Newsletter October 2022

No meeting in October Join us at the GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous in Santa Nella Oct 8-9

Next SABS Meeting:

Nov 12, 2022 at Longo Toyota 7pm 6pm Board Meeting prior to the General Meeting
Everyone Welcome
We will be planning 2023

Bonsai Notebook

We will not have a club meeting in October. Our meeting date conflicts with the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Rendezvous in Santa Nella, so we are deferring to the state-wide event. Participation in the Rendezvous is free, so it is a great opportunity for all our members to help support GSBF.

The Rendezvous will be held at the Hotel Mission de Oro in Santa Nella October 8-9. Details about the event can be seen on the GSBF website www.gsbfbonsai.org
There are several motels in Santa Nella with reasonable rates. The Hotel Mission de Oro is usually fully booked by now, but you can still try for a room there with other options close by.

The Rendezvous will include bonsai demonstrations by many bonsai masters, exhibits, auctions, and lots of vendors.

President’s Corner

This time of year ushers in beautiful Fall colors. Our deciduous trees: maples, liquid amber, ginkgo, birch, etc. will hopefully exhibit this colorful phenomenon. I have read that adding a tablespoon of blood meal to a gallon of water yields a solution that when used to water our deciduous trees can enhance the colors. It could be an interesting experiment.
Now is a good time for cleaning up the display benches around our trees. Also, spray the bench area with both a fungicide and an insecticide to kill off any pests that want to stay for the winter.
Inspect all your wired branches for girding. Imbedded wire will inhibit branch growth in the spring, besides leaving a scar.
Most important of all, enjoy your trees as we move into the cooler months. Tree shapes should hold well during the seasonal slow-growth period and dormancy.
~Dave

Members Corner

Please note on your calendar, there will not be a club meeting on Oct 8, the 2nd Saturday in October because of the GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous held in Santa Nella, CA. All members are encouraged to attend this 2-day event– it is well worth the drive.

SABS next regular meeting will be on Nov 12 at Longo Toyota in El Monte. Details and information will be included in the next newsletter (Nov 2022).

Many changes are happening for SABS. Due to Arboretum construction our locations are going to be creative until June 2023.

2023 Meeting location and demonstration updates will be posted in the monthly newsletters on our website. www.sabonsai.org

We also now have a new email address: ContactUs@sabonsai.org for questions and comments. So sorry about the “techy challenges” incurred in Sept but it seems to be back up and running once again

2023 Officer and board member elections are scheduled to be held at the Jan 2023 meeting.
It is time to refill many of our board positions. Post covid, there are multiple vacancies and we could truly use your help and ideas. We are an entirely volunteer board and try to divide up responsibilities and keep the new ideas flowing. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dave & Lorraine at lmiles@sabonsai.org, or call Dave at 909 519 5391 to find out more about the following positions:
Vice President: assist with finding meeting locations
Program Chairman: arranging for demonstrators & workshops for the monthly meetings
Social Media Director: all things media related
Secretary: record minutes at board mtgs
Hospitality Chairperson and committee of 2-3: manage the monthly meeting refreshment table
Members at large: varying assignments including badges, raffle table assistant, photographer, historian, and more

Thank you to the following members for volunteering in the following interim positions between now and the elections Jan 2023

Matt Mahaffey– Social Media
Bryan Nicholson– Secretary
Becky Villasenor – Photography

Sept 2022 Meeting Highlights

David & June Nguy hosted our September meeting at their home in Chino, so everyone had the opportunity to walk through their bonsai garden and see David’s fabulous collection. For most of us, it was a very humbling experience to see such spectacular trees.

David and June recently built a Japanese tea house in the garden, and it was a beautiful addition.

With so much to see, it was difficult rounding everyone up for David’s demonstration, but we settled in and he took over.
David provided a very healthy and full Itoigawa juniper to work on for us. He started by talking about the importance of cleaning the inside of branches for wiring and to stimulate new growth. He described wiring technique as it related to the direction of a bend. He said it was important to bend a branch into position before applying wire to help hold the branch securely and prevent the wire from opening up if put on before bending.

David described the importance of branch placement to develop the design and also to provide open space between pads for light to enter. With the help of Ryan and Jerry from the Chino Bonsai Club, David wired and shaped the tree into a beautiful informal upright style.

Our club appreciated the generosity and hospitality that David and June shared with us when we had the pleasure of visiting their home and garden. It was such a unique opportunity that we have been able to enjoy for many years.

We had a very full raffle of bonsai items for our members, and at the end, Anthony Aguirre was the lucky winner of David’s demo tree. Thanks to Jim & Judylynn Pelling for managing our raffles.

Thanks also, to Becky V. for photographing the evening.

Thank You
To our September Raffle Table Donors


Jim & Helen Barrett
Jerry Banuelos
Mike Kelly
Peter Macasieb
Dave Miles
David & June Nguy
Ken Teh
Wendy Tsai

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Upcoming Events

Oct 1-2
Chino Bonsai Club 2nd Annual Bonsai Exhibit 261 S Junipero Sierra Dr. San Gabriel, CA
9-5pm daily- demos, raffle, auction, vendor & club Sales
Sat 5:30-Dinner reception

Oct 5-9
Kofu Kai Bonsai Exhibit at The Bowers Museum, 2002N Main St, Santa Ana
10am-4pm daily

Oct 8-9
GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous, Hotel de Oro, Santa Nella, CA.
Check the GSBF website for details

Nov 12-13
Pacific Bonsai Expo, The Bridge Yard Event Center, Oakland, CA,
Large show with cash prizes and trophies for best in show, conifers, deciduous, broad-leaf evergreen, shohin

2022-23 Monthly Meeting Dates

Oct 8— no meeting due to GSBF Rendezvous
Nov 12 — Al Rivera at Longo Toyota
Dec 10 — no meeting: Happy Holidays
Jan 14 -– Annual meeting: details TBA

Refreshment Schedule
Drinks: bring your own ( water by SABS)

Nov 12– Snacks: Bob Alderette If you have a favorite, please bring it- our members always enjoy munching while learning

Come Join Us

Newsletter September 2022

Meeting Time and Place
Sept 10, 2022
at 6pm
at the home of David & June Nguy
Chino, CA

SABS Bonsai Notebook

Our final summer road trip will be Sept. 10 at the home of David and June Nguy in Chino.
We will start at 6:00pm to take advantage of this daylight event. Once again, David and June are graciously hosting our club meeting in the midst of David’s amazing bonsai collection. We are so fortunate to have a bonsai master like David so accessible to our club. He is well known throughout the world of bonsai for his work with junipers, especially California junipers. Black pines are also his specialty and many of both are on display in his garden.
Come early so you have time to view David’s vast bonsai collection. It is worth the trip alone.

Also, David and June’s Chino Bonsai Club will have its annual bonsai exhibit Oct. 1-2.
See “Up Coming Events” for details.

Many of you have already had the opportunity to visit David & June’s Garden and know the way to their home. For the purpose of privacy we are not including directions in this post.

