December 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

A special Thank You to Sue and David Holm for hosting the Annual Christmas Party at their home on Thursday December 18th.   It was a warm and festive evening with some very tasty food.  We all had a GREAT time together.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your club president these past two years. Beginning in January Scott Chadd will be taking over as our new president and I look forward to the club growing under his leadership.

I am pleased to announce that we have a new meeting place for our January meeting as well as a new starting time.  On January 22nd we will meet at the:                                                                                                         Cameron Park Community Center                                                                   2502 Country Club Drive                                                                                     Cameron Park, CA. 95682                                                                                     Classroom B, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, on the 4th Thursday of each month.                                                                                                                                   We are responsible for clean up after our meetings so if you can bring a cloth to cover the table you will be working on and a broom and dustpan if you have one.

Trees to work on in December please check out Peter Tea’s “December Write-Up” on the left side of the webpage.

Thank you all again for a GREAT 2 years as your club President!  May you all have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.           See you at the January meeting.

 

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

We are sorry but Scott was unable to provide an article due to a very busy workload at the nursery this month.

Gold Country Officers and Board Members

Officers

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!!!

December 20, 2014 (Saturday), Trident Maple Forest Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. 10-20 trees that are 8-15 years old will be placed in a shallow tray. Dynamic with great fall colors. $175           Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 21, 2014 (Sunday), Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Participant will bring 2-3 of their Bonsai to the workshop. The focus will be on styling, wiring, pruning, repotting, proper care and culture of each tree and season. Solutions to pest and disease problem will be covered. We will discuss each Bonsai; make decisions about its future and take decisive action to advance the design. Wire and sil are provided as needed. Limited to six (6) students. $65                                                                                                         Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information

December 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015, California Aiseki Kai: 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Viewing Stones Show at the Botanical Center of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. Hours are 10:30am – 4:30pm each day (closed New Years Day). Free parking to the event.                               For more information go to http://www.aisekikai.com or contact hutch@aisekikai.com.

January 6, 2015 (Tuesday),  Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Participant will bring 2-3 of their Bonsai to the workshop. The focus will be on styling, wiring, pruning, repotting, proper care and culture of each tree and season. Solutions to pest and disease problem will be covered. We will discuss each Bonsai; make decisions about its future and take decisive action to advance the design. Wire and sil are provided as needed. Limited to six (6) students. $65                                                                                                         Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information

January 11, 2015 (Sunday) Ginkgo Forest Planting at Lotus Bonsai Nursery.  10-20 ginkgos will be placed into a shallow tray. These 12 year old trees have 1/4″ to 1″ diameters. $175                                 Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

January 17, 2015 (Saturday) Japanese Maple Root Over Rock (Class 1) At Lotus Bonsai Nursery.  Yo will use 11 – 15 year old trees that have been specially trained for this purpose. They have long roots with lots of trunk development. $125                                                     Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

January 18th, 2015 (Sunday) Root Over Rock Class 2+. Student who have completed previous classes are to bring their trees. This is the next step in the process. $75                                                                           Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

February 7, 2015 (Saturday) Amur Maple Forest at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. These trees are very colorful in the fall. Their shoe of color range from purple, gold, pink, red and everything in-between. These are hardy trees, fast growing and easy to care for. $155               Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

February 14 & 15, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday) Trip to Oroville Growing Grounds. Materials of exceptional quality at reasonable prices. These trees are now 11 – 14 years old.                                 Saturday is Crape Myrtle for $225.                                                           Sunday is Japanese Maple for $165                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

February 21 – 22, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: The annual Mammoth Fund Raiser will be held at 666 Bellevue Ave. (Garden Center Building). Saturday: Auction preview at noon with Auction starting at 1PM. Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9AM. Also on sunday help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary! Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will celebrate the many bonsai clubs who have created and supported the Garden by inviting Bonsai Clubs from all over Northern California to showcase their best trees. Bonsai Garden will be open 10 AM to $ PM on Saturday and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday.                                                                                         For more information or to sell trees, email bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com and visit http://www.gsbf-lakemerritt.org.

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

January – Lotus Bonsai will provide trees, pots, soil, wire and instruction for a Deciduous tree for $35/person for Create Your Own Bonsai with Scott Chadd doing the workshop                           February – Lotus Bonsai will provide trees, pots, soil, wire and instruction for a Deciduous tree for $35/person for Create Your Own Bonsai with Scott Chadd doing the workshop                           March – Major repotting; soil will be provided by the club.                 April – Major repotting; soil will be provided by the club.                   May – Preparation for the Bonsai Show                                                         June – Bonsai Show

HELP WANTED
The staff of Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) publication Golden Statements Magazine is in need to fill the following positions:
  • Treasurer
  • 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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