April 2015 Gold Country Club Newsletter

The Twisted Wire

The Official Newsletter of the Gold Country Bonsai Club

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 From the Bench of the President

Because our weather has been quite warm and dry, and some days have strong winds the “old routine” for care of our bonsai must change. Be sure that you don’t let the trees dry out on the days when there is wind. Look carefully for spittle bugs, aphids, scale and powdery mildew as these are all very active now. For spittle bugs and aphids the best cure is to wash them off with a sharp stream of water from your hose. For serious or malignant infestations mix one (1) tbs. of liquid hand soap and two (2) tbs. of rubbing alcohol into 2 gallons of water and use this as a spray. Apply in the evening when the sun is low and not shining on your bonsai. In a day or two you should see results; if not wait five days and re apply.
For scale mechanical removal is best. Use your fingers, a tooth brush or some stiff bristled plastic brush and smash them and then wash them off. Scale insects are difficult to detect and they multiply and spread quickly so be alert for shiny black, brown, or black with white spots round objects on your tree. They can vary in size from about as big as a BB on up to as big as a pencil eraser or larger. These are bad bugs and will cause a lot of trouble if left alone so stay vigilant.
Powdery Mildew is just part of growing plants. It is carried on the wind and cannot be stopped. To slow its progress a good dormant spray (at least 2-3 times) applied in December/January can help. Once it appears it tends to respond pretty well to standard garden sprays for fungus and some will even say powdery mildew on the label. Make sure you follow the directions and dilute the mixture by 40%-50% prior to application. It is also a good idea to remove the affected leaves, they are ugly and contagious, and throw them in the garbage can.
Try to protect Lady Bugs and Praying Mantis as they are very helpful with insect problems. I will not begin fertilizer on newly repotted materials for another month although we have been applying liquid fertilizer to established plants for about the last 5 weeks. We use Miracle Grow and also More Bloom and apply per the directions once a week in the morning before the sun hits the trees. If we miss our chance in the AM we wait until early evening 7-8pm and apply it then.

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

Scott’s Tips and Techniques for April can be found in his President’s letter above.  For additional information on what can be done this month see Peter Tea’s April Write-Up found on the left side of the webpage.

Gold Country Officers and Board Members


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!!!.

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 www.nvbonsai.org.

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: http://www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com 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 doughamby@gmail.com.

May 2, 2015 (Saturday) Conjo Valley Bonsai Society, Camarillo, CA. Exhibition at Community Room, Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road from 10:00am-5:00pm. the exhibition will be supplemented by lectures and demonstrations by club members.

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 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 www.sacramentobonsaiclub.com or contact Gary Judd atjuddbonsai@att.net 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 www.amadorbonsaisociety.com or contact Juliene Hiatt atjulienehiatt@hotmail.com.

May 2-3, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai, Gardena, CA.: Annual Exhibit “Serenity through Bonsai” at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd St. Hours are 10:00am-4pm, both days. Novice to master bonsai exhibits. The club will sponsor a beginner’s hands on workshop at 10:30am Saturday followed by a 1:00pm round robin demonstration with Mel Ikeda and friends. Sunday at 1:00pm will feature a Saikei demonstration by Mr. Frank goya. Demonstration items will be in the benefit drawing, which follows each demonstration.                                                                                          For more details about our club and show visit: http://daiichibonsaisaikai.wordpress.com.

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 orwhiteslib@aol.com

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 satsukiaikokaisac@sbcglobal.net or Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505

May 16-17, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.: Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Hours are Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm with demonstration at 1:oopm both days. Plant sales by the Club. Native plants suitable for bonsai in the Botanic Garden’s nursery. Books and other gifts in the Garden Shop.                                                                                                                           For more information visit: http://www.santabarbarabonsai.org or contact Tom Post at (805)964-2717 ir tompostart@yahoo.com

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 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: http://www.descanso-bonsai.com.

June 13-14, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) California Suiseki Society, Oakland, CA.: 20th Annual Show at Lakeside Garden Center on Lake Merritt, 666 Belleview Ave. Free admission. Hours 10:00am-4:00pm. Featuring our best stones collected from California sites over the last two decades under our late beloved sensei, Felix Rivera. The sales area will feature Suiseki books and magazines (many out of print) as well as Suiseki and Viewing Stones from members collections.                                                                                                         For more information, contact Henry van der Voort at oldboar3@gmail.com or Bob Gould at rgould@aol.com.

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 richguillen@sbcglobal.net or Dianne Woods at vinca27@comcast.net

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

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 shimon@mcn.org

September 25-27, 2015 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Portland, OR. The Artisans Cup held at The Portland Art Museum. The Artisans Cup is the premier exhibition of American Bonsai. The event will also feature select artisans who are creating distinctive supporting elements such as ceramics, woodwork, tools and more.                                For more information, visit our website at http://theartisianscup.com/.

September 26-27, 2015 (Saturday, Sunday) Sierra Bonsai Club, Penryn, CA. Club show in conjunction with Placer Buddhist Church’s Annual Fall Food Festival. Hours are 11:00am-4pm both days. Bonsai demonstration both days by Scott Chadd in the afternoon. For more information contact robin Knittle at robin_knittle@yahoo.com or Gary Judd at juddbonsai@att.net or (916) 622-8048.

October 3-4, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Conjo Valley Bonsai Society, Thousand Oaks, CA. 12th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Resource Center at the Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Hours are 9:00am-4pm both days with demonstrations at 1:00am Saturday and 2:00pm sunday in the bandstand. Free Admission.                                                                                                                                  For information, call Marj Branson at (805) 373-1330 or visit our website at http://www.cvbs-bonsai.org.

October 24-25, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday) Capital City Bonsai Association, Sacramento, CA. 15th Annual Show supporting GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and Sacramento bonsai clubs. Shepard Garden Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday and 10:00am-4:00pm sunday, with demonstration both days at 1:30pm by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club sales throughout the show.                                                                                                                                   For more information contact Gary Judd at (916) 622-8048 or juddbonsai@att.net.

October 29-Nov. 1, 2015, (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Riverside, CA. Golden State bonsai Federation (GSBF) presents 2015 Convention 38 “Bonsai Fusion: Where Tradition meets Innovation” at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street near Main. Headliners: Bjorn Bjorholm and John Wang. Guest Artists: David Nguy and Tak Shimazu. Demonstrations, seminars, critiques, workshops benefit drawings, vendors and much more.           More infromation available at http://www.GSBF2015.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

April – We will start work on trees for the Club show slated in September. Members will be asked to bring several trees that are candidates for exhibit.

May- This month will also be working on show trees.

June/July- Meetings will be held at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. These months we will continue work on show trees as well as improving members bonsai.

August- Club Picnic held at Paul Vandlik’s residence.

September- Club Show September 19, 2015. The meeting will be a critique of the show which will be held the week before.  NOTE:  We will again be meeting at the Cameron Park Community Center.

October-Since the GSBF Convention will be held on October 29th, we will have our regular meeting on our schedule, October 22nd. We will be working on members trees in preparation for fall and winter.

November-Our regular meeting falls on Thanksgiving so there will be no meeting this month.

December-Our Annual Christmas Party will be held this month, date, time and place to be decided.

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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