If you are a “first timer” and need directions please email to ContactUs@sabonsai.org
Directions and street address will be emailed to you prior to the meeting.

President’s Corner

The summer heat is still on, so we need to stay vigilant with our watering.
Know your own trees; their sun exposure (shaded or not), soil mixture (fast draining or not), and general appearance (healthy, wilted?).
Your specific situation will dictate your watering needs (once/day, twice/day).
It’s a good time to cut back on nitrogen-based fertilizers and turn to more potash and phosphorus.
As we move into the fall, you can gather tree seeds to store through the winter for spring planting.
I like to collect acorns for new oak trees. Find a large oak that has good structure in a park or wildland.
Collect the acorns that it drops. Put the acorns in a tub or glass of water (depending on how many you have) and throw away the ones that float.
Wrap the remaining “sinkers” in a paper towel and store them in the refrigerator until spring, and then plant.
It is fascinating to watch new seedling pop through the soil.
~Dave

Members Corner

  • Many changes are happening for SABS. Due to Arboretum construction our locations are going to be creative until June 2023
    Meeting location and demonstration updates will be posted on our website at www.sabonsai.org
    We also now have a new email address: ContactUs@sabonsai.org for questions and comments
  • 2023 Officer and board member elections are scheduled to be held at the Jan 2023 meeting.
    It is time to refill many of our board positions. Post covid, there are multiple vacancies and we could truly use your help and ideas.
    We are an entirely volunteer board and try to divide up responsibilities and keep the new ideas flowing.
    If you are interested in helping please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles@sabonsai.org, or call Dave at 909 519 5391 to find out more about the following positions

Vice President: assist with finding meeting locations

Program Chairman: arranging for demonstrators and workshops for the monthly meeting

Social Media Director: all things media related

Secretary: record minutes at board meetings

Hospitality Chairperson and committee of 2-3: manage the monthly meeting refreshment table

Members at large: varying assignments including badges, raffle table assistant, photographer, historian, and more

  • Thank you to the following members for volunteering in the following interim positions between now and the elections Jan 2023

Matt Mahaffey– Social Media

Bryan Nicholson– Secretary

Becky Villasenor – Photography

  • Membership
    Many thanks to Judy & Steve Anthony for their years of support as membership chairs. They will continue as Treasurers but are transitioning the membership role to Lorraine.
    Please direct any membership questions to Lorraine Miles at LMiles@sabonsai.org. or contactus@sabonsai.org
    All membership dues/ payments are payable to SABS.
    We do hope to include Zelle & Venmo options in 2023.
  • Please note on your calendar, there will not be a club meeting on Oct 8, the 2nd Saturday in October because of the GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous held in Santa Nella, CA. All members are encouraged to attend this 2-day event– it is well worth the drive. SABS next regular meeting will be on Nov.12. Check the website for the yet to be determined location.
  • We would like to say a special “thank you” to Robert Sencer. Robert has been our Webmaster and has managed all things Social Media since 2013. He designed, nurtured and maintained our web and UTube sites. His expertise and dedication to SABS is directly responsible for us surviving the “covid days” and continuing to grow. SABS has a long history dating back to the early 1960’s. Robert has protected that heritage and made it possible to share it within this new “techy world “. Recently the Sencer family has moved to Texas. Robert will continue to be our “Tech Emeritus” as we move forward but is stepping aside with monthly social media maintenance. We will never be able to thank him enough for all he has done for SABS.
    He will always be an honorary member…
    Thanks Robert !!!

Thank You
To our August Raffle Table Donors

Steve & Judy Anthony, Jim & Helen Barrett, Jerry Banuelos, Jason Chan, Sue Cook, Y.S. Farn, Mike Kelly, Peter Macasieb,
Dave Miles, Jim Pelling, Vic Shelton, Wendy Tsai, Frank Yee

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Welcome New Members

Jason & Renee Chan
Michael & Audree Sellarole
Nancy Smeets

August 2022 Meeting Highlights

The August meeting was held at Longo Toyota, our current fallback location whenever the Arboretum is unavailable. Jason Chan was our demonstrator and brought a very nice prostrata juniper to work on. He started by asking for audience input on the best front for the tree design. Jason talked about trunk movement and its importance in determining the best frontal presentation.


He explained the importance of branch structure and maintain proportion as you work up the tree. The lower branches should always be the thickest, with size progressing as you work up the tree; as in nature.
Jason advised not to be too quick cutting off branches that are not part of the design but could be used later for jin. He styled the tree, working from the bottom up and alternating side, back, and front branches for symmetry. In his design, Jason created a visually appealing jin cluster near the tree apex.


When finished, Jason provided a beautiful juniper tree for our raffle. Thank you, Jason, for your wonderful work. Your narrative kept the demo very interesting for all of us.

New Member, Michael Sellarole was the lucky winner of Jason’s tree

Upcoming Events

Oct 1-2 Chino Bonsai Club 2nd Annual Bonsai Exhibit 261 S Junipero Sierra Dr. San Gabriel, CA
9-5pm daily- demos, raffle, auction, vendor & club Sales
Sat 5:30-Dinner reception

Oct 5-9 Kofu Kai Bonsai Exhibit at The Bowers Museum, 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana 10am-4pm daily

Oct 8-9 2022 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous, Hotel de Oro, Santa Nella, CA.
Check the GSBF website for details

Nov 12-13 Pacific Bonsai Expo, The Bridge Yard Event Center, Oakland, CA, Large show with cash prizes and trophies for best in show, conifers, deciduous, broad-leaf evergreen, shohin

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: September 10, 2022
Time: 6 pm

Location:
At the home of David & June Nguy
Chino, CA

Refreshment Schedule
Drinks: bring your own
: water by SABS
Sept 10 — Appetizers, Snacks & Desserts
Snacks: Peter Macasieb, Steve Riley, Vic Shelton
Appetizers: Marren Padrones

If you have a favorite, please bring it our members always enjoy munching while learning

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

Sept 10 – David & June Nguy
Location: Chino, CA

Oct 8 – no meeting due to GSBF event

Nov 12 – TBA

Newsletter August 2022

Santa Anita Bonsai Society

Meeting Time and Place Aug 13, 2022 at 7pm
Longo Toyota Meeting Room
3534 Peck Road, El Monte, CA 91731

6pm Board Meeting prior to the General meeting
all members are welcome to attend

Bonsai Notebook

Jason Chan will be our guest demonstrator. He has been with us before, and we look forward to another great presentation. His experience with bonsai spans 18 years. He is a past member of the GSBF board and a past editor of Golden Statements magazine.

Jason and his wife, Renee founded Eastern Leaf in 2004 for bonsai enthusiasts of all levels. They are located in Chino and offer bonsai trees, tools and supplies. Jason supports the local bonsai community with workshops at his nursery and by presenting demonstrations regularly throughout Southern California. See his website at www.easternleaf.com.

