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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.

Scott

 

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

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!!!.

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 shimon@mcn.org
 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 scottchadd@lotusbonsai.com.
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 stachibana@sbcglobal.net.
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: http://www.bowers.org/ and Kofu Bonsai Kai: http://www.kofukai.org/.                                                                                   Questions? Call the museum at (714) 567-3695 or email Michael Walsh at michaeljwalsh@outlook.com.
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 http://www.theartisanscup.com/.
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 robin_knittle@yahoo.com or Gary Judd at juddbonsai@att.net 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 www.cvbs-bonsai.org.
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 www.yamatobonsai.org.
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 orjuddbonsai@att.net .
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 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

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.

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

 

July 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

Now is a good time to defoliate our deciduous trees. We usually remove all of the leaves. If there are several that have new leaf buds emerging we leave those. The bonsai will bud back really fast this time of year. You will most probably see new growth within about 20 days. As the new leaves emerge in early August they will be smaller than the ones you removed. If you are using scissors cut the sepal about 1/3 between the twig and the leaf. As this piece dies back the new buds will emerge and then the sepal will fall off.
You can perform this process on maples, elms, zelkova, crabapples, ginkgos, and other deciduous trees. When you defoliate you can also apply wire and remove some branches that don’t fit with your design. After defoliation don’t give them too much water. Because the leaves are gone the trees will take longer to get dry.
In August you can begin feeding with 0-10-10 once every two weeks until the leaves turn color and begin to fall. You can also water your trees using Superthrive or B-1 anytime. It is a good practice to do this every 2 or 3 weeks. Make sure you use a dilute mixture like 1/4 cup for 2 gallons for B-1 or 2 drops of Superthrive for 1 gallon of water. I know it does not seem like very much but your bonsai will notice.
Application of fertilizer should continue until mid August and then stop until the end of September. We do this because our trees enter a false dormancy during the really hot months so they will not be able to metabolize Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous very efficiently. Using fertilizer is an individual thing; you know how your trees are growing better than anyone else so it is ok to listen to lots of advice; but in the final analysis do what you think is best.
The August meeting will be our annual picnic for all currently registered club members and their significant others .  It will be a pot luck with the club supplying the meat and members supplying the sides.  As in the past it will be an R.S.V.P. event so we will have a count of how many will be attending.  I will be posting more information after August 1st.

 

Scott

 

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

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!!!.

August 1 – 2, 2015     San Francisco, California
San Francisco Suiseki Kai: 34th Annual Suiseki Exhibit at the Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center, 1675 Post Street. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM. both days. Show coincides with the 42nd annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, so come early and enjoy your day in San Francisco’s historic Japan Town! Suiseki and stone sales.                       For more information about our club, contact sfsuisekikai@gmail.com or visit http://sfsuisekikai.wordpress.com.
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 shimon@mcn.org
 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 scottchadd@lotusbonsai.com.
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 stachibana@sbcglobal.net.
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: http://www.bowers.org/ and Kofu Bonsai Kai: http://www.kofukai.org/.                                                                                   Questions? Call the museum at (714) 567-3695 or email Michael Walsh at michaeljwalsh@outlook.com.
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 http://www.theartisanscup.com/.
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 robin_knittle@yahoo.com or Gary Judd at juddbonsai@att.net 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 www.cvbs-bonsai.org.
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 www.yamatobonsai.org.
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 orjuddbonsai@att.net .
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 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

 

July- The meeting will be held at Lotus Bonsai Nursery.  Bring trees you would like to work on or have questions about.

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.

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

 

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

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!!!.

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.

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

 

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

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!!!.

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 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 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 – 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 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 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 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

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

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

February 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 are well along into our 15th week of repotting here in the nursery. Tulips, Ume, Cherry, Quince, and Azalea are all bringing flowers. Many Japanese Maples are in full leaf. Amur Maples are in full leaf. Everything else is full of big fat buds. The frogs and mosquitoes are out and about.
As I write this note we are leaving for Oroville to dig up big trees and plant some more little ones. We are watching the materials we gathered last October in the mountains for signs of life. There are about 5000 little whips we have pulled from the seed beds and we are mixing soils like crazy. The big fundraiser at Lake Merritt is coming up 2/21 & 22 and we will be travelling down there to be vendors. Everybody is placing their order for soil and trees so we can load up the van and save them a trip up here to the hills. The Golden Statements article about Bjorn’s visit has been completed and as soon as it is published we can get our $800 back from the Golden State Bonsai Federation.

February is also the time the club collects 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.

