March 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. March 20: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church.  Refreshment providers: A-M

Sat. March 23: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

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

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

Sat. April 6 and Sun. April 7: ANNUAL SHOW

Sacramento Buddhist Church

March 20th Meeting

This is our final meeting before the show and the March 20th topic is both timely and fun: Lucy Sakaishi-Judd will be doing a demo on companion plants (aka “accent plants”).  Bring your own 1 or 2 pots. Plants and potting material will be available.   No small pots available?  No problem: at least one member will have some available for a nominal fee. 

For “Show and Tell,” bring flowering plans and of course any trees you plan to put in the show that you’d like some advice on or that you need a stand for.  The featured raffle prize will be a Golden Atlas Cedar.

2013 Dues: Carrot and Stick

If you haven’t done it yet, pay those 2013 dues so you can rest easy, remain on the club roster and receive your ID badge.  That’s the carrot, now here’s the stick: if Steven Fat has not received your dues by April 1, your membership will be suspended until dues are received.  Yikes!

March 23rd Workshop

Big workshop at Maruyama’s Nursery this Saturday: last chance to work together on trees for the show!!


The big news of course is our upcoming show: Saturday 4/6 Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM.  Johnny Uchida will do demonstrations both days at 2 PM.

The show is our annual opportunity to show the community what we do so passionately.  Please plan to pitch in with monitoring trees, selling raffle tickets, helping in the kitchen, getting it all set up on Sat. morning and/or breaking it all down on Sun. afternoon.  If at all possible, please be at the church at 8 AM on Sat. If you are willing to help move equipment from George’s home to the church at 7:30 AM, please contact Chris Pfeifle.

We count on everyone bringing food so we can have lunch ourselves as well as offer lunch to members’ guests.  Historically, entrees have tended to be in short supply.  Whatever you choose to contribute, bring enough for several people, not only on Saturday but also on Sunday.

Please consider bringing trees or other bonsai items for the club to raffle off.   If you have items to sell or items for the silent auction (20% of sales go to the club – or more if you choose), contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd for a seller’s number and please be prepared to help out by working at the sales table and/or monitoring the silent auction table.  Items for the silent auction must require a minimum bid of at least $50.  A form for sellers to print and complete is being emailed to all members.


In March, the membership approved changes to the Bylaws, which are now pretty short and sweet.  After these are put into PDF format they will be posted at our blog site.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

March 20-24 in 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. General admission to the Flower and Garden Show is $20.00. For general information about Flower and Garden show visit: For more information about club visit our website:

March 23-24 in Santa Cruz: California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 25th Annual Show at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street. Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM. Featured demo Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, Ryan Neil. Featured demo Sunday, 2 – 4 PM, Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita. Contact Ron Anderson, 877-610-9038. For more details about club visit our website.

March 30 : American Bonsai Association’s Bus Trip from Sacramento.  See for details.

April 6-7 in Sacramento: 
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai 36th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration 2 PM both days by Bonsai Master Johnny Uchida. 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 contact Chris Pfeifle at

April 13-14 in Sacramento: 
American Bonsai Association 54th Anniversary Show will include demonstrations by Japanese trained bonsai artist, author, and Artisans Cup co-chair, Michael Hagedorn. Show hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstration at 1:30 PM both days. Location: Shepard Garden and Art Center (in McKinley Park), 3330 McKinley Blvd. Free admission. Member and vendor sales area and benefit drawing. To learn more or to sign up for a beginner’s workshop visit:

April 13-14 in San Jose:
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin 640 North Fifth Street. Times: Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday. Demonstrations on both days by Harry Hirao, Mr. California Juniper, at 1 PM. Plant and vendor sales on both days. For more information visit our website at or contact Ken Azuma at

April 20-21 in Palo Alto: 
Kusamura Bonsai Club: 53rd Annual Show at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Admission is free. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM, and Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM. Guest demonstrator Kathy Shaner Saturday at 1:30 PM, and club members Sunday at 1:30 PM. Club member tree sales and benefit drawings both days. For more information contact Mark O’Brien at 650-327-0450 or

April 20 in Napa:
 Napa Valley Bonsai Club: Annual Show, Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. Hours: 11 AM to 4 PM. Demonstration at 1:30 PM. Silent Auction, Member Sales, Vendor Sales, and Raffle Drawing. Free admission and parking. For more information call 707-255-8822 or or visit our website.

April 27 & 28 in Modesto: Modesto Bonsai Club 32nd Annual Spring Show, Marriott Courtside Hotel, 1720 Sisk Rd., Modesto CA.  Exhibits, sales, raffles and auctions.  Demonstrations by Sam Adina.  More info at

May 4 & 5 in Sacramento: 
Sacramento Bonsai Club: 67th Annual Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. S how hours are Saturday 12 – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration both days at 2 PM by Boon Manakitivipart. Refreshments, benefit drawings, plant & tree sales. Free Admission. For more information, please contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048 or visit

May 5 in Watsonville:
Watsonville Bonsai Club: 40th annual Bonsai Show. 10 AM to 4 PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St.  Demo by Katsumi Kinoshita at 1:30 PM. Raffle. Plant sales. For more information contact: Don White @ (831) 724-9283 or; or Dave Dierking (831) 338-2771 or

May in Modesto: Modesto Bonsai Club Annual Show (at press time, details were unavailable):

May 18 & 19 in Santa Barbara: California
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara Annual Bonsai Exhibition. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 1 PM on both days. Plant sales.  For more information, contact Ann Erb 805-929-4972, email or visit

May 18 & 19 in Sacramento:
Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento: Annual Show at Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations at 2 PM daily. Workshops, vendors, satsuki information booth, and raffles daily. For more information contact Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505 or email:


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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