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rxa

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Trip to California
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:38 AM »
I am planning a trip to the states, specifically the west coast as I want to take my girlfriend to see the Giant Sequoias and possibly the Costal Redwoods too. Not sure on timing yet - I don't really enjoy very hot weather. I'm from the UK.

I have been really impressed with the bonsai movement coming out of the Bay Area, particularly Jonas and Boon I've seen on the web and want to see more up close. I am fortunate my girlfriend is just as nuts about bonsai as I am.

My question is where, in your opinion, should I visit? Can you recommend a nursery or exhibition? I have an addiction to black pine. Any advice on timing would also be welcome not sure on climate! I appreciate this is a very open question.
 

Rkovo

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 03:21 PM »
Lake Merritt in Oakland Ca has a nice section of their botanical garden devoted to bonsai, one of two in Ca. very worth checking out. Then because you are in the Bay Area, Muir woods to see the redwoods can be great. Go during the week, it gets crazy busy on weekends. I love nearby, if you want anymore info let me know. this should get you started.
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 02:35 PM »
You might email Boon to see if he could do a private lesson?  His backyard is very impressive and he has amazing Black Pine.


Another option you could do is see the Bristlecone pines-Schulman Grove in Inyo National Forest.  it's a bit of a drive, but very worth it. I've done it a few times and it's my favorite hike ever.  Couple pics from my trips.
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 02:36 PM »
another
 

Don Quixote

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 01:50 AM »
If your vacation lands you in the west coast in October you should head up to Portland Oregon for the Artisan Cup being held 4th to the 6th. Check out the web site artisancupportland.com.
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 08:36 AM »
You can see redwoods in several places in California but if you  want  to see the big ones then go to he Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite's south entrance. Of course you will want to see the Yosemite Valley while you are there. If you have some time drive up Hwy 101 to the Avenue of the Giants it's an amazing drive.
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2013, 11:41 AM »
No worries about uncomfortable heat if you come to the Bay Area in the summer, temperatures don't usually rise until around September. Cooling fog is important to coastal redwoods; it rolls in from the ocean late in the afternoons and retreats the next morning, waiting off shore to begin again. Most visitors are surprised that they often need a jacket, my relatives from Ireland mistakenly thought they were going to go home tanned!
The best thing is to pack light layers (sweaters--jumpers?-- and a windbreaker) to strip or add on depending. If you love pines, the Monterey/Carmel area has lovely trees on the edge of the Pacific.
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2013, 05:07 PM »
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2013, 07:23 PM »
And that's why I love it!
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013, 09:43 PM »
Samuel Clemens.
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2013, 12:54 AM »
I think the attribution to Clemens may be in dispute, but the description of the climate is often all too accurate...rxa, bring a sweater!
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2013, 07:40 AM »
I've had to buy a hoodie in SF during what reasonable climates consider to be Summer.  Once you get away from the Bay area though, it gets closer to what you'd expect of summer.
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2013, 03:19 PM »
The closer to the ocean/bay you are then the cooler it will be. The rest of the Bay Area stays pretty normal except we get that evening  breeze off the bay that  gives us very nice evenings. Going south or east much and it can get pretty hot, like Morgan Hill.
 

Rkovo

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2013, 02:51 AM »
And that's why northern CA is fantastic for bonsai, so many distinct micro-climates.
 

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Re: Trip to California
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 02:05 PM »
Most of the significant Sequoia groves are in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, which is somewhat of a drive from the Bay Area.  It is also a very peaceful place without the congestion of Yosemite.  If you decide to go, please PM me for suggested locations to visit.