President’s Corner

We will be unable to meet at the Arboretum from September 2022 to June 2023 due to construction on the entrance area, including the classrooms. The Arboretum may provide use of Ayres Hall for evening meetings, but no decision has been made. As a result of the construction, it will not be possible to have our Memorial Day Weekend Show at the Arboretum in 2023. We will try to have the Show at the conclusion of the construction or at an alternate site.

Longo Toyota is available to us for meetings at no cost, but we will be looking for alternate sites. If anyone knows of a venue close to the Arboretum, please let me know. We want to keep our meetings convenient for those use to traveling to the Arboretum.

Our club has been in existence since 1961, and I will do everything I can to ensure we continue our regular meetings. We all love the art of bonsai, and our club tradition will endure whatever ups and downs that come along…

Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles@sabonsai.org ~Dave

Members Corner

Welcome New Members:
Rocio & Mark Brenes
Edward, Albert & Alberto Rangel

  • Many changes are happening for SABS. Our locations are going to be creative for the next year. Meeting location and demonstration updates will be posted on our website at www.sabonsai.org
  • It is time to refill many of our board positions. Post covid, there are multiple vacancies and we could truly use your help and ideas. We are an entirely volunteer board and try to divide up responsibilities and keep the new ideas flowing.
  • If you are interested in helping please contact Dave & Lorraine at lmiles@sabonsai.org, call Dave at 909 519 5391 and/ or attend to our Aug 13 Board Meeting to find out more about the following positions:

– Vice President: assist with finding meeting locations

– Secretary: record minutes at board mtgs

– Hospitality Chairperson and committee of 2-3: manage our monthly meeting refreshment table

– Members at large: varying assignments including badges, raffle table assistant, photographer and more

  • For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website.

Directions to Longo Toyota meeting:
Peck Rd. exit off the I.S.10 fwy just west of the 605 fwy.
The meeting room is downstairs just inside the doorway below the round Auto Club sign on the Longo building.
There is a ramp available if necessary to bypass the stairs.

Thank You To our July Raffle Table Donors

Steve & Judy Anthony, Jim & Helen Barrett, Jerry Banuelo, Sue Cook, Y.S. Farn, Gabriel Gonzalez, Peter Macasieb, Dave Miles, Richard Ryerson, Vic Shelton, Wendy Tsai, Frank Yee

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

July 2022 Meeting Highlights

Our annual road trip to see Peter Macasieb and his collection was a big success. It appeared to be the largest turnout for a meeting this year. We all enjoyed the opportunity to see Peter’s wonderful collection and marvel at his talents for designing bonsai. Thanks to Peter and Marissa for having us at their home and providing ample space for all of us.

Peter started by talking about the development of bonsai trees. He took several of his trees off their benches nearby and told us how each was started and brought to the level of a show tree.

Peter’s demonstration tree was an Itoigawa Shimpaku. He explained his vision for the tree’s design and went to work. He talked about each branch and where it fit in the design and wired every branch into position.

During the break, everyone had a chance to see Peter’s work up close. The completed tree was a beautiful example of his artistry.

Anthony Aguirre was the lucky raffle winner of the tree, and we hope to see it again at a future show.

We had an abundant array of bonsai items on our raffle table, and the ticket sales were a great benefit to the club’s operation. Thanks to all who participated.

Upcoming Events

Aug 20-21
John Naka Memorial Bonsai Exhibit (formerly Nanpu Kai)
George J. Doizaki Gallery, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, 10a-5p

Oct 1-2
Chino Bonsai Club 2nd Annual Bonsai Exhibit
261 S Junipero Sierra Dr. San Gabriel, CA
9-5pm daily- demos, raffle, auction, vendor & club Sales
Sat 5:30-Dinner reception

Oct 8-9
2022 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous
Hotel de Oro, Santa Nella, CA.
Check the GSBF website for details

Come Join Us- visitors always welcomed

Next Meeting:
Date: August 13, 2022
Time: 7 pm

Location:
Longo Toyota Meeting Room
3534 Peck Rd.
El Monte, CA 91731

2022 Upcoming Monthly Meeting Dates

Aug 13– Jason Chan
Location: Longo Toyota, El Monte

Sept 10– David & June Nguy
Location: Chino, CA

Oct 8– TBA

Refreshment Schedule

Drinks: bring your own

Aug 13 — Wendy Tsai, Judy Anthony, Manuel Dizon

Sept 10 — Appetizers, Snacks & Desserts
Snacks: Peter Macasieb, Steve Riley, Vic Shelton

Newsletter July 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time and Place: July 9, 2022 at 6pm
At the Home of Peter & Marissa Macasieb
West Covina, CA

Join us July 9 for what has become an annual tradition. We will take a road trip from the Arboretum to the home of Peter and Marissa Macasieb for our meeting.

Peter will entertain us with a demonstration followed by raffle opportunities from a full table of member donated bonsai items.

The Macasiebs have graciously hosted one of our summer dates for many years, and the club looks forward to this great outdoor experience.

We will start the July meeting at 6:00pm, an hour early, to make good use of the daylight hours. Once again, we will have the opportunity to walk around Peter’s garden and admire his large and diverse bonsai collection and socialize with each other amid the beautiful trees. It will be a fun summer evening.

President’s Corner

Our summer has begun to heat up. The hot days and cool nights bring about tip growth and long internodes in our trees. Junipers are pushing hard and need cutting back to keep them from becoming overgrown bushes. If our trees get too dense, the lack of sunlight on the inside of branches can cause dieback and leave end foliage only, not a good look. Our tree designs depend on foliage close to the trunk to maintain a natural perspective. Cutting back tip growth will encourage shorter internodes and help secondary branching.

Most repotting is stopped before summer months, but some trees can still be transplanted. You can repot ficus material, pomegranates, cotoneasters, wisterias, and pyracantha.

Watch your tree soil, and don’t let it dry out completely in the summer heat and wind. You may have to water more than once a day, especially with shohin and shallow potted trees. It can be a delicate balancing act, but we learn from experience. Enjoy the summer and watch your trees thrive.

As a final point this month, I want to emphasize the importance of our monthly raffles. Besides our show sales table, the raffles are our primary source of funds to cover the costs of meetings and demonstrations. I am very proud of the raffle participation we have with our club members. It helps the club a great deal. Remember that just about anything bonsai related is welcome as a raffle item. I appreciate everyone who has regularly contributed to the raffle and especially those who buy raffle tickets. It all works to keep our tradition alive. ~Dave

Members Corner

  • Welcome New Members: Anita & Emmett Downs

  • Our summer meetings for July, August, and September at the Arboretum are preempted by summer concerts. We will have alternative meeting places for those months and post locations in the monthly newsletter and on the website .
  • We are still in search of a hospitality chairperson and committee of 2-3 who would be interested in helping to manage our monthly meeting refreshment table. Please contact Lorraine if interested in volunteering and/or learning more.
  • For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org
  • Coming soon: the 2022 SABS Memorial Weekend Gallery of photos.

