Date(s) - 07/08/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Andreas Library
Mother Lode Bonsai Club will host a free demonstration on defoliation techniques by local bonsai expert, David Anderson. The presentation will take place immediately following the club’s monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 at the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.
“The primary purpose for defoliation is to create a second crop of leaves, which will grow back smaller in size,” Anderson said. “You’ll see healthier growth and leaves that are more in perspective to the overall tree’s dwarf dimensions.” He noted that defoliation also removes burnt leaves, damaged by the north wind. “Defoliation forces the bonsai into a semi-dormant state and allows for transplanting and root pruning too, if necessary,” he added.
Anderson, who has raised bonsai for over 50 years, is an Amador County bonsai grower and experienced sensei (teacher) in this ancient living art form. He currently serves on the club’s board of directors as the lead organizer of demonstrations and workshops for the group. A veteran teacher on the subject of bonsai, Anderson holds classes at his Pine Grove residence, has judged bonsai at numerous shows and fairs throughout Northern California, and has conducted Master Gardener presentations in Yolo and Solano counties.
Mother Lode Bonsai Club welcomes all to attend regardless of their levels of experience. For more information, contact Bob Dean at (209) 754-5887 or go online to www.motherlodebonsai.org.