From The President

Posted by on Mar 27, 2004 in From the President

In the weeks after our big show there are so many things to think about. First, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new members that join us after seeing the exhibit at the Cow Palace. Only two years ago, although it seems like much more, I saw the exhibit […]

From The President

Posted by on Feb 24, 2004 in From the President

For a few months now, there has been a discussion between the directors of the Collection North and BSSF. ?The issue is our logo tree. ?The tree has been permanently on display at the garden since it was styled by Mr. Mitsuya in December, and was there prior to that on a lease from BSSF. […]

From the President

Posted by on Jan 24, 2004 in From the President

From the President I’ve managed to secure two dates for people to collect material from a site in Tiburon. It is a Japanese style garden that is being removed to make way for a new building and new landscaping. There are many junipers as well as some pines, and maples. There are rocks of many […]

Moss for you bonsai

Posted by on Jan 24, 2004 in Articles And Stories

Jim Gremel was kind enough to share some of his secrets of preparing a tree for a show by covering the surface of the soil with moss at our January meeting. First, let me say that I disagree with the idea that all trees should receive a covering of moss as their top dressing. Trees […]

Beginner’s Perspective

Posted by on Jan 5, 2004 in Articles And Stories

Even though I have been thinking about it for a while it’s hard for me to write about what constitutes bad bonsai material. Mostly, I don’t want to offend anyone; or worse, steer some genius away from discovering the next great type of plant for bonsai. This is certainly a question of “beauty is in […]

From the President

Posted by on Dec 29, 2003 in From the President

I was deeply saddened to learn that Mas Imazumi passed away on December 24th. Many members of our club were more well acquainted with him than I but I feel the loss as deeply as any. I met Mas for the first time at the most recent East Bay Bonsai Society show and then again […]

Walter Pall’s Visit

Posted by on Nov 14, 2003 in Articles And Stories

I, like most of the people who attended this month’s meeting, really enjoyed hearing the somewhat different perspective of German bonsai enthusiast Walter Pall. It was nice to hear the tremendous applause that he received at the end of the presentation. For me, it was sometimes difficult to discern a single lesson that Mr. Pall […]

Taking Inspiration From the Natural World

Posted by on Aug 6, 2003 in Articles And Stories

I recently enjoyed a week-long vacation to Lassen National Park and surrounding areas. I had planned the vacation because, among other reasons, I have an interest in seeing high mountain trees. I found myself quite fascinated by all the trees that I encountered while hiking to the top of Brokeoff Mountain and in the Caribou […]