Newsletter – February 2015

2015-02-Img01Bonsai Notebook

We will kick off our new year of demonstrations with Michael Jonas in February.  Michael has been a long-time member of our club and served on our board.  He is also a member and current president of Descanso Bonsai Society.

Michael has been involved in bonsai about 20 years.  He took classes with Kaz Yoneda and Sam Nakano in the early 1990’s at the Yamaguichi Bonsai Nursery.  Later he studied with Ted Matson in Pasadena, and benefitted from Ted’s attention to detail and horticultural knowledge.  Michael also studied with David Nguy to improve his wiring technique.

Michael has taught bonsai classes at the House of Bonsai, and will be teaching classes at his home in Reseda.  Come and join us for an informative evening with Michael.


Photo by: P. Macasieb

Meeting Time And Place:
February 14, 2015 at 7pm
LAC Arboretum/ Palm Room

President’s Corner

Winter dormancy is about over for us in sunny California.  Pruning, wiring and potting will begin again in earnest, and we will all be busy keeping up with our trees.  In order to get the “jump” on this season, I encourage everyone to attend the annual Bonsai-A-Thon February 28 and March 1 at The Huntington.  The information on page 2  of the attached BAT event announcement below provides the details and a copy of the blank badge for free entry.



Bonsai-A-Thon XIX

Saturday & Sunday, February 28th & March 1st, 2015
8:00AM – 4:30PM

We invite everyone—bonsai novices, enthusiasts and experts– to our annual fundraising even on behalf of the Golden state Bonsai Federation Collection at the Huntington.  Find us at The Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Center Building,  1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA.


  1. Extensive Bazaar Area – Select vendors selling top-quality tools, pots and trees (raw material and display ready); masterpiece trees on display
  2. Bonsai Exhibit – By the California Bonsai Society
  3. Demonstrations – Initial training and advance styling by experts
  4. Daily Raffle & Auction – Demonstration and donated trees, pots and tools…
  5. Guided Tours – Led by Jim Folsom, Director of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, at 10:00am each day

Saturday & Sunday Schedule

8:00AM — 9:30AM…………………Early Bird Registration & Pancake Breakfast *
8:00AM — 4:30PM…………………Bazaar and Bonsai Exhibits
9:00AM — 12:00PM……………….ONLY ON SUNDAY: Bring-Your-Own-Tree consulting  clinic
10:00AM — 11:30AM……………..Jim Folsom Tours
10:00AM — 3:00PM……………….Hotdogs and Hamburgers Lunch *
3:30PM — 4:30PM…………………Raffle and live auction.

*Registered Bonsai-A-Thon attendees my purchase breakfast & lunch in the Head House West of the Conservatory Building



  • Mel Ikeda
  • Bob Hilvers
  • Peter Macasieb
  • Cersareo Perez
  • Kathy Benson


  • Frank Goya
  • Marcus Juniel
  • David Nguy
  • Al Nelson

NOTE: Bonsai styled by these experts will be available in the auctions and raffles.  This is your chance to own a great tree with pedigree!


2015-02-Img03Attending the Bonsai-A-Thon is free  but does require registration at the Botanic Center. You can speed the process by filling in the badge “ticket” to the right with your name and showing it to the Bonsai-A-Thon registrar or the Huntington Security guard.  A full size version of this can be printed from the attached BAT Announcement which is linked above.  You may have to follow construction signs around the old route, but we are assured you will find your way in.

January Meeting Highlights

Our annual potluck dinner was well attended, and we had plenty of good food.  It was nice to just sit back and visit with fellow club members and enjoy the start of a new year.  Our co-founder Jim Barrett was in attendance and honored us by swearing in our club officers and Board for the next two years.

The raffle table was full and members took home lots of bonsai related items.  Thanks to all for your continued support and membership in one of the oldest bonsai clubs in Southern California.


Many of you took the  opportunity to renew your club membership at the meeting, and it was greatly appreciated.  Now is the time for  renewal.  As a not-for-profit organization, we need your generous memberships and raffle participation to fund our meeting location and programs.

2015-02-Img05SABS 2015-16 Club Officers & Board Members

Thank you to January Raffle Donors

Steve & Judy Anthony, Jim Barrett, Joyce Gibbs, Bill & Lois Hutchinson, Emma Janza, Dave Miles, Gary Lai,  Tom Lau, Frank Yee

Upcoming Events

Feb 28 – Mar 1
San Marino, CA.
Bonsai-A-Thon XIV  at The Huntington Library
Event hours 8am – 4:30pm
(see President’s Corner and for more information)

March 28 – 29
California Bonsai Society Show, at The Huntington, San Marino
Admission free with “early bird” registration between 8:00am – 9:30am

Next Meeting

Date: February 14, 2015
Time: 7pm
LAC Arboretum, Palm Room
301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, Ca  91007

6pm Board Meeting prior to general member meeting

2015 Monthly Meeting Dates

February 14 –  Michael Jonas
March 14 –  Uyen Trung
April  11 – TBA

2015 Refreshment Schedule

Feb: J Anthony, P Macasieb, D Miles, F Yee
Mar: J Anthony, M Blasingame, B&L Hutchinson