Reprinted from Golden Statements Jan/Feb 2011
In October 2010, Andi Dorfliger asked me to visit Switzerland and make some drawings at Bonsai Autumn 6, held in Olten, near Zurich. I thought I might like to share the visit. Olten is a nice town set in lovely surroundings, and Andi chose a modern hall built in typically Swiss style as the venue.
He has created a wonderful concept in bonsai, where each year a whole line up of bonsai people get to work over a two day period with trees chosen from a truck- full of fabulous material. (more…)
On Saturday, March 24th, (2012) Ryan Neil paid a visit to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to demonstrate potting techniques on a collected Rocky Mountain juniper. Ryan is quite familiar with this tree, he previously styled it at the 2010 Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention in Santa Clara, CA. He has cared for it ever since at his nursery, International Bonsai Mirai, located just outside Portland, OR. Andrea Burhoe, an active volunteer of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, purchased the tree at auction in 2010 and has graciously donated it to the Collection. The tree will reside at Bonsai Mirai as it regains its strength. Once recovered from the potting session, Ryan will release the tree and it will be inducted into the Collection at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.
The GSBF Convention XXXVI in Burbank, California wrapped up yesterday, November 3rd. Our headliners Dave DeGroot, Suthin Sukosolvisit, and Peter Warren wowed audiences with great demonstrations and workshops. The “Bonsai Artist Studio” was a big hit with attendees this year and enabled the audience to gather around and look right over the artist’s shoulder while they worked on the trees. The Halloween Costume Bus Party was not to be missed–ask an attendee for the stories! Watch for additional coverage of the convention on this website and Golden Statements Magazine. (more…)
Most trees prefer slightly acidic soils, generally around 6.0 to 6.5, with 7.0 being neutral. This slight soil acidity improves the tree roots ability to absorb nutrients. Very acid soils (below 4.5) or alkaline soils (above 7.0) do not allow the tree roots to efficiently absorb essential nutrients, resulting in nutrient deficiencies. (more…)
Accent plants play an important role in the formal displaying of Bonsai trees. They usually sit besides the bonsai on display. Accent plants also can show artistic value by themselves.
At the recent Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) 30th Annual Show, Santa Rosa, California, August 24 and 25, 2013, accent plants dotted the display tables with surprising variety and artistic display of their own. These included plain grasses, tiny succulents and flowering plants. Every effort is made to complement the bonsai tree species on display. Some bonsai trees that conjure up the tall mountain ranges of Western North America require alpine plants. Lewisia: a very attractive plant, is one such plant. (more…)
Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento was founded in 1978 by botanist and bonsai nurseryman Yuzo Maruyama. It is one of only two clubs in California, and one of only a handful of clubs nationally that dedicate themselves to the cultivation, care, styling, propagation and showing of the 100’s of different types Satsuki azaleas. (more…)
A daiza is the Japanese term for a carved wooden stand that supports, balances and presents a viewing stone. The stone I am making a daiza for in this article would be called a “biseki” or “beautiful stone”. They are often polished on part or all of the stone. Most folks are familiar with the term “suiseki” which is a viewing stone that is all natural and not polished. (more…)
The winner of the 2013 GSBF Harry Hirao Annual Scholarship (HHAS) is Araxi Hovhannessian of Mesa, Arizona. Araxi has been an active member for the last 14 years with Scottsdale Bonsai Society, Scottsdale, Arizona. Currently, she serves as the president of the club for the third term. She strives to be a master bonsai teacher someday. Araxi has chosen to work with Boon Manakitivipart. Boon provides 3-day 3-times a year intensive training. The scholarship will help pay the cost of the registration. The HHAS funds will directly be applied to the registration. (more…)
Sei Boku Bonsai Kai (SBBK) celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2013. Plans to make the 30th show special had been in the works for quite some time. We pulled out all the stops this year and worked to improve all areas of our show with a goal of making this year our best show ever! (more…)