Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show

150_2222On April 25th and 26th 2015, the Bonsai Sekiyu Kai presented their annual bonsai and stone show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church. Hours were Noon to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Demonstrations were conducted at 2 PM on both days. Yuzo Maruyama of Maruyama Bonsai Nursery was the guest demonstrator. He is also the club president and sensei. Maruyama Bonsai Nursery is a Northern California retail nursery selling bonsai, pre-bonsai, accent plants and bonsai supplies including tools, pots, soil and more. Maruyama is a botanist and artist in the Japanese art form of bonsai. (more…)

48th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

150_Bonsai Society of San Francisco (BSSF), Marin Bonsai Club (MBC), Yamato Bonsai Kai (YBK), GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, and California Suiseki Society all attended the 48th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, Japantown, California. Each displayed bonsai and suiseki in the second largest Japanese American cherry blossom festival in the US. Club members were on hand to pass out club information and show flyers and to answer questions from the festival visitors. (more…)

Photographing Your Bonsai California Juniper

150_252The other day I decided to photograph every bonsai in my collection. That’s right, every bonsai! I took 159 images; a lot of doubles and triples. It was an all-day task. But, I wanted to begin a better record of my bonsai. I wanted an inventory and then a breakdown of the various species. I mostly wanted to compare the current images with older ones to determine what progress or lack of progress was being made.

I photographed the bonsai by species, starting with the most present – junipers. I used a tripod and Nikon D3000 1/200 f/7.1. I used various backgrounds, dry and wet fence boards and the home siding. It rained early that morning and when the rain had left the area, it left a cloud ceiling so I did not have to worry much about bright sunlight and shadows. (more…)

56th Spring Show for the American Bonsai Association

150_Image268On 11 and 12 April 2015, the American Bonsai Association, Sacramento (ABAS) held their 56th Annual Spring Show at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, Sacramento, California. Hours were 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Headliner was Bonsai Master Artist and Instructor Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens, Ltd. Bremerton, Washington. Dan conducted demonstrations both days, a redwood on Saturday and juniper on Sunday. Both trees were collected specimens. The demonstrations started at 1:30 PM, both days. Benefit drawings were held each day following the demonstrations, which included the demonstration trees and various other bonsai related items. (more…)

American Bonsai Association, Sacramento Carving with Dan Robinson

150_Image352On 11 & 12 April 2015, the American Bonsai Association, Sacramento held their 56th Annual Spring Show at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, McKinley Park, Sacramento, California. Hours were 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Headliner was Bonsai Master Artist and Instructor Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens, Ltd. Bremerton, Washington. A new book, Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees: The Life and Works of Dan Robinson – Bonsai Pioneer, by Will Hiltz and Victrinia Ridgeway, 2010, defines Dan’s work as “Sculpture. A bonsai pioneer is who Dan is. The Picasso of bonsai defines what he does.” Dan conducted demonstrations both days, a redwood on Saturday and juniper on Sunday. Both trees were collected specimens. The demonstrations started at 1:30 PM, both days. Benefit drawings held each day following the demonstrations, which included the demonstration trees and various other bonsai related items. There were vendors on hand and member sales. There was a scheduled member led beginner bonsai workshop. Also, Dan led a hands-on carving workshop on Saturday morning. Dan was to give members only a critique of their bonsai on display at 9 AM on Sunday. (more…)

Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai Celebrates 20 Years

150The Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai (BASA) celebrates its twentieth year as a club this year, and nineteenth annual Satsuki azalea exhibition on May 16-17, 2015 at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. The club grew out of a small but determined group of bonsai enthusiasts, most from the East Bay Bonsai Society (EBBS), that had generated great enthusiasm and energy as a special study group within EBBS before taking the ambitious step of forming a club and joining the Golden State Bonsai Federation. (more…)

The 44th Kanuma Satsuki Festival is Coming

150_Image325From May 30 to June 8, 2015, the 44th Kanuma Satsuki Festival will be held at the Kaboku Center just southeast of the City of Kanuma in Japan. It is a great distribution center for Satsuki, flowers, trees, landscaping and gardening materials. The Kanuma Satsuki Festival is held every year at the Kanuma City Kaboku Center. Satsuki azalea is a symbol of Kanuma City. Each year the Kanuma Satsuki Festival is held in the spring, late May and early June. The word Satsuki is two Japanese kanji characters – “Sa” which means five, and “Tsuki” which is the word for moon. Satsuki means fifth moon of the Asian lunar calendar. It refers to the flowering period as the Satsuki flowers around late May and early June.

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ABAS Tribute to Daniel F. Buckley, 1923 – 2014

spiritIn 1960, Dan Buckley was American Bonsai Association, Sacramento’s second President. His dedication to ABAS and the art and hobby of bonsai continues to contribute and inform us all.
The gifts he gave us can be seen in the bonsai, saikei, and bonkei publications he helped create in the late1960’s, the classes he provided to those who are now our more senior members, and in his numerous acts of kindness over the years that helped give this club its quality of spirit.

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GSBF Convention 2015 Headliners and Guest Artists

gsbf_conv2015Riverside is once more the venue for the upcoming Golden State Bonsai Federation 2015 Convention, but much has changed since we were last there. Attendees can stay in the historic Mission Inn — the largest mission revival building in the United States, favored by Presidents, royalty, and movie stars. Relax in its world-famous and complimentary Eucalyptus Spa. The other hotel choice is the Hyatt Place, a new hotel with a modern flair where each room is a suite. Both hotels are only $99 per day, and this rate is good for three days before and after the convention. (more…)

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai Styling with Mike Pistello

150_imThe Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai held their 27th Annual Bonsai Show on March 16 and 17, 2015, at the Museum of Art & History, in downtown Santa Cruz, California. Hours were 10 AM to 5 PM, both days. Bonsai artist and teacher Mike Pistello conducted demonstrations. Raffle drawings for demonstration trees and trees especially prepared by club members were part of the benefit raffles each day. Sales included vendors and member sales of bonsai related items. There was an admission price to the museum that included entry to the bonsai show and demonstration. Complementary coffee, tea and cookies. The bonsai on display were situated among various pieces of art at the museum. (more…)