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Date(s) - 02/03/2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

San Andreas Main Library


Dan “Doc” Ward will be the guest speaker at the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s Saturday, February 3 meeting. His presentation will focus on different types of grafting techniques, specifically on Japanese and trident maple varieties. The club meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will be immediately followed by Ward’s free demonstration. All are invited to attend at the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.

Ward is a well-known western bonsai expert, who resides in Granite Bay. His interest in this hobby started 42 years ago and has expanded into conducting classes to encourage this “living art” form. He has lectured at Sierra College (horticultural department) in Rocklin, taught Master Gardeners’ classes for years, and currently leads weekly instructional groups on a variety of bonsai topics.

“Grafting is simply the process of taking a part of one plant and combining it with another,” he said. “There are several reasons why. For example, a branch might be needed is one spot to create more volume for a fuller look. A section of a trunk would look better with some thickening. The top may need a new apex. You could also change the foliage type. These are all ways to improve the aesthetic appearance of your bonsai.”

A raffle for bonsai materials and a mentor-led workshop will be held after the demo. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a bonsai tree, along with tools, wire and table covering.

For more information on the Mother Lode Bonsai Club, contact Bev Meyerhoff at (916) 934-6916 or