Proposed Changes to the GSBF By-Laws


GSBF_sq_stampThe proposed 2014 changes to the GSBF By-Laws are now available for membership review and comments. You can find the changes to the By-Laws under the Membership menu or by clicking here. Please use Contact Us for any comments or email your comments directly to GSBF 1VP Scott Chadd at or GSBF President Abe Far at  An approval vote is scheduled for the fall meeting at the GSBF Convention 37.



Golden State Bonsai Federation and American Bonsai Society presents 2014 Convention XXXVII “Bonsai Visions of the West” in Sacramento, CA. Register online today! Headliners include Peter Tea, Kathy Shaner and David De Groot, ABS Learning Seminars with Ted Matson and Jack Sustic, Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition, and Special Tribute to John Naka – 100 years. Demonstrations, seminars, critiques, workshops, excursions, benefit drawings, vendors, and much more. Register online today! Click Here!

GSBF Bonsai Club Fund-raisers

GSBF_sq_stampBy George Haas

Just about every member club of the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) holds at least one annual fund-raiser during the calendar year – the annual club show or exhibition. The purpose of the annual club show is twofold – to introduce and show the public and other clubs our bonsai and to raise funds to support club operations and scheduled activities during the rest of the year. Donations are greatly appreciated at such events. (more…)

Garden Glimpse

150By Joe Byrd
Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

The GSBF Bonsai School at Lake Merritt received initial funding at the recently held GSBF Board Meeting. The goals of the School are threefold: 1) train students to develop and manage large public and private collections of bonsai such as the GSBF collections at Lake Merritt and Huntington; 2) raise the level of bonsai knowledge throughout the bonsai community; and 3) provide an advanced level of bonsai education for serious bonsai students. (more…)

San Diego Bonsai Club Bus Trip

all_150By Janice Hale

The San Diego Bonsai Club went on a bus trip to visit local bonsai nurseries this past July. A wonderful activity many GSBF bonsai clubs place on their yearly calendars to discover new bonsai trends, revisit old friends and to shop for their bonsai needs. Members of the San Diego Bonsai Club had an adventure July 26th by heading north to Roy Nagatoshi’s Fuji Nursery in Sylmar, Green Products Sales in the City of Industry and to Lindsay Shiba’s Mt. Fuji Nursery in Upland. It was a shop-till-you-drop day. We managed to fill the cargo bay of a large tour bus with pre-bonsai trees, bonsai pots and display stands. (more…)

San Francisco Suiseki Kai 33rd Annual Suiseki Exhibit

150The San Francisco Suiseki Kai 33rd Annual Suiseki Exhibit was held at the Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center, San Francisco, California, on August 2 and 3, 2014. San Francisco Suiseki Kai was founded in 1981 by a small group of Japanese-American immigrants. Members of San Francisco Suiseki Kai meet regularly for study classes and stone collecting and hold regular exhibits at the Japan Center in San Francisco. (more…)

GSBF Workshop Program

GSBF_sq_stampGSBF Workshop Program will provide funding directly to qualifying clubs for the purpose of reimbursing the clubs for the cost (up to $400 per club) of club workshops and other educational functions, such as seminars, demonstrations, and lectures. The primary goal of the Workshop Program is to provide funding to those clubs that due to either geographical or financial hardship have difficulty obtaining instructors for their club programs. (more…)

Stolen Bonsai!

pic150The tree belongs to a member of Sei Boku Bonsai Kai (SBBK), San Mateo, California, and was recently shown at their 2014 Annual Show on May 31 and June 1, 2014. It was stolen from the member’s yard Saturday night August 2, 2014. It is an exposed root Escallonia (Escallonia). If you see this tree anywhere, please notify the Sei Boku Bonsai Kai Club.

Additional information: The tree was purchased at the Redwood Nursery in Scotts Valley about nine years ago. About eight years ago it was potted up and began its training. When it was ready to go into a bonsai pot, Peter Tea was able to find the pot in Japan for it. The pot is a cobalt blue Japanese pot with a length of 22 inches and a width of 16 inches. The height of the tree is approximately 30 inches and the width at the maximum is approximately 36 inches. If anyone has any information on the tree they could contact any SBBK club member or Officer B. Bligh, #91, at the Campbell, California police station at 408-866-2121 or 408-866-2101. (more…)

GSBF Annual Judged Bonsai Competition

GSBF_sq_stampAll bonsai enthusiasts who are members of a GSBF club are invited to enter their bonsai in a judged competition wherein cash prizes will be awarded. Any person who is a recognized member of a GSBF club in good standing (current on dues) is eligible to enter their bonsai in the judged competition. Cash prizes of $500.00 and $200.00 are awarded to the winners. Entry acceptance began on June 1st. Acceptance of entries will be on a first-come-first-served basis until Exhibit space is exhausted. The judged bonsai competition is conducted in conjunction with the GSBF annual convention. Additional details can be obtained from the GSBF Judged Bonsai Competition Chair, Bob Hilvers, at 559-909-1051 or

Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition

josh150The Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition is an annual competition to recognize and promote new bonsai talent in North America. First prize is no more than $1,000 toward an exclusive course of instruction with an approved bonsai teacher. The first stage of the competition is a judging of photographs of previously designed trees by the entrant. The second stage will be the actual production of a bonsai during the GSBF/ABS Convention, Oct. 30, 2014, at the Double Tree Hotel Sacramento, CA. (more…)