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. (Map)
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 at the conclusion of the demo.
There will be trees for sale throughout the day. 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.
Root over rock Maple from 2013 show
March 21, 2014 @7 P.M.
Our March program will focus on “Final Prep of Your Tree” for show. Bring one of your trees that you plan to show, wire and tools if applicable, and get some expert assistance and advice about your tree. If you have a stand, scroll, or accent plant you plan to use with your tree please bring those too. This will be an interactive process with members advisinghow best to show your tree.
New members are encouraged to bring the work-in-progress trees form the Beginner's Class to this meeting. Any club member can display a work-in-orogress in the In-Progress area during our show.
In the past we have had club-owned show stands available at our March meeting for people to borrow. But the board has decided that it would be more efficient if these stands are available at the show that Saturday morning during setup. That means no stands will be available at this month's meeting unless individual members want to bring stands they want to loan.
As always, help with early setup of the meeting room is appreciated.
Show and Tell
Flowering trees and maples with new spring leave.
Annual Show 2014 Planning
Our 2014 Kusamura Show date of April 26 – 27 is fast approaching. The club is happy to announce that Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan and Gale Lane have volunteered to lead the efforts for our plant sale and Dave Flynn has volunteered once again to handle the assembly of the tokonoma box.
Here are the show lead positions:
- Show Chair – Charlene Fischer
- Publicity Chair – Mark O’Brien
- Plant Sale Chair - Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan and Gale Lane
- Food & Hospitality Co-Chairs - Lynne O’ Dell and Marsha Mekisich
- Tree Display Cards Coordinator – Karen Greenstadt
- Benefit Drawing & Auction Coordinator – John Mekisich
- Tokonoma Box Assembly – Dave Flynn
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.
Sunday Show Demonstrations Participants Needed
Our Sunday demonstration will be a styling competition between three groups of two members each. Jerry Carpenter will be our emcee for this event. If you are interested in participating please contact Charlene or Jerry. This is sure to be a fun event.
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:
- Common name
- Botanical name (if you don't know, the coordinator will look it up for you)
- “Trained Since” Year
- Display Area Size Needed (indicate either shohin, half-table, or full-table)
- History of the tree - a short paragraph (optional)
Some club members have expressed interest in identifying their show trees by placing an initial on the tree cards. If you would like to do this please let Karen know. She will not include your initials unless you specifically ask her to.
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.
A complete list of all the tasks involved in putting on our show can be found here.
February Potting Party "Thanks"
On March 2, the club had its last potting party for our 2014 show. The club thanks John and Sandy Planting for being such gracious hosts for all three of these parties.
Along with John and Sandy, attendees were Richard Phillips, Barbara Shahinian, Lonnie McCormick, Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan, Mark O’Brien, Charlene Fischer, Desmond Johnston, Rita Curbow, Helen Reist, Lynne O’Dell, Diane Churchill, Chris Weigen, and Stephanie North. The club thanks all these members for making our last potting party of the season a big success. Richard started out by getting there early and helping John and Sandy with the setup and that was especially appreciated. As we got into the afternoon members continued to arrive and I’m happy to say that all the available trees were worked on and went home with volunteers to be cared for until our April show.
The club also thanks Charlene Fischer for being our Potting Party Supplies Coordinator which included inventorying, purchasing, and getting the pots, wire, screen, etc to each potting party and back to the club shed at the end.
Bonsai Pot Sale by Bill Scott
We had a very successful bonsai pot sale for Bill. Thanks to everyone for turning out and helping Bill reduce his excess stock of pots. There were a variety of pots available - signature to training pots, all sold at great prices.
The club also thanks Bill for donating all his plastic pots to the club for use at future potting parties.
New Google Group
Newsletter editors from most of the bonsai-related clubs in the SF Bay Area have created 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: March Tasks
February Meeting Recap
by Jerry Carpenter and Rita Curbow
At the February meeting Jerry demonstrated the creation of a saikei. He used three mugho pines purchased at the recent shohin seminar, a rectangle landscape pot, and three rocks. He talked about how to create a scene based on perspective, the art of recreating a landscape, and the origins of the art of saikei. With assistance from Sean Morris, Jerry also demonstrated using “muck” to hold the rocks in place and how to create “muck.” When they removed the pines from their pots they discovered that all had similar sized trunks and their nebari were far below the surface. Jerry used this to talk about selecting trees and working with the material you have. In the end he was able to create perspective by placing one tree higher than the others. The process demonstrated how to make use of what you have.
Congratulations to Bang Vo who won the saikei at the end of the evening. Thanks to Jerry for a wonderful demonstration.
Finished Saikai (larger image here)
When it’s time to repot a saikei or a group planting, you don’t have to break the trees apart and create new groups. Treat each group as one unit and it is a much easier task. For example if you have a group planting of seven trees and they’re all closely intertwined, their root system would be treated as one unit when repotting. If the seven trees were planted in two groups of say five and two, then you would then treat the root systems of the seven trees as two units when repotting.
Other Sources of Info
Our library has a number of books that cover creating a saikei. One of the best is the book Forest, Rock Planting & Ezo Spruce Bonsai by Saburo Kato. While a third of the book is devoted to Ezo Spruce bonsai, the rest of the book covers rock plantings (saikei) and group plantings. From creating a lake scene, a quiet forest, an endless meandering forest road, a coastal windblown scene, to a deciduous forest of the plains, this book tells you what types of trees and rocks to use and provides a detailed diagram on how to place them to achieve the desired effect.
Information about other books and materials in our club library can be found here.