This is a reminder that we have a new meeting place for our February meeting as well as a new starting time.  On February 26th 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

Be aware that we can still get night temperatures in the low 30’s or high 20’s and if your budding materials are not protected they are going to really take a beating. This first flush of leaves takes a lot of energy out of the tree. When they are killed by freezing weather the next leaves that come onto the tree are going to be a lot weaker and will not give you good fall color. If this happens it will be the 2nd year in a row we have lost our 1st batch of leaves. The trees can do this 4 or 5 times and then they begin to die. See you at the meeting we will be repotting deciduous trees

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!!!.

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

February – We will be re-potting deciduous trees at this months meeting.  The club will supply re-potting soil if you need some for a $5 fee.                                                                                                                             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

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

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

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

November 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

I hope you all had a chance to attend the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s convention held October 30th to November 2nd. The trees on display were amazing! The seminars by the 3 headlines were very educational and the trees participants took home from the various workshops were outstanding. Our Scott Chadd was co-chairman of the convention, Greg McDonald was co-chair for the main tree display and Paul Holtzen was chair of the stone exhibit. They all did a great job, kudos to all three.                                                             Note: In the “Gallery” section I have added pictures (thanks Don VanDyke) of some of the trees displayed at the GSBF convention, please take a look.

Fall has finally come to our area.  Deciduous trees are showing us there beautiful colors.  A great time of the year to enjoy our trees.

Trees we can work on this time of year are black and red pines. If you cut candles in the June/July time frame than we can begin the bud selection process.

This is the last month you can work on deciduous trees. You can begin to remove dead leaves and do some light pruning.

For more information on what can be done this month, see Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd further down in the newsletter and Peter Tea’s November Write-Up located under “categories” on the club’s webpage.

I am in the process of finding the club a new meeting place.  Our current meeting room at Burke Junction is very small and does not allow enough space to work comfortably on our bonsai.  I will keep you all informed on my progress. I intention is to have a new meeting place for our January meeting.

One last final note, the GCBC Annual Christmas Party will be held on Thursday December 18th at Sue Holm’s house from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  This will be a potluck with the club supplying the meat and attendees bring a dish to pass.                                                                                     RSVP me at; paulvan9653@gmail.com

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to All!

 

 

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

 

This is one of the busiest times of the year for those of us who grow and care for bonsai. The sun is lowering in the southern sky, the days are very short, the temperature is getting colder and things are generally wet. When this is combined with the wind and the conditions affecting your bonsai the care regime becomes increasingly complex. Here are a couple of hints:
Deciduous Bonsai
Begin by looking closely at each bonsai and removing all of the spent leaves. See if you have scale insects living on your bonsai; they may seem dry and pop off pretty easily but they are overwintering and need to be removed. Check for biting wires if you have placed wire to style in the time frame from August till now. Check to see how fast your pot is draining. If it is slow mark the tree to be repotted this winter or early spring. Because we have so many trees we have begun our repotting already and will continue to do this until early April of next year.
Move your material into full sun, such as it is. Place a small object under one side of the pot so that it is tilted slightly; this will let the rainwater run off more quickly. Prepare all of your repotting materials (soil, wire, screen, work area, place to put old soil, ground pruners and branch pruners) and make sure all your tools are sharp and clean.
Conifer Bonsai:
Black Pines can be cleaned up and styled from now on but should not be repotted until next spring when it begins to warm up. If you have White Pines they can be repotted from late December well into next spring. Junipers can be repotted once the days begin to warm up, usually March/April. Although it is not uncommon for us to experience a nice and warm week or two in December. Look closely at your Junipers if they seem to be getting a grey or washed out looking. This can often be a result of mites. Treat with oil and a systemic pesticide. Pines and Junipers can be lightly pruned (cutting of small branches and shoots) and wired from now on. Do not make large cuts until Spring because major open wounds invite bad things to crawl into your bonsai. Make sure that if you need to make larger cuts (1/4″-3/8″ branch) that they are very clean and sealed up good with cut paste or latex paint.

 

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!!!

November 22, 2014 (Saturday),  Black Pine Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 23, 2014 (Sunday),  San Jose Juniper Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $150/person. Includes tree and pot.                 Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 27, 2014 (Thursday), NO CLUB MEETING!                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

December 6, 2014 (Saturday),  Fresno Bonsai Society 7th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale, 736 West Browning. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or trade. Sales include pre-Bonsai, finished trees, pots, supplies, stands, books, suiseki and accent plants. Lunch will be available. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net or Peter Schaffert at peterschaffert@gmail.com

December 13, 2014 (Saturday), Create Your Own Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Bring your own pot and tree or buy from our nursery. Bonsai design will be based on tree and pot selection. Soil and wire are provided. $65 plus cost of material.                   Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 14, 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 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.

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

November: No Meeting in Celebration of Thanksgiving.             December: Annual Christmas Party at Sue Holm’s House

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

October 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

We are now, according to the calendar, into the fall season. I think when we still have temperatures into the low 90″s.,  I am more careful on how much water I am giving my trees.  With shorter days but high temperatures I am daily checking the soil to how much water is being used by the trees to stay healthy. Some trees require more water than others so checking the soil moisture is critical at this time of year.

