August 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

I know a lot of us are spending our days in the air conditioned comfort of our offices and homes. Some are out and about (I am one of those) and find various ways to suffer through the days. I use lots of cool water and ice, and try to plan my work so I move from shady place to shady place.
Watch out for beetles and caterpillars because hot weather really makes them active. What you will see is that the leaves of your bonsai are skeleton-ized so that all that remains are the veins without any of the green leaf tissue. This can happen quite quickly so be alert. If you see any of this, or aphids, wooly and otherwise, wash them off of the tree first and then wait until dusk and treat with insecticidal soap or very dilute Neem oil. We began defoliation of our maples about 7 weeks ago and now we have a whole new crop of nice tiny bright green leaves.
Don’t forget our first annual bonsai show coming up this September 19th at the Rainbow Orchards in Camino. We are going to have room for about 20 bonsai with accents. I will show 2 or 3 of mine depending on how many other good bonsai we get for our display. You are welcome to drop your bonsai off here at the nursery and we will take them to Camino or you can simply bring them to Rainbow Orchards by 7am Saturday morning 9/19. Make sure your trees are really nice and clean. Sign up by emailing me; just give me the name and size of your tree. We will set up the tables with pipe and drape at Rainbow on Friday evening 9/18 at about 5:30pm and then get there at about 7am Saturday morning to arrange the bonsai for the show. The plan is to run from 8am-4pm on Saturday with two demonstrations (one at 10am and one at 2pm) I will do one of them. We need to have docents to help explain to visitors what they are looking at and watch the bonsai. We will dismantle the display by about 5pm and take our stuff home.



Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

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

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!!!.

August 22 – 23, 2015     Santa Rosa, California
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
 September 19, 2015     Placerville, California
Gold Country Bonsai Club: The first Bonsai show by this new club will be held at Rainbow Orchards in the lovely Apple Hill destination at El Dorado County. 10 AM – 4 PM with Bonsai Clinic and suiseki exhibit.                                                                                                                                   For more information, contact Scott Chadd at (530) 622-9681 or
September 20, 2015     San Mateo, California
San Mateo Bonsai Club: 52nd Annual Bonsai Exhibit at San Mateo Gardeners Hall, 503 E. 5th Ave. (5th & Claremont). Show hours are 10 AM – 4 PM with Bonsai Clinic to be held by club members. Free Admission.                                                                                                                           For more information, contact Sam Tachibana(650) 548-9470 or
September 23 – 27, 2015     Santa Ana, California
Kofu Bonsai Kai: 2015 Bonsai Fest at the Bowers Museum “The Bonsai Tradition: Cultural Arts of Japan” – John M. Lee Court, 2002 N. Main St. Hours are 10 AM – 4 PM daily. Featuring bonsai trees of the members of Kofu Bonsai Kai and special presentations by noted speakers (names, dates and times to be announced). Free to Bowers Museum members or with paid museum admission. Final speaker and presentation schedules will be posted on the Bowers Museum Website: and Kofu Bonsai Kai:                                                                                   Questions? Call the museum at (714) 567-3695 or email Michael Walsh at
September 25 – 27, 2015     Portland, Oregon
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 further information, visit our website at
September 26 – 27, 2015     Penryn, California
Sierra Bonsai Club: Club show in conjunction with Placer Buddhist Church’s Annual Fall Food Festival. Hours are 11 AM – 4 PM Saturday and 11 AM to 4 PM Sunday. Bonsai demonstration by Scott Chadd in the afternoon, both days.                                                               For more information contact Robin Knittle at or Gary Judd at or 916-622-8048.
October 3 – 4, 2015     Thousand Oaks, California
Conejo Valley Bonsai Society: 12th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Resource Center at the Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oak Blvd. Hours are 9 AM – 4 PM both days with demonstrations at 11 AM (Saturday) and 2 PM (Sunday) in the Bandstand. Free Admission. For information, call Marj Branson at 805-373-1330 or visit our web site at
October 10 – 11, 2015        Oakland, California
East Bay Bonsai Society: 54nd Annual Fall Show at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt Park, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours areSaturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM. Ryan Nichols, a bonsai professional, will be conducting a demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Trees, pots, and accessories for sale. All events free to general public. All day parking $5.00 on Bellevue Avenue and GSBF Northern Bonsai Collection is next door to the show.
October 17 – 18, 2015      Union City, California
Yamato Bonsai Kai: 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd. Hours are Saturday Noon to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. Demonstrations each day at 2 PM by Johnny Uchida, with Mike Baker and Tony Hayworth. Benefit raffle each day after the demo. Raffle includes the demo tree. Large Vendor and Plant Sales area. Free Admission & Parking.                                                                                         For additional information, call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or visit our web site at
October 24 – 25, 2015      Sacramento, California
Capital City Bonsai Association: 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 AM – 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday, with demonstration both days at 1:30 PM 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 .
October 29 – November 1, 2015  Riverside, California
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, work-shops, benefit drawings, vendors, and much more.                                       More information available at

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

August- Club Picnic has been cancelled.

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


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