August 2014 Gold Country Bonsai Club Newsletter.

The Twisted Wire

The Official Newsletter of the Gold Country Bonsai Club

 From the Desk of the President

Greetings to all Gold Country Members and Friends, I hope your trees held up during the hot weather of July. We still have August to get through but so far we have not had consistent upper 90’s low 100’s. The evenings have brought cooler temperatures so hopefully we soon will be over the hot weather and our trees will not be so stressed out.

By now you all should have received the invitation to the Club’s annual “Barbecue”! I am looking forward to seeing you all at my house on Thursday the 28th; it is always a fun night. We will be raffling off a full GSBF Convention Registration to a lucky club member, which is valued at $289, so email me with your RSVP; also indicate your significant other or family who will attend and what side dish you will be bring and I will email you with my address and the gate code to enter the community.

See you all on the 28th!


Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

We stopped feeding our bonsai about 3 weeks ago. Toward the end of September we will treat them all with 0-10-10 to help them get ready for winter. The last month has been used to defoliate Japanese Maples, trim the big Chinese Elms, work on all the different trees that are growing here.

This time of year is the “Dog Days”, it is so hot that going outside for an hour can be a real effort. Drink lots of water and make sure your bonsai are given plenty of water also. The Maples that we defoliated three weeks ago are making such nice small (and green) leaves to replace the ratty brown ones that were just hanging on. Not many pests this time of year for us.

Looking forward to the party.


Gold Country Officers and Board Members


President – Paul Vandlik –                                Vice President – Linda Gartner                       Secretary – Bolet Salvador                             Treasurer – Sue Holm

Board Members

Don Van Dyke –                                          Paul Holtzen –                                                      Scott Chadd –                                                  Pat Flynn –


Heard From The Bonsai Stand by Bolet Salvador

Hear ye, hear ye!!!

September 27-28, 2014, Sierra Bonsai Club Show and Buddhist Church Festival Placer Buddhist Church, 3192 Boyington Road, Penryn, Annual Teriyaki Festival & Bazaar.  Saturday 11-5, Sunday 11-4. Open to the public. This is a very popular community event and a well-attended chicken teriyaki barbecue festival, serving 5,000 chickens during the weekend. Our Scott Chadd will be doing demonstrations both days. A must-go-to event.                                 Contact Mark Knittle at 530-401-2610 for more information.

October 4, 2014, San Jose, California, Midori Bonsai Club: 53rd annual show Northside Community Center, 488 6th St.  Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM with demonstration at 1 PM by Juan Cruz (tree will be raffled off). Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM – 1 PM.  Advice from Dr. Bonsai for trees brought in. Large plant sale by club members along with many vendors with bonsai supplies and trees. Free admission and parking.                                                                                                   For more information contact John Thompson at

October 30-November 2, 2014, Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention Double Tree by Hilton Hotel — 2001 Point West Way Sacramento, CA 95815 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Seminars and workshops all four days.

Note:  Addition events are listed under “Events” on the website header.  Click on it to open it up and take a look.


2014 Meeting Calendar and Agenda

In Lieu of our usual meeting we will be holding our Annual Summer Potluck on Thursday August 28, 2014 from 6-9pm  and will be held at the Vandlik Home 111 Gage Ct, El Dorado Hills.   To RSVP, call Paul at (916) 476-0583.  To get gate code and tell him what dish you will be bringing.

 *September – Bring your own tree, fall prep. Bishop trip.                        October – No meeting; GSBF set up                                                                November – Thanksgiving—No Meeting                                            December – Annual Winter party

*Please note that as of September, meetings will still be held in the Burke Junction Shopping Center. Only the room number has changed to B5. Our sandwich sign will be out to direct you.        The time has also changed — 6:30-9pm

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