This is the time of the year we should be preparing our trees for next spring.  I have begun fertilizing them with a 0-10-10 fertilizer to help develop strong roots and nutrients to carry them through the winter months into spring. This is also the time of year we can work on our High Mountain Pines.  I have begun fertilizing them, but with a 7-5-7 fertilizer in preparation for next springs growth.  I will begin to cut, wire and remove old needles this month and plan on repotting them next February.

Juniper can be repotted this month if your area does not receive consistent freezing, if it does, wait until spring.

Our September meeting in our new space at Burke Junction will not work for our needs as a bonsai club, so we will be looking for a new space somewhere in the same area.  If anyone knows of a meeting place we can rent, please contact me at: paulvan9653@gmail.com with the location you know about. It was also our last formal meeting for this year, October will be dedicated to preparing for the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention, held at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. November’s meeting date falls on Thanksgiving and December meeting will be our annual Christmas Party.

The Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention Committee is looking for volunteers  to help out at the convention, if you are interested email me at paulvan9653@gmail.com.

 

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

This is the time of year when we travel to the mountains to gather trees. It is also a good time to think about plans to repot your bonsai, cut them back, place styling wire, feed with 0-10-10. Leaves should be turning into fall color. Some will be brown and crisp while many will be turning red or gold. Move your trees to spaces where they get more sun.

Make sure you mark your calendar to spray with dormant oil in December and then again in January. This will stop most fungus and a lot of the small bugs that will want to attack your bonsai in the Spring. See you at the GSBF Convention in Sacramento!

 

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!!!

October 11 – 12, 2014, Oakland The East Bay Bonsai Society 53rd Annual Fall Show held at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  Hours are Saturday 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 11AM – 4PM.  Matt Reel will be conducting a demonstration on Sunday afternoon.  Trees, pots and accessories for sale.  All events free to general public.                                                                                                                         For more information, visit http://www.eastbaybonsai.org.

October 18 -19, 2014Union City Yamato Bonsai Kai 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 6PM Saturday and 10AM – 5PM Sunday.  Demonstration each day at 2PM by Johnny Uchida, working with advanced Black Pine material to create bonsai.  Don’t miss this special event.  Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes demo tree.  Large vendor and plant sales area; free admission and parking.  Doctor Bonsai support will be available.                                                                                                                             For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or bonsaicho@comcast.net or visit our club website: http://www.yamatobonsai.org.

October 30 to November 2, 2014, Sacramento 37th Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention “Bonsai Visions of the West” Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point West Way Sacramento, CA 95815 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Seminars and workshops all four days. Headliners are Peter Tea, Kathy Shaner and David de Groot. Special tribute to John Naka. Big vendor area.                                   More information at: http://www.gsbfconvention.org

November 9, 2014 (Saturday),  Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 22, 2014 (Saturday),  Black Pine Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 23, 2014 (Sunday),  San Jose Juniper Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $150/person. Includes tree and pot.                 Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 27, 2014 (Thursday), NO CLUB MEETING!                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

December 6, 2014 (Saturday),  Fresno Bonsai Society 7th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale, 736 West Browning. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or trade. Sales include pre-Bonsai, finished trees, pots, supplies, stands, books, suiseki and accent plants. Lunch will be available. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net or Peter Schaffert at peterschaffert@gmail.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

October – No meeting; GSBF Convention set up                                     November –No Meeting in celebration of Thanksgiving                 December – Annual Winter party

GSBF 2014 Convention Information

The Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Annual convention will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, CA from October 30 to November 2, 2014. The public is welcome to view (at no charge) the exquisite bonsai exhibits, and visit the large specialty vendor area, where tools, pots, trees, stands, and supplies will be available for purchase.

Golden State Bonsai Federation and American Bonsai Society sponsored workshops, seminars, and exhibit critiques are fee-based events and require registration. Register at the event, or on-line via our website http://www.gsbfconvention.org/

For no additional charge, those who register for the day may attend the special events seen on this schedule that are marked with an asterisk.  http://www.gsbfconvention.org/schedule.html

Help Wanted Request from the Editor of Golden Statements
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September 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

Greetings to all Gold Country Members and Friends.  I would like to thank all the members who came to our annual club picnic.  We all supplied some very good eats and had a great time chatting with each other.  Kudos to David Holm, husband of our Treasurer, Sue Holm, for winning the “Power of One” full registration to the 2014 GSBF Convention.

At the opening of our meeting this month I would like to talk with you about putting on a Club show in June 2015.  This will be a great forum to further our bonsai education, attract new members, and for each one of us to begin to bring a tree to show quality.  Your participation is essential for the show to be a success.

