February 2014

Upcoming BSK Activities

  • Wed. Feb. 19: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM, Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Refreshment providers: N-Z
  • Sat. Feb. 22: Workshop: 9:00 to Noon, Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Feb. 19th meeting

Topics at the February meeting will be harvesting trident maples, root over rock, root trimming, heavy cutting, repotting and fertilizer.  If you haven’t paid your 2014 dues yet, you can do so that evening: $25 individual dues or $35 family dues.

Feb. 22nd workshop

February begins the repotting season for deciduous trees.  As you think about repotting your trees, keep in mind that our spring show is less than two months away.

Upcoming Bonsai Events in Northern & Central California

Feb. 22-23,  Oakland.  GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: Mammoth Fundraiser, GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Saturday (Feb 22): Auction of fabulous bonsai 1PM-4PM with preview at 12 Noon. Sunday (Feb 23): Mammoth Plant Sale and a huge gathering of Vendors, 9AM-4PM. Round Robin Demonstrations noon to 3PM by Collection Curator, Kathy Shaner and Team. For general information email: www.bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com, website: www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127.


February 25th, 2014, Sacramento.  American Bonsai Association Sacramento (ABAS): Bjorn Bjorholm will be featured speaker at ABAS’ monthly meeting.  Bjorn has been studying under contemporary Japanese master Keiichi Fujikawa in Osaka, Japan since 2008 and he is also the co-founder and co-instructor of the Fujikawa International School of Bonsai.  ABAS welcomes the public to attend this event free of charge on Tues, Feb 25th, at 7 PM at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Bjorn’s visit is made possible in part through a GSBF grant.


March 8 – 9, 2014 Oakland.  Bay Area Bonsai Associates:  33rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Show hours are Saturday 5 – 9 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM.  Demonstration by satsuki bonsai master Shuisho Nakayama from Japan (co-sponsor by North American Satsuki Bonsai Center) starts at 6:30 PM Saturday, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree.  Continuous plant sale including bonsai related items (pots, tools, soils, wires, books, etc.) both days.  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 15, 2014, Sacramento.  American Bonsai Association, Sacramento:  Annual Bus Trip departs The Sacramento Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., at 7:30AM and returns at 6:30PM. Five stops are planned in the Santa Rosa and Sebastapol areas: the private collection of Frank and Barbara Bardella, Lone Pine Gardens Nursery, Momiji Maple Nursery, California Carnivores, and West Country Oasis Bamboo Garden. The $35 fee includes donuts, coffee and water enroute to the area, with a raffle, complimentary drinks (water, sodas, beer, wine) and chips on the return trip. Bring a lunch. This trip is open to the general public. For reservations make checks payable to ABAS c/o Renee Seely, 1636 Vallarta Circle Sacramento, CA 95864.  For information phone: (916) 929-2106, e-mail breadcrust@comcast.net or visit our website at http://abasbonsai.org

March 19 – 23, 2014 San Mateo.  Bonsai Society of San Francisco: Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM. There will be demonstrations and trees for sale. For more information about the club, visit our website: http://www.bssf.org.  For group and early bird ticket information to the Flower and Garden Show, visit http://sfgardenshow.com.


March 22 – 23, 2014 Santa Cruz.  Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai: 26th Annual Show at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street. 10 AM – 5 PM with a demonstration at 2 PM by John Thompson both days. Raffle drawing for demonstration tree after demo each day. Trees especially prepared, trimmed and wired by club members will be part of the raffle each day. Sales area will include both vendor and member trees, pots and other related bonsai items. Admission price includes entry to bonsai show, the Museum of Art & History and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. For more information contact Ed Lambing at edinbonnydoon@sbcglobal.net.


April 5 – 6, 2014     Sacramento.  Bonsai Sekiyu Kai: 37th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 2 PM on both days. 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 go tobonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com.


