January 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. January 16: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church (Refreshment providers: A-Z)

Sat. January 19: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. Feb. 6: Executive Committee Meeting 7:00-9:00

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

January 19th Meeting

Bring trees to work on and for “Show and Tell,” especially deciduous trees for wiring and refinement of ramification.  Also conifers and suiseki. The featured raffle prize: a crabapple tree.  We will  also finally vote on the proposed Bylaws revisions: a two-thirds vote of those present will be required for passage.  You may review the proposed revisions in the November newsletter.

2013 Dues

2013 dues are due.  Please pay Steven Fat when you come to the monthly meeting or workshop.  Once you pay your dues, you will receive one of our new badges!

It’s Cold: Protect your tropical species!

In nature, a tree’s roots are protected underground.  The roots of bonsai trees are more susceptible to freezing temperatures.  As a rule, bonsai species can tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, so Sacramento’s recent nighttime lows in the high 20s should not be a problem, but tropical and subtropical species must be sheltered.

Save the Date for Annual Dinner: Feb. 15th

BSK’s annual New Year’s Dinner will be on Friday, Feb. 15th.   The location will be announced soon.  Save the date!

Spring Show: April 6th and 7th

Isn’t it a little early to be thinking about BSK’s spring show?  I don’t THINK so!   Between football playoffs, consider which specimens are candidates for the show and what pots they might need – either pots you have on hand and just require a clean-up, or pots to put on your to-buy list.

Upcoming Bonsai Shows

Jan. 14-17 in Fresno: “Bonsai in Winter Silhouette Displayed with Contemporary Art.” 13 displays by the Fresno City College Art Department and the Fresno Bonsai Society.  At the Art Space Gallery on the Fresno City College Campus, 1101 East University Drive. Mon. & Tues. 10:00-4:00, Wed. & Thurs.10:00-7:00.  Reception 5 – 8 PM on Thursday.  Admission free. Contact Steve DaSilva at treekutter@hotmail.com for details.

January 19-20 in Oakland: California
Bay Island Bonsai Annual Bonsai Exhibit. Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, at Lake Merritt in Oakland.  10:00-4:00 both days.  Auction on Saturday at 1:00, with preview starting at noon. Demo by Boon on Sunday at 1:00.  Guided tours. Vendor and club sales.  Entry free, donations accepted. More info: http://www.bayislandbonsai.com.

February 23-24 in Oakland: Annual California
 Mammoth Fundraiser for the GSBF Collection at Lake Merritt. Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, at Lake Merritt in Oakland.  Auction on Sat. at 1:00 PM, with preview at noon.  Scheduled Sunday events: Vendor sales 9 AM – 4 PM. Bonsai and Pre-bonsai sales 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations by Kathy Shaner and team 11:30 AM – 3 PM. Raffle drawings at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM. Café open both days. Info at bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com.


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.



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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