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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!

Yamato Bonsai Kai 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition

yam_150On October 18 and 19, 2014, the Yamato Bonsai Kai held their 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, Union City, California. Hours were Noon to 6 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Demonstrations were conducted each afternoon at 2 PM by Bonsai Master Johnny Uchida, working with advanced bonsai material. There were vendors and plant sales available.

I arrived early to meet with some of the vendors and look over the plant sales. I spoke with Kanehiro Hamajima of Bonsai Fusion, San Jose, California. He sells wonderful shohin and accent pots. I said hello to the busy David Nguy of West America Trading Company, Chino, California. David and his wife June were busy wrapping up imported bonsai pots for customers. I then purchased some copper wire from Jim Gremel of Deer Meadow Bonsai, Occidental, California. I took my time admiring Jim’s newest custom-made nanban pots he had for sale. Jim said he was readying himself and creating new pots for the upcoming Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention 37 at Sacramento, California, October 30 through November 2, 2014. (more…)

East Bay Bonsai Society Has 53rd Annual Bonsai Show & Demonstration with Matt Reel

east_150For 53 years, the East Bay Bonsai Society (EBBS) has been conducting its annual bonsai show. It certainly showed in the organization, schedule of activities and layout of the exhibition. The trees were exceptional on display. EBBS members also showed a large degree of excitement, enthusiasm and pride in displaying their bonsai with complementary other arts.

Months before the show EBBS members conducted show related preparedness during regular monthly meetings. Tom Colby discussed the use of stands in a bonsai display. Janice Dilbeck will arrange the display of trees, and Polly Gould will arrange companion and accent plants. Inge Woelfel will arrange the shohin display. Bob Gould will be responsible for assigning particular tokonoma tables for displays by individual members. Each individual member is responsible for arranging his or her tokonoma. And so on… (more…)

Bay Area Bonsai Associates Meeting with Guest, Matt Reel

150mattThe Bay Area Bonsai Associates (BABA) held its October 11, 2014 meeting with bonsai professional Matt Reel. Matt has spent eight years as an apprentice for Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan. After being certified in Japan, Matt is now back in the United States teaching bonsai. Matt introduced himself briefly and then started to comment on the trees BABA members brought to the meeting. Matt’s critiques were well received by all in attendance. He described the species and generally gave an overall assessment of the bonsai. He discussed the front view as presented by the tree’s owner and often suggested slight adjustments to bring out the most interesting movement of the trunk or other feature. Some native species Matt has never work with before. However, he explained with confidence and authority the fundamentals of bonsai styling, caring for and displaying. (more…)

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…)