My first year managing the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is coming to close and, in this holiday season, I have so much to be thankful for. The many volunteers who make the Garden possible have accepted me as one of their family and seem to welcome the changes I have brought to the Garden. Our Garden is continuing to evolve as the center for Bonsai display and education in the Bay Area thanks to the support of all of you.
By John and Marsha Mekisich
The morning of Saturday November 25th in Hayward, Ca. started out clear and cool. The time had come at last after several months of planning to move a beautiful 100 year old Blue Atlas Cedar from Grove Way Bonsai Nursery to its new home at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.
The tree started out as a Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) grafted to Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) root stock planted in a 15 gallon nursery container. Years later it was removed from the nursery container, planted in the ground and allowed to develop for an additional 35 years. Taken up and potted again in 1989, the tree had by then grown into a majestic specimen. Continue reading