Analyzing Unfortunate Deaths

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Articles And Stories, Eric's Blog
Analyzing Unfortunate Deaths

It’s an emotional blow to lose a bonsai. Seasoned growers may claim that they have never had a tree die on them, but the reality is that everyone loses trees. This past year has been a tough one for me; but I plan to learn from the trees that have escaped me so that I […]

Fog City Bonsai – September 2017

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Articles And Stories
Fog City Bonsai – September 2017

Click that button, above —-/\ In This Issue … Giant Bonsai Auction, p. 1-2 From the President, p, 2 Gordon Deeg on Tools and Maintenance, p. 3-4 2018 Show Committee Report, p. 4 Japanese Tea Garden, p. 4 BSSF Meetings and Workshops, p. 4-5 SF Botanical Garden and Bonsai Society Workday, p.5 Seasonal Tips for […]

Gordon Deeg on Tool Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Articles And Stories
Gordon Deeg on Tool Maintenance

For our August program BSSF welcomed Gordon Deeg of San Mateo’s Sei Boku Bonsai Kai. Gordon is a long-time teacher of bonsai and has one of the most impressive collections in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gordon has also been a long-time volunteer at the Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit. When we think about bonsai in […]

Preview of 2017 BSSF Benefit Auction Trees

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Articles And Stories

Auction Trees for 2017 These are actual trees that will be auctioned. Keep your eyes on this space for more…

Cherry Blossom Roundup

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Articles And Stories, Eric's Blog
Cherry Blossom Roundup

The Cherry Blossoms this year on street trees around San Francisco put on a much better than normal show, blossoming profusely after a winter of heavy rain and slightly colder than normal conditions. Even during the Cherry Blossom show there were drifts of discarded petals on the streets, congregating against curbs in eddies in the […]

Overwintering spring – the year without a show

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Articles And Stories, Eric's Blog
Overwintering spring – the year without a show

For the last couple weeks I’ve been enjoying the spring growth on my trees. The winter weather this year was apparently beneficial for the trees and we are now seeing the results. For as much as I can enjoy the beauty itself, that enjoyment also reminds me of walking the halls of the Flower and […]

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 […]