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.

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30% More Mammoth Vendors

mammoth-vendors-01-02-17We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Mammoth will have 30% more vendors than we had last year. This means more opportunity for you to purchase a greater variety those bonsai, tools and supplies that you need. The list includes most of your old favorites and a few new ones who have never participated previously at the Mammoth. Vendors will be open for business on Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will also be food for sale so you don’t have to leave for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy the best product selection in Northern California.

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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

We are GROing just fine

The BGLM has begun its GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project. Our first effort was a test of the upgraded water system in our primary reserve area near the Workshop. You can see by the photo that we have installed overhead misters to water these trees in what some refer to as our Bonsai Intensive Care misters-in-reserve-08-16Ward. This is an area where we have always provided watering from both surface and overhead systems. The combination of overhead water sprayers and surface water sprayers and drippers wasted a large amount of water and saturated the trees but it helped the trees regain health from too much sun exposure. We replaced the old style drip bubblers with the more efficient misters and eliminated the surface water system altogether.

We worked with an irrigation expert, McGregor Bullard, to test out various options for watering systems and found the plastic misters to be the best for our purposes and the most water efficient. The old irrigation bubblers were rated at 25 GPH (gallons per hour) and the new misters are rated at just 3 GPH. Even with a much-reduced volume of water output, the misters are providing sufficient water for our bonsai without the need for surface watering. Some trees with dense foliage may require some horizontal misting in addition to the overhead watering. We will know more as we continue to test our new watering system. Continue reading