56th Annual Show A Success!

A great many people attended this weekend to see the show and demos. The trees were especially good this year.

Bob Shimon did our demo on Saturday. Bob has been doing bonsai since the early 1970s. He and his son Zack run Mendocino Coast Bonsai, specializing in collected redwoods and other California natives. Bob is also one of the founders of Redwood Empire Bonsai Club in Santa Rosa, CA. They always have a great show and our club often visits their show!

Bob's demo showed how to take a short, wide and twisted "stump" with a lot of character and do the initial styling. The image below shows the initial tree just before Bob started work. He talked about identifying the best"front" of the tree, which branches to remove and which to keep. He also talked a lot about care of redwoods. Take a look at our Redwood Basics article for more details.

Bob Shimon beginning to work
Bob Shim0n beginning work (Click image for larger view)


Club News

Visit Us In May

If you bought a tree during our show and would like to know more about how to care for it, please attend our May 20th meeting. We'll talk about how much to water and when and about the importance of fertilizer. We'll demonstrate basic pruning to keep your tree looking good. This workshop is also for newer club members who want to bring in a tree and get some assistance. We’re asking more experienced members to bring in a pair of scissors and perhaps a concave cutter and be prepared to assist new members.

We ask that you bring only one tree so we have time to help everyone that attends

We think find our article About Your New Tree helpful. This is one of many articles we've written to help our club members. See this list of Articles


Photo Shoot

Over the years we've been putting more and more effort into producing great photos and then videos of trees displayed at our shows. This year we enlisted more members in this fun, but demanding task. The crew included a professional phtographer, several talented amateurs who helped with the lighting and many people to ferry and stage the trees to be photographed. We will have photos of all the trees online soon.

Setting up lighting
Setting up lighting (Click image for larger view)

The video of trees shown at our 2015 Show is available on YouTube, along with videos from earlier years.


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: May Tasks

New Article - Pine Pests

Many people have noticed pine trees turning yellow and dying. I've collected research together into a new article, Pine Pests. Check it out!


March Meeting Recap

Rita Curbow and Charlene Fischer led a discussion about how to stage trees for the upcoming Club Show. Several tree and stand combinations were shown to help members see which ones "worked best" so they could choose the appropriate stand for their tree. There was also a discussion of different kinds of accent plants and scrolls that could be used.

Because our show is a "spring show" the materials shown in the scroll should be from that season. For example, we should avoid using scrolls with snow or autumn colors.

Rita discussing Accent Plant and Scroll to accompany tree
Rita discussing Accent Plant and Scroll to accompany tree