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:

July 13th, 2017: Juniper Practicum Lecture with Eric Schrader – BRING YOUR PRACTICUM TREE to this meeting!

July’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)

Saturday July 15th, 2017: Juniper Practicum Workshop #3

Four time slots will be provided: 9:00; 10:45; 12:45;
2:30, limited to 7 participants per slot. Please sign up at the meeting or before.


Aug 10, 2017: Gordon Deeg – Tool Maintenance

Come out in August to learn about putting together a bonsai tool kit, and tool maintenance. Gordon Deeg, a long-time member of Sei Boku and BABA will be here to educate and inform. (Last names O – R bring refreshments)

Sep 14, 2017: BSSF Fundraiser Auction

September is the annual fundraiser auction for BSSF. This is our major fundraiser for the entire year and all members are strongly encouraged and asked to participate in two ways:
1. Bring plants to donate to the club for sale at the auction. Anything bonsai related is great, especially if it has flowers!
2. Bring your wallet and buy some plants! (Oh, and bring a bottle of wine to share with your neighbor!)
(Last names S bring refreshments, and bring a lot!)

Other 2017 Planned Programs:

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