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February 2001 Newsletter

Web Page Address Address:                          Issue 02/01 ¨ February 2001


2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925) 820-0268

Editor: Daryl Bunch (925) 830-8790

February Meetings:

All meetings held at Heather Farms Garden Center, 1540 March Banks Dr., Walnut Creek. 7:30 – 9:30 PM

February 5 th  -  Basic Class (7:00 pm to 7:30 pm) - Business meeting and library open(7:30 pm to 8:00 pm) Class instruction - topics are Fukinagashi (windswept) and Kengai (cascade) styles of bonsai; (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm) Workshop.

         Refreshments: Dimitri and Nick Koovshinoff

February 12th  -  Intermediate Class (7:00 pm to 7:30 pm) Business meeting and library open; (7:30 pm to 8:00 pm) Class Instruction - topic is Discussion on Individual Expression is about what bonsai art is; 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm) Workshop.

        Refreshments:  Fred Kovar and Bob Lausten

February 6th Board of Directors Meeting at 7:30 at the CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon in San Ramon

Notes: - If your are listed to bring refreshments and cannot attend, please call Bob Evans at (925)-820-0268.

Don't forget to bring a piece of plastic to cover your table during the workshop.

After the workshop, clean-up around your table and help put away the tables and chairs. (two rows of tables and chairs at the south end of the room.)

February 10th  -  Potting Session at the Tassajara Nursery, 2550 Camino Tassajara Rd, Danville - (10:00 am to 12:00 noon).

Take the Sycamore Valley Road east exit off I-680.  The nursery is approximately 2 miles east of I-680 on the right hand side of the street.  When you arrive please park on either side of the street outside the fenced parking area so that the regular customers can park inside the parking lot.

February 24th  -  Second Field Trip to bonsai nurseries.  Carpooling from the Montgomery Ward parking lot on Monument Boulevard.  Signup sheets and detailed information will be available at the February 5th and 12th meetings.  We will visit the Sumigawa Nursery at 8049 Gravenstein Highway in Cotati, CA. Ph. 707-795-5467 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and the Lone Pine Gardens at 6450 Lone Pine Road in Sebastopol, CA.  Ph 707-823-5024 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Carpooling will be from the Montgomery Wards parking lot on Monument Boulevard in Concord at 8:45 am and departing at 9:00 am sharp.

President’s Message

All members should plan to attend at least one of the potting sessions scheduled February 10th and March 4th.  The object of these potting sessions is for the members to prepare the trees they are donating to the October Show Plant Sale.  Diablo Bonsai Club will provide the pots, soil and wire used and the members are asked to provide their own trees.  Please bring your own bonsai tools and a piece of plastic to cover your work table.  Before you leave the potting session, make sure you clean up around your area and register thee trees you have prepared and the pots you have used.

As a reminder, Basic members are asked to donate two one gallon-sized trees and intermediate members  two five gallon-sized trees.  You can bring your own trees from home for the potting session or the trees will be available at the nursery for your purchase.

Experienced members of the club will be available at both potting sessions to help the basic members with their trees.  It is a good learning experience for the newer members of the club and also helps you get your trees ready for the October Show Plant Sale.  You will do all the steps needed to go from nursery stock in a one gallon can to a tree wired and placed in a bonsai pot.  The past year we have had a number of group plantings in our plant sale and they have sold for a good price.  We are asking intermediate members to consider doing a group planting as one of your donations.

The past few years the club has derived over 70% of its income at the October Show from the sale of trees donated from members to the plant sale.  The trees donated to the plant sale should be high quality so that they will sell for a good price and will reflect favorably upon Diablo Bonsai Club as a source of quality trees.  DO not use the October Show Plant Sale as a means to get rid of material you no longer want as it reflects poorly on the club if we are trying to sell poor trees at a cheap price.


We had a good turnout of members and spouses at our pot luck dinner party on January 15th kicking off the Diablo Bonsai Clubs 20th year.  It was very encouraging to see some of our newest members attending the function.  Our thanks to Don Meeker for organizing and setting up the food.  Our thanks also to Sensei Akebane for donating a Bunjin style juniper, which was raffled off.


With this newsletter we are including the schedule of activities for the year 2001 so you can mark your calendar for the year.  Also at the February meetings, Tom Fong has prepared the "2000 Financial Highlights" statement and copies will be available for those who are interested.  This statement will give members an idea of where the clubs money comes from and where it is spent.


Scott Couture and Byron Nobriaga have been selected to be the co-chairmen of the October Show for 2001.  They will be asking for members to head the various show committees in the near future.  In the future, monthly meetings of the committee chairs will be asking for volunteers to work on their committees during the show.  To have a successful shop we need everyone's' participation.


Please welcome the following new members: Richard Mitro of San Ramon and Gary Parker of Lafayette.

If you have not paid your dues for the year 2001 yet, please get a check in the mail to Tom Fong immediately so that we can finalize the membership roster and get it printed.

Our thanks to Norm Wanek and his crew comprised of Tom Fong, Bob Eden, Fred Kovar, Scott Couture and Bob Evans for pruning and cleaning the Bonsai Exhibit at the Heather Farms Garden Center.  Norm Provides the upkeep of the trees during the remainder of the year and gets a work party together once a year to do the major cleanup.

