Bernard Marque on Repotting

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Articles And Stories, Eric's Blog
Bernard Marque on Repotting

For our January 2017 meeting BSSF kicked off the year by inviting Bernard Marque, a long-time BSSF member to demonstrate repotting for the group. Bernard has recently taken over the helm in teaching bonsai basics II for the club which is the repotting portion of bonsai basics. Bernard began the evening by mentioning some of […]

Past Presidents

Past Presidents

Past presidents in politics get up to some pretty interesting things. We have only to wait for Obama to leave office to see if he’ll fit the mold or not. As for me, I’ve had a few members ask me whether I’ll be continuing on in some of the variety of capacities that I’ve filled […]

Cracking the Foundation

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in From the President
Cracking the Foundation

There are certain things that most bonsai enthusiasts assume are a constant – an inherent trait that cannot be changed. Among those are the core characteristics of a given tree; for most people the nebari and trunk are the most unflinching and foundational aspects. The thought of any change to the trunk is usually well […]

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 […]

BSSF looks to finish 2016 strong

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in From the President
BSSF looks to finish 2016 strong

If you’ve been around for the last two years you’ve seen BSSF put on some great programming. The rest of this year will continue the trend and an exciting slate of programs is already coming together for 2017. The club has benefitted from an influx of newer members and has seen an uptick in attendance […]

August, September and Junipers

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in From the President
August, September and Junipers

It seems that we spend a lot of time working on and talking about junipers here at BSSF. There are some good reasons for that, and the best of them is that junipers make great bonsai and are relatively easy to care for. whether you’re and old hat at junipers or fresh-eyed, you are in […]

Six BSSF Suggestions.

Six BSSF Suggestions.

1. Prioritize Bonsai Soil! BSSF is having its 3rd (annual) soil making party this month, on Saturday July 16th. The club uses “Boon mix”: a combination of 1/3 akadama, 1/3 lava and 1/3 pumice. This particular soil mix is known to provide good growing characteristics for many tree species across many locations. In fact, while […]

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 […]

BSSF Meta

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in From the President
BSSF Meta

I’ve spent the last 18 months as president writing columns for the newsletter about my views on bonsai. From how to create them to curating your collection and the reasons you should, I’ve been standing on this tiny soap box espousing what I really believe. But, for this column I’ll put aside bonsai to explain […]

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 […]