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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!

Vending at the Vets Dining Hall

cher150By Cheryl Petty

The ceilings are tall in the Dining Hall. At one end is a stage and along one side is a wall of windows. Eighteen vendors assembled here the last weekend of August 2014 at the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society annual show.

Before the show opens to the public, members dart through the vendors’ hall, eyeing the goods with experience, before returning to their duties in the main exhibit hall.  Last minute purchases are spirited away, perhaps to accent a tree in the next hall.  Once the public is admitted, the already narrow aisles between rows of tables clog.  In this room, talking rules:  customers talking to vendors who call to each other across a distance in greeting to others coming in another direction, happy pandemonium. (more…)

Demonstration from the 53rd Annual Midori Bonsai Club Show

mid150This was the Midori Bonsai Club’s 53rd annual show held at the Northside Community Center, 488 6th St., in San Jose, California. Hours were 10 AM – 5 PM with an outdoor demonstration at 1 PM by Juan Cruz. Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM – 1 PM. Advice from Dr. Bonsai for trees brought in. Large plant sale by club members along with many vendors with bonsai supplies and trees were on hand. Free admission and parking. Point of contact for show details was John Thompson. The Northside Community Center provided an ideal venue for bonsai show with several spacious rooms inside and a large patio setting nestled underneath large oak trees that provided much needed shade for this Indian summer day. (more…)

Midori Bonsai Club 53rd Annual Bonsai Show

150_Image272This was the Midori Bonsai Club’s 53rd annual show held at the Northside Community Center, 488 6th St., in San Jose, California. Hours were 10 AM – 5 PM with an outdoor demonstration at 1 PM by Juan Cruz. Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM – 1 PM. Advice from Dr. Bonsai for trees brought in. Large plant sale by club members along with many vendors with bonsai supplies and trees were on hand. Free admission and parking. Point of contact for show details was John Thompson.

The Northside Community Center provided an ideal venue for bonsai show with several spacious rooms inside and a large patio setting nestled underneath large oak trees that provided much needed shade for this Indian summer day. (more…)

Feedback

GSBF_sq_stampFeedback is defined by Merriam-Webster Online as “helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve a performance, product, etc., something (such as information or…”).

Needless to say we all need some form of confirmation when communicating to one another. When we implemented the new design and news like blog for the GSBF Website in November 2012, we did not forget about the importance of receiving your feedback! However, since we are volunteers for the most part and with limited time we designed the news like blog without the usual “Reply” or “Comments” buttons. We felt at the time it would be impossible to provide responsive and credible answers to every posting. (more…)

Collecting Manzanita—
The Impossible Dream? NO!

150gtInterview by Tom Kelly 
(Photos provided by Tom Kelly)

Reprinted article from GSBF Golden Statements Vol. XXVII No. 5, Sep/Oct 2004

California Bonsai Artists have long admired the lovely Manzanita: its red trunk and life line, the rough gray shari that is so natural on both young and old trees. In fact, one could say that Manzanita have been admired to death. The hundreds of collecting stories that end in a tree’s slow death are so common that few of us even any longer. We are always surprised to see a Manzanita in a Bonsai Show. The first question is always, “How long has it been in the pot?” The usual answer is one to three years, and the response is “The Knowing Nod” of wisdom. (more…)

John Naka 100 Years Celebration (1914-2014)

150_pic_11Bonsai Court at The Huntington, San Marino, California
Courtesy of Cheryl Manning

John Yoshio Naka (August 16, 1914, Ft. Lupton, Colorado – May 19, 2004, Whittier, California), considered the father of American bonsai. He was an American artist, author, bonsai master, horticulturist, and teacher.

During the months of August and September 2014, the Bonsai Court Collection at The Huntington, San Marino, California, presented a special bonsai display in honor of John Naka 100 Years Celebration (1914- 2014). On display, bonsai styled by John Naka and his students. Many of the trees were temporarily on loan by their owners. The other trees belong to The Huntington. Co-located at the Bonsai Court are bonsai belonging to the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Collection. Below are some of the special bonsai on display in honor of John Naka. (more…)

Sierra Bonsai Club Annual Show 2014

sb-150By George Haas

Penryn, California, population 831 at the 2010 census. Elevation 627 ft (191 m), located in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento, California.

That is where the Placer Buddhist Church held their Annual Fall Food Bazaar this weekend, September 27–28, 2014. The Placer Buddhist Church (PBC) is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhism, affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America. The church was founded in 1902 and currently has nearly 300 members. (more…)

GSBF to Open New Bonsai Collection in Fresno

GSBF_sq_stampBy Abe Far, GSBF President

I am pleased to announce the Clark Center Bonsai Collection is now GSBF’s third collection located at the Shinzen Japanese Friendship Garden, 114 W Audubon Dr, Fresno, CA 93720 (Central Valley). This is an amazing step forward for our organization. Congratulations to all those who contributed in bringing about the GSBF third collection. I would ask that all GSBF members join me in thanking the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, and to Libby and Bill Clark for trusting us with gifting their wonderful Bonsai collection to GSBF. Particular appreciation goes to Sally Ramage and her Board, along with Bob Hilvers, GSBF past president and the Clark Center Bonsai Curator, for their hard work in making this partnership and added Bonsai collection possible. Last but not least, thanks goes to GSBF’s Board for its support and vision in facilitating this new partnership and to the Shinzen Japanese Friendship Garden in the Central Valley. (more…)

Rock Planting By Kathy Shaner

feat_150Image300By George Haas

The Garden Juniper (Juniperus chinensis procumbens ‘Nana’) rock planting (see photo below) appeared on display during the 31st Annual Bonsai Show held by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) on August 23 and 24, 2014. The creation of the rock planting was by world famous Bonsai Master Kathy Shaner for its owner, Frank Bardella of Sebastopol, California. It was created in November 2011. Just how the rock planting was created was the subject of an article published in the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) publication Golden Statements (May/June 2012 Vol. XXXV No. 3). The original article is posted below. (more…)

Shimpaku Juniper Cascade Redo

150versBy George Haas

The tree is a Shimpaku Juniper (Juniperus chinensis Shimpaku), see first photo below. ‘Shimpaku’ is a dwarf, irregular vase-shaped form of Chinese juniper. It is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can grow to 3’ tall and 5’ wide over a period of 10 years. Scale-like gray-green to dull dark green needles are soft to the touch. Foliage remains attractive year-round. The bonsai is a yamadori style and in training for less than 10 years. It started as a single whip. Wired and potted and continued to grow and develop. About three years ago it was transplanted into the moon style pot as shown. (more…)