Mammoth Auction and Plant Sale is coming this weekend, February 17 and 18, 2018. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) will be selling its commemorative bricks to raise funds for improvements under construction. All proceeds go to the BGLM Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project. The bricks are quality, long lasting and the state of the art laser treatment which inscribes your message or logo for the life of the brick. No filler, paint or epoxy. Guaranteed for the life of the brick. Here are examples of logo bricks purchased by clubs and individuals. For more information, visit the website Commemorative Bricks.
The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale is scheduled for February 17-18, 2018 at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA. The Auction of Bonsai, special pots and display stands is on Saturday, February 17, 2018. 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.
The Auction will be followed on Sunday, February 18, with one of the largest bonsai plant and material sales in the State. The Sale starts at 10:00 AM and the line usually starts forming at 9:00. Meanwhile the Vendors are open for business from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a great selection of bonsai products and some great bargains.
By George Haas,
The Bonsai School 2017 offered at the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) just completed its third year of classes in bonsai. The last two sessions were held December 9 and 10, 2017, and led by the Bonsai Garden’s Curator, Kathy Shaner, on styling and repotting. Now is the season for repotting and the students were given the opportunity for hands-on repotting of mature, quality bonsai from the Bonsai Garden’s collection. Assistant Curators were on hand to assist. Continue reading
One goal of the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) is to educate people in the art and science of Bonsai. In an effort towards achieving that goal, the BGLM has teamed with the East Bay Bonsai Society (EBBS) to help interested students get started in the study of bonsai. Highly trained EBBS members volunteer as teachers for the Bonsai Beginners’ Classes held at the BGLM Workshop on the fourth Sunday of each month (except February and December).
Applications OPEN for the 2018 Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Bonsai School
The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) offers a four-year bonsai school taught by Garden Curator Kathy Shaner, Garden Master Gordon Deeg, guest instructors, and Assistant Curators.
The purpose of the bonsai school is to identify and instruct potential students to become Assistant Curators for the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt who will take an active part in the care and maintenance of the Bonsai Garden’s historic and legacy bonsai.
Visit our Bonsai School Overview and let us know if you are interested in applying.
Fundraising for Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt’s GRO Project
The Bonsai Garden has been closed since the end of the Autumn Lights Festival, October 19-21, to install pavers on the pathways. If the rain cooperates, we will reopen the gates to the public at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 21. Stop by and watch us GRO.
The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) has been raising funds for its Garden Revitalization Project (GRO) for months. To date, over 50% of the $100,000 goal has
been contributed to revitalizing our Bonsai Garden museum. But, there is more to do. This project aims to upgrade the display benches and stands, watering system, pathways, add windows 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.
BGLM has recently initiated a commemorative brick fundraising drive in which individuals, clubs and businesses can purchase a variety of laser engraved bricks for $150, $250 or $500, and the proceeds will help fund the GRO Project. The engraved bricks will last a lifetime and rest in a place of honor at the entrance to the Bonsai Garden. For information on the bric
ks click here: Commemorative Bricks.
Another method of contributing funds to the GRO Project is to simply donate any amount through the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt’s crowd funding website – YouCaring.
Thanks for your patience while we were closed for the construction. Drop by soon. I’m sure you will feel it has been worth the wait.
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.
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 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
The word is getting out about our GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity) Program which is helping our donations to exceed $46,000. The Oakland Tribune and some of the other East Bay Times publications carried a story recently about the Bonsai Garden and its GRO fundraiser. You can read about it by clicking here.
David Thompson, the gentleman who donated the cedar from the Pan Pacific Exposition earlier this year, passed away recently. In his obituary, his family asked that donations be given to the Bonsai Garden in lieu of flowers. His friends have been very generous in their donations to the Garden. You can read about his life here.
We have recently expanded our donations drive to include Commemorative engraved bricks that individuals, clubs or businesses can purchase. The bricks will be installed as part of the new Garden pathway paving project that will begin immediately after the Autumn Lights Festival on Monday, October 23, 2017. For more information about the Brick Fundraiser Drive, please click here.
Speaking of the Autumn Lights Festival, this year will have even more lights to engage our vast audience of visitors which numbered nearly 10,000 last year despite the rain. Our theme this year is butterflies in support of the Park at Lake Merritt’s program to support butterflies and keep them from becoming an endangered species. If you are interested in finding out more about the Autumn Lights Festival, please visit http://www.autumnlightsoakland.com/ULaQZ/. If you haven’t seen the Bonsai Garden lit for this Festival, you are in for a treat. You can see our progress with the GRO project at the same time.