Holiday Traditions Getting Even Better

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Catherine's Blog
Holiday Traditions Getting Even Better

We have a big change coming for this December?s Holiday Party on December 8th. In the past, we?ve asked members to donate items for a silent auction benefiting the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Curator?s Fund. This year, the BGLM Curator?s Fund will still benefit from our event but in a new way. Members are […]

Pattern, Style, Clay, Chop

Pattern, Style, Clay, Chop

Kowatari, Kurodei, Kinyo are all terms related to bonsai pots. One of these terms is a color of clay. One is an old kiln in China. The other is a classification of age of pots from Japan. Do you know which is which? An internet search of these terms with the word bonsai returns a […]

April 2016 Meeting Notes- Bonsai in Small Urban Spaces

April 2016 Meeting Notes- Bonsai in Small Urban Spaces

Our April member meeting was an experiment with a different kind of program for our club. I’d like to thank everyone that brought or sent photos of their small spaces to the meeting. We had 30 photos from nine people. The photos and the conversation that happened around them were very interesting. There was a […]

Make Over a Year

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Articles And Stories, Catherine's Blog

Look at these two photos!!! I love pictures of bonsai taken at different stages of development, don’t you? I’m also a sucker for the television shows and magazine articles that show Plain Jane before and after a fresh new haircut, makeup and wardrobe change. But, this tree didn’t get an instant makeover. Instead, it is […]

Have the Tree You Want

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Articles And Stories
Have the Tree You Want

Kathy Shaner, Curator of Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, joined us in February to share with us her secrets for successful grafting. The primary and really only purpose for grafting is to improve the appearance of a tree. We use grafting to get branches where we want them, to change foliage and to have better […]

Fog City Bonsai – February 2016

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Newsletter Archive
Fog City Bonsai – February 2016

In this issue: From the President – “What is a Bonsai Show for?” by Eric Schrader, Juniper Practicum Lifts Off, 2016 Spring Show Information Sheet, BSSF Meetings and Workshops, Events around the Area, Guide to Bonsai Care Click the link to download the PDF newsletter.

Juniper Practicum Lifts Off

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Articles And Stories
Juniper Practicum Lifts Off

Twenty-nine numbers were read aloud at January’s member meeting, and one-by-one Juniper Practicum participants picked up the tree they will develop across this innovative two-year program. The idea for the practicum came to Eric Schrader in 2015 during a trip he made to the bonsai community in Portland, Oregon. The concept of a group working […]

Bonsai Pots – More than meets the eye

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Articles And Stories
Bonsai Pots – More than meets the eye

Don’t trust your eyes, trust your fingers, says Thomas Arakawa, Japanese American functional potter, that joined BSSF both for our member meeting and a full day of workshops in November. In the past two years, Kathy Lee, Thomas’ best student (and now wife) has created over 4000 pots; the degree of commitment necessary to become […]

Ryan Nichols – Principles versus Practice

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Articles And Stories
Ryan Nichols – Principles versus Practice

Ryan Nichols, our guest for October, gave us a way to think about bonsai techniques that helps clear confusion. Principles, he said, are unchanging. They apply universally. Practice, on the other hand, must be ever-changing to achieve or apply principles. Think about fertilizer. It is a principle that trees need fertilizing for optimum health. However, […]

Peter Bonsai Teacher

Peter Bonsai Teacher

It was late on July 9th when Peter Tea put the finishing touches on the Itoigawa Juniper provided for his demo. At 9:30 pm, when we typically wrap up our meetings, Peter was really just getting started working on the tree. What preceded this work was what Peter does best and what he treats as […]