April 12 – 13, 2014 Fresno.  Fresno Bonsai Society: Spring Blossom Festival and Annual Bonsai Exhibit, Shinzen Friendship Garden at Woodward Park, 7775 Friant Road. Gates open 10 AM to 4 PM. Bonsai will be displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting amidst the spring blossoms, koi ponds and wild peacocks. Local artists, including bonsai potters will display. Very large plant sale. Japanese cultural events including koto drummers, tea ceremony and continuous bonsai demonstrations. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net.


April 12 – 13, 2014, Sacramento. American Bonsai Association of Sacramento (ABAS): Annual Spring Show will be held at the Shepherd Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours: Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM; demonstration both days by Kathy Shaner at 1PM. For further information email Paul Holtzen at pbholtzen@sbcglobal.net.


April 26 – 27, 2014, Modesto.  Modesto Bonsai: 33th Annual Spring Show at Park Inn by Radisson – 1720 Sisk Road. Hours: Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM; and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Raffles, Auctions, Exhibit, and Sales of plants, pots, tools. Free Admission. For more information visit ModestoBonsai.com.


April 26 – 27, 2014, Palo Alto.  Kusamura Bonsai Club: 54th Annual Show. Location is Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Show hours are Saturday, Noon-5PM and Sunday, 11AM-5PM. Demonstration each day at 1:00PM, with special guest demonstrator Saturday.  Club member sales available. For more information contact Mark O’Brien at 650.327.0450, mobrientrees@hotmail.com.  Please see www.kusamurabonsai.org for more details.

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to developing skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more info, go to http://bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com  or email bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

OFFICERS  Yuzo Maruyama, President; Alvin Lee, Vice PresidentMark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter EditorSteven Fat, TreasurerTimm Johnson, Immediate Past PresidentJim Fujii, President Emeritus

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January 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

  • Wed. Jan. 15: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM, Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Refreshment providers: A-M
  • Sat. Jan. 18: Workshop: 9:00 to Noon, Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento
  • Fri. Jan 24: Annual New Year Banquet 7:00-9:00 PM, Aviator’s Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd (in Sacramento Executive Airport)

Happy New Year! 

After a 2 month break,  2014 BSK activities resume with the 3 events listed above.  At the monthly meeting on Jan. 15, Yuzo Maruyama will discuss harvesting black pines, fertilizer, repotting, pot selection and stands.  The following Sat. will be the year’s first workshop at his nursery.

The  Friday after that, we will have our annual club dinner.  The cost is $20 per person, which covers an American-style buffet, coffee and tea, and the all-important ticket to a raffle of bonsai booty.  If you plan to attend the dinner – and we hope you do! – it is important to RSVP to Treasurer Steven Fat at bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com by Friday January 10th.

Another New Year reminder: please pay your 2014 dues to Steven at the next meeting: $20 individual dues or $35 family dues.

Upcoming Events in Northern & Central California

Jan. 18 – 19, Oakland.  Bay Island Bonsai: 15th anniversary show “Born in the USA!”, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours: 10AM – 4PM Auction Saturday, at 1 PM, preview Noon auction. Only trees started in the US displayed. Bonsai demonstration by Boon on Sunday at 1PM. Guided tours of the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Vendor, Club, and Educational bonsai material for sale. Entry to exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information: (510) 919-5042 or http://www.bayislandbonsai.com

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Santa Nella.  California Shohin Seminar at the Hotel Mission de Oro, Santa Nella California. Friday (Jan 31): Registration, Demonstrations, and Exhibit and Vendor areas. Everyone is invited to share their treasured Shohin Bonsai in the Exhibit.  Saturday (Feb 1): Exhibit Opens for Viewing, Vendor Sales Critiques, Workshops, Bazaar & Benefit Drawing Sunday (Feb 2): Exhibit Open 10:30-Noon. Critique and Demonstration, Business Meeting Registration Forms available on the website on November 1st 2013.  For information email: calshohin@yahoo.com, website: http://www.calshohin.org/ or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127

Feb. 22-23,  Oakland.  GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: Mammoth Fundraiser, GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Saturday (Feb 22): Auction of fabulous bonsai 1PM-4PM with preview at 12 Noon. Sunday (Feb 23): Mammoth Plant Sale and a huge gathering of Vendors, 9AM-4PM. Round Robin Demonstrations noon to 3PM by Collection Curator, Kathy Shaner and Team. For general information email: www.bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com, website: www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127.

