May 5, 2018
"The many faces of bonsai" presented as the club demo.
Club president, Richard McKinstry will discuss and show finished examples of basic bonsai tree designs, among them formal upright (chokkan), semi-cascade (shakan), cascade (kengai), broom (hokidachi), and several others. “This living art sculpture takes years to achieve and mature because you need to work with nature throughout the process. And you can’t hurry nature,” he said.
Club mentors will also conduct a hands-on team workshop for members and guests after the demonstration. There is no charge but participants must provide their own soil, pots, tools and a table covering.
Our annual show date is now set for September 22. Save the date!
Sharing the Joy of Bonsai
Discover a blend of art and nature
Join us in a creative and fascinating hobby – the art of bonsai. Members of the Mother Lode Bonsai Club come from various foothill communities in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, as well as the San Joaquin Valley. Everyone is invited to attend our activities regardless of your level of experience.
Over many years, the ancient art of bonsai journeyed from the East and reached worldwide destinations where it has gained steadily in popularity. Why? Imagine viewing a perfectly scaled mature tree in miniature, growing in a crafted pot on a tabletop or even held in the palm of your hand!
Bonsai literally means “tree in a pot” but it goes far beyond that. Club teachers, or sensei, hold free demonstrations during monthly member meetings where you’ll enjoy watching them transform an ordinary plant into a magnificent miniature. Also featured are presentations on accent plants, viewing stones (suiseki), displaying methods and more.
Mastery of bonsai requires patience, knowledge and skill, along with appropriate working tools. Volunteers will gladly mentor you in bonsai design techniques and provide basic cultivation tips. Best of all, you’ll meet and network with others, who share a common interest in this craft. Plus, there are shows, field trips, exhibits and workshops for you to attend.
Don’t delay! The Mother Lode Bonsai Club invites you to become a member today and start in achieving your work of living art.
Monthly meeting location:
Calaveras County Library
1299 Gold Hunter Rd
San Andreas, CA