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Kusamura Bonsai Club

Palo Alto, California

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Bonsai

3rd Friday of the Month (except Aug.)
7 PM Techniques Workshop
8 PM General Meeting

Club Calendar

April: No meeting in April.
May: If you bought a tree at our Annual Show come to this meeting and get more information about how to keep it healthy.

Other Events

March 22 – 23, Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai: 26th Annual Show at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street. 10 AM – 5 PM with a demonstration at 2 PM by John Thompson both days. Raffle drawing for demonstration tree after demo each day. Trees especially prepared, trimmed and wired by club members will be part of the raffle each day. Sales area will include both vendor and member trees, pots and other related bonsai items. Admission price includes entry to bonsai show, the Museum of Art & History and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. For more information contact Ed Lambing at edinbonnydoon@sbcglobal.net

April 5 – 6, Sacramento, California.
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai: 37th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 2 PM on both days. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. For more information go to bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com

April 12 – 13, Sacramento, California
American Bonsai Association of Sacramento (ABAS): Annual Spring Show will be held at the Shepherd Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours: Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM; demonstration both days by Kathy Shaner at 1PM. For further information email Paul Holtzen at pbholtzen@sbcglobal.net

May 3 – 4, 2014, Sacramento, California
Sacramento Bonsai Club: 68th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations on both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Benefit drawings, Plant & tree sales. For more information, contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at juddbonsai@att.net or visit http://sacramentobonsaiclub.com

May 3 – 4, 2014, San Jose, California
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club: 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street. Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations on both days at 1 PM by “Mr. California Juniper” Harry Hirao. Styled and pre-styled trees will be offered for sale on both days. For more information, contact Ken Azuma at kennethazuma@sbcglobal.net or visit http://gsbf-bonsai.org/sjbonsai

See GSBF Calendar for additional items

Other Sites We Recommend

Peter Tea's blog
Michael Hagedorn's blog
Bonsai Tonight
Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

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54th Annual Show

This year's show will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, located at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301. (More Info)

We will be open to the public -

  • Saturday April 26th - Noon to 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday April 27th - 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Demonstration by Gordon Deeg starts at 1:30 Saturday. On Sunday there will be a styling competition where three teams will work on similar trees but produce different finished designs. This will be at 1:30. Demo trees will be part of the benefit drawing held after each demonstration.

Bonsai trees will be on sale throughout both days. In the show room, club members will be on hand to answer your questions and provide further information about specific trees or the art of bonsai in general.

Visit Us in May: You're also invited to attend our May 16th meeting with one tree. This month we'll talk about how to care for your new tree - how to prune, water and fertilize to keep it healthy.

Root over Rock Maple
Root over rock Maple from 2013 show

No April Meeting

Instead of a club meeting we will be presenting our Annual Show, but we will be back with our regular club meeting in May.

Club News

Annual Show 2014 Volunteers

Our 2014 Kusamura Show date of April 26 – 27 is fast approaching. A complete list of all the tasks involved in putting on our show can be found here.

For questions regarding how to volunteer at the show, here is the list of people to contact in the respective area:

Putting on our annual show requires participation by the entire club. If you want to sign up for one or more time slots during the show and haven’t done so, contact Charlene or see her at our March meeting. Charlene would love to hear from you.

Show Tree Checklist

To help you make sure your trees are ready to be shown, please take a look at this checklist. The number one “NO NO” of course is arriving with a weedy tree and a dirty pot. Please make sure you clean up everything before show date.

Club Owned Stands Available at Saturday Show Setup

Lonnie McCormick will bring club owned stands on Saturday morning for use at the show. Note that there are a fair number of larger stands available in this collection but not as many smaller sizes. You may want to check with Lonnie via email prior to the show to find out what is available.

Stands Available from the Plantings Prior to Show

John and Sandy are offering their stands, scrolls, and scroll illustrations for use at our show but you need to borrow them before the show because they will not be bringing everything to the show. Call them to schedule a time to go by and borrow a stand and possibly other items for your tree.

Show Tree Cards

Karen Greenstadt has volunteered to prepare the cards for our show trees. For each of your trees, please provide her the following information:

Some club members have expressed interest in identifying their show trees. If you'd like to include your first name please let Karen know. She will not include your initials unless you specifically ask her to.

Accent Plants

Members are asked to prepare three trees for show this year. We usually have some club members who bring extra accent plants but we encourage you to prepare one or more accent plants because these are usually in short supply. You don’t want to be scrambling for an accent plant at the last minute.

Show Sale Consignment Trees

Consignment forms will be available at our March meeting. Electronic copies will be sent to all members who receive the newsletter online. Contact Rita Curbow if you need a form or have questions.

Nominating Committee

Rita Curbow, Donna Farmar and Stephanie North are handling the nomination of officers and board members for the 2014-2015 term. Nominations will be announced and voted on at our May meeting.

New Member Story by Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan

Bonsai can be an expensive hobby. In his story Bonsai on a Shoestring, 'Mo' shares some of his techniques to stretch your money and still have a lot of fun in bonsai.

New Google Group

Newsletter editors from many of the bonsai-related clubs in the SF Bay Area have joined together to create a new Google Group that will allow us to exchange information about upcoming special events. For example you'll hear about club shows or special club monthly meeting. We're still working on this so we don't know exactly well this will work, but anyone may subscribe to this group and you'll receive an email with each new announcement that's posted. Only newsletter editors may post announcements so there shouldn't be any spam. If you want to subscribe to sfbay-bonsai-suiseki-events go here.

Timely Work Schedule

Each month there are a number of tasks you need to do to your bonsai - from repotting, to fertilizing to spraying for pests. We have put together a checklist, customized for the San Francisco Bay Area to help you. This checklist is adapted from earlier work by Mitsuo Umehara.
This month: April Tasks

March Meeting Recap

by Rita Curbow

We had a GREAT turnout for our March interactive “final show prep” meeting. Jerry did a fabulous job keeping us all headed in the right direction and providing tips on what we should do to our trees before show. Other club members chimed in too with their suggestions. With momentum like this we are sure to have a great show!