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Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s Free Demo on Rock Planting

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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

San Andreas Public Library


The technique of bonsai rock planting will be the topic of the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s free public presentation on Saturday, April 7. Vince Owyoung of Stockton will demonstrate how to create these unique bonsai immediately following the club meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.

One of Northern California’s highly respected bonsai enthusiasts, Owyoung has been a hobbyist for over 50 years and has led workshops at various area clubs and at California Shohin Society seminars. “This style is also referred to as Ishitsuki, which means trees clinging to a rock,” he said. “But instead of being traditionally planted in a pot, the rock becomes the base where the roots are inserted into crevices and holes. This type of composition is quite dramatic and leads the viewer to imagine a natural landscape of trees surviving along a beach or rocky cliff.”

Club mentors will also conduct a hands-on workshop after the demonstration. There is no charge but participants must provide their own soil, pots, tools and a table covering. It is an opportunity for assistance with repotting and styling of bonsai trees.

Regardless of levels of experience, all are invited to learn more about this living art form. Mother Lode Bonsai 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 www.motherlodebonsai.org.