Santa Anita Bonsai Society
A community dedicated to the study and appreciation of the ancient art of Bonsai.
Bonsai NotebookThe August meeting will feature one of our local favorites, Ted Matson. Ted got started in bonsai in the 1970’s in the S.F. Bay area and moved to Southern California in 1980. He joined several clubs and started a serious pursuit of the bonsai art. Ted has studied with Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill, and John Naka. Ted has taught classes at his Pasadena home for many years and has a busy teaching schedule at clubs and workshops across the U.S. He is a member and past president of many So. Calif. Clubs. He is a past editor of Golden Statements magazine and has been involved with the Golden State Bonsai Federation in many capacities. Ted is currently working at the Huntington, preserving and caring for the GSBF collection. He will be presenting a seminar and workshop at this year’s state convention in October. Ted has an excellent eye for selecting bonsai material, and will share his talent with us to improve our ability to recognize the potential in bonsai stock. Meeting Time And Place: August 9, 2014 at 7pm LAC Arboretum/Palm Room
President’s CornerDuring the hot summer months we need to be ever vigilant with the care of our trees. The hottest part of the day is after the sun is past mid day. This is when sun damage and critical drying can take place. Are your trees shaded from the late afternoon sun? Having trees protected by shade cloth, a fence, or the east side of your house will provide the protective shade our trees need. You can also mist with water or spray with Cloud Cover, available at most nurseries, to protect leaves from drying out. Spend a little time looking at your trees each day to assess their general health and don’t be afraid to ask questions at our meetings. Ted Matson is a great resource for any bonai related questions. He has helped me a lot. ~Dave Miles
July HighlightsFrank Goya demonstrated the development of a saikai for us in July. He was assisted by Jaime Chavarria and used procumbens nan trees, selected rocks, soil and accents to create a beautiful landscape. The shallow suiban pot Frank used can dry out quickly, so he used a heavy sandy loam soil to hold moisture in longer. He utilized “muck”, which he described as sticky clay soil, to hold the trees in place in the soil base. Frank placed moss on the muck and soil to also hold in moisture. Frank positioned his rocks first using the largest rock on one side of the pot and smaller rocks alternating from the front of the pot to the back in a random pattern to create depth. He planted the tallest p. nana near the first rock. The other trees were planted near the other rocks continuing the sense of depth and dimension. He finished the saikai with a trail of sand winding through the scene to represent water. Small accent plants were also added, again creating dimension. The result was a beautiful example of Frank’s talent with saikai. Everyone watching was amazed at how at how quickly Frank created such a wonderful, completed landscape. Frank Yee was the lucky winner of the saikai, leaving a room full of jealous members.
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Meeting DatesAug 9, 2014 Sept 13, 2014 Oct 11, 2014
July Raffle DonorsThank you to Marge Blasingame, Y.S. Farn, Bill & Lois Hutchinson, Emma Janza, Dave Miles, Dick Ryerson, Paul Terhune, Marilyn Tyler and Frank Yee
Upcoming EventsAugust 16-17, 2014 Nampu Kai Annual Bonsai Exhibition, at the Japanese Cultural Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles 10:00am to 5:00pm Sept. 23-28, 2014 Kofu Kai Show at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana Daily 10:00am to 4:00pm Sept. 27-28, 2014, San Diego San Diego Bonsai Club Fall Show Casa Del Prado, Rm. 101, Balboa Park 10a-5p daily with demos at 11a and 1p Sale table with bonsai related items. More info: www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com Oct. 4-5, 2014, Thousand Oaks Conejo Valley Bonsai Society Exhibition Gardens of the World’s Resource Center 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 9a-4p daily with demos at 11a and 2p No sales table. More info; www.cvbs-bonsai.org
Come Join UsNext Meeting Date: August 9, 2014 Time: 7pm Location: LAC Arboretum, Palm Room 301 N. Baldwin Ave Arcadia, Ca 91007
2014 Monthly ProgramAugust: Ted Matson September: TBA October: Harry Hirao
2014 Refreshment ScheduleAugust: G. Gonzalez, M. Jonas, D. Miles, D. Ryerson September: J. Gibbs, B & L Hutchinson, P. Macasieb, K. Teh
Executive BoardPresident Dave Miles 909 519 5391 Vice President Peter Macasieb Treasurer Judy & Steve Anthony Secretary Marge Blasingame Board Members Ray Blasingame Ed Chacon Michael Jonas Dick Ryerson Frank Yee Santa Anita Bonsai Society Visit our website at: www.sabonsai.org [wpdm_file id=16]