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to developing skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more info, go to http://bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com  or email bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

OFFICERS  Yuzo Maruyama, President; Alvin Lee, Vice PresidentMark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter EditorSteven Fat, TreasurerTimm Johnson, Immediate Past PresidentJim Fujii, President Emeritus

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October 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. Oct. 16: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. Oct. 19: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Sept. 18 Meeting

President Yuzo Maruyama reviewed the basic care of pines and differences between black and red pines.

Oct. 16 Meeting

The topic: shaping and pruning of deciduous trees.  Members are encouraged to bring deciduous trees, especially bushy specimens and those needing styling.  Please be considerate and avoid conversations during the presentation.  The schedule will be:

7:00 – 7:10       Business

7:10 – 8:10       Lecture

8:10 – 8:20       Break/Sale of raffle tickets

8:20 – 8:45       Member critique/demonstration

8:45 – 9:00       Raffle

2014 New Year’s Dinner

We need a preliminary head count for the BSK New Year’s dinner on Jan 24, 2014.  The cost per person will be about $25.  Please RSVP to bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

Reminder: Capital City Bonsai Association Show on Oct. 26-27

See details below on the annual autumn show by the four Sacramento area clubs.  Members and their guests are invited to stay on Saturday for a free 5PM get-together with appetizers, drinks and a raffle. Members can come from 3PM-5PM on Friday to the Shepard Garden and Arts Center to help set up and to drop off donations.  On Saturday BSK will need 3 members to monitor the entry and tables from 1PM-5PM. If you would like to partake in the potluck lunch on Sat. and/or Sun., bring a food item (enough for 6 people) on Sat. and/or Sun. mornings.  If you are interested in selling trees, contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at juddbonsai@att.net.  The show raises money to support the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Collection North at Lake Merritt, Oakland and a percentage of each private sale goes to the Capital City Bonsai Association.

Upcoming Events in Northern & Central California

October 19 – 20, 2013 Union City: Yamato Bonsai Kai: Annual Show at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 7 PM Saturday & 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 2 PM by Johnny Uchida. Special guest David Nguy will join in the demonstration on Saturday (only)! Free admission and parking. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo, dinner Saturday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM and Sunday Morning workshop available. Large Vendor and Plant Sale area. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or yamatobonsai.org.

October 26 – 27, 2013, Sacramento: Capital City Bonsai Association: 14th Anniversary Show to support the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Sacramento bonsai clubs. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration each day at 1:30PM by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club member sales available. For more information contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048

 October 31 – November 3, 2013 Burbank: California Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention XXXVI: “Bonsai Artist Studio: Outside the Box” Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Burbank Airport. Headliners: David DeGroot, Suthin Sukosolvisit and Peter Warren. Offsite field trips offered Wednesday, October 30 afternoon. Convention Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3, 2013. Visit www.gsbfconvention.org for all the details and for on-line registration.

December 7, 2013, Fresno: Fresno Bonsai Society: 5th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale, 736 West Browning Avenue. Hours: 9 AM – 2 PM. Pre-bonsai, bonsai, pots, accent plants, stones, books and all things bonsai. Anyone is welcome to buy or sell. Contact Ralph Schroeder for more information at ralsch@sbcglobal.net.

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to developing skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more info, go to http://bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com  or contact mailto:bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

 OFFICERS:  Yuzo Maruyama, President; Alvin Lee, Vice President; Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor; Steven Fat, Treasurer; Timm Johnson, Immediate Past President; Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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September 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

     Wed. Sept. 18: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: A-M

     Sat. Sept. 21: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

     Wed. Oct. 2: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00 PM

Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Ave., Sacramento

 

Aug. 21st Meeting : A Hot Summer Night!

