Newsletter – July 2014

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The July meeting will feature Frank Goya and his famous talent for designing saikai, or living landscapes.  Frank is known as one of the top bonsai artists in our country and as the “dean” of saikai.
Frank was born in California, was interred during World War II, and then served in the U.S. Army for three years. He worked as a professional gardener and started to learn about bonsai and saikai.  One of his saikai compositions is on display at the National Arboretum in Washington, D. C.
Frank has been involved with bonsai and saikai for over 50 years.  Come and see how he designs and develops a saikai at the July meeting.  Maybe you will take home a masterpiece and a part of saikai history.


The Presidents Corner…

Although October is a few months away, registration for the 2014 Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention started on July 1.  The convention will be held in Sacramento this year, and will be co-hosted by The American Bonsai Society.  Registration information and forms can be found   on the GSBF website:
Our club is one of 73 statewide that make up the GSBF, which exists to work and support the individuals and member clubs within California.  We are fortunate to have one of the two GSBF sponsored bonsai collections in our backyard at The Huntington.  Several of our SABS members are involved with helping to maintain this collection, including Bob Alstrom, and Ray and Marge Blasingame.
This year’s GSBF convention features many exciting events and workshops.  It’s a great opportunity to commune with fellow bonsai artists and learn from some of the best talents in the world.
~Dave Miles

What’s New

A gentle reminder: if you haven’t paid your dues for 2014, now is the time.
Dues are $20 for an individual or $25 for a family membership.
You can pay at the monthly meeting or mail your dues to:

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Upcoming Events

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:

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:

2014 Monthly Program

July 12: Frank Goya
August 9: Ted Matson

2014 Refreshment Schedule

July 12: M. Blasingame, P. Macasieb, R. Sencer, J.  Rodriquez
August 9: G. Gonzalez, M. Jonas, D. Miles, D. Ryerson

Next Meeting

Date: July 12, 2014
Time: 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, Ca  91007

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