Santa Anita Bonsai Society May Show Update

Santa Anita Bonsai Society Members,

Hello, and best wishes to all of you as we continue to wait out this virus situation. I truly hope you are all safe and well.

As expected, our Memorial Day weekend show has been cancelled by the Arboretum, based on L.A. County orders. Given that, we will move forward with a “virtual” show as I outlined in my previous letter. It is important that we work together and continue to share our love of the art of bonsai.

The plan is to have our Virtual Show posted on the club website at on May 30. All members are invited to take a digital picture of their tree or trees with a smart phone or digital camera and email them to our webmaster Robert Sencer at Robert will put the pictures together in a format viewable on our website for all of us to enjoy.

The show will not be judged. I hope we will use the opportunity to share our favorite trees with each other without some of the stresses that go along with a judged, live show. Our theme this year is “conifer trees”, so show them if you have them. However, as always, share any variety of trees you wish.

Here are some guidelines:

  1. Try and set up a neutral colored background behind your tree.
  2. Use a display stand if possible, but not required.
  3. No accent plant necessary; we want to see the tree.
  4. Avoid photographing in direct sunlight; the sun can wash out the photo.
  5. Just take a picture on your phone or camera and send it to Robert and he will work his magic.
  6. Email your picture(s) along with your name and tree variety to
  7. Send pictures of as many trees as you wish.
  8. Deadline for email submissions is Thursday, May 28.

If you want to enter a tree but need help with taking the photo and/or sending the email, contact me at 909-519-5391 (Dave’s mobile) and we will arrange help.

This will be a new and different way to present our show, but also a new opportunity for everyone to participate. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lorraine & I via my mobile phone or email address at We look forward to seeing your trees.


May Meeting Update

Santa Anita Bonsai Society May 2020 meeting is cancelled

Santa Anita Bonsai Society Members,

Greetings to all of you during this difficult time. I hope all of you are well and navigating safely through each day of the stay-at-home order. It has been a good time for spending quality time with our trees.

Our May 9 club meeting has been cancelled by the Arboretum in keeping with the L.A. County order to stay at home through May 15. I contacted the Arboretum and asked about our Memorial Day Weekend show dates May 23-25. They would not commit one way or the other until the County gives direction beyond May 15.

I have been in contact with Board members with an idea to have our annual show in one of two ways. If the Arboretum allows us to use Ayres Hall for our show, I will contact members to arrange for show set-up. I would anticipate some restrictions, for instance, maybe no demonstrations.

However, if the show is cancelled, I am proposing a “virtual show”. We would have members post pictures of their show trees to a site to be arranged. Our webmaster, Robert Sencer, has offered to create a “storybook” on-line where member can view all the show trees. Details are being worked out, but would include assisting members with posting pictures if needed.

I am hopeful our members will participate in either option, and that you will plan to prepare your trees for our show. It is important for our club to continue our interaction through our common love of bonsai. I will keep you all informed about the show as I get updates from the Arboretum.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lorraine & I at or via our website at

Best wishes to all,

April Meeting Update

Santa Anita Bonsai Society April 2020 meeting is cancelled

Due to ongoing L.A. County Health Department Guidelines our April 2020 club meeting has been cancelled.  No decision has been made regarding the month of May and future meetings.

I hope everyone is well and managing as best you can with our current corona virus situation.    It is a great time to work on bonsai.

I am optimistic and looking forward to having our Annual Show over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25. The theme for this year is conifers.  Plan to have your trees ready for the show and also all of your sale items.  I will keep you updated on the show status as I hear from the Arboretum.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lorraine & I at or via our website at

Best wishes to all,

March Meeting Cancellation

Well, we are sorry to report that the Los Angeles Arboretum has decided to close after all. Unfortunately, we will have to cancel our March 14th meeting at 7:00 PM in the Palm Room at the Arboretum. As of this posting, the Los Angeles Arboretum is closed until further notice. Please refer to the Arboretum web page at for updates. You may also contact Dave at (909) 519-5391 if you would like any additional information. Have a good weekend and take care of yourselves. We look forward to seeing everyone next month. Please check back for further updates on future schedules. Thank you.

March Meeting Update

We are still planning to have our March 14th meeting at 7:00 PM in the Palm Room at the Arboretum. As of this posting, the Los Angeles Arboretum is planning to remain open this weekend, only their tours have been suspended. Please refer to the Arboretum web page at for updates. You may also contact Dave at (909) 519-5391.

If you are feeling unwell please stay home and get better soon. Otherwise, please join us for a great demo by Jaime & Jason.

SABS Annual Memorial Day Weekend Show

IT’S SHOW TIME! We will be presenting our 55th annual club show over the Memorial Day weekend at the Arboretum. Our members selected “Deciduous Trees” as our theme this year.

I encourage all our members to enter their best deciduous trees, but as always, you can enter any species of bonsai you like. It is our show, one of the oldest in existence, and I hope all our members will participate by entering a tree and/or assisting at the show.

The show is always a big hit with the general public visiting the Arboretum. It is pleasing to see how much people enjoy looking at the trees and wondering how we do it. If you need help preparing a tree for the show, come to the May meeting, bring your tree, and ask for advice. We have plenty of experienced members willing to help you at the meeting and at show set-up.

The sign-up form is included in this post, and additional forms will be available at the May meeting. If you choose not show a tree, please sign up to help out as a docent, watching the trees and occasionally answering questions. The show covers three days and help is always appreciated. We will also need help with show set-up at 1:00pm on Friday, May 24 and take-down at 4:00pm on Monday, May 27. You will learn a lot just helping in any of these capacities.

The show will also feature a sales table where members can sell bonsai related items. A lot of great trees and other items will be available to help you boost your collection. Come and enjoy it all with us.

September Meeting Update

There has been a change of plan for our September club meeting.  The meeting will not be held at the home of Steve and Judy Anthony as planned.  Instead, David and June Nguy have offered to host us at their home in Chino.  Ted Matson will still be our demonstrator for the evening as previously announced.  We will cover all the rest of the details in the September newsletter.  Thanks.