President Yuzo Maruyama did a presentation on hermaphrodites, monoecious and dioecious trees, as well as a demo – without air conditioning! – on a needle juniper.  We are still trying to find the best way to conduct the monthly raffle.

Sept. 18th Business Meeting

Bring trees for sharing, horticultural advice and – if you want – critique.

Capital City Bonsai Association Show

Every October the 4 Sacramento area clubs put on the Capital City Bonsai Show at Shepard Garden Center.  Times are Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 10-4. This year at 5PM on Saturday, members and their guests are invited to stay for a little get-together: there will be appetizers, drinks and a raffle, and there is no charge.   The show is not only a great way to meet other bonsai nuts and share our hobby (obsession?) with the community, but it raises money to support the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Collection North at Lake Merritt, Oakland.

What can BSK members do for the show? (1) Attend and bring friends.  (2) BSK will need about 3 members to monitor the entry and tables on Sat. from 1PM-5PM.  (3) Come on Friday to help set up from 3PM-5PM.  (4) Show a tree.  Each club will show 5 large trees and 10 small trees or suiseki.  We will discuss this more at the September and October business meetings.  (5) Donate trees, pots, etc.  Bring any donations on Friday 3PM-5PM or Sat. morning.  (6) If you would like to partake in the potluck lunch on Sat. and/or Sun., bring a food item (enough for 6 people) on Sat. and/or Sun. mornings.  (6) If you are interested in selling trees contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at juddbonsai@att.net.  A percentage of each sale goes to the CC Bonsai Association.

Upcoming Events in Northern California

September 15, 2013, San Mateo, California: San Mateo Bonsai Club: 50th Annual Show at San Mateo Gardener’s Association Hall, 503 E 5th Avenue. Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Bonsai material for sale. Free admission. For more information, contact Sam Tachibana at 650-548-9470.

September 28, 2013, San Jose, California:  Midori Bonsai Club: 52nd Annual Bonsai Show, at Northside Community Center, 488 6th Street [at E. Empire St]. Hours 10 AM – 5 PM. Bonsai demonstration by Peter Tea of a Black Pine raffled off at end of Demo. Beginners workshop: 10 AM – 1 PM. Bring your own tree for advise with Dr. Bonsai. Bonsai vendors and large plant sale. For more information contact John Thompson at jtbonsai@earthlink.net

September 28 & 29, 2013, Penryn, California:  Sierra Bonsai Club: Annual Show, in conjunction with Placer Buddhist Church’s (49th Annual Fall Food Festival), 3192 Boyington Road, (behind Union 76, off I-80 Penryn Exit). Hours are Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

October 19 – 20, 2013 Union City, California:  Yamato Bonsai Kai: Annual Show at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 7 PM Saturday & 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 2 PM by Johnny Uchida. Special guest David Nguy will join in the demonstration on Saturday (only)! Free admission and parking. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo, dinner Saturday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM and Sunday Morning workshop available. Large Vendor and Plant Sale area. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or yamatobonsai.org.

October 26 – 27, 2013, Sacramento, California:  Capital City Bonsai Association: 14th Anniversary Show to support the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Sacramento bonsai clubs. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration each day at 1:30PM by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club member sales available. For more information contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048

 October 31 – November 3, 2013 Burbank, California Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention XXXVI: “Bonsai Artist Studio: Outside the Box” Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Burbank Airport. Headliners: David DeGroot, Suthin Sukosolvisit and Peter Warren. Offsite field trips offered Wednesday, October 30 afternoon. Convention Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3, 2013. Visit www.gsbfconvention.org for all the details and for on-line registration.

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to assisting members in developing and improving skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $__ per year.  We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see contact information below.

