The club meets every 2nd Thursday for our regular club meeting for a presentation and every 3rd Thursday for a workshop. Bring your trees to give and get help from others in the club. (Note that there is no 3rd Thursday workshop in December)

Location and Directions

Upcoming Meetings, Workshops and Events:

Apr 30, 2017: Bonsai Basics I Workshop

A class on the introduction to styling and caring for bonsai. Strongly encouraged for those looking to build confidence in the development of bonsai.
For more information see the project page here.

May 11, 2017: The Role of Water in growing bonsai with Ryan Nichols

Ryan Nichols, a continued fixture in the Bay Area Bonsai Community, will lecture on the role of water in growing successful bonsai, drawing from his
Masters degree in Plant Biology and years of developing bonsai material. This class will be informative as well as entertaining.

June 8, 2017: Juniper Practicum Lecture with Eric Schrader – BRING YOUR PRACTICUM TREE to this meeting!

This spring’s Practicum lecture will begin with an additional review of progress of each plant?s health and growth. Eighteen months after starting the trees should be healthy and growing quickly. We will continue with a discussion of branch refinement techniques and how to optimize growing for creation of fine branching. Analysis of examples of bonsai showing how branch structure can be developed to allow for easy maintenance and added character. The goal for this meeting is an increased understanding of juniper branch refinement and maintenance techniques.
(Last names I – J bring refreshments)


July 13, 2017: Evaluating Material to Purchase with Jonas Dupuich

Jonas Dupuich, the well-known proprietor of Bonsai Tonight and seasoned blogger will be on hand to educate members on how to look at material for purposes of making purchasing decisions. Many bonsai are bought and sold at shows and it takes a keen eye and some knowledge to know which tree will round out your collection and grow well in your yard. Check out Jonas recent series on the topic on his blog. (Last names M – N bring refreshments)

Other 2017 Planned Programs:

Aug 10, 2017: Gordon Deeg topic is to be determined (Last names O – R bring refreshments)
Sep 14, 2017: BSSF Fundraiser Auction (Last names S bring refreshments)
Oct 12, 2017: Bespoke Bonsai Stands with Austin Heitzman, Ryan Neil?s stand maker (Last names T – V bring refreshments)
Nov 9, 2017: Three Stations for Styling with Ivan Hernandez, Gary Tom and a third to be confirmed (Last names W – Z bring refreshments)
Dec 14, 2017: Annual Holiday Party and Member Sale benefiting BGLM (Everyone contributes to potluck)

REMINDER: Member Meeting Refreshments – Everyone Asked, Everyone Benefits
Members are asked to bring refreshments to our monthly meetings based on the first letter of their last name. The schedule is reasonably allocated so that each member only has one meeting to cover per year (excluding our two pot lucks). May is I – L, June is M – N, July is a Potluck, Aug is O – R, September is S, October is T – V, November is W – Z, Dec is a Potluck. The club will continue to bring dry good (plates, napkins, etc.) and hot beverages (tea, coffee) to each meeting.

In Progress Workshop Series:

January, 2016 -January 2018 – Juniper Practicum

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The Juniper Practicum is a 2-year group workshop series that aims to teach participants how to grow and transform normal nursery stock junipers into bonsai. The series is currently fully booked, but look for another Practicum to start in January 2017.

For more details, progress and rules see the Juniper Practicum page:

The Juniper Practicum