Thursday, April 9, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Dan has been creating Bonsai the Living Art for over 35 years. He started by reading books and joining Bonsai clubs. He was President of Amador Bonsai Club for 3½ years and started the Calaveras Bonsai Club which is now the Mother Lode Bonsai Club. Bonsai is a living art expressing creativity. Dan loves talking about and teaching his art. He has given classes and presentations for many garden clubs and organizations. Born in Oakland, Dan is a disabled Vietnam veteran where he served as a combat medic.


Dan Balsey

Bonsai Creation

and Care

    As a kindergartener, I entered a school flower show and won a ribbon. My interest in flowers had begun! Growing up in Modesto, I helped my father in the garden and my great uncle on his farm in Fresno.
     In the mid 90s, I started a school gardening program at Crowell Elementary,  the Turlock school where I taught. We had a vegetable garden, California native garden and a rose garden for many years.
     After 36 years of teaching, I retired only to continue to teach! As a staff member of Turlock Adult School, I teach floral design as well as elementary students in the after school program.
     I have taken courses at MJC in floral design and other workshops but most of my training has been through years of practice.  On April 9th, I will be demonstrating how to make an arrangement in a spring/Easter basket and other seasonal fun projects for children. The basket will be raffled.
       Looking forward to seeing you in April!



Carolyn Pellegrini

Floral Design Teacher

Turlock Adult School