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Member Stories

Our members participate in many bonsai-related events outside our club meetings. We encourage members to write up stories they think others will find interesting. See the bottom of this page for information about how to contribute a Member Story.

NOTE: This page is in progress. Additional links will be added soon.


Building a Bench to Display Your Bonsai

Michael Greenstein, February 2015

Finished Bench

Leaving pots on the ground makes it easier for bugs to find their way into your bonsai and makes it difficult to see your trees. Putting them on a bench solves these problems. Michael Greenstein describes his experiences building benches for his bonsai.

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Building a Temporary Greenhouse

Michael Greenstein, November 2013

Finished Greenhouse
Finished Greenhouse

Although Silicon Valley doesn’t get very cold compared to other locations, it can be too cold for tropical and subtropical Bonsai bonsai. One of our club members shares his plans for na easy-to-build temporary greenhouse to protect those trees

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Visiting the GSBF Collection at the Huntington Library

Dave & Rita Curbow, October 2013

Shimpaku Juniper
Shimpaku Juniper

Two of our club members visited the Golden State Bonsai Federation collection of bonsai located at the Huntington Library near Pasadena, California. They share some photos

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Collecting Trees from the Sierras

Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan, October 2013

One of our club members went on a tree collecting expedition in the California Sierras and shares his experiences

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Trees of Huangshan, China

Maria Huang, July 2004

The Trees of Huangshan, China are famous for their beauty. One of our club members visited and shares some photos from her visit

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How to Contribute a Member Story

Our goal is to make this as easy as possible for members. Write up your story and send your photos to the webmaster, Dave Curbow. The photos should be at least 800 pixels wide, if possible. Dave will Photoshop the photos – enhancing the color, contrast, cropping, etc. Please don’t put the photos into a Word document but send them separately. Dave will take your text and photos and produce a draft that you’ll be asked to review. After you’re happy with the result the story will be shared with everyone.

If you have an idea for a story but aren’t sure how to write it up, contact Dave and he’ll be happy to help.

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