Annual Show - June 24-25, 2017

Our 57th Annual Show is Today!

We'll have over 100 bonsai created by members of our club on display. If you're interested in learning about bonsai please talk to us to find out how easy it is to get started and how our club can help you learn to appreciate and create your own bonsai. We will have demos showing the first stage in creating a bonsai. We also have 200+ starter bonsai trees that you can buy to get started. Our club is dedicated to teaching how to create and improve your bonsai so we invite you to come to our future meetings to learn more.

Photos of last years show can be seen at 2016 Show.

Jonas Dupuich will do the demo on Saturday and on Sunday two teams will demonstrate how they approach styling similar material in different ways. The first team will be Gordon Deeg and Sandy Vrooman and the second team will be Marsha and John Mekisich. Each demo runs about ninety minutes.

About Jonas Dupuich: More than twenty years ago he met Boon Manakitivipart, founder of Bay Island Bonsai, and began studying with him . Over time he turned his hobby into a fulfilling profession. In 2009, Jonas started the BonsaiTonight blog, now with over 700 articles. He has also studied with Akio Kondo and Daisaku Nomoto. In 2011, he spent two months studying with Junichiro Tanaka at Aichi-en in Nagoya, Japan and was able to work on trees in Tanaka’s collection and participate in exhibits including Gomangoku, Meifu-ten, Taikan-ten and Sakufu-ten.

Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Time: Saturday Noon-5PM, Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Map and Other Info

Trident Maple
Trident Maple (Click image for larger view)

Kusamura at Filoli

Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4

This year Kusamura Bonsai Club exhibited several trees at Filoli's Flower Show event. This annual show brings thousands of visitors to Filoli to see wonderful displays of flowers, plants and art. We exhibited in the Garden House and had hundreds of visitors stopping by to see our trees. We'll have photos of this event online soon!


Club News

Officers and Board of Directors Nominees for the 2017-2018 Term

The following slate of officers and board of directors were sworn in during the May meeting:

  • Lynne O’Dell — President
  • Marsha Mekisich — Vice President
  • Hal Jerman — Treasurer
  • Dave Curbow — Recording Secretary
  • Chris Weigen — Corresponding Secretary
  • Steve Kreiling — Board of Director (continuing term)
  • Mark O’Brien — Board of Director (continuing term)
  • Richard Phillips — Board of Director (completing Lynne’s term)
  • Christoff Dressel — Board of Director (new term)
  • John Mekisich — Board of Director (new term)
  • Sean Morris — Board of Director (new term)


New Member InfoPacket Available

Richard Phillips and Lynne O’Dell have done a fabulous job of putting together a New Member’s Packet that will be given to each person joining the club. As an existing member, be sure to check it out on our website and let them know how nice it looks. The club greatly appreciates all the work they put into this.

The packet can be found here.

Annual Show 2017 Call for Trees

June 24 – 25 with setup on Friday June 23
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Our show is less than eight weeks away. Show Chair Charlene Fischer will be contacting you to collect information about the tree you plan to show. Sixty displays/trees are needed. If you know what tree(s) you are showing, contact Charlene with the following info:

  • Your name
  • The botanical or common name of the tree
  • The year you started training the tree

Lots of information about our annual show at Lucie Stern Community Center can be found online at ClubShow. The “Show Tree Checklist” can be referred to when prepping your tree for show. For parking info, building layout and driving directions click on Directions.

Sign up sheets/lists will be available at the May meeting but contact Charlene if you want more info before then.
We are also looking for volunteers for the Sunday demonstration. At least two people can work together and it is even better if four people sign up.

Help make our annual show a success by providing all the support you can to our Show Chair Charlene Fischer. Thanks Charlene!

Timely Work Schedule

Each month there are a number of tasks you need to do to your bonsai - from repotting, to fertilizing to spraying for pests. We have put together a checklist, customized for the San Francisco Bay Area to help you. This checklist is adapted from earlier work by Mitsuo Umehara.

This month: June Tasks

May Meeting Recap

Members brought in around fifteen trees and Marsha Mekisich, Michael Greenstein and Jerry Carpenter discussed what should be done to improve each of them. The club thanks Marsha, Michael and Jerry for offering their expertise.

A new slate-of-officers were sworn in by John Planting.

It was only a two-hour meeting but there was a special energy in the air as we realized our annual show 2017 is almost here.

Club Calendar

July 8: Beginner Bonsai Class with Lynne O’Dell and Richard Phillips

July 21: Demonstration by Kathy Shaner

Other Events

June 4 and 5, 2016, San Mateo
Sei Boku Bonsai Kai: 33rd Annual Show at the San Mateo Garden Center. 605 Parkside Way (next to Beresford Park). Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM both days, with demonstration by Dennis Makishima from Noon – 3 PM on Saturday (tree will be raffled off at the conclusion of demo). Sunday Dennis will lead an open view workshop from Noon – 3 PM. Large club member plant sale, vendors, door prizes and our always-popular raffles. Admission is free. Dr. Bonsai will be available to offer styling and care tips. For more information, contact Marsha Mekisich at

June 17 & 18, 2017 Livermore
Valley Bonsai Society: 9th annual show at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane. Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM with a demonstration at 1PM on both days. The finished tree will be raffled off at the end of the demonstrations. Admission is free. For additional information contact Charles Harder at

July 12th, Oakland
East Bay Bonsai Society's Annual Auction
Beginning at (preview at 7:00pm) you'll find bonsai trees, pots, tools, and accessories. The event will be held at the Lakeside Garden Center, located at 666 Bellevue Ave. Oakland, CA. 94610

See GSBF Calendar for additional items

We Accept Donations

As a non-profit, we happily take charitable donations to sustain our club. In exchange, we will will get you a receipt to include when filing your taxes.

For more info see Donations

Articles We Recommend

Intro to Bonsai
About Your New Tree
Pine Pests

Other Sites We Recommend

Michael Hagedorn's blog
Bonsai Tonight
Peter Tea's blog

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