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January 2011 Newsletter

     Sensei: Kunitoshi "K" Akabane (925) 736-7600

                            Issue: 01/11 January 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


January Meetings

Tuesday, January 11th Joint Class Meeting


Lecture 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Bob Brown and Casey Campbell.


Saturday, January 15th, and Saturday, January 29th, 2011 - 9:30am  Potting Sessions at Tassajara Nursery.


Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, February 8th Joint Class Meeting


Lecture 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Carol Campbell and Marcia Cozens.


Saturday, February 12th, and Saturday, February 26th, 2011 - 9:30am  Potting Sessions at Tassajara Nursery.


From the President

Potting Session - We will hold the first of our annual potting sessions at the Tassajara Nursery on Saturday, January 15th at 9:30am. Bring your trees, tools, and pots; potting medium will be available from the club for a small charge.

Demonstrations - This year K will bring into the meeting untrained material that he will prune, and wire into a certain style that he has selected. This will give us the opportunity to ask questions about the entire process of selecting, pruning, and wiring into the chosen style. This demonstration will be posted in the newsletter 1 to 2 months in advance there will be 3 to 4 of this type of demonstrations during the year. This will be great to watch a master at work.

Member Projects - Each member to bring a one gallon or five gallon plants to design as bonsai. This material must be selected from standard nursery material. The member must explain what they see in the plant to make it a beautiful bonsai and know what style tree influenced their purchased material. Every month the member is to bring the same plant in for one year to show and discuss progress. 

Tree Exchange - To start off the new year with new plants we thought a tree exchange should be tried. This would give members the opportunity to thin out their collection of growing material, pre bonsai, or already established bonsai. The Idea is to give plants to one another just to share. If you have material to donate to the club to be sold then K will price to sell but if it does not sell you must take it back.

Membership - Our club needs new members!  If you have any ideas on how we might increase our membership, let us know.  And if you know anyone who might be interested in bonsai, bring them with you to one of our upcoming meetings.


Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday January 15-16 - Pleasanton, California 
Bay Island Bonsai: Annual Bonsai Exhibit. Hall of Commerce, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue. Admission $ 5.00. Free Parking. Same great auction on Saturday, with preview at Noon and auction at1 PM. NEW: Numerous bonsai education programs all day on Sunday. Guided tours of the exhibit on both Saturday and Sunday. Benefit Drawing (need not be present to win). The largest number of vendors ever. Hours: 10AM-4PM, both Saturday and Sunday. For more information: (510) 919-5042 or



Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Byron Nobriga President                Jim Stalker - Treasurer
Steve Huskins - Secretary                 Jeff Heffel - Publicity