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Program: Daniel Martinez On Ryan Neil

As you may recall, last September’s program was a presentation by Daniel on his serendipitous visit to Ryan Neil’s nursery and garden in Portland, Oregon in 2014. Daniel was so impressed and motivated by Ryan and his amazing bonsai work that he has subsequently returned to Portland multiple times to study with Ryan.

This month we will learn more about Daniel’s literal and figurative journeys in search of excellence in bonsai. The picture shows Daniel and Ryan during Daniel’s first visit to Ryan’s nursery.

President’s Message:

Tom PostA big thanks to Carol Hicks and her landscaping husband for hosting our yearly Pot Luck. We had a great turnout! Yes, we even had dancing girls this time. There were wonderful raffle items for everyone to select from. I do have several heavy plastic garden display tables to keep your bonsai on that are for sale. I’ll bring an example to the next club meeting. Also at the next several club meetings, I will bring two pots which will go to the person with the winning ticket.

On Saturday, September 5, we are scheduled to visit the Muranaka Nursery in Nipomo. As usual, we will meet in the upper parking lot at Sears at 7:45 and leave at 8:00. It should be a fun trip.

~ Tom

Last Month: Potluck At Carol Hicks’ House

As Tom said in his message, everyone had a great time at the potluck, and the club raised a couple of hundred dollars or so from the many items donated to the raffle. Carol and Michael Hicks were perfect hosts at their newly re-landscaped house.

Getting ready for the raffle
One of the Dancing Girls (Goska Materka-Ulivo’s daughter) helping John Bleck draw raffle tickets

Go To The Convention!

As reported last month, the club has decided to use some of the money generously donated by the family of our late long-time faithful member Sally Gilmore to encourage attendance at the upcoming GSBF Convention in Riverside. Full registration at the convention is $295. On a first come, first served basis, the club will pay one-third of the registration fees for an undetermined number of our members. Such a deal! If you are interested, talk to Tom Post.

Akadama Available At Terra Sol Nursery

Ernie Witham discovered that Terra Sol Nursery now carries Akadama, that expensive Japanese bonsai soil that many plants, especially black pines, just love. When I went to buy a bag, they still had a big stack of them. If you love your trees, it might be worthwhile to sell a few ounces of that gold you’ve been keeping to fund your retirement and invest in Akadama instead.

Coming Events:

September 5. Visit To Muranaka Bonsai Nursery In Nipomo

Meet at 7:45 at Sears’ upper parking lot, leave at 8:00. See Tom Post’s President’s Message above.

September 12: Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara: 2nd Saturday Workshop With Ann Erb.

9:30 AM until 12:30 PM, Room 8, Goleta Valley Community Center. Our own Ann Erb, instructor.

September 19: Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara: 3rd Saturday Workshop With Guest Instructor.

9 AM until noon or 1 to 4 PM., Room 7, Goleta Valley Community Center. Mel Ikeda, guest instructor.

September 21: Bonsai Club Of Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande Bonsai Club logoThe club meets from 7-9 PM on the third Monday of each month at the Arroyo Grande American Legion Hall, 417 Orchard Ave., Arroyo Grande. George Muranaka of Muranaka Bonsai nursery will be leading the Monday meetings. Club website:

Oct. 10-11 And Oct. 18-19: The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

Saturdays & Sundays, 10 AM–4 PM. Bonsai master Ted Matson leads an intensive four-session gakko, or school, in the art of bonsai. Geared toward beginners, the sessions explore the history of bonsai, basic tree botany and horticultural challenges, design concepts, training techniques, and bonsai display.

All supplies and tools are provided, including demonstration trees for classroom practice. Huntington Members: $120, Non-Members: $135. Register online.

October 13. Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara

Regular Tuesday evening meeting. Program to be announced.

October 29 – November 1, 2015

Riverside Convention LogoRiverside, Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) 2015 Convention 38 “Bonsai Fusion: Where Tradition Meets Innovation”

Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street. Headliners: Bjorn Bjorholm and John Wang. Guest artists: David Nguy and Tak Shimazu. Demonstrations, seminars, critiques, workshops, benefit drawings, vendors, and much more. See