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Master Gardener Bob Kauffman will discuss the fundamentals of creating your own bonsai at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Master Gardener demonstration garden at 2711 Woodcock Road, Sequim.

Bonsai is an ancient tradition that goes back more than 2,000 years. It combines the skills of horticulture and the creativity of art.

Beginning in China, it migrated to ancient Korea and Japan. In its current form, bonsai was introduced to the West in the post-World War II period. Since then it has spread throughout the world.

Bonsai - pronounced bone sigh - can be translated as "potted plant" or "plant in a tray."

Kauffman's topics will include how to select a pre-bonsai plant, how to select an appropriate pot, styling, soil, watering and general care. Kauffman is a certified Master Gardener and a member of the Dungeness Bonsai Society.

This presentation is part of the "Class Act at Woodcock Garden" free public educational series held on the first and third Thursday of every month. For questions, call 417-2279.

The Clallam County Master Gardeners also will honor four longtime volunteers with the Golden Trowel Awards at a box social luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden in Sequim.

This year's recipients are Betty Ashland, Gordon Gardener, Virginia Nelson and Rosalee Preble. The Golden Trowel Award was instituted in 2005 to recognize Master Gardeners and former Master Gardeners who have volunteered significant hours and have had a significant contribution to the Master Gardener program.

Nominees for the Golden Trowel Award must have a minimum of 10 years and 750 hours of dedicated, outstanding service.

These members have given countless hours of hard work and dedication and are honored with as lifetime Master Gardeners, according to Marilynn Elliott.

"All Master Gardeners have benefited from their expertise and knowledge," Elliott said.

Reservations are due by Aug. 14. Tickets are $15 and are available at the WSU Extension office or from Marilynn Elliot (681-7727) or Gail Nelson (681-7727).

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