Directions to Peter’s

Many of you have already had the opportunity to visit Peter’s Garden and know the way to his home. For the purpose of privacy we are not including directions in this post. If you are a “first timer” and need directions please email Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com Directions and street address will be emailed back to you

Thank You To our June Raffle Table Donors

Jim & Helen Barrett, Jerry Banuelos, Mike Kelly, Dave Miles,

Godwin Milner, Jim Pelling, Jason Saito, Vic Shelton

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

June 2022 Meeting Highlights

We received an interesting lesson in the development of saikei, landscape planting, from Jason Saito in June. We have had several artists demonstrate the styling of saikei for us over the years. Each one featured the individual style and interpretation of the artist, and Jason added a great deal to our understanding of the art.

Jason talked about the history of saikei, including the natural styling from bonsai influences and the “not always natural” from Penjing Influences. Jason said he tended to prefer the penjing style.

For his demonstration, Jason used a large rock as the focal point of his saikei and planted bert-davyi ficus material on the rock and at the rock base. He used tufa rock because of its light weight. He started with a shallow bonsai pot and positioned a tall tufa rock just off center. Using mortar and cyanoacrylate, he glued a smaller rock next to the base for stability. To complete the rock formation, he glued a small rock as a ledge part way up the face of the main rock. Jason planted the ficus trees so that the upper tree created depth in the scene with the larger tree at the rock base. He added moss and other smaller plants to accent the trees which, together, resulted in a beautiful landscape display.

David Melitz was the lucky raffle winner of Jason’s saikei.

Upcoming Events

July 2, 2022 Harley Newman’s Bonsai Sale, 1068 El Camino Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
9-10a viewing time. Sale 10-2p

Oct 8-9, 2022 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous, Hotel de Oro, Santa Nella, CA.
Check the GSBF website for details

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: July 9, 2022
Time: 6 pm

Location:
At the home of Peter & Marissa Macasieb, West Covina, Ca.

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates
July 9 — Peter Macasieb Location: West Covina
Aug 13 — Jason Chan Location: Longo Toyota, El Monte
Sept 10 — David & June Nguy Location: Chino, CA

Refreshment Schedule
July 9
Snacks & Appetizers
Judy Anthony, Anthony Aquirre, David & Debra Melitz, YS Farn
Desserts
Jackie Zinder, Peter Macasieb, Wendy Tsai

Aug 13 — Wendy Tsai, Judy Anthony, Manuel Dizon

Newsletter June 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time and Place: June 11, 2022 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room

The June 11 meeting will be at the Arboretum Our guest demonstrator will be Jason Saito, and he will be talking about the history and art of saikei while he demonstrates the creation of a new saikei for us.

Jason has been involved in bonsai for about 10 years now and is primarily focused on saikei, landscape plantings. From an early age, he has had a passion for miniatures including Kokeshi, building small-scale model dioramas, miniatures, and dollhouses. When he began studying bonsai, it led to him creating miniature landscape plantings.

Jason has studied with Frank Goya, Al Nelson, Mel Ikeda, and John Wang.

Come to the meeting ready to learn about and enjoy saikei, and perhaps take one home with you.

President’s Corner

Our Memorial Day Weekend show was a big success. I received many comments about the high quality of our trees, and I know the Arboretum attendees were, as usual, fascinated by what they saw. I am very grateful to our members for sharing their trees, many for the first time.

I also appreciate all the help from members setting up and taking down the show, as well as watching the trees and answering questions throughout the weekend. I hope you all enjoyed the experience.

Thanks to Peter for his very popular demonstration on Saturday. Also thank you to all of our members who worked on trees at our informal members workshop tables and moved around Ayres Hall as docents.The #1 comment was how friendly and knowledgeable everyone seemed to be. Our members are awesome! You sparked new interest in the Art of Bonsai and SABS.

All of you who attended the show saw Wendy & Lorraine working at the sales table throughout the weekend. They were there everyday and did an outstanding job managing all the sales and keeping the room organized.

The sale table was very full, and the sales were a tremendous benefit to the club. Almost all of bonsai items found new homes. Special thanks go out to Doyle Saito, Tom Vuong, Ray Blasingame, Marren Padrones, and Lindsay Shiba for their generous donations to SABS and to the sale table. Membership, the club percentage for sales and donations are what keeps us operational. We have a long history of donating in the bonsai world, and it is what sustains all of our clubs.

The donated cookies, donuts, goodies from 85c and waters were also very much appreciated.

On behalf of the club, I thank you all.

~Dave

Members Corner

– Our monthly meeting raffle table has been fabulous– thanks to all of the members who have generously donated to the table. Please help keep up our club tradition and bring an item(s) to support SABS and buy some raffle tickets. Everyone enjoys going home with trees, plants, pots, tools, supplies, books and even an occasional bag of “bonsai dirt”.

– Our May meeting & Memorial Weekend Show brought us many new members and a renewed interest in our bonsai emailing list.
Welcome all to our SABS Club and website (www.sabonsai.org)
New Members:
Ellen Keneshea
Carol Upston
Becky Villansenor & Katherine Ng
Guillermo Padrones
Anthony Aguirre
Radford & Martha Hunt
Lawrence Ponce
Bruce Tsurutani
Cam La

– We are in search of a hospitality chairperson and committee of 2-3 who would be interested in helping to manage our monthly meeting refreshment table. Please contact Lorraine if interested in volunteering and/or learning more.

– For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org http://www.sabonsai.org

– Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com

Thank You To our May Raffle Table Donors

Bob Alderette, Jim & Helen Barrett, Jerry Banuelos, Sue Cook, Daniel Deephouse, YS Farn, Ellen Keneshea, Dave Miles, Peter Macasieb, Jim Pelling, Jack Reynolds, Steve Riley

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Upcoming Events

July 2-3 2022 Vietnamese Bonsai Society 22nd Annual Show, Vietnamese American Temple,12292 Magnolia St., Garden Grove, 9a-5p, demonstrations 1p daily, bonsai sales and auction

Oct 8-9 2022 GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous, Santa Nella, CA

May 2022 Meeting Highlights

Jack Reynolds was our guest at the May meeting, and he gave us an excellent presentation on bunjin ficus. He talked about bonsai as a living art form: we are sculpting trees. The literati, or bunjin, style epitomizes the artfulness of bonsai styling. It doesn’t follow the traditional rules of bonsai, but generally represents a combination of predominately tree trunk space with limited foliage. Using ficus for bunjin styling is not often seen, so it was interesting to watch Jack and learn how to train ficus into bunjin.

Jack said he starts his bunjin as cuttings so he can control the length and taper of the trunk. As the cutting grows, he trims off all the foliage except one or two branches and lets the tree grow to the desired height. Then he focuses on developing pads of foliage, keeping it to a minimum.

Jack was asked about his soil mix for ficus. He said he mixes two parts of pumice, two parts of lava rock (scoria), and one part either orchid bark or fir bark.

He worked on four bunjin styles during his demonstration, and all were donated to the raffle.

