The Next Generation

150Image326I’m still recovering from our clubs event on Saturday. We were looking to promote bonsai to the public and seek new members but also give our current members a good day out. We sought funding from Belfast City Council and their Parks department. If you hold a stand alone event in one of their parks, they will offer grants to fund this. We applied and were successful. We called the event ‘The Bonsai Experience 2015′. (more…)

Notice of Stolen Bonsai – San Gabriel Nursery & Florist

bell2On June 17, 2015, person(s) unknown stole numerous expensive, high quality bonsai, valued at $1,000 to $10,000 each, by breaking into the San Gabriel Nursery & Florist retail nursery at 632 South San Gabriel Boulevard. Some 20 bonsai were stolen. According to Mr. Saburo Ishiara (Ishi), eight prized bonsai, including a juniper and a black pine, were stolen by cutting the wire locks. Ishi is VP of the company and in charge of the bonsai pricing. There is a limited market for this type of mature bonsai and their prices. Please contact your local police if you are approached by anyone trying to sell questionable bonsai. San Gabriel Nursery & Florist is one of Southern California’s largest and most complete garden centers. They have been family-owned and operated since the nursery was founded in 1923. (more…)

Bay Area Bonsai Associates Meeting

150_imageThe BABA monthly meeting was held at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM), Oakland, California, on June 13, 2015. The agenda called for club members to critique their pines and other conifers. Bill Castellon led the session. Craig Thompson brought in a beautiful old cork bark pine. Bill noted that it was time to cut candles on black pines, but cork bark and red pines are weaker than black pines and should have been candle pruned about a month before. Bill liked the consistency and size of the needles on the cork bark pine. He suggested that next year Craig cut the candles around May 15. Both Bill and Craig liked the idea of raising the trunk up a bit during the next repotting. (more…)

Monterey Bonsai Club 52nd Annual Exhibition & Demonstration with Bonsai Master Katsumi Kinoshita (Part 2)

150_The Monterey Bonsai Club held their 52nd Annual Exhibition on June 14, 2015, at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple in Seaside, California. Show hours were 11 am to 4 pm. A demonstration was scheduled for 1:30 pm, featuring Bonsai Master Katsumi Kinoshita. I was anxiously awaiting the 1:30 pm demonstration. So were many others as the seats in the demonstration hall were beginning to fill up. The demonstration material was a 20-year-old Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) collected as a sapling by Mr Kinoshita and maintained as pre- bonsai until today. (more…)

The Monterey Bonsai Club 52nd Annual Exhibition (Part 1)

150_Image349The Monterey Bonsai Club held their 52nd Annual Exhibition on June 14, 2015, at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple in Seaside, California. Show hours were 11 am to 4 pm. A demonstration was scheduled for 1:30 pm featuring Bonsai Master Katsumi Kinoshita. There were door prizes, benefit drawings for trees, demonstration tree, and silent auction area that included wonderful bonsai trees, pots and related bonsai items. I enjoy attending this club’s annual exhibition each year. It’s an older club and you can always expect exceptional bonsai on display. The club members help with the landscape plantings and trees and the temple grounds are always looking fresh and lovely. I was greeted warmly by the club president, Mr. Rich Guillen. Mr. and Mrs. Katsumi Kinoshita go out of their way to welcome the attending members of other clubs as well as the public. Other club members were on hand to answer questions and see to the success of the exhibition. As with all club bonsai exhibitions, there is a real need for the club members to be present and support their annual fundraiser. (more…)

California Suiseki Society 20th Annual Show

150_Image390The California Suiseki Society held their 20th Annual Show on June 13 and 14, 2015, at the Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt, in Oakland, California. Show hours were 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Normally, the club selects a theme like their latest collected field trip stones. However, this year the club members featured their best stones collected from California sites over the last two decades under the guidance of their late beloved sensei, Felix Rivera. There was a sales area for suiseki books and magazines (many out of print), as well as suiseki stones from members’ collections. Club members were on hand to answer questions about suiseki stones. Jerry Braswell of Art of the Daiza was vending suiseki stones and his hand crafted wood daizas. (more…)

Brussel’s 2015 Rendezvous

mainimageFor years, I have been hearing about a gathering, a rendezvous, at Brussels. A weekend full of bonsai, artists, friends, and bonsai workshops for everyone. I also heard there would be plenty of food and drink. Well, of course, I asked myself how could bonsai hobbyists go to Brussels, Belgium for the weekend? Then I kept hearing about the Rendezvous, but not knowing where to meet up. I was new to bonsai and too shy to ask about what the Rendezvous at Brussel’s was really all about. Are you going to Brussel’s this year, George? No, that’s too far to travel for just a weekend!

I recall how silly I must of looked when I learned that Brussel’s was Martin Brussel’s yearly gathering, called “Rendezvous”, held at his massive bonsai nursery in Olive Branch, Mississippi, just 30 minutes drive from the Memphis International Airport, Tennessee. (more…)

Sei Boku Bonsai Kai 32nd Annual Bonsai Show (Part 2)

150_Image270On 6 and 7 June 2015, at the San Mateo Garden Center, San Mateo, California, Sei Boku Bonsai Kai members held their 32nd Annual Bonsai Show. Admission was free. Hours were from 10 AM to 4 PM, both days. Special guest bonsai artist and instructor David Nguy was present both days. On Saturday, bonsai master Nguy conducted a demonstration, and on Sunday, he conducted open viewing workshops. Hours were from Noon to 3 PM, both days. Sei Boku Bonsai Kai put on a classic bonsai show with something for everyone. Raffle and door prizes were drawn both days at 3 PM. Vendors and member plant sales were a major feature of the show. In addition, a table was set up for Doctor Bonsai to answer questions regarding the care and maintenance of bonsai. Visitors were allowed to bring bonsai for Doctor Bonsai to examine and suggest care solutions. Marsha Mekisich was the show chairperson and M/C. (more…)

Sei Boku Bonsai Kai 32nd Annual Bonsai Show (Part 1)

150_Image385On 6 and 7 June 2015, at the San Mateo Garden Center, San Mateo, California, Sei Boku Bonsai Kai members held their 32nd Annual Bonsai Show. Admission was free. Hours were from 10 AM to 4 PM, both days. Special guest bonsai artist and instructor David Nguy was present both days. On Saturday, bonsai master Nguy conducted a demonstration, and on Sunday, he was conducing an open viewing workshop. Hours were from Noon to 3 PM, both days. Sei Boku Bonsai Kai put on a classic bonsai show with something for everyone. Raffle and door prizes were drawn both days at 3 PM. Vendors and member plant sales were a major feature of the show. In addition, a table was set up for Doctor Bonsai to answer questions regarding the care and maintenance of bonsai. Visitors were allowed to bring bonsai for Doctor Bonsai to examine and suggest care solutions. Marsha Mekisich was the show chairperson. (more…)

Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) Demonstration by Ryan Nichols

150_Image270On May 26, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at the Lurther Burbank Art and Garden Center, Santa Rosa, California, REBS hosted Ryan Nichols for a demonstration of styling a Rock Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum). Randy Knight of Bonsai Oregon collected the juniper in 2013.

Background: Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture at Cal Poly Pomona in 2010. He followed that with a master’s degree in Plant Biology, and currently teaches in the Plant Science Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He met and began studying bonsai with Ryan Neil of Bonsai Mirai, St. Helens, Oregon in 2011, as well as other teachers in the southern California area. (more…)