March 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

We will be working on evaluation and styling our bonsai at this month’s meeting. Bring your bonsai for advise and improvement. Also it is important to bring a bonsai for ‘show and tell’ especially those at are now flowering, e.g., quince, pear.

Bolet and I recently visited a couple of wonderful bonsai gardens. One of them, the “Clark Collection at the Shinzen Friendship Garden in Woodward Park” is just now begin built. The “Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt” (BGLM) in Oakland was established in 1999 and is one of the premier bonsai collection on the west coast. Our first stop was Woodward Park in Fresno. It is a large park, several hundred acres and the Shinzen Friendship Garden is on about 5-10 acres within the larger park. The garden is a partnership between the city of Fresno and its sister city in Japan and is about 25 years old. The Clark Center bonsai collection which has been located in Hanford, Ca. for the last 14 years has been the home to a regionally significant bonsai collection. The Clark Center is closing so we have been on the hunt for a new home for the collection which consists of about 80-100 very beautiful bonsai. The Shinzen Garden and the  Golden State Bonsai Federation entered into an agreement to construct and manage a “stroll garden” to display the Clark Collection inside the Shinzen Garden. The bonsai display area is currently under construction with a ‘soft opening’ scheduled for July/August of this year.
On Saturday 2/21 we attended the board of directors meeting at the BGLM. This is the most successful of the partnerships between the GSBF and bonsai gardens. In 2014 they had a total of 5500 hours of volunteers work spread out between 473 different people who worked in the garden. If you have not had a chance to visit please make arrangements to go. It might also be a great opportunity for the club to take a field trip.

This is a reminder that we have a new meeting place and time for our for our monthly meetings:                                                                                                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

You can still re-pot in March.  You can still re-pot junipers and pines, but if your deciduous have leafed out I would hold off until the leaves have hardened off.
If you have re-potted all your trees March is a good time to cut back and wire your conifers. Be careful when wiring to not disturb the new growth. Some of them can be very soft and easily break off.
Broad Leaf Evergreens (any type of leafy evergreen) can be pruned and wired this month.
One last note, keep an eye on how much water your trees are consuming. As the temperature warms up your trees will require more water as the soil will dry out faster than during winter months.

Gold Country Officers and Board Members


President – Scott Chadd –                        Vice President – Linda Gartner –                    Secretary – Bolet Salvador –                    Treasurer – Sue Holm –

Board Members

Don Van Dyke –                                             Paul Holtzen –                                                        Paul Vandlik –                                                          Pat Flynn –

Heard From The Bonsai Stand by Bolet Salvador

Hear ye, hear ye!!!.

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:

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: or email Ken Azuma at:

April 11 – 12, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) American Bonsai Association, Sacramento: Annual Spring Show at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours: Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations by Dan Robinson, ‘The Picasso of Bonsai’, at 1:30 PM both days; and a Beginner workshop Sunday morning, with sign up Saturday & Sunday before 10 AM (cost $10.00 with trees, wire, etc., provided). Large member and vendor sales area, silent auction of quality bonsai accessories. Benefit drawing on Saturday and Sunday includes bonsai, bonsai related items, and demonstration trees. Great opportunity to obtain quality bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, and supplies.

April 18, 2015 (Saturday) Napa Valley Bonsai Club: Annual Show at the Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. Show hours: 11 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations at 1 PM with Jonas Dupuich. Vendors, silent auction and raffle of demo tree. Huge outdoor sales area with trees, pots, and bonsai related items.                                                                 For more information please visit

April 18 – 19, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Modesto Bonsai Club: 34th Annual Spring Show and Exhibit, Park Inn by Radisson, 1720 Sisk Rd. Show hours areSaturday 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM with demonstration by Sam Adina at 2 PM both days. Free admission. Exhibit, Raffle, Beginner workshops and more!! Sales of plants, pots and other bonsai items both days (with auction immediately following demo).                                                                                   For more information contact Peter Camarena at (209) 529-1759.

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: or contact Janice Hale via the website.

April 25 – 26, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Bonsai Sekiyu Kai: Annual show will be held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are:Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration 2 PM both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available.                                                                     For more information contact Doug Hamby at (916) 273-2328 or

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                                                                                   The club’s website: also has more details.

May 2 – 3, 2015 Sacramento Bonsai Club: 69th Annual Bonsai & Suiseki Show at Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations on both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Benefit drawings, plant and tree sales.                                                                               For more information visit or contact Gary Judd or 916-622-8048

May 2 – 3, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Amador Bonsai Society: 14th Annual Bonsai Show held in conjunction with Sierra Madre Garden Club’s and Mother Lode Rose Society’s Flower Show and Exhibition, “Springtime in the Foothills” at the Amador County Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd. Free admission. Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM. “My First Bonsai” classes will be held both days. Hourly raffles.       For more information visit or contact Juliene Hiatt

May 3, 2015 (Sunday) Watsonville Bonsai Club: 42nd Annual Bonsai Exhibit held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St. Over 50 outstanding bonsai, large and small, young and old, will be on display from 10 AM – 4 PM, with a demonstration by award winning Bonsai Master Katsumi Kinoshita at 1:30 PM. A raffle of bonsai items, plants and the demo tree will follow. Tea & cookies will be served. Plenty of parking for vehicles of all sizes; even for group outings. A vendor will be available to sate your plant appetite for bonsai or otherwise.                                                                                                     For more information contact Don White at (831) 724-9283

May 16 – 17, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento: Annual Bonsai Show will be held at the Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, and 10 AM – 4 PM, with demonstrations at 1 PM on both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Satsuki information booth, vendors, raffles, etc. For more information contact or Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505

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:

June 6 – 7, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Sei Boku Bonsai Kai: 32nd Annual Show at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, next to Beresford Park. Admission is free. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM; with Bonsai Master, David Nguy, conducting a demonstration Saturday and open viewing workshop Sunday from Noon – 3 PM, both days. Raffle and door prizes will be drawn both days at 3pm. Vendor sales, and member plant sales will be featured. Dr. Bonsai will be available to answer questions regarding bonsai care. For additional information contact Marsha Mekisich at (650) 477-4761

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:

June 14, 2015 (Sunday) Monterey Bonsai Club: 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Monterey-Peninsula Buddhist Temple, 1150 Noche Buena Street. Show hours are from 11 AM – 4 PM with a demonstration at 1:30 PM by Katsumi Kinoshita. There will be a benefit drawing for bonsai trees. Silent auction area will include bonsai trees, pots and pre-bonsai material.                                                     For more information contact Rich Guillen at or Dianne Woods at

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

August 22 – 23, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS): 32th Annual show at the Santa Rosa Veterans building, 1351 Maple Ave. 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations both days at 1 PM by club sensei Kathy Shaner. Large exhibit of members’ trees, vendors’ sales room, members’ sales room, raffle and silent auction. Free admission, parking and treats.                                                                                                 Contact Bob Shimon @ 707-884-4126 or

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

March – Major re-potting; soil will be provided by the club for a $5 fee.                                                                                                                                        April – Major re-potting; soil will be provided by the club for a $5 fee.                                                                                                                                          May – Preparation for the Bonsai Show                                                         June – Bonsai Show

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

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