Newsletter – February 2019

Bonsai Notebook

Frank Goya will be with us at the February 9 meeting to demonstrate the development of a three-tree saikei. Franks says he is cutting back on doing demos, so this will probably be the last time we will have him showing us his talent with saikei plantings. That makes it a “must see” event. His saikeis are prized by all who are fortunate enough to own one.

Frank has been involved in bonsai for over 50 years. He has a large collection of bonsai trees, but has become known as the “Dean of saikei”. One of his saikeis is on display at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C.

Frank was born in California, but during World War II he was sent to an internment camp, after which he served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he worked as a professional gardener. During this time he was introduced to the art of bonsai, which later led him to saikei.

Come to the February meeting and marvel at how Frank’s design comes to life. A lucky club member will take home the new saikei.

Meeting Time And Place:
Feb 9, 2019 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum/ Palm Room

President’s Corner

At the January meeting, we renewed the service of our existing club Executive Board for another term. They include President Dave Miles, Program Chairman Gabriel Gonzalez, Treasurers Steve and Judy Anthony, Secretary Marge Blasingame, Webmaster Robert Sencer, Newsletter Editor Lorraine Miles, and Raffle Chairman Jim Pelling. Additionally, the following members will serve as Members at Large; Ray Blasingame, Peter Macasieb, Dick Ryerson, and Mike Kelly. Thanks to all of them for their Volunteerism.

I wish to thank Frank Yee for his many years of assistance on our Board, and I know he will continue being active as a club member.

In January we announced, coincidentally, a saikei workshop to be presented by Al Nelson at our May 11 meeting. With Frank Goya’s demo in February you will be teased by the idea of having a saikei and then be able to make your own in May. Al will supply all the necessary materials to make a complete saikei using Kingsville boxwood trees. It will be an opportunity to create your own saikei with the assistance of Al and his helpers.

The workshop will begin at 5:00pm, and non-participating members can come then as observers, or come closer to regular meeting hours and see the progress. We will still have our raffle table and refreshments. The workshop will accommodate up to 10 people and will cost $85.00 each (the cost of materials alone). We already have four participants, Jim Pelling, Mike Kelly, Daniel Deephouse, and Shai Amiel. We need to collect a $40.00 deposit at the Feb. meeting from those wishing to reserve a spot in the workshop. Don’t miss this chance to add a beautiful saikei to your collection.

We took a vote at the Jan. meeting to select our annual show theme. After a few attempts, the members settled on the theme of deciduous trees. The theme is broad enough that, hopefully, most members will have a tree to show this year.

~Dave

Jan 2019 Meeting Highlights

Louis Camerota was our guest presenter in January. Lou is an expert at raising and training Satsuki azalea bonsai. He has broken down the preparation of azaleas into several stages, and he demonstrated one at the meeting with others to follow over the next few years.

Lou brought a Satsuki azalea, Kogetsu variety, for his demonstration and donated it to the raffle. This stage of preparation involved pulling leaves off the inside of branches while keeping at least three leaves on the branch ends to draw energy. Pulling leaves allows for sunlight and air to circulate into the middle of the tree, and also serves to rid the tree of insects that hide on the leaves. Lou said the best time for leaf removal is November to December, but this January operation was acceptable from a timing standpoint. New shoots will pop where branches have been opened up.

Lou starts feeding his azaleas in October and stops when the weather hears up. He uses a 5-5-5 organic fertilizer and also uses water treated through a reverse osmosis system. He prefers using Kanuma soil. Lou keeps his azaleas in direct sun, but moves them into shade when temperatures hit 85 degrees.

He wires branches for styling and recommended doing branch bending in the winter before sap starts to flow. Lou said it was best to have the soil dry when bending so branches are more flexible. Branch bending, with or without wire, creates small fissures in the bark where new shoots will emerge.