OFFICERS

Yuzo Maruyama, President

Alvin Lee, Vice President

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor: medelstein@sbcglobal.net

Steven Fat, Treasurer: 

Timm Johnson, Immediate Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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August Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. Aug. 21: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. Aug. 24: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Wed. Sept. 4: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00 PM

Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Ave., Sacramento

Alvin Lee VP

At the July meeting, attendees elected Alvin Lee to be Vice President.  Despite his new duties, we hope that Alvin will continue to serve in the unofficial post of club unicyclist.

Dues: Pro-rated option

The Executive Committee voted in May to offer pro-rated dues after April 1st.  The annual dues for an individual joining after that date would be $2 for each month of the remaining year, plus $1.  Family dues would be $3 per remaining month, plus $1.

Report from July 17th Meeting

Yuzo Maruyama reviewed the results of last month’s survey.  Members endorsed learning as the most important reason they are in the club, including learning culture, art and horticulture as they relate to bonsai.  Members want to continue the monthly workshop and when it comes to raffle items are more interested in quality than quantity.

Yuzo discussed summer pruning techniques and then reviewed various types of undesirable branches and how to deal with them.  His handouts will be emailed to members.

Report from Aug. Exec. Committee

Following a discussion at the July business meeting on a change in meeting schedules, in August the Executive Committee voted and agreed on the following.  Business meetings (3rd Wed. of the month) will take place in July and August and not in November or December (when families are busy with the holidays and there is less work to be done on trees).   Workshops (the Sat. after the business meeting) will follow this same schedule.  The Exec. Committee (1st Wed. of the month) will met in November but not December.

The Exec. Committee talked about moving up our annual New Year’s dinner from Feb. to late January, January being the month when the New Year is celebrated in Japan.  There was also discussion about changing the raffle so that a participant’s odds of winning a tree were less dependent on the number of tickets s/he bought.  This will be discussed at the August business meeting.

Upcoming Aug. 21 Business Meeting

As always, bring any trees for which you’d like to receive a critique and season-appropriate horticultural advice.  And remember those trees you received advice on at a previous meeting or workshop?  We’d love to see how they’re doing!

Heads Up: 2013 Capital City Bonsai Show

The Capital City Bonsai Show will take place October 26 and 27 in Sacramento.  BSK and Sacramento’s other three clubs participate, so think about participating.  See more information below.

Upcoming Events in Northern California

August 24 – 25, 2013: Santa Rosa, California: Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS): 30th annual show at the Santa Rosa Veterans building, 1351 Maple Ave. August 24th, from 10 AM – 5 PM and August 25th from 10 AM – 4 PM. 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 15, 2013, San Mateo, California: San Mateo Bonsai Club: 50th Annual Show at San Mateo Gardener’s Association Hall, 503 E 5th Avenue. Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Bonsai material for sale. Free admission. For more information, contact Sam Tachibana at 650-548-9470.

September 28, 2013, San Jose, California: Midori Bonsai Club: 52nd Annual Bonsai Show, at Northside Community Center, 488 6th Street [at E. Empire St]. Hours 10 AM – 5 PM. Bonsai demonstration by Peter Tea of a Black Pine raffled off at end of Demo. Beginners workshop: 10 AM – 1 PM. Bring your own tree for advise with Dr. Bonsai. Bonsai vendors and large plant sale. For more information contact John Thompson at jtbonsai@earthlink.net

September 28 & 29, 2013, Penryn, California: Sierra Bonsai Club: Annual Show, in conjunction with Placer Buddhist Church’s (49th Annual Fall Food Festival), 3192 Boyington Road, (behind Union 76, off I-80 Penryn Exit). Hours are Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

October 19 – 20, 2013 Union City, California: Yamato Bonsai Kai: Annual Show at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 7 PM Saturday & 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 2 PM by Johnny Uchida. Special guest David Nguy will join in the demonstration on Saturday (only)! Free admission and parking. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo, dinner Saturday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM and Sunday Morning workshop available. Large Vendor and Plant Sale area. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or yamatobonsai.org.

October 26 – 27, 2013, Sacramento, California: Capital City Bonsai Association: 14th Anniversary Show to support the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Sacramento bonsai clubs. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration each day at 1:30PM by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club member sales available. For more information contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048

 

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to assisting members in developing and improving skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $__ per year.  We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see contact information below.

