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Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s focus on accent plants

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Date(s) - 08/06/2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Oak Shadows Mobile Home Park Clubhouse


Accent plants enhance bonsai displays

Ray’Mona Cunha of Ione will demonstrate the use of accents plants as companions to displayed bonsai trees at the next Mother Lode Bonsai Club meeting. “Why accent plants? They add aesthetically to bonsai compositions,” she said.

For the past nine years, Cunha has extended her love of plants in general to bonsai, or miniature trees grown in pots. “Along with cultivating and styling bonsai, another important feature is the ability to attractively show them off,” she said. “An accent plant should enhance your bonsai but not take away from the main focus, the tree itself.” As such, she will recommend which ones will work or not work, and why.

Ray’Mona Cunha is a former president of the Amador Bonsai Society, having served also as their vice president and treasurer prior. She has won numerous awards for her entries at the Amador County Fair since about 2007. “The thing about bonsai is that there is always room for one more,” she said. In fact, her ever-expanding collection currently has over a hundred trees. A number of her accent plants will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Cunha’s presentation will follow the club’s monthly meeting on Saturday, August 6, which starts at 10 a.m. Location is the Oak Shadows Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1330 Calaveritas Road (off Mt. Ranch Road) in San Andreas. For more info on the Mother Lode Bonsai Club, go to www.motherlodebonsai.org or contact Bob Dean, club president at (209) 754-5887.