When Lou cuts a branch on azaleas, he uses a plastic squeeze bottle with a small nozzle (ketchup bottle) to squeeze a wound sealant on the cut to protect it. He recommended no cutting after July 15 in order to insure flower growth. Lou said cold temperatures will cause leaves to exhibit coloring that mimics the color of the flowers the plant will produce.

Lou participated in our raffle and was lucky enough to win back his azalea. He really loved the tree.

Members Corner

This is just a gentle reminder that it’s now time to renew your 2019 membership for SABS. Our membership dues are vital to SABS remaining financially viable. The dues for each year are due in January. Past members who have not yet renewed are encouraged to do so at this time. If you joined SABS during Oct-Dec 2018 then your membership is current until Dec 2019. It has been exciting to see how SABS’s membership has grown during the past year. Thanks for your participation and support.

The SABS Newsletter is one of the “perks” of belonging to our club. When your membership is not renewed annually by the end of March 2019 the membership lapses and you are no longer eligible to receive this newsletter directly via email and/or US Mail. The newsletter will always be available on our website www.sabonsai.org

Thank You to everyone who donated to the awesome raffle table for our Jan Potluck Meeting.

New Member

Shai Amiel

Upcoming Events

February 23-24
Bonsai-A-Thon
7:30am – 5pm, vendors, demonstrations, exhibit, raffle, auction
Huntington Library Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino

March 23-34
California Bonsai Society’s 62nd Bonsai Exhibition
9a-5pm daily
Huntington Library Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino

Come Join Us

Next Meeting
Date: February 9, 2019
Time: 7pm
Location:
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

2019 Monthly Meeting Dates

Feb 9 – Frank Goya

Mar 9 – Lindsay Shiba

April 13 – TBA

May 11 – Al Nelson Workshop

Refreshment Schedule

Feb 9 – SABS Board Members

2019 Refreshment Sign ups will be available at the Feb meeting for future refreshment volunteers

Newsletter January 2019

Bonsai Notebook

Santa Anita Bonsai Society
Holiday Potluck, Demo and Raffle
January 12, 2019



For Food: Club will provide main dish and drinks. Bring your favorite side, salad or dessert to share

The Raffle: Bring an item for the table

Our January 12 meeting will be a little different from our past holiday meetings. We will have our annual holiday potluck dinner and feature a guest speaker at the same time. Louis Camerota, a long-time club member, will do a presentation on azaleas. Lou’s beautiful azaleas have been awarded “best of show” in our club shows, so we know he is knowledgeable about their care.

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. He also studied with Marty Hagberry. Currently, Lou is in his fourth year of study with David Nguy, and he specializes in Satsuki azaleas.

Join us at 6pm as we start the new year, with a wonderful dinner, presentation, and fully-stocked raffle table.

5:30p Board Meeting Prior to Potluck

Meeting Time And Place:
January 12, 2019 at 6pm
LAC Arboretum/ Palm Room

President’s Corner

Welcome to a new year for enjoying the bonsai art. Our club was the recent recipient of a generous donation of bonsai items from the family of Edgar Fukutaki, a member of the club many years ago. Among others in the club, Edgar was a friend of Bruce and Yaeko Hisayasu. After Edgar and his wife passed, the family contacted me and offered to donate his bonsai pots, tables, and wire. I received over 50 pots, some display stands, and a large quantity of wire.

Special thanks to the Fukutaki family for their thoughtfulness and generosity. Edgar’s bonsai items will be available on our raffle tables throughout the year, and I am sure our members will enjoy making use of them.

The new year brings many bonsai shows with opportunities to both display and admire the bonsai art in our area. We look forward to the annual Baikoen Winter Silhouettes show, the Bonsai-A-Thon, the California Bonsai Society show, and of course, our Memorial Day weekend show. Many other events will be listed in the newsletter as the year progresses. We will have a year filled with great demonstrations and opportunities to socialize with people who enjoy the bonsai art form. ~Dave

November 2018 Meeting Highlights

We ended 2018 with a presentation by Dennis Makishima at the home of Peter and Marissa Macasieb. Dennis brought a trident maple that he used to demonstrate pruning techniques unique to tridents. The tree went to our raffle table at the end of the evening. Dennis explained that pruning branches or roots produces a callus at the cut, and new shoots will develop from the callus site. They can be removed or used to develop proportion in branch size working up the trunk.