Steve Riley was the winner of two of the trees, and the other two went to Daniel Deephouse and Y.S. Farn. We had an enjoyable evening learning about new material for styling bunjin.

Coming soon to our website www.sabonsai.org…. Check out the Gallery for photos of the display trees and stones at the 2022 Santa Anita Bonsai Society Memorial Weekend Show… Thanks again to all who participated and helped make the weekend a huge success.

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: June 11, 2022
Time: 7 pm

Location:

LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

June 11— Jason Saito LAC Arboretum
July 9 — Peter Macasieb at his home in West Covina
Aug 13 — Jason Chan Location TBA

Refreshment Schedule
June 11— Peter Macasieb, Jackie Zinder, Steve Riley, Daniel Deephouse

July 9— Dessert Potluck at Macasieb’s
please bring appetizers & desserts to share with all

Aug 13— Wendy Tsai, Judy Anthony, Manuel Dizon

2022 Refreshment Sign Ups will be available at the June meeting

Newsletter May 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time And Place: May 14, 2022 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room

The May 14 meeting will be at the Arboretum at 7:00pm. Jack Reynolds will be our guest and will do a presentation on ficus bunjin. Jack is a retired biology professor who taught at Moorpark College. He started in bonsai in 1986, learning on his own.

Jack joined the Sansui Kai Bonsai Club in 1987 and is a past president of the club. He studied with Ted Matson for 25 years and was one of Ted’s first students in 1988. He retired in 2003 and moved to Lake Isabella in 2005. Jack prefers to work with broadleaf evergreens and deciduous trees.

President’s Corner

May is our show month. As I said last month, we have waited two years to return to normalcy, so I look forward to following Baikoen, California Bonsai Society, and the Bonsai-A-Thon to keep up the tradition of bonsai shows.

A show entry form is included with the mailed newsletter and also available to the email recipients. There will also be extra forms available at the May meeting. The form includes sign-up times for being a docent throughout the weekend.
Monitoring the trees as a docent provides a great chance to witness the public interest in the show and answer questions about bonsai from people who are curious about the art form.

We will talk about the sale table at the meeting and cover the use of the sales slips and sale list used by our members. We have a simple process that is easy to follow.

Please plan to help with show set-up on Friday, May 27, at 12:00 noon. The more help we have, the quicker we get it done. Thanks in advance.

I hope all our members will consider entering a tree and come to the show to enjoy the long tradition we have with the Arboretum during the Memorial Day Weekend.

For those members entering trees, planning to sell at the sales table and/or willing to volunteer for set up, takedown and being a docent the form is included with this newsletter. Please complete and return this form on or before May 20th.

Call me if you have any questions.

~Dave

Members Corner

How to use the SABS Complimentary Badge for our 56th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Show :
There will be an Arboretum employee stationed at the Ayres Hall gate to check for SABS club identification for free entry to the show.

A blank identification badge is printed in this newsletter for you to cut out and use. We will have clear plastic badge holders at the show for use with the paper ID badges. We will also have the paper ID badges and holders available at the May meeting and at the show set up day on Fri. May 27.

For those of you curious about eliminating scale on foliage– Ted Matson recommends Ultra Pure Oil. Another helpful “Ted hint” for greening your trees to be show ready is to apply Humic Acid to the soil/ roots. Both of these products can be easily found online.

If you were fortunate to attend our Jan mtg- the Azalea Workshop with Lou Camarota, and take home an azalea or two… now is the time to be tagging the solid color flowering branches to be ready for Lou’s part 2 demo in Jan 2023. Mine is blooming and I am excited. All of that “plucking” seems to be popping this spring…. LM

Our raffle table has been fabulous– thanks to all of the members who have generously donated to the table. Please help keep up our club tradition and bring an item to support SABS. Everyone enjoys going home with trees, plants, pots, tools, supplies, books and even an occasional bag of “bonsai dirt”. Please bring items to share.

For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org

Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com

Thank You To our April Raffle Table Donors

Bob Alderette, Jim & Helen Barrett, Sue Cook, YS Farn, Mike Kelly, Dave & Lorraine Miles, Marren Padrones, Wendy Tsai

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Welcome New Members

Steve Riley
Rick Naber
Barbara Wright

April 2022 Meeting Highlights

The April meeting was a great learning experience for everyone in attendance. Our guest, Ted Matson, did a wonderful job with his tree critiques, and he also provided advice on the future development of the trees. Members were able to stay in their seats as Ted moved around the room carrying each tree to show up close what he was talking about. His process was very helpful.

Ted’s years of study and time spent curating the GSBF collection at the Huntington was on display all evening. He had such an amazing understanding of the growth habits and care needed for each tree. He moved effortlessly from tree to tree explain the unique details of each. Ted held everyone’s attention and answered questions continuously.
Whether you brought a tree or not, the information shared by Ted was very worthwhile. We went home with thoughts about improving our own trees. We are all learning as we go with the bonsai art form, and Ted helped clear up some of the mysteries.

Upcoming Events

May 28,29,30 Santa Anita Bonsai Society 56th Annual Bonsai Show, Memorial Day Weekend
LAC Arboretum 9a-4:30p daily, exhibit, sales table, demonstrations

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: May 14, 2022
Time: 7 pm

Location:
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates
May 14 — Jack Reynolds LAC Arboretum
June 11 — Jason Saito LAC Arboretum
July 9 — Peter Macasieb at his home in West Covina

Refreshment Schedule
May 14 — Hubert Llanes, Matt Mahaffey, Steve Riley
June 11— Peter Macasieb, Jackie Zinder
July 9 — Dessert Potluck at Macasieb’s

2022 Refreshment Sign Ups will be available at the May meeting

Newsletter April 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time And Place:
April 9 2022 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
Board Meeting 6pm – before General Meeting

BRING A TREE TO THE MEETING
Our program for the April 9 meeting is a warm-up to our annual show in May. Ted Matson will be our guest, and he will be there to give advice on final tree preparation for the show.

Members are asked to bring a tree or trees and make good use of Ted’s expertise in preparing for the show.

Ted Matson is one of our local bonsai artists known throughout the bonsai community for his attention and mastery of structural details in bonsai design. He began studying bonsai in San Francisco in 1979. He moved to the Los Angeles area in 1980, and over time, studied with Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill, and John Naka. Ted started teaching bonsai classes at his home in the late 1980’s. In 2008 he began working at bonsai full time.

Ted is a member of many Southern California clubs including California Bonsai Society, California Shohin Society, and Nampu Kai. He oversees both the GSBF and Huntington bonsai collections at the Huntington where there are approximately 70 trees on display at a time.

This will be a great opportunity to get expert advice to advance the development of your tree. Remember, advice is a guide and not meant to sway you from your own design plans. Learn as Ted shares his thoughts about our trees.

President’s Corner

The Memorial Day Weekend Show will be our club’s 56th annual show, and our first since the Covid-19 pandemic prevented shows in 2020 and 2021. Our show is a popular event over the holiday weekend at the Arboretum. It is attended by a large number of “non-bonsai” guests who visit our show while on a planned visit to the Arboretum. We always make a great impression.

