsai Garden. The doors open at noon for Auction Preview. The Auction Program begins at 1:00 PM with Gordon Deeg returning as the auctioneer. Bidding is always rapid-fire so please prepared for a fast and fun afternoon. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served to all bidders.

Click here to see the items.

Ryan Neil Demo Fundraiser for GRO

Ryan Neil will conduct a re-styling of the BGLM’s Rocky Mountain Juniper to be held at the Lake Merritt Sailboat Boathouse from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Ryan’s demonstration will be a fund-raising event in support of the Bonsai Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project. BGLM is raising $100,000 to replace worn out display and seating benches, upgrade water systems and install new pathways and windows. Your participation will help fund GRO.
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We are requesting a donation of $35 each (tax deductible) and seating will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets may be reserved by emailing bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com with the name of purchaser, number of tickets requested, phone number, mailing address, and email address. Once you are confirmed that there is space for you, you will be asked to mail a check or credit card number, expiration date and Zip code to GSBF BGLM, PO Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610. Once the donation is received, the tickets are non-refundable.
Ryan’s first appearance as a headliner was at the 2010 GSBF Convention in Santa Clara. The tree he styled rocky-mountain-juniper-12-15-16was the 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. Ryan cared for the bonsai at his studio in Oregon from 2010 to 2015, when it was moved to the Garden and placed on permanent display.
Ryan was a headliner in the most recent 2016 GSBF Convention in Sacramento. He was born and raised in Colorado, where he became interested in bonsai at an early age. I hope you can be with us on Saturday, March 4th in a beautiful setting for a fun afternoon with Ryan.
If you wish to contribute to our YouCaring crowd funding campaign to support our GRO project, please visit HERE.

For the love of bonsai

We joined together through our hard work and generous donations to create a one-of-a-kind museum of legacy and master bonsai that is supported by volunteers and donations. We all have a lot to be proud of. Now it is time to step up once again and revitalize our museum that is showing signs of its age and popularity. This Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to contemplate why we created this treasure, and to donate what you can to help us through the next phase of our journey together.
The BGLM has begun its GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project with funds from our reserves and a grant from the GSBF as well as contributions from individuals and clubs through out the area. We are close to receiving some grants from outside funds that will help us achieve our $100,000 budget, but we need your help to reach our goal. Please send your checks to the BGLM GRO Fund at P.O. Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610.
A prominent local landscape architect, Alexis Millar of David Thorne Landscape Architect firm, loves to visit the Bonsai Garden and has volunteered her time to create plans we can use to GRO the Garden. Click here to see a preliminary drawing.
If you wish to contribute to our YouCaring crowd funding campaign to support our GRO project, please visit HERE. We look forward to seeing you at the Mammoth Auction & Sale on February 18-19.

How big is the 2017 Mammoth?

The biggest and best bonsai Auction & Sale is humongous – in fact, it is Mammoth. But if you have been in bonsai for more than a few years, you already knew that. No year has that been truer than this year. We have more bonsai pots for sale than ever before. We have trees from a bonsai nurseryman who is retiring and from a bonsai master teacher who is paring down, plus so many more.  We even have bonsai from venerable collectors that will be auctioned perhaps for themammoth-auction-trees-2017 first time.

The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction is on Saturday, February 18 (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) and the Mammoth Sale is on Sunday, February 19, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA next to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Items may be donated or submitted on consignment. You can submit bonsai for the Auction through the end of December by emailing Bob Gould at rgould1003@aol.com. Bonsai and bonsai material for the Sunday Sale will be accepted at the Garden Center on Saturday, February 18th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, February 19th, between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Any bonsai material, pots, etc. will be accepted as sale material. Consignment items for the Sale will have a 25% charge deducted from the sale price.  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 information about selling bonsai and material at the Mammoth or visit Mammoth Info   and select Programs/Mammoth Fundraiser. 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 at the reserve price. This fee goes to help defray the cost of the auction. Continue reading

What’s GROing at the Bonsai Garden?

Irrigation Update

As I mentioned in my previous message, we are in the process of revitalizing the CSpaceLogo1Bonsai Garden. We decided to initially focus on the irrigation system, since that is the most important component of our plan and one area that will produce the most benefit for the bonsai. It will also save at least half of our water usage when it is fully implemented. We have begun the process of reworking the irrigation system by replacing the outdated controller and replacing the overhead sprinklers in the reserve area. This first phase of the project is complete. The dozens of previous overhead sprinklers distributed 25 gallons per hour (GPH) each. The new misters distribute 3 GPH. It’s not that we run them for an hour, but you get the idea that they were wasting a lot of water that flowed down the drain. We will test this new form of water distribution and determine if we can eliminate the surface watering due to the superior saturation of the new misters.

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