Group puts an accent on bonsai
Date(s) - 09/01/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
San Andreas Public Library
Mother Lode Bonsai Club members Nikie Hobba and Kathy Owyoung will be conducting a hands-on workshop on kusamono (bonsai accent or companion plants) on Saturday, September 1 at the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas, immediately following the club’s 9:00 a.m. meeting.
“The Japanese term, kusamono or specifically ‘grass thing’ is being broadly used here in describing any companion plant that enhances the visual impact of the bonsai on display,” said Hobba. “Accent plants are smaller in size and suggest a seasonal character or place. They complement the main tree and should never compete as the center of attention.”
All plants, soils, supplies and pots will be provided for the event by the club. The special kusamono pots were fired by Pat and daughter Patty Cooper, along with Hobba. There is no cost to current club members for the workshop. However, participating visitors will be charged $15., which includes the workshop and club membership through the end of 2018 – if they choose to join.
In addition, the public is invited to the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s annual show and exhibition on September 22, also at the San Andreas Central Library where dozens of the club members’ best bonsai specimens will be on view. Along with demonstrations and prize drawings, bonsai-related items will be available for sale. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Richard McKinstry at (209) 288-2330 or go online to .www.motherlodebonsai.org