September is here and we can begin to work on some other types of trees.  We can begin working on high mountain Pines, these being Lodge Pole, Japanese White Pine, Ponderosa Pine and White Pine to name a few.  They can be wired, pruned, and old needles can be removed.  We should also begin fertilizing the High Mountain Pines, this is important because the food we give them will determine how well the tree grows in the spring.

Fall is a good time to perform side grafting on Junipers and Pines if night time temperatures do not fall below freezing consistently during the winter months.  If this is the case in your micro-climate then hold off until February.

Juniper repotting can be done in either September or October if your winter temperature is mild.  If your winter temps are harsh, hold off until February, same as grafting.

Our September Meeting will be held at Burke Junction, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (new time) and in a new room, B5, which is located across the open space and to the right of our old meeting room.  The Gold Country Bonsai Club sign will be out to point the way.

See you all on the 25th.

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

Now is a good time to begin feeding gently with 0-10-10 (phosphorus and potassium) to strengthen root and lower trunk to provide for a good start next spring. Keep an eye out for woolly aphids, spider mites, scale and spittle bugs. They are all active at this time of year. If you find them try physical systems first (spray with hose, scrape off with hands or toothbrush, use a damp cloth) and then follow up with oil. Don’t put oil on any plant that will get the sun that day. Apply in the evening and avoid the leaves because the oil will burn them.

Check the wires you applied in Spring and Summer (after defoliation). Your trees are actually beginning to put on a spurt of growth and the wires will bite really fast. Check the speed of drainage in your pots. Any bonsai that have slowly draining pots need to be repotted. Mark them with something you can find really easy so when the leaves are gone you can begin repotting without have to search around your collection.

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!!!

September 27-28, 2014, Penryn. Sierra Bonsai Club Show and Buddhist Church Festival Placer Buddhist Church 3192 Boyington Road, Penryn, Annual Teriyaki Festival & Bazaar. Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday 11 to 4. Open to the public. This is a very popular community event and a well-attended chicken teriyaki barbecue festival, serving 5,000 chickens during the weekend. Our Scott Chadd will be doing afternoon demonstrations both days. A must-go-to event.           Contact Mark Knittle at 530-401-2610 for more information.

October 4, 2014, San Jose Midori Bonsai Club 53rd Annual Show Northside Community Center, 488 6th Street Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM with demonstration at 1 PM by Juan Cruz (tree will be raffled off). Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM to 1 PM.  Advice from Dr. Bonsai for trees brought in. Large plant sale by club members along with many vendors with bonsai supplies and trees. Free admission and parking.                                                                                                                       For more information contact John Thompson at jtbonsai@gmail.com

October 11 – 12, 2014, Oakland The East Bay Bonsai Society 53rd Annual Fall Show held at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  Hours are Saturday 10AM – 5PM and Sunday 11AM – 4PM.  Matt Reel will be conducting a demonstration on Sunday afternoon.  Trees, pots and accessories for sale.  All events free to general public.                                                                                                                         For more information, visit http://www.eastbaybonsai.org.

October 18 -19, 2014Union City Yamato Bonsai Kai 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 6PM Saturday and 10AM – 5PM Sunday.  Demonstration each day at 2PM by Johnny Uchida, working with advanced Black Pine material to create bonsai.  Don’t miss this special event.  Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes demo tree.  Large vendor and plant sales area; free admission and parking.  Doctor Bonsai support will be available.                                                                                                                             For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or bonsaicho@comcast.net or visit our club website: http://www.yamatobonsai.org.

October 30 to November 2, 2014, Sacramento 37th Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention “Bonsai Visions of the West” Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point West Way Sacramento, CA 95815 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Seminars and workshops all four days. Headliners are Peter Tea, Kathy Shaner and David de Groot. Special tribute to John Naka. Big vendor area.                                   More information at: http://www.gsbfconvention.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

 *September – Bring your own tree, fall preparation. Last hands-on meeting of the year!!!                                                                                         October – No meeting; GSBF Convention set up                                     November –No Meeting in celebration of Thanksgiving                 December – Annual Winter party

*Please note that as of September, club meetings will still be held in the Burke Junction Shopping Center. Only the room number has changed to B5. Our sandwich sign will be out to direct you. The start time has also changed to 6:30 p.m.

Pictures for the Club Picnic

IMG_0734                                                     Ellen giving a horticultural lesson to Don, Paul and Andy.

IMG_0732                                               Jennifer laughing at Scott’s jokes.

IMG_0731                                                Paul H., bonsai touchdown?

IMG_0730                                                   Don and Greg inspection a redwood.

IMG_0729                                                Paul H., focused on the camera

IMG_0727                                                 Happy Bolet, as usual

IMG_0726                                                  Pat, Greg, Don T., and Paul V., talking bonsai

IMG_0725                                              Happy Paul H., a cold one in hand after a hot day