October 2014 Gold Country Bonsai Club Newsletter.

The Twisted Wire

The Official Newsletter of the Gold Country Bonsai Club

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 From the Bench of the President

We are now, according to the calendar, into the fall season. I think when we still have temperatures into the low 90″s.,  I am more careful on how much water I am giving my trees.  With shorter days but high temperatures I am daily checking the soil to how much water is being used by the trees to stay healthy. Some trees require more water than others so checking the soil moisture is critical at this time of year.

This is the time of the year we should be preparing our trees for next spring.  I have begun fertilizing them with a 0-10-10 fertilizer to help develop strong roots and nutrients to carry them through the winter months into spring. This is also the time of year we can work on our High Mountain Pines.  I have begun fertilizing them, but with a 7-5-7 fertilizer in preparation for next springs growth.  I will begin to cut, wire and remove old needles this month and plan on repotting them next February.

Juniper can be repotted this month if your area does not receive consistent freezing, if it does, wait until spring.

Our September meeting in our new space at Burke Junction will not work for our needs as a bonsai club, so we will be looking for a new space somewhere in the same area.  If anyone knows of a meeting place we can rent, please contact me at: paulvan9653@gmail.com with the location you know about. It was also our last formal meeting for this year, October will be dedicated to preparing for the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention, held at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. November’s meeting date falls on Thanksgiving and December meeting will be our annual Christmas Party.

The Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention Committee is looking for volunteers  to help out at the convention, if you are interested email me at paulvan9653@gmail.com.


Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

This is the time of year when we travel to the mountains to gather trees. It is also a good time to think about plans to repot your bonsai, cut them back, place styling wire, feed with 0-10-10. Leaves should be turning into fall color. Some will be brown and crisp while many will be turning red or gold. Move your trees to spaces where they get more sun.

Make sure you mark your calendar to spray with dormant oil in December and then again in January. This will stop most fungus and a lot of the small bugs that will want to attack your bonsai in the Spring. See you at the GSBF Convention in Sacramento!


Gold Country Officers and Board Members


President – Paul Vandlik – paulvan9653@gmail.com                                    Vice President – Linda Gartner – lagartne@micron.com                    Secretary – Bolet Salvador – bolet@lotusbonsai.com                    Treasurer – Sue Holm – theholms2013@gmail.com

Board Members

Don Van Dyke – don.a.van.dyke@sbcglobal.net                                             Paul Holtzen – pbholtzen@sbcglobal.net                                                        Scott Chadd – scottchadd@lotusbonsai.com                                                  Pat Flynn – ptflynn@sbcglobal.net

Heard From The Bonsai Stand by Bolet Salvador

Hear ye, hear ye!!!

October 11 – 12, 2014, Oakland The East Bay Bonsai Society 53rd Annual Fall Show held at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  Hours are Saturday 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 11AM – 4PM.  Matt Reel will be conducting a demonstration on Sunday afternoon.  Trees, pots and accessories for sale.  All events free to general public.                                                                                                                         For more information, visit http://www.eastbaybonsai.org.

October 18 -19, 2014Union City Yamato Bonsai Kai 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 6PM Saturday and 10AM – 5PM Sunday.  Demonstration each day at 2PM by Johnny Uchida, working with advanced Black Pine material to create bonsai.  Don’t miss this special event.  Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes demo tree.  Large vendor and plant sales area; free admission and parking.  Doctor Bonsai support will be available.                                                                                                                             For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or bonsaicho@comcast.net or visit our club website: http://www.yamatobonsai.org.

October 30 to November 2, 2014, Sacramento 37th Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention “Bonsai Visions of the West” Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point West Way Sacramento, CA 95815 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Seminars and workshops all four days. Headliners are Peter Tea, Kathy Shaner and David de Groot. Special tribute to John Naka. Big vendor area.                                   More information at: http://www.gsbfconvention.org

November 9, 2014 (Saturday),  Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 22, 2014 (Saturday),  Black Pine Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 23, 2014 (Sunday),  San Jose Juniper Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $150/person. Includes tree and pot.                 Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 27, 2014 (Thursday), NO CLUB MEETING!                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

December 6, 2014 (Saturday),  Fresno Bonsai Society 7th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale, 736 West Browning. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or trade. Sales include pre-Bonsai, finished trees, pots, supplies, stands, books, suiseki and accent plants. Lunch will be available. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net or Peter Schaffert at peterschaffert@gmail.com

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

October – No meeting; GSBF Convention set up                                     November –No Meeting in celebration of Thanksgiving                 December – Annual Winter party

GSBF 2014 Convention Information

The Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Annual convention will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, CA from October 30 to November 2, 2014. The public is welcome to view (at no charge) the exquisite bonsai exhibits, and visit the large specialty vendor area, where tools, pots, trees, stands, and supplies will be available for purchase.

Golden State Bonsai Federation and American Bonsai Society sponsored workshops, seminars, and exhibit critiques are fee-based events and require registration. Register at the event, or on-line via our website http://www.gsbfconvention.org/

For no additional charge, those who register for the day may attend the special events seen on this schedule that are marked with an asterisk.  http://www.gsbfconvention.org/schedule.html

Help Wanted Request from the Editor of Golden Statements
The staff of Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) publication Golden Statements Magazineis in need to fill the following positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Advertising Manager
  • Subscriptions Manager
  • Part Time Assistants
For more details on duties and special perks, contact George Haas, Past Editor of Golden Statements Magazine, 707-762-9154 or gwhaas@comcast.net

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