March 2012 newsletter



  • BSK Events in March
  • President’s Message
  • Spring Show 
  • New Year’s Dinner 
  • Dues Reminder
  • Feb. & March Board Meetings 
  • Raffle Revisited
  • Other Upcoming Events


NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, March’s workshop will take place the week before our monthly meeting.

Sat. March 17: WORKSHOP 9:00-Noon at Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. March 21: MEETING 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd.

BRING: (1) Trees for the show and (2) flowering plants and deciduous trees with their new leaves.  You can also bring accent plants, stones & stands.

 ACTIVITY: Planning for show, including sign-ups and reviewing trees we plan to show.

Sat. March 31 and Sun. April 1: SPRING SHOW: (See details below)

Wed. April 4: BOARD MEETING 7:30 – 9:00 PM at Crocker Riverside School.   All BSK members are welcome.



Special thanks to Yuzo Maruyama for his enlightening presentation on grafting. We are indeed lucky to have such a professional and generous talent in our club. Thanks also to those who participated in Show & Tell: Alvin, Chris, Ed, Gary and Lucy, Mark and Timm.  They presented and shared comments on their trees that we would not have otherwise seen or heard, especially on the early flowering plants, which are never seen at shows. Show & Tell is an outstanding way to teach and learn, and I encourage everyone to participate.

After Yuzoʼs presentation, a short refreshment break and our business meeting, we still had time to assist those who had brought trees to the meeting. Again, I cannot overemphasize how important it is for younger/newer members to bring project trees to our meetings.  More experienced members – you can bring trees, too.  More exposure/discussion leads to faster learning.

Our February Workshop at Maruyamaʼs Nursery was bustling with a large number members attending. (What a way to start the ʻBonsai Seasonʼ!!!) Yuzo continued his instruction on grafting and gave hands-on tips on how to (1) add different cuttings for different flower colors, (2) add a more desirable cultivar to understock, and (3) improve a plant by grafting new branches. Thanks again, Yuzo, for more teaching/learning experiences.


DATES & TIMES: Sat. March 31 Noon to 5:00 and Sun. April 1 10:00 to 3:45.  Johnny Uchida will do demos at 2:00 PM each day, followed by a raffle.

PREPPING AT THE MARCH WORKSHOP & MEETING: The March 17th workshop and the March 24th meeting are is the perfect opportunities to get help with your trees and propare them for the show. Timm encourages everyone to bring their trees to the meeting, as well as stands (including any extras) and companion plants.

A NOTE TO LESS EXPERIENCED MEMBERS: We value beautiful displays of trees and stones, but the show is an opportunity to display something we value even more: participation and learning.  Every year we encourage all members to show at least one tree, and every year, novice members think the same thing: “I’m happy to help with the show, but I’m new and I don’t have any trees worth showing.”  Wrong, whether it’s a magnificent pine or your best sprig-in-a-pot, we want your participation!  And this year, we are making this easier by having an area marked “Novices” where you can put any tree (sprig) you want.  Experienced members will have some extra stands and accent plants on hand, too, so no excuses this year, okay?

HELP WANTED:  On Saturday MARCH 31, we will need as many people as possible to help set things up at the Buddhist church starting at 8:00 AM.  Setting up is in my experience an exercise in controlled chaos, but no worries: the more experienced members will make sure things get put in the right place.   We also need a few people at 7:00 AM to load up supplies at George’s home (2774 Muir Way in Sacramento) to take to the church.  At the March meeting, Chris will have sign-up sheets for many tasks, including setting up, selling tickets for door prizes and raffles, taking shifts as door monitor, selling plants and cleaning up on Sunday.  He will also have sign-up sheets for what trees and stones (and sprigs!) you anticipate bringing, as well as food you will bring.  The food will be served at a buffet style lunch both days for BSK members and their guests.  We also serve any members and guests of Johnny’s club, Yamato Bonsai, who come to the show.

THE RAFFLE, PLANT SALES & SILENT AUCTION: Most of us have too many trees – at least according to our significant others.  The show is a great opportunity to move some of your specimens on to new homes.   Please consider donating plants (also pots, books, stones, new tools, etc.) to the raffle.  In addition, at the March meeting Chris will have sign-up sheets for the plant sale and silent auction.   For the plant sale, you set the price.  For the silent auction, you set a minimum bid, which this year must be at least $50.  For plants sold in the plant sale or auction, the club keeps 20% of the sales price.


The annual New Year’s Dinner was fun and filling.  George, Ron and Alvin were presented with plaques in appreciation for years of service as officers, and everyone left with a raffle prize.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  Note to Alvin: next year can we get the chicken without the heads?


A few members still need to pay their 2012 dues to Steven, club Treasurer.  Not to sound too threatening, but if you fail to pay dues by April 1st your trees may begin dropping their leaves in protest.


The Board met on Feb. 22.  We discussed plans for the spring show.  We changed the date of Board meetings from the fourth to the first Wednesday of the month (starting in March) to better anticipate activities for that month and get information on those activities into the newsletter.  Timm would like more people to bring trees to the monthly meeting for “Show and Tell.”  (Ed. note: He seems to feel pretty strongly about this.)  We discussed how to improve the raffle, possible field trips and potential bylaws revisions.  

The Board also met on March 7th.  We reviewed preparations for the spring show and discussed possible field trips.  Steve presented the financial report.  We will be switching our checking and savings accounts from Chase, which has begun charging a monthly fee, to Schools Credit Union, which charges no fee.  We are interested in purchasing badges for club members but first may arrange a contest to create a club logo.  We are working to update the By-Laws and plan to submit the proposed revisions to the membership for a vote at a future date.


At the next club meeting Timm will discuss revising the monthly meeting raffle.  Instead of buying 3 tickets for $2, tickets would be $1 apiece and the club would provide a high quality tree among the prizes.


April 11-15 in Garden Grove, CA: California Bonsai Society 55th Convention and Show

April 21-22 in Palo Alto, CA: Kusamura Bonsai Club 52nd Annual Annual Show.

April 26-29 in Costa Mesa, CA: Orange Empire Bonsai Society’s Bonsai Exhibition at the 23rd Annual Spring Garden Show.

April 27-29 in Dallas, TX:  Lone Star Bonsai Federation Convention: “Roots of Bonsai – Celebrating American Bonsai Masters Trained in Japan.”  Headliners will be Kathy Shaner, Michael Hagedorn and Ryan Neil.

May 5-6 in Sacramento, CA: 66th Annual Sacramento Bonsai Club Show.  Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.  Noon-5 PM on May 5th and 10-4 on May 6th.  Demos both days at 2:00 by Boon Manakitivipart.  and May 6th.

May 6 in Watsonville, CA: 39th Annual Watsonville Bonsai Show, Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Demo at 2:00 by Katsumi Kinoshita.  For more info contact Dave Dirking at 831-338-2771 or


BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit organization devoted to helping members develop and improve 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 one of four members of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $25 per year for individuals and $35 for families.  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, contact an officer:

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