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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Your Bonsai Collection Would Look Like if it Were up to Me.

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Articles And Stories, From the President
What Your Bonsai Collection Would Look Like if it Were up to Me.

In bonsai, there is some ideal mix of sizes, shapes and species of trees that will provide for ideal learning. Your collection may contain plants because you found them at an auction, on the side of the road, at a nearby nursery, or elsewhere. But, that doesn’t mean that these plants are what should be […]

Small Bonsai Spaces

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in From the President
Small Bonsai Spaces

Our April program will be a member-led collaboration that aims to enrich our community knowledge when it comes to growing plants in an urban environment. For many people, growing bonsai means having trees on benches in their yard. But for those of us who either don’t have a yard, or even don’t have outdoor space, […]

Movement-Induced Value Analysis?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in From the President
Movement-Induced Value Analysis?

After returning from my ten day trip to Japan two weeks ago I was immediately undertaking to move all of my trees out of my back yard. Moving all of your trees encourages a little analysis of your collection. With the need to handle each and every plant, some thoughts start to occur. A plant […]

What is a Bonsai Show For?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in From the President
What is a Bonsai Show For?

Every February, as we get to within less than two months of the annual show, (at the San Mateo Event Center now) I start to panic a little about whether or not enough members will turn out to show trees and about how the show will turn out. As I mentioned last year, it takes […]