OFFICERS

Yuzo Maruyama, President

Alvin Lee, Vice President

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor: 

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

Timm Johnson, Immediate Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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July Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. July 17: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: A-M

Sat. July 20: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Wed. Aug 3: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00 PM

Location to be determined

Officers for 7/13 – 6/15

At the June meeting, Yuzo Maruyama was elected President and Mark Edelstein and Steven Fact were reelected Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.  Timm Johnson will also serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.  WE STILL NEED A VICE PRESIDENT (the VP is in charge of the monthly educational program) so please consider offering your services.

July 17th Meeting

In recent years BSK has not held meetings in July or Aug., but the survey at the June meeting indicated support for doing so.  Join us on July 17th ad Aug. 21st, with workshops at the Maruyama Bonsai Nursery the following Saturday mornings.  The topic this month will be summer tree care, including pruning and defoliation.  Please bring your trees to share and, if you like, get some advice.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

August 24-25 in Santa Rosa: Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 30th Annual Show.  Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building, 1351 Maple Ave.  Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 10AM-4PM.  Demos both days at 1PM by Kathy Shaner.  shimon@mecn.org  (This is a popular show with many vendors – Ed.)

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to assisting members in developing and improving skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $__ per year.  We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see the contact information in this newsletter.

OFFICERS

Yuzo Maruyama, President

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

Timm Johnson, Immediate Past President:

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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June 2013 Newsletter

UpcomingBSK Activities

Wed. June 19: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. June 22: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. July 3: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00

Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

June meeting: Come and vote for your 2013-2015 officers

Elections for the 7/13-6/15 terms of office will be held at the June meeting.  We will vote for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Yuzo Maruyama was nominated at the April meeting for President and he has accepted.  Steven Fat and Mark Edelstein are on the slate for second terms as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.  No VP nominee yet.  It could be you!  If interested, please let Timm know.

More on the June meeting: Bring Trees

Last fall, yours truly went out on a limb (bonsai humor) and volunteered do a June 2013 presentation on Bonsai Aesthetics.  I was obviously out of my mind.  I will give it my best shot but I need your help! Please bring trees that either (1) convey your own personal sense of bonsai artistry or (2) could benefit from some peer consultation regarding aesthetics.

Even more on the June Meeting!

Bring broadleaf evergreens for Show and Tell: Boxwood, Cotoneaster, Heavenly Bamboo, Olive, Pyracantha, etc.  Yuzo plans to donate several items for the raffle and other members are encouraged to donate, as well.

 

Upcoming Bonsai Events

June 8-9 in Oakland: California Suiseki Society’s 18th Annual Show.  Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  10AM-4PM both days.  Stone sale.  Bob Carlson lbobcarlson@gmail.com.

June 9 in Monterey:  Monterey Bonsai club’s 50th Annual Exhibition.  Monterey Buddhist Temple, 1150 Noche Buena St., Seaside.  11 AM to 4 PM with demo at 1:30 by Katsumi Kinoshita.  Sales.  Dianne Woods vinca27@comcast.net.

June 15-16 in Livermore:  Valley Bonsai society’s 5th Annual Show.  Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane.  10AM-4PM both days.  Demos at 1PM both days.  Charles Harder bonsainut@comcast.net.

July 10 in Oakland: East Bay Bonsai Society’s 2013 Auction.  Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  Preview at 7PM, auction starts at 7:30 PM.  Trees, pots and other bonsai items.  www.eastbaybonsai.org

August 24-25 in Santa Rosa: Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 30th Annual Show.  Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building, 1351 Maple Ave.  Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 10AM-4PM.  Demos both days at 1PM by Kathy Shaner.  shimon@mecn.org  (This is a popular show with many vendors – Ed.)

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to assisting members in developing and improving skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $__ per year.  We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month (except July & August) at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see the contact information in this newsletter.

 

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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