There are five (5) pots and two (2) stands from the estate sale of Phil Hermann available if anyone is interested please contact Bob Evans.

Events Elsewhere

Golden State Bonsai Collection at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.

Garden House Hours

Wed, Thurs, Fri – 11:00AM to 3:00 PM

Sat – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sun – 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

Call ahead to be sure they are open at (520)-763-8409.

February 3rd and 4th - Bay Area Bonsai Associates 20th Annual Bonsai Show at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, (Lake Merritt), Oakland, CA.  Hours Saturday - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Demo by Kathy Shaner at 7:30 pm.  Hours Sunday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Demon by Bill Hilvers at 1:00 pm.

February 25 - Golden State Collection North Mammoth Bazaar at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, (Lake Merritt), Oakland, CA.  Hours 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

March 17 & 18  -  Fresno Bonsai Society 32nd Annual Show at Shinzin Japanese Garden, Fresno, CA.  Hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

March 21 - 25  -  Bonsai Society of San Francisco Annual Exhibit in the East Building of the Cow Palace. South San Francisco.  Part of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

March 31 - April a  -  Modesto Bonsai Club  Annual Show at the Medical Building, 2339 St. Paul's Way, Modesto, CA.  Hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.  Demonstration both days at 2:00 pm by George Fujita.

Garden Classes at Heather Farms

1. Color in two gardens - March 3rd at 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  Fee - $15.00 for members and $20.00 for Non-members.

2. Nursery Visit with a landscape architect - March 3 (:30 am to 11:30 am.  Fee $15.00 for Members and $20.00 for Non-members

3. A Garden for Four Seasons - March 7th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Fee $15.00 for Members and $20.00 for Non-members.

4. Paper Making - March 10th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Fee $15.00 for Members and $20.00 for Non-members.

5. Flower Drawing and Painting Workshop - March 17, 9:03 am to 5:00 pm.  Fee $65.00 for Members and $70.00 for Non-members.  In class materials fee $10.00.

See the last page of this newsletter for a form to use for these classes if interested.

February 25 - Annual Appraisal Event (Antique and Collectable Appraisals) Hours 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  In support of the Gardens at Heather Farms, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.  Appraisal fees up to 3 items $15.00, each additional item  $5.00.


Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

March 4, 2001  –  Potting Session Number 2

March 5, 2001  -   Basic/Intermediate Joint Class

        Refreshments: Bill Magee, Jack Mahshi, Sybil Renee McGowen

March 6, 2001 –  Board Meeting


Class Registration Form                                Send to: The Gardens at Heather Farms

                                                                      1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598

                                                                       Phone: 925-947-1678        Fax:  947-1726


Name ________________________________________        Phone  _____________________________

Address  __________________________________        City  _______________________    Zip  ___________

Name of Class                                                          Date & Time                                                               Fee                                  




                                                                                                                                                                              Total  _________________

_____ Member        _____  Non-Member        _____  Check Enclosed                    _____  Visa          _____  MasterCard

Card Number  _________________________  Expiration Date  _______________

Signature:  _______________________________________

                                                                                Make checks payable to:  The Gardens at Heather Farms

                                                                Refunds for canceling attendance will be made only until one week before class


Diablo Bonsai Club 2001 Schedule

Date                                                                    Event

January 2        -    Board Meeting

January 8        -    Basic Class - Chokkan and Moyogi Styles and Winter Care, Workshop

January 15      -    Potluck Dinner Party

January 27      -    Field Trip

January 29      -    Intermediate Class - Winter Care in General and this Year's Project, Workshop

February 5      -    Basic Class - Fukinagashi and Kengai Styles, Workshop

February 6      -    Board Meeting

February 10    -    Potting Session

February 12    -    Intermediate Class - Discussion.  Individual Expression about what is bonsai art. Workshop

February 24    -    Field Trip

March 4          -    Potting Session

March 5          -    Basic/Intermediate Joint Class

March 6          -    Board Meeting

April 2            -    Basic Class - How to pinch new growth, feeding, and watering.  Workshop

April 3            -    Board Meeting

April 9            -    Intermediate Class - Discussion on the problems of branch development, Workshop

April 28,29     -    Cherry Blossom Festival

May 1             -    Board Meeting

May 7             -    Basic Class - Branch Development. Workshop

May 14           -    Intermediate Class - Restyling of an old bonsai. Workshop

May 19           -    Spring Garden Tour

June 4             -    Basic/Intermediate Joint Class

June 5             -    Board Meeting

July 2              -    Basic Class

July 9              -    Intermediate Class

July 17            -    Board Meeting

August 6          -    Basic/Intermediate Joint Class

August 7          -    Board Meeting

September 4    -    Board Meeting

September 10  -    Basic Class

September 17  -    Intermediate Class

October 1        -    Basic Class

October 2        -    Board Meeting

October 8        -    Intermediate Class

October 13,14 -    Annual Diablo Bonsai Club Bonsai Exhibit

October 14      -    Critique of Trees in exhibit

November 3    -     October Show Dinner Party

November 5    -    Basic Class

November 6    -    Board Meeting

November 12  -    Intermediate Class

December 3    -    Basic/Intermediate Joint Meeting

December 4    -    Board Meeting