Dennis said branches that are aligned going up the trunk share the same water line from the roots for feeding the tree. If you cut a trident branch back to the trunk above other in-line branches, lower branches may die back all the way down.


He suggested removing an unnecessary lower branch first and working up over time. Dennis also recommended keeping a tree in a larger container while branches are cut for styling so calluses heal faster.

He said you can expand the root base of a trident by fusing a rooted cutting at the base of the trunk where you need new roots. By cutting the bark from the cutting and the matching position on the trunk you can tie the cutting to the trunk and have it fuse over time. The fused cutting will blend with the trunk, and new roots will be established for the tree.

Thanks again to Peter and Marissa Macasieb for their hospitality.

Dennis was very entertaining and informative. Everyone appreciated the extent of his knowledge and experience with trident maples.

Vic Shelton was the winner of Dennis’s tree in the raffle

Thank You to everyone who donated to the November Meeting Raffle Table at Peter’s

New Members

Eunice Jee

Members Corner

This is just a gentle reminder that it’s now time to renew your 2019 membership for SABS. Our membership dues are vital to SABS remaining financially viable. The dues for each year are due in January. Past members who have not yet renewed are encouraged to do so at this time. If you joined SABS during Oct-Dec 2018 then your membership is current until Dec 2019. It has been exciting to see how SABS’s membership has grown during the past year. Thanks for your participation and support.

The SABS Newsletter is one of the “perks” of belonging to our club. When your membership is not renewed annually by the end of March 2019 the membership lapses and you are no longer eligible to receive this newsletter directly via email and/or US Mail. The newsletter will always be available on our website www.sabonsai.org

Upcoming Events

January 19-20
Baikoen Bonsai Kenkyukai 54 Annual Winter Silhouettes Show
LA Arboretum, 10a-4:30pm, Sat. night reception with entertainment, food, raffle and auction

February 23-24
Bonsai-A-Thon
7:30am – 5pm, vendors, demonstrations, exhibit, raffle, auction
Huntington Botanical Garden, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino

Come Join Us

Next Meeting
Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: LAC Arboretum
Palm Room 301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007

Board Meeting Jan 12 Prior to Potluck 5:30p

2019 Monthly Meeting Dates

Jan 12 —- Holiday Potluck & Raffle Demo by Louis Camerota
Feb 9 —- Frank Goya
Mar 9 —- Lindsay Shiba

Refreshment Schedule

Jan 2019 — Annual Potluck Dinner, Club will provide main dish and drinks bring a favorite dish: a side, salad or dessert to share

2019 Refreshment Sign ups will be available at this Jan meeting

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I want to just take a quick moment to say thank you to all of our members for all the work that is done throughout the year to keep Santa Anita Bonsai Society running.  Thank you for you time, energy and love that is put into each meeting and event.  We are a volunteer organization dedicated to the expression and learning of the Art of Bonsai, but every little bit of help that is given is what makes this group special.  From the immense amount of work it takes to coordinate our yearly show, to the scheduling of new fun and informative guest speakers, the over seeing of our monthly raffle, to the supplying of drinks and snacks, and everything in between;  most importantly to all of your attendance to our meetings and events.  Thank you.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.  May you, your families, friends and of course, your trees have a prosperous and happy new year.  We look forward to seeing you all for another great year of exciting meetings, learning and appreciation of this wonderful and very special art.

Newsletter – July 2018

Bonsai Notebook

Join us July 14 for another great demonstration and potluck dinner meeting at the home of Peter and Marissa Macasieb in West Covina (directions & address link later in newsletter) This event has quickly become a tradition for the club, and last year’s meeting at the Macasieb’s was the best ever. Continue reading