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March 2009 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 03/09 March 2009

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

March Meetings

Meetings are held in the large upstairs room at the Heather Farm Garden Center, Walnut Creek, and are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 7:00PM to 9:30PM.

Tuesday, March 10th  -     7:00 p.m.  Joint Meeting of Both Classes
Lecture - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Propagation of plants from seed and cutting
                                              Workshop 8:10 – 9:30p.m.
                                              Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Jeff Heffel and David Holmgren March Date, Time & Location TBA :  Board of Directors Meeting


Joint Meeting Format - For 2009, the club will hold Joint Class meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. To allow K to address a lecture to both the basic and intermediate members, there will be a basic level lecture at 7:00, and an intermediate level lecture at 7:30.  Basic members should arrive before 7:00; intermediate members should arrive either before 7:00 or between 7:20 and 7:30. Please do not arrive between 7:00 and 7:20, when you would disturb the basic lecture. During the intermediate lecture, the basic members should either quietly listen to the lecture, or work on their trees. Please don't disturb the lecture!

Potting Session - Don't forget our last potting sessions on Saturday, February 28th at 9:30, at the Tassajara Nursery.

Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, April 11th -        Joint Class Meeting
                                            Basic Lecture 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Fukinagashi (windswept) & Kengai (cascade) styles- how to control new growth
                                            Intermediate Lecture 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.:  Discussion on the problems of new growth in Spring
                                            Workshop 8:10 – 9:30 p.m.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Steve Huskins and Marlene Logue

Events Elsewhere

February 28-March 1                         Oakland, California
GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: 18th Annual Mammoth Fundraiser
at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Saturday, Feb 28th Auction 1PM-4PM with preview 12Noon-1PM.  Sunday, (Mar 1) Mammoth Fundraiser 10AM-5PM. Demonstration and critiques by Kathy Shaner, Curator. Vendors, benefit drawings, raffles and large consignment sale of bonsai and bonsai related items.

February 28-March 1                         San Marino, California
GSBF Collection at the Huntington Bonsai-A-Thon XIII,
fundraiser will be held at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road. Hours are 7:30AM - 4:30PM each day. Many vendors of trees, pots, tools and books will be on hand. Ongoing demonstrations each day and the finished trees and other items will be auctioned each afternoon. Breakfast, lunch, raffles and novice workshops will be offered. Jim Folsom will lead tours each morning at 10:00AM that will include the grand opening of the new Bonsai Courts. For more information contact Elissa Hoxie: (310) 373-2840 or (310 977-7966). Email

March 1                                              San Marino, California
Golden Statements Bonsai Federation: Spring Board Meeting
from 9AM-3PM at the Huntington Gardens Botanical Center. All board members and committee members are expected to attend the meeting. All GSBF club members are welcome to attend.We’ll hold our board meetings in conjunction with the annual fundraising events. From now on, our meetings will occur at each event in alternating years. We will hold our meeting on just one of the days (expecting committee work, meetings and reports to be completed among the involved parties before the main board meeting). This year, the main meeting will be on Sunday, March 1. That way, participating board members and officers can actually take part in and enjoy the Saturday portion of the event as well as conducting our essential business. The biggest long-term benefit is that it will give our GSBF Board the chance to get more engaged in the respective collections, so more folks from the south will be exposed to the event and collection in Oakland, and more folks in the north will experience what the BAT and HG collection is all about. 

March 29                                            Scotts Valley, California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai
: 20th annual Bonsai Show at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 King's Village Road, Hours are 10:30AM-4:30PM. Demonstration at 1:30PM by Katsumi Kinoshita. Plant sales, door prizes, raffle of the demonstration tree and much more.

Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Steve Huskins – President                  Byron Nobriga - First Vice President
Secretary - Open                               Jim Stalker - Treasurer
Lois Naye - Club Historian                 Helen Salmon - Newsletter Editor & Webmaster
Eddie Ballesteros - Publicity