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March 2000 Newsletter

     Web Page Address:                          Issue 00/03 ¨ March 2000

2550 Camino Tasajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925) 820-0268

Editor: Daryl Bunch (925) 830-8790

March Meetings:

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

March7 th - Board of Directors Meeting at 7:30 at the CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon in San Ramon

March 6th –

Basic Class – 7:00 to 7:30 PM - Yoseue (Group Plantings), " Pinching new Growth, feeding and Watering."

Intermediate Class – 8:00 to 8:30PM – "Grafting"

Workshop for both Classes 8: 00 to 10:00PM

Refreshments: Hollis Hardy, Rebecca Harris, & Patricia Hines

March 5th – Potting Session – 9:30 AM to 12 Noon at Tassajara Nursery

March 13th – Workshop for both Classes 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Refreshments: Alvin Jones, Fred Kovar & Bruce Kronmiller

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


President’s Message

Sunday March 5th – Potting Session #2 – 9:30 am to 12 Noon at the Tassajara Nursery, 2550 Camino Tassajara, Danville (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 at the nursery, please park on either side of the street outside of the fenced parking area, so that the customers can park inside the parking lot.

If you did not make it to the February 12th potting session, please try to make it to this one. Bring your own bonsai tools and a piece of plastic to cover your worktable. Before you leave the potting session, please make sure you clean up around your work area and register the trees you have prepared and pots you have used with Renee McGowan. As a reminder, Basic Members are asked to donate two one gallon size trees and intermediate members two - five gallon trees. You can bring your own trees from home or trees will be available at the nursery for you purchase. The club will furnish the plastic pots, wire and soil. The members are asked to furnish the trees.

The intent of the potting session is to prepare the trees to be donated to the plant sale at the October Show. Experienced members will be available at the potting sessions to help the basic members with their trees. It is a good learning experience and also helps you get your trees ready for the plant sale.

A reminder to intermediate members, please consider doing a group planting as one of your donations. They have sold well in the past and at good prices.

Also, the ceramic pots by Tad Kikugawa will be at the potting session for any members who wish to donate accent plants at the plant sale.

March 25th and 26th – Millennium "Garden Exhibit" at the Tassajara Nursery, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 PM. Diablo Bonsai Club will have a booth in this first time event along with many other garden accessory and specialty suppliers. We will need volunteers to help out at the booth both days. Sign up sheets will be at the monthly meetings.


Club News

Please welcome the following new members:

Frank and Joanne Reyes of Clayton.


With the weather warming up, if you haven’t completed your repotting, do so immediately. Concentrate on doing your deciduous trees first, conifers can be done a little later. Also, remember you do not fertilize trees that have just been repotted for at least a month or six weeks.

If you have anything for the newsletter, bring it to class or forward it to Daryl Bunch. We welcome any write-ups or articles from members on topics that would be of interest to other members.

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.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

April 3rd –

Basic Class Topic -"Fukinagashi and Kengai Styles" and workshop.

Intermediate Class Topic – "Discussion on Problems of New Growth in Spring" and workshop

Refreshments – Paul Francis, Bob Lausten & Nick Koovshinoff.

April 4th – Board of Directors Meeting

April 10th – Basic and Intermediate Workshops

Refreshments – Bill Magee, Jack Mahshi & Renee McGowan

April 15th & 16th – Cherry Blossom Festival