Austin Bonsai Society

November 2000

President's Message

by Alisan Clarke

Expand your Bonsai and art experience in November with a workshop plus display art meeting. It is also time to select your new board so be sure to come and vote. Our budget for 2001 is "in the mill". so if you know of monies needed, let the board know. You all know this has been an exceptional year; the board and some 15 other volunteers have been hard at work.

Anyone who can do needlepoint, sign up to do a Bonsai Xmas ornament. We will decorate a tree to be