January 2015 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

Greetings to all members, I hope you all had a GREAT holiday season with family and friends.

January is the month to begin preparing for the re-potting season.  It is time to clean your tools and prepare soil and clean and wire pots to begin re-potting your trees in February.  See Scott Chadd’s “Tips & Techniques” further down in the newsletter.

January is also the time the club begins collecting membership dues. The cost is the same as last year $40 per family.  This money goes for aluminum and copper wire, rent for our new meeting place, soil for re-potting, raffle items, to bring in bonsai artists to do demonstrations, and to cover the cost for the main dish’s at our summer and winter parties.  Please see Sue Hom at our January meeting to sign up for your 2015 membership.

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.

 

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

Now is a good time to be repotting your bonsai. Repotting, styling, wiring, trimming etc. can all be accomplished from now until mid March ish, depending on the weather. Check for bugs, funguses, and any other nasty things that might have climbed onto your bonsai during the fall. We are still having a very dry winter so make sure your bonsai are watered so that they don’t dry out. The strong winds that occasionally blow up the canyons dry out our trees really fast.
Make sure all of your tools are clean and sharp. Prepare all your needed transplanting/repotting supplies prior to beginning. We find that we make a lot more efficient progress when we plan a day or two ahead of time, get the bonsai or stock material all lined up and then go to work on them and spend at least a full day. Applying the force required to do this work is best done in a steady and consistent way. Use Superthrive, B-1, or some other rooting stimulant product. Do not fertilize the repotted bonsai until they have begun active growth again; this should be sometime in April/May.
For gathered material from the mountains you can put a little bit of Horminex 1, 2, or 3 into the pot and water as you normally would. In the middle of April treat all gathered material with Merit or some other ‘systemic’ fungicide, bug killer, fertilizer mix. Most of the pines and many junipers that we gather in the mountains have borers living in them and the use of the systemic product will kill them after 3-5 applications before they begin the move around in your garden.

Gold Country Officers and Board Members

Officers

President – Scott Chadd – scottchadd@lotusbonsai.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                                                        Paul Vandlik – paulvan9653@gmail.com                                                          Pat Flynn – ptflynn@sbcglobal.net

Heard From The Bonsai Stand by Bolet Salvador

Hear ye, hear ye!!!

January 17, 2015 (Saturday) Japanese Maple Root Over Rock (Class 1) At Lotus Bonsai Nursery.  You 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.

January 17 & 18, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Baikoen Bonsai Kenkyukai: 51st Anniversary Winter Silhouette show at Los Angles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA.  Hours are 10:00am – 4:30pm with demonstrations at 1:00pm each day.  Reception January 17th at 6:00pm.  Trees, pots and bonsai related items for sale.                                                                               For more information contact Lindsay Shiba at: ljshiba@juno.com or Ken Teh at: hanyuls@yahoo.com.

January 24 & 25, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Bay Island Bonsai Associates Annual Bonsai Exhibit at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA.  Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Auction on Saturday, preview at noon and auction at 1:00pm.  Bonsai demonstration by Boon Manakitivipart on Sunday at 1:00pm.  Guided tours of the exhibit both days.  Vendor sales, club sales, educational bonsai material for sale, a special pot sale this year.  Entry to the exhibit is free, donations accepted.                                                                                                                             For more information call (510) 919-5042 or go to: http://bayislandbonsai.com/bib-annual-exhibit.

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., Oakland, CA. (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 4 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.

February 28 – March 1, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Bonsai-A-Thon XIX at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA.  This is the annual fundraiser for the GSBF Collection at The Huntington.  Admission to the event is free with Bonsai-AThon “early bird” registration between 8:00am – 9:30am.  Event hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm both days.  Pancake breakfast, tour hosted by Jim Folsom (Director of the Garden), demonstration, lunch, bonsai exhibits, large sales area, raffle and auction.  Sunday only; “Bring Your Own Tree Bonsai Consulting Clinic,”                                 For more information, contact Marge Blasingame, (626) 579-0420 or margeblasingame@att.net.

March 14, 2015 (Saturday) 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

March 15, 2015 (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

March 14 – 15, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Bay Area Bonsai Associates 34th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA.  Show hours are Saturday 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Demonstration by Matt Reel at 6:30pm Saturday, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree.  Continuous plant sale including bonsai related items (pots, tools, soils, wires, books, etc.) both days.  Matt Reel has studied bonsai in Japan for 8 years under Shinji Suzuki.  Admission is free. Parking fee to the Lakeside Park entrance is required during the park hours.                                                                                                                         For more information, please contact Bob Gould at (925) 935-1914.

March 18 – 22, 2015 (Wednesday – Sunday) Bonsai Society of San Francisco Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., Sam Mateo, CA. Show hours Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm.  There will be demonstrations and trees for sale.                                                                       For more information about the club, visit: http://www.bssf.org.                   For group and early bird ticket information to the Flower and Garden Show, visit: http://sfgardenshow.com.

March 28 – 29, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 27th Annual Show at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA.  Show hours are 10:00am – 5:00pm with demonstrations at 2:00pm both days.  Raffle drawing for demonstration tree and trees especially prepared by club members are part of the raffle each day.  Sales area include vendor and members trees, pots and other related bonsai items.  Admission price to museum includes entry to bonsai show/demo and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies.                                                             For more information contact Marc Shaw at: marcshaw@sbglobal.net

March 28 – 29, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday) San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club 45th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA.  Hours are Noon – 5:00pm Saturday and 11:00am – 4:00pm Sunday with demonstrations at 1:00pm both days by club members headed by Dr. Seiji Shiba.  A benefit drawing wil be held at each demo conclusion.  Styled and pre-bonsai trees will be offered for sale.     For more information, visit: http://www.gsbf.org/sjbonsai or email Ken Azuma at: kennetazuma@sbglobal.net.

April 25 – 26, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) San Diego Bonsai Club Celebrates it’s 50th Year with a Spring Show at Casa Del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.  Free admission.  Show hours are 10:00am – %:00pm with demonstrations at 11:00am and 1:00pm both days.  Bonsai trees, plant material as well as other Bonsai related items for sale.                                                                                 For more information visit: http://www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com or contact Janice Hale via the website.

May 2 – 3, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Kusamura Bonsai Club 55th Annual Show at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA.  Show hours are Noon – 5:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday with a demonstration at 1:00pm on both days.  Club members sales a available.                           For more information contact Mark O’Brien at (650) 327-0450 or mobrientrees@hotmail.com.                                                                                   The club’s website: http://www.kusamurabonsai.org also has more details.

May 22 – 23, 2015 (Friday & Saturday) Lotus Bonsai Nursery’s 9th Annual Spring Sale.  Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm both days.  This is the not to be missed once a year only sale at the nursery.  Up to 20% off on all Bonsai, stock plants and pots.                                                             For more information contact Bolet at: bolet@lotusbonsai.com.

June 13 – 14 (Saturday & Sunday) Descanso Bonsai Society 46th Annual Bonsai Show will be held at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada, CA.  Show hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm with demonstrations at 11:00am and 1:30pm both days.  The indoor show will be held in Van De Kamp Hall.  Trees form Novice to master exhibitors will be on display.  A large selection of bonsai trees, pots, bonsai stock and accessories will be for sale.  All events are free with garden admission.                                                                                                           For more information visit our website at: http://www.descanso-bonsai.com.

June 19, 2015 (Thursday) Black Pine Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery.                                                                                                                               For more information contact Bolet at: bolet@lotusbonsai.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

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 re-potting; soil will be provided by the club.                 April – Major re-potting; 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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