September 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

     Wed. Sept. 18: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento

Refreshment providers: A-M

     Sat. Sept. 21: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

     Wed. Oct. 2: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00 PM

Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Ave., Sacramento


Aug. 21st Meeting : A Hot Summer Night!

President Yuzo Maruyama did a presentation on hermaphrodites, monoecious and dioecious trees, as well as a demo – without air conditioning! – on a needle juniper.  We are still trying to find the best way to conduct the monthly raffle.

Sept. 18th Business Meeting

Bring trees for sharing, horticultural advice and – if you want – critique.

Capital City Bonsai Association Show

Every October the 4 Sacramento area clubs put on the Capital City Bonsai Show at Shepard Garden Center.  Times are Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 10-4. This year at 5PM on Saturday, members and their guests are invited to stay for a little get-together: there will be appetizers, drinks and a raffle, and there is no charge.   The show is not only a great way to meet other bonsai nuts and share our hobby (obsession?) with the community, but it raises money to support the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Collection North at Lake Merritt, Oakland.

What can BSK members do for the show? (1) Attend and bring friends.  (2) BSK will need about 3 members to monitor the entry and tables on Sat. from 1PM-5PM.  (3) Come on Friday to help set up from 3PM-5PM.  (4) Show a tree.  Each club will show 5 large trees and 10 small trees or suiseki.  We will discuss this more at the September and October business meetings.  (5) Donate trees, pots, etc.  Bring any donations on Friday 3PM-5PM or Sat. morning.  (6) If you would like to partake in the potluck lunch on Sat. and/or Sun., bring a food item (enough for 6 people) on Sat. and/or Sun. mornings.  (6) If you are interested in selling trees contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at  A percentage of each sale goes to the CC Bonsai Association.

Upcoming Events in Northern California

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

 October 31 – November 3, 2013 Burbank, California Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention XXXVI: “Bonsai Artist Studio: Outside the Box” Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Burbank Airport. Headliners: David DeGroot, Suthin Sukosolvisit and Peter Warren. Offsite field trips offered Wednesday, October 30 afternoon. Convention Thursday, October 31 thru Sunday, November 3, 2013. Visit for all the details and for on-line registration.


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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