August Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. Aug. 21: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. Aug. 24: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Wed. Sept. 4: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00 PM

Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Ave., Sacramento

Alvin Lee VP

At the July meeting, attendees elected Alvin Lee to be Vice President.  Despite his new duties, we hope that Alvin will continue to serve in the unofficial post of club unicyclist.

Dues: Pro-rated option

The Executive Committee voted in May to offer pro-rated dues after April 1st.  The annual dues for an individual joining after that date would be $2 for each month of the remaining year, plus $1.  Family dues would be $3 per remaining month, plus $1.

Report from July 17th Meeting

Yuzo Maruyama reviewed the results of last month’s survey.  Members endorsed learning as the most important reason they are in the club, including learning culture, art and horticulture as they relate to bonsai.  Members want to continue the monthly workshop and when it comes to raffle items are more interested in quality than quantity.

Yuzo discussed summer pruning techniques and then reviewed various types of undesirable branches and how to deal with them.  His handouts will be emailed to members.

Report from Aug. Exec. Committee

Following a discussion at the July business meeting on a change in meeting schedules, in August the Executive Committee voted and agreed on the following.  Business meetings (3rd Wed. of the month) will take place in July and August and not in November or December (when families are busy with the holidays and there is less work to be done on trees).   Workshops (the Sat. after the business meeting) will follow this same schedule.  The Exec. Committee (1st Wed. of the month) will met in November but not December.

The Exec. Committee talked about moving up our annual New Year’s dinner from Feb. to late January, January being the month when the New Year is celebrated in Japan.  There was also discussion about changing the raffle so that a participant’s odds of winning a tree were less dependent on the number of tickets s/he bought.  This will be discussed at the August business meeting.

Upcoming Aug. 21 Business Meeting

As always, bring any trees for which you’d like to receive a critique and season-appropriate horticultural advice.  And remember those trees you received advice on at a previous meeting or workshop?  We’d love to see how they’re doing!

Heads Up: 2013 Capital City Bonsai Show

The Capital City Bonsai Show will take place October 26 and 27 in Sacramento.  BSK and Sacramento’s other three clubs participate, so think about participating.  See more information below.

Upcoming Events in Northern California

August 24 – 25, 2013: Santa Rosa, California: Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS): 30th annual show at the Santa Rosa Veterans building, 1351 Maple Ave. August 24th, from 10 AM – 5 PM and August 25th from 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations both days at 1 PM by club sensei Kathy Shaner. Large exhibit of members’ trees, vendors’ sales room, members’ sales room, raffle and silent auction. Free admission, parking and treats. Contact Bob Shimon @ (707) 884-4126 or


September 15, 2013, San Mateo, California: San Mateo Bonsai Club: 50th Annual Show at San Mateo Gardener’s Association Hall, 503 E 5th Avenue. Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM. Bonsai material for sale. Free admission. For more information, contact Sam Tachibana at 650-548-9470.

September 28, 2013, San Jose, California: Midori Bonsai Club: 52nd Annual Bonsai Show, at Northside Community Center, 488 6th Street [at E. Empire St]. Hours 10 AM – 5 PM. Bonsai demonstration by Peter Tea of a Black Pine raffled off at end of Demo. Beginners workshop: 10 AM – 1 PM. Bring your own tree for advise with Dr. Bonsai. Bonsai vendors and large plant sale. For more information contact John Thompson at

September 28 & 29, 2013, Penryn, California: Sierra Bonsai Club: Annual Show, in conjunction with Placer Buddhist Church’s (49th Annual Fall Food Festival), 3192 Boyington Road, (behind Union 76, off I-80 Penryn Exit). Hours are Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

October 19 – 20, 2013 Union City, California: Yamato Bonsai Kai: Annual Show at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon to 7 PM Saturday & 10 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 2 PM by Johnny Uchida. Special guest David Nguy will join in the demonstration on Saturday (only)! Free admission and parking. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo, dinner Saturday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM and Sunday Morning workshop available. Large Vendor and Plant Sale area. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or

October 26 – 27, 2013, Sacramento, California: Capital City Bonsai Association: 14th Anniversary Show to support the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Sacramento bonsai clubs. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration each day at 1:30PM by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club member sales available. For more information contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048



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 at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see contact information below.


Yuzo Maruyama, President

Alvin Lee, Vice President

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor: 

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

Timm Johnson, Immediate Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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