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Bonsai Club’s January Free Demo on Root Trimming

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Date(s) - 01/04/2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Mother Lode Bonsai Club President Richard McKinstry will conduct a free demonstration on two basic skills: root trimming and transplanting. The presentation will immediately follow the organization’s monthly meeting on Saturday, January 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mt. Ranch Road) in San Andreas.

“While these seem like very basic skills, they are also very important for the future growth of your trees,” said McKinstry. “Root trimming enables the plant to fit into its container environment and is also critical for removing dead material. Then, transplanting must be carefully done otherwise, the tree will die or be limited in growth over the following years.”

McKinstry, who served several terms in the past as president of the Modesto Bonsai Club, has raised miniature trees for over 19 years. In addition, he previously co-chaired the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s 2008 convention in Modesto. He currently instructs the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s do-it-yourself bonsai classes at various nurseries in the foothills.

Club mentors will hold a hands-on team workshop for members and guests after the demonstration. There is no charge but participants must provide their own plants, soil, pots, tools and a table covering.
Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about bonsai regardless of their experience or levels of skill. Club members come from Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, as well as the central valley. For more information, contact Richard McKinstry at (209) 288-2330 or go online to