Additionally, we rely heavily on attendance by local bonsai enthusiasts seeking good deals at our sale tables. The revenue from the sale tables helps sustain us financially as a club. We encourage club members to bring bonsai related items to the sale tables where 80% of the revenue goes to the seller and 20% goes to the club.

As president, I am always nervous about the size and success of the show, hoping everyone will participate. I remember being self-conscious the first time I entered a tree, and the satisfaction I felt in having done it. It is our show, and we support each other in this wonderful art form. If you need help with show display (stands, accents, etc.), ask me at the April meeting. Bring a tree to the April meeting, and be ready for the support and encouragement our members willingly share.

Show entry forms are included with the newsletter. Please help relieve my anxiety by returning the form or phoning me by the due date.

~Dave

March 2022 Meeting Highlights

Tom Vuong did his magic at the March meeting. He has a great deal of experience bending large branches for his bonsai designs, and we were amazed at how he applied his talents.

He started with an “unbendable”, straight semi-cascade juniper and ended with a heavily transformed tree with beautiful movement in the design. Tom brought two trees; one to show how he prepares for bending and one previously prepared that he bent into his final design. His process to prepare a tree for bending involves wrapping the trunk area to be bent with wet rag paper towels, running two lengths of #4 aluminum wire (one on each side of the bend) and holding it in place with zip ties. He then wraps the area with electrical tape, sticky side out. Tom recommended the wrapped tree be left for one week, keeping the wrapping moist to soften the tree fibers.

On the previously prepped tree, Tom wound it with three strands of #5 wire side by side. He then used a special steel bending bar to bend movement into the trunk and held it in place with zip ties. The last step involved using webbed hold-down straps to tie the tree and pot together and looping the straps around the worktable and securing it tight with a ratcheting mechanism. With the tree and pot secure, he used another tie-down strap around the wired trunk and table. By ratcheting this strap, the trunk was easily bent down into a cascade position. The cascading trunk was secured to the tree base with heavy duty zip ties and the two tie-down straps were then removed. The tree design was complete, and Tom said it should remain wrapped and tied in place for about a year to hold the new shape.

It truly was a fascinating process to watch. Sue Cook was the lucky raffle winner who happily took Tom’s tree home.

Members Corner

SABS Club trivia – in the beginning, all Club members were required to enter trees in the SABS Annual Show. There were multiple categories and a tree from you would have been expected for each category. The many entries made the shows exciting to view and created opportunities for many conversations among the members…. Those were definitely the “good old days”

Our raffle table has been fabulous – thanks to all of the members who have generously donated to the table. Please help keep up our club tradition and bring an item to support SABS. Everyone enjoys going home with trees, plants, pots, tools, supplies, books and even an occasional bag of “bonsai dirt”

We are looking for members who are interested in joining our SABS Board to help with planning for future meetings and events. Come and check out the April Board Meeting at 6pm before the general meeting. New ideas are always appreciated, even if you decide not to “join the board”

For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org

Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com

Thank You To our March Raffle Table Donors

Bob Alderette, Jerry Banuelos, Jim Barrett, YS Farn, Mike Kelly, Dave Miles, Marren Padrones, Vic Shelton, Jackie Zinder

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Welcome New Members

Anthony Giandomenico
Johan Garcia
Tom & Hannah Vuong

Upcoming Events

April 2-3
GSBF Bonsai-A-Thon
Fundraiser for the Golden State Bonsai Federation Collection at the Huntington Library, Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 10a-5p details for attendance to follow.

May 28,29,30
Santa Anita Bonsai Society 56th Annual Bonsai Show
Memorial Day Weekend, LAC Arboretum 9a-4:30p daily, exhibit, sales table, demonstrations

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: April 9, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Location: LAC Arboretum
Palm Room, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Board Meeting 6pm
before General Meeting
— Everyone Welcome—
we are show planning

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

April 9 — Ted Matson – LAC Arboretum – bring a tree for critique
May 14 — demo TBA – LAC Arboretum
June 11 — demo TBA – LAC Arboretum

2022 Refreshment Schedule

April 9 — Peter Macasieb, Judy Anthony (if you would like to bring easy snacks to this meeting, please contact Lorraine)
May 14 — Hubert Llanes, Matt Mahaffey
June 11 — Peter Macasieb, Jackie Zinder

Refreshment Sign Ups will be available at the April meeting

Newsletter March 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time And Place: Mar 12, 2022 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room

The March 12 meeting will again be at the Arboretum. It was great to be back to familiar surroundings at the February meeting. Our guest will be Tom Vuong, who has demonstrated for us in the past. We look forward to seeing his talented work again.

Tom has been involved in bonsai for over 20 years. He is a self-taught bonsai artist and has developed an amazing understanding of the art of bonsai. He has learned by watching and studying bonsai experts over the years.

Tom has a large collection of trees that he and his wife Hannah have shared while hosting bonsai events at their home. He works a lot with large conifers and has developed specialized techniques for styling these trees. At the March meeting Tom will use a juniper to demonstrate how he bends large branches. Join us for another enjoyable and informative bonsai experience

President’s Corner

It is repotting time in Southern California. Our trees have to be confused by our back and forth weather patterns; cold to hot and back to cold. Deciduous trees are popping buds all over and our conifers are also ready for repotting. Of course, we don’t have to repot all our trees.

Some say every three or four years, but our trees will often tell us when it is time for root pruning and soil change. If water stands on top of the soil and doesn’t drain steadily, it is time for repotting.

If a tree isn’t quite as healthy looking as it has been over time, repotting may bring back its vitality. If roots are pushing a tree out of its pot, it is definitely time for root pruning and new soil. A healthy tree with good draining soil should be fine for another season. Keep track of repotting dates, and let the trees tell you when to repot.

Soil is always a topic of curiosity for bonsai enthusiasts, and there many opinions on what to use. Inorganic, fast draining soil for conifers is popular. Adding some organic potting soil to the same mix for deciduous trees is also widely recommended.

I use a popular recipe of Akadama, lava rock and pumice. I was out of pumice to begin mixing soil and my usual brand was unavailable. Gonzalo heard my supply woes and showed up at my house with a bag of pumice. Thanks Gonzalo, now I have no excuses.

~Dave

February 2022 Meeting Highlights

The February meeting featured a fun and informative presentation by club member Debra Mauzy-Melitz. Debra has become very knowledgeable about the art of Kusamono, the arranging and potting of wild grasses and flowers. She shared her knowledge as she spoke and demonstrated the art form.

Debra’s career as a teacher was very evident in how she presented details and elicited feedback from our members. She had everyone engaged and interested.

It was fascinating to learn how much the art of kusamono parallels bonsai. A kusamono design incorporates tall grass to represent heaven, flowers to represent man, and vines for earth. Kusamono are very popular for use as an accent to bonsai in shows.

