September 2012 Newsletter


September 2012 newsletter

BSK Meetings & Field Trips

No September Exec. Committee Meeting

Wed. September19 MonthlyMeeting: 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church.  Refreshment providers: A-M

Sat. September 22 Workshop:  9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Hello, BSK!

Summer is nearly over, and the Newsletter is back to brief you on what’s brewing on the bonsai beat.

Sept. 19th Meeting

September’s meeting and Saturday workshop will be all about working on trees, so please bring trees to work on.  Remember that most types of trees can be repotted now, but beware of late-season heat and sun.

Please bring a tree for Show and Tell, especially late summer and fall flowering/fruiting trees. Timm reminds everyone that the purpose of Show and Tell is not to critique but to enjoy.

We will continue having a particularly nice raffle prize at each monthly meeting, but we want to offer plenty of prizes, so please bring ‘em if you got ‘em.  Timm also hopes that people have spent some time over the summer working on a logo, and he will have more to say about this at the meeting.

GSBF Convention!

This years Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) annual convention, “California Dreaming,” will be in SACRAMENTO October 25-28 at the Doubletree Hotel across from Arden Fair.  What a great opportunity for Sacramento area residents to see some great trees and workshops.  Take a moment to visit

According to a flyer from local co-chairs Scott Chadd, Paul Holtzen and Greg McDonald, the convention will have some firsts: an exhibit of native California species, a GSBF competitive bonsai exhibit with cash prizes, Ryan Neil and Kevin Willson “in a side by side styling duel while the audience enjoys cocktails and snacks,” and the first demonstration in California by UK deadwood carving expert Kevin Willson.

Timm chairs the Benefit Raffle Drawing Committee and encourages everyone to donate to the raffle: “Any bonsai or plant related items, pots, tools, certificates, wine, garden tools, etc., and of course cash, are welcome.”  If you have a donation, contact Timm at

Sacramento clubs members are encouraged to volunteer.  Timm has heard that a one-day registration will be given for any day you volunteer.  For info on volunteering, contact Scott Chadd at

Bonsai Shows

Sept. 16 in San Mateo: San Mateo Bonsai Club’s Society 49th Annual Show.  San Mateo Gardener’s Association Hall, 503 E. 5th Ave.  10 AM-4 PM.  For more info, contact Sam Tachibana at 650-548-9470.

Sept. 22-23 in Penryn: Sierra Bonsai Club show with the Annual Placer Buddhist Church Teriyaki Festival and Bazaar. Placer Buddhist Church, 3192 Boyington Rd.  Sat. 11-5 and Sun. 11-4.  For more info, contact Mark Knittle at 530-401-2610.

Sept. 29-30 in San Diego: San Diego Bonsai Club Annual Fall Show and Sale.

Oct 6 in Salinas: Salinas Bonsai Club annual show. Presbyterian church, 536 Lincoln Ave. 10-4 with demo at 1:30. .

Oct. 6 in San Jose: Midori Bonsai Club 51st Annual Show.  Northside Community Center, 488 Norht 6th St. 10 AM to 5 PM.  Dueling bonsai demo by Kathy Shaner and John Thompson at 1 PM.

Oct. 6-7 in Thousand Oaks: Conejo Balley Bonsai Society 9th Annual Exhibition.

Oct. 13-14 in Oakland: East Bay Bonsai Society Annual Exhibition and Demonstration. Opens 10 AM both days.  More info at or

Oct. 20-21 in Union City: Yamato Bonsai Kai 41st Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration.  Southern Alameda county Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  $5 admission.  Sat. 1 PM – 9 PM with demo at 6:30 PM.  Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demo at 1 PM. 

Oct. 25-28 in Sacramento: GSBF 2012 Convention XXXV “California Dreaming.”  Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way.


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 and Unicyclist

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