February 2014

Upcoming BSK Activities

  • Wed. Feb. 19: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM, Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Refreshment providers: N-Z
  • Sat. Feb. 22: Workshop: 9:00 to Noon, Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento

Feb. 19th meeting

Topics at the February meeting will be harvesting trident maples, root over rock, root trimming, heavy cutting, repotting and fertilizer.  If you haven’t paid your 2014 dues yet, you can do so that evening: $25 individual dues or $35 family dues.

Feb. 22nd workshop

February begins the repotting season for deciduous trees.  As you think about repotting your trees, keep in mind that our spring show is less than two months away.

Upcoming Bonsai Events in Northern & Central California

Feb. 22-23,  Oakland.  GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: Mammoth Fundraiser, GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Saturday (Feb 22): Auction of fabulous bonsai 1PM-4PM with preview at 12 Noon. Sunday (Feb 23): Mammoth Plant Sale and a huge gathering of Vendors, 9AM-4PM. Round Robin Demonstrations noon to 3PM by Collection Curator, Kathy Shaner and Team. For general information email: www.bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com, website: www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127.

February 25th, 2014, Sacramento.  American Bonsai Association Sacramento (ABAS): Bjorn Bjorholm will be featured speaker at ABAS’ monthly meeting.  Bjorn has been studying under contemporary Japanese master Keiichi Fujikawa in Osaka, Japan since 2008 and he is also the co-founder and co-instructor of the Fujikawa International School of Bonsai.  ABAS welcomes the public to attend this event free of charge on Tues, Feb 25th, at 7 PM at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.  Bjorn’s visit is made possible in part through a GSBF grant.

March 8 – 9, 2014 Oakland.  Bay Area Bonsai Associates:  33rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Show hours are Saturday 5 – 9 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM.  Demonstration by satsuki bonsai master Shuisho Nakayama from Japan (co-sponsor by North American Satsuki Bonsai Center) starts at 6:30 PM Saturday, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree.  Continuous plant sale including bonsai related items (pots, tools, soils, wires, books, etc.) both days.  Admission is free.  Parking fee to the Lakeside Park entrance is required during the park hours.  For more information, please contact Bob Gould at (925) 935-1914.

March 15, 2014, Sacramento.  American Bonsai Association, Sacramento:  Annual Bus Trip departs The Sacramento Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., at 7:30AM and returns at 6:30PM. Five stops are planned in the Santa Rosa and Sebastapol areas: the private collection of Frank and Barbara Bardella, Lone Pine Gardens Nursery, Momiji Maple Nursery, California Carnivores, and West Country Oasis Bamboo Garden. The $35 fee includes donuts, coffee and water enroute to the area, with a raffle, complimentary drinks (water, sodas, beer, wine) and chips on the return trip. Bring a lunch. This trip is open to the general public. For reservations make checks payable to ABAS c/o Renee Seely, 1636 Vallarta Circle Sacramento, CA 95864.  For information phone: (916) 929-2106, e-mail breadcrust@comcast.net or visit our website at http://abasbonsai.org

March 19 – 23, 2014 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. For more information about the club, visit our website: http://www.bssf.org.  For group and early bird ticket information to the Flower and Garden Show, visit http://sfgardenshow.com.

March 22 – 23, 2014 Santa Cruz.  Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai: 26th Annual Show at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street. 10 AM – 5 PM with a demonstration at 2 PM by John Thompson both days. Raffle drawing for demonstration tree after demo each day. Trees especially prepared, trimmed and wired by club members will be part of the raffle each day. Sales area will include both vendor and member trees, pots and other related bonsai items. Admission price includes entry to bonsai show, the Museum of Art & History and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. For more information contact Ed Lambing at edinbonnydoon@sbcglobal.net.

April 5 – 6, 2014     Sacramento.  Bonsai Sekiyu Kai: 37th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 2 PM on both days. 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 go tobonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com.

April 12 – 13, 2014 Fresno.  Fresno Bonsai Society: Spring Blossom Festival and Annual Bonsai Exhibit, Shinzen Friendship Garden at Woodward Park, 7775 Friant Road. Gates open 10 AM to 4 PM. Bonsai will be displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting amidst the spring blossoms, koi ponds and wild peacocks. Local artists, including bonsai potters will display. Very large plant sale. Japanese cultural events including koto drummers, tea ceremony and continuous bonsai demonstrations. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net.

April 12 – 13, 2014, Sacramento. American Bonsai Association of Sacramento (ABAS): Annual Spring Show will be held at the Shepherd Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours: Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM; demonstration both days by Kathy Shaner at 1PM. For further information email Paul Holtzen at pbholtzen@sbcglobal.net.

April 26 – 27, 2014, Modesto.  Modesto Bonsai: 33th Annual Spring Show at Park Inn by Radisson – 1720 Sisk Road. Hours: Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM; and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Raffles, Auctions, Exhibit, and Sales of plants, pots, tools. Free Admission. For more information visit ModestoBonsai.com.

April 26 – 27, 2014, Palo Alto.  Kusamura Bonsai Club: 54th Annual Show. Location is Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Show hours are Saturday, Noon-5PM and Sunday, 11AM-5PM. Demonstration each day at 1:00PM, with special guest demonstrator Saturday.  Club member sales available. For more information contact Mark O’Brien at 650.327.0450, mobrientrees@hotmail.com.  Please see www.kusamurabonsai.org for more details.


BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to developing 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 $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more info, go to https://bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com  or email bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

OFFICERS  Yuzo Maruyama, President; Alvin Lee, Vice PresidentMark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter EditorSteven Fat, TreasurerTimm Johnson, Immediate Past PresidentJim Fujii, President Emeritus

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