Fundraising for Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt has been raising funds for its Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project. This project aims to upgrade the display benches and stands, watering system, pathways, and much more, in order to meet the challenges of caring for and maintaining the historic and legacy bonsai collection in a professional and museum quality manner.

As part of this, they have initiated a recognition brick fundraiser drive in which individuals, clubs and businesses can purchase a variety of state of the art engraved bricks, and the proceeds will go towards the GRO Project. GRO projects include laying cement pavers for all pathways within the Bonsai Garden, and the engraved bricks will line a special pathway.

For information http://www.gsbf-lakemerritt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Bonsai-Garden-of-Lake-Merritt-Brick-Flyer-09-11-17.pdf

-George Haas

Update: Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO)

Great news – the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project ended August 2017 by raising 45% towards its goal of $100,000. New vertical, straight grain red cedar benches and stands have been installed to replace the original bonsai display benches and stands. There have been more than two thirds of the new overhead water systems using the new micro cone sprayers installed to replace the old drip irrigation piping. Copper metal sculpture artwork has been added to the accent display site with its own water system. In October, plans call for the installment of cement pavers for all the pathways. This will eliminate muddy and dusty conditions and make it more accessible and safer for the public. Needless to say, exciting things are taking place at the BGLM. Look for new fundraising ideas coming this month. BGLM thanks everyone for their support.

34th REBS Annual Show Photos

The 34th Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) Annual Show was held on August 26 and 27, 2017, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, in Santa Rosa, California. The club exhibition displayed 208 bonsai and a large display of suiseki (viewing stones), courtesy of the San Francisco Suiseki Kai.

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34th REBS Annual Show

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On August 26 & 27, 2017, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) held their 34th Annual Bonsai Show at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa, California. It took all day on Friday, August 25, to set-up display tables, the Bonsai Café, members and vendors sales areas. Show hours were 9:00am to 4:00pm for members sales, 10:00am to 5pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. Demonstrations by Kathy Shaner were conducted both days from 1:00 to 3:30pm. Raffle followed each demonstration with Johnathon Burton winning a Sierra Juniper and Dan Mannion winning a Cork Oak. Upon closing Sunday, it took about two hours to tear-down and clear the building. Another two hours or so to return show materials and supplies to storage. Stay tuned for individual displays.