June 2012 Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Newsletter

Bonsai Sekiyu Kai

June 2012 Newsletter


BSK Meetings & Field Trips

Sat. June 16 Field Trip to Lotus Nursery

Meet at 8:30 PM

Target parking lot (south end) Broadway & Riverside

Wed. June 20Monthly Meeting:  7:00-9:00 PM

Location: Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: M-Z

Show & Tell: Satsuki Azaleas…or any other tree

Sat. June 23  Workshop:  9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

No Exec. Committee Meeting in July

No Monthly Meeting in July or August

Sat. July 21 Workshop:  9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. Aug 1 Exec. Committee Meeting: 7:30-9:00

Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Ave. (at Freeport)

Wed. Sep. 5 Exec. Committee Meeting: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Crocker Riverside School, 2970 Riverside Blvd.

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

Location: Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: M-Z

Show & Tell: Satsuki Azaleas…or any other tree

Logo Contest Suspended for Now

Due to the limited number of entries, President Timm Johnson has suspended the logo contest.  He will update the club on this at a later date.

June 20th Meeting

June will be our last monthly meeting until September.  (Note, however, that there will be a workshop at the Maruyama Nursery on July 21.) Timm will talk about post-bloom care of Satsuki azaleas and Ron will talk about cuttings.  For Show and Tell, please bring your own azaleas or any other tree.

June Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee met on June 6th.  Dareld is working on the 2012-13 program for our monthly meetings. Please give him your requests & suggestions.

Editorial: Bonsai Bit by Bit

There is no question that we stress our trees, but one thing that bonsai beginners often do not learn is to avoid stressing them excessively. As a matter of practicality, beginners tend to learn the techniques of bonsai in single sessions as they pinch, prune, wire and repot entire trees.  And they see senseis doing the very same thing in demos at bonsai shows.  This is, again, a practical (and sometimes dramatic) approach, but it is not ideal.  When pruning or pinching, consider working on one part of the tree at a time, returning in a week or two to work on another section.

Summer Bonsai Shows

June 23-24 in Jackson: Amador Bonsai Society’s 15th Annual Show.  Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd.  Sat. 1:00-5:00 and Sun. 11:00-4:00.  Demos both days at 1:30.  Non-perishable donation requested for Amador Interfaith Food Bank.  More info at dbalsley1@gmail.com.

August 25-25 in Santa Rosa: Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 29th Annual Show.  Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 10-4.  Demos both days at 1 PM by Kathy Shaner.  For more info, contact Bob Shimon at shimon@mcn.org.


BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit 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.



Timm Johnson, President:

Dareld Binns, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

Chris Pfeifle, Show Chair:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

Alvin Lee, Official Photographer

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