Debra brought numerous examples of the elements for a kusamono design and showed us how to arrange the plants in a pleasing display. She utilized two of our members, Sue Cook and Judy Anthony, to build two different kusamono styles at the same time she styled her own planting.

Debra talked about a variety of ways to pot kusamono including small ceramic pots, wood, and pots made from crocheted wool yarn. She also explained that a completed display included a stand for the kusamono and a small accent made from a variety of elements.

Debra used the kusamonos completed by Judy and Sue along with two of her own designs to make four complete displays with stands and accents. She donated these to our raffle along with many individual kusamono elements. A large number of our members went home with something from Debra’s presentation. Thank you Debra for a memorable evening.

Thank You To our February Raffle Table Donors

Jerry Banuelos, Jim Barrett, YS Farn, Mike Kelly, Peter Macasieb, Dave Miles, Marren Padrones, Jim Pelling, Wendy Tsai, Jackie Zinder

And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Welcome New Members

Bryan Nicholson
Frank Saya

Members Corner

  • Debra Mauzy-Melitz shared so many Kusamono ideas and examples at our meeting. She also provided a comprehensive pdf handout for those in attendance. Debra has generously offered both the handout and technique sharing to all who might be interested in Kusamono. Please contact her at: DMauzyme@uci.edu. Thanks again, Debra!
  • Annual Membership for 2022 will continue to be available at the March 12 meeting. Dues remain the same: $20 per person and $25 for family. For those of you who joined in 2021 your membership will extend until Dec 2022.
  • For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org
  • The raffle winners of the completed displays were Bryan Nicholson, Sue Cook, Peter Macasieb, and Judy Anthony’s granddaughter Hailey.

Upcoming Events

Mar 19-20
California Bonsai Society 65th annual bonsai exhibit
Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, details for attendance to follow.

April 2-3
GSBF Bonsai-A-Thon
Fundraiser for the Golden State Bonsai Federation Collection at the Huntington Library, Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 10a-5p details for attendance to follow.

May 28,29,30
Santa Anita Bonsai Society 56th Annual Bonsai Show
LAC Arboretum

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: March 12, 2022
Time: 7 pm

Location:
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

Mar 12 — Tom Vuong – LAC Arboretum
April 9 — Cheryl Manning – LAC Arboretum
May 14 — Demo TBA – LAC Arboretum

Refreshment Schedule

Mar 12 — Julio Martinez, Daniel Deephouse, Judy Anthony, Vic Shelton
April 9 — Peter Macasieb, Judy Anthony
May 14 — Hubert Llanes, Matt Mahaffey

2022 Refreshment Sign ups will be available at the March meeting
Thanks to all who brought snacks to our Feb meeting – they were delicious!!!

Newsletter February 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time And Place: Feb 12, 2022 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room

The February meeting will feature club member Debra Mauzy-Melitz as our guest presenter. She will be talking about and demonstrating the art of Kusamono, the potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers. They are often used as accent displays with bonsai.

Debra is a retired UCI Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and an avid lover and practitioner of many arts and crafts. She developed an interest in bonsai after seeing a 2012 demonstration of saikei by bonsai master Al Nelson, who has presented many programs for us over the years. Debra has since studied bonsai with Al Nelson and demonstrated saikei and related art forms at the Cherry Blossom Festival, LA, Fullerton Arboretum and several local bonsai meetings and shows. She learned kusamono from Young Choe, the artist-in-residence at the U.S. National Arboretum. Debra is an active member of many Southern California bonsai clubs.

Join us for our return to the Arboretum and an interesting and very useful presentation by Debra.

President’s Corner

In January, the Board discussed our annual show and decided to keep it simple by not having a specific theme. Instead, we invite members to pick out their favorite tree (or trees) and bring it to the show in May. The show is about our club and its history, and we want all our members to consider participating.

Now is the time to renew your membership for the new year: $20 for and individual, $25 per family. Our club is a non-profit organization and and membership dues help keep us solvent Many members renewed at the January meeting. Please take time at the February meeting to see our treasurers Steve & Judy Anthony and continue your support of our great club.

We are still adjusting as covid-19 restrictions continue to affect bonsai events. The Shohin Seminar scheduled for February has been cancelled, and the Bonsai-A-Thon has been rescheduled for April 1-2. We will do our best to keep up with any other changes that occur.

Mike Kelly has an exciting plan for our programs this year that we know you will enjoy. We will always endeavor to make our meetings interesting, informative and interactive for our members.

~Dave

January 2022 Meeting Highlights

The January meeting at Longo Toyota was fun and interactive. Lou Camerota was our guest demonstrator and provided an entertaining program on his specialty, Satsuki azaleas. Lou went to Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena and picked up enough azalea plants for everyone attending to get one of their own. There was a wide variety of Satsuki trees to choose from.

Lou talked about the process of “cleaning or plucking “ the plants of dead and ugly leaves to open them up to the sun. This work helps to encourage abundant flowering. All our members worked on their own trees following tutelage, and the leaves were flying.

Lou explained the importance of maintaining an appropriate water Ph level of 6.2 – 6.8 for the health of the azaleas. He suggested storing water in a container for a week before using to allow the Ph level to stabilize from its level out of the tap. You can use Ph test kits for an accurate reading and use additives to adjust the level.

He recommended keeping the potted azaleas on the ground in full sun for the evaporative benefits. Once outside temperatures reach 80 degrees or more, Lou said the azaleas should be moved under shade cloth or kept in partial shade. He said repotting could be done when new growth begins to appear. We will all be watching for our red, pink, and white flowers.

There were extra azaleas after each member picked a plant. The extras were purchased by those who wanted more, and some were on the raffle table. Everyone enjoyed working on the azaleas and socializing with each other and listening to Lou’s excellent lessons for good azalea care.

In addition to the program, we had a full raffle table and lots of satisfied members, which is why we get together each month. It was a nice start to 2022.

Thank You To our January Raffle Table Donors

Mike Kelly, Dave Miles, Wendy Tsai, Victor Shelton & Lou Camerota

And to all who so generously purchase tickets.

Members Corner

Reminder: For our 2023 follow-up Azalea Workshop with Lou, tag all of the solid color flower branches on your tree when it blooms in the coming months. The tagged branches will be the guide for future trimming. The small colored twist tie tags are available at Michaels & Hobby Lobby.

Annual Membership for 2022 will continue to be available at the February 12 meeting

Dues remain the same: $20 per person and $25 for family For those of you who joined in 2021 your membership will extend until Dec 2022.

For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos, club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org

Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Feb 4,5 & 6, 2022
California Shohin Society Seminar 2022, Santa Nella, CA
This show was CANCELLED. Look for it again in 2023

April 1-2
GSBF Bonsai-A-Thon
Huntington Botanical Garden, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
8a-5p, vendors, demonstrations, auctions, raffles, exhibits
Please note this date change.

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: February 12, 2022
Time: 7 pm

Location:
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Everyone Welcome

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

Feb 12 — Debra Mauzy-Melitz – LAC Arboretum
Mar 12 — Tom Vuong – LAC Arboretum
April 9 — Cheryl Manning – LAC Arboretum

Refreshment Schedule

Feb 12 — Julio Martinez, Wendy Tsai, Mike Kelly, Judy Anthony
Mar 12 — Julio Martinez, Daniel Deephouse, Judy Anthony, Vic Shelton
April 9 — Peter Macasieb, Judy Anthony

Refreshment Sign ups will be available at the January meeting

A yummy thanks to all who brought snacks in January – they were amazing!!!

Newsletter January 2022

Bonsai Notebook

Meeting Time And Place:
Jan 8, 2022 at 7pm
Longo Toyota Meeting Room
El Monte, CA 91731

Directions to Longo Toyota: 3534 Peck Road, El Monte, CA 91731 take the Peck Road exit off the 10 fwy. just west of the 605 fwy, you will see the signage for Longo Toyota which is next to the 10 fwy. When you drive into the main lot facing the showroom, look for the round blue “AAA” sign on the building just left of the main showroom, enter the door below the sign and take the stairs down to the meeting room. Assistance will be available for anyone needing help with the stairs.

Our January 8, 2022 meeting will be held at Longo Toyota once again before we return to the Arboretum for a five month stand including our annual Memorial Day Weekend show. We will not have our usual potluck dinner in the interest of covid-19 safety, but we will have a demonstration, large raffle, and refreshments.

Louis Camerota will be our guest and will do a presentation on azaleas. The current plan is for everyone to have an azalea to take home, so we hope all our members will join us to start the new year. Lou has been with us before to present different stages of azalea development, and we will learn more as he continues. Lou’s beautiful azaleas have been awarded “Best of Show” in our club shows, and he is very knowledgeable about their care and development.

Lou was raised as a 3rd generation landscaper. He started working with bonsai in 1990. He originally learned about training Satsuki azaleas from Dwight Goins, a former student of Khan Komai (one of our club founders). Lou also studied with Marty Hagbery. He has been studying with David Nguy for many years, and he specializes in Satsuki azaleas.

We look forward to seeing all our members to kick off an eventful new year.

President’s Corner

Happy New Year to all. We look forward to a full year of bonsai events, and hope we can continue to work around the additional covid-19 variants that arise. We are anticipating a year full of the bonsai events that have been traditional for us, beginning with the Baikoen Silhouettes Show. Keep an eye on “Upcoming Events” for dates.

As president, I want to thank our club officers and Board members for their commitment to the club. Without them we would not be able to operate as a club for our loyal members.
We have had some changes during the last year. Long-time member and devoted volunteer, Marge Blasingame, has asked to step down from her duties as Secretary. Her participation in the operation of our club has covered more years than I know of, and we will miss her hands-on involvement. We hope to see her and Ray Blasingame at our meetings just relaxing and socializing. Gabriel Gonzalez has taken a break from being our program chairman. He has done a great job arranging our demonstrations, and we hope to see him at our meetings also. Mike Kelly has graciously helped out with our program scheduling. He is always willing to help, and I appreciate his time and effort. Robert Sencer, our webmaster, has moved to Texas. He is keeping in touch and continuing to help with our internet services. His maintenance of our web page has been responsible for membership growth and numerous inquiries about our club, making him an invaluable asset to us.

I want to thank Steve and Judy Anthony and Jim Pelling who continue to serve us as treasurers and raffle chairman respectively. Again, our club could not function without their help.

Peter and Marissa Macasieb, Gonzalo Rodriquez & Wendy Tsai and Richerd Ryerson have been very supportive and helpful to our club for many years. I appreciate their continued participation and help.

I could not manage the meetings and produce the newsletter without my wife, Lorraine. She does a tremendous amount of work and provides unwavering support for me and the club. Thank you.

We would welcome volunteers from our membership to assist with our efforts to keep the club viable. My phone number is in the newsletter or you can see me in person at a meeting if you are interested.

~Dave

November 2021 Meeting Highlights

Mel Ikeda was our guest at the November meeting. His traditional raft-style demonstrations with procumbens nana junipers have evolved to include a rock formation in his design. Mel glued rocks together with anchoring cement to create a backdrop for his tree placement. He then used a masonry drill bit to drill holes in the rock positioned so branches from the nana-raft could be drawn through as his individual trees. The root ball of the juniper was behind the rock out of view in the wooden box Mel made to display the tree scene.
For his juniper material, Mel looks for p. nana junipers with a crown near the middle of the plant. This usually indicates a larger trunk, which works best in his designs.

Mel finishes by planting moss around the base of the rock and “trees”. His work resulted in a beautiful blending of a rock and multiple trees from a single source.

Ken Teh was the lucky raffle winner of Mel’s design, and happily took the finished product home.

Members Corner

6pm Board Meeting will be held before the general meeting on Jan 8. Open to all! Please join us if you are interested in 2022 planning. We will be also deciding on the “Show Theme” for our May 2022 Memorial Weekend Show.

Annual Membership for 2022 will be available beginning with the Jan 8 meeting. Dues remain the same: $20 per person and $25 for family. For those of you who joined in 2021 your membership will extend until Dec 2022.

For those of you still receiving the US mail version of this newsletter, better quality photos and club updates and resources are always available on our website. Check us out at www.sabonsai.org

Anytime you have any questions please contact Dave & Lorraine at LMiles6455@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Jan 22-23, 2022
Baikoen Kenkyukai 58th Annual Winter Sillouettes Show
L.A. County Arboretum, Ayres Hall, 10am-4pm

Feb 4,5 & 6, 2022
California Shohin Society Seminar 2022
Hotel de Oro, Santa Nella, CA
workshops, demonstrations, vendors, info at calshohin@yahoo.com

Feb. 26-27
GSBF Bonsai-A-Thon
Huntington Botanical Garden
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
8a-5p, vendors, demonstrations, auctions, raffles, exhibits

Thank You To our November Raffle Table Donors
Steve Anthony, Y.S.Farn, Mike Kelly, Dave Miles, Robert Sencer, Wendy Tsai & Frank Yee
And to all who so generously purchase tickets

Come Join Us

Next Meeting:
Date: January 8, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Location:
Longo Toyota Meeting Room
3534 Peck Road
El Monte, CA 91731

6pm Board Meeting before General Meeting Everyone Welcome

2022 Monthly Meeting Dates

Jan 8 – Longo Toyota– Lou Camerota
Feb 12 – Location: LAC Arborteum, demo TBA
Mar 12 – Location: LAC Arborteum, demo TBA

Refreshment Schedule

Jan 8, 2022 – Manuel Dizon, Judy Anthony
Feb 12 – Julio Martinez, Wendy Tsai, Mike Kelly
Mar 12 – Julio Martinez, Daniel Deephouse

Refreshment Sign ups will be available at the January meeting

*a yummy thanks to all who brought snacks in Nov– they were amazing!!! We may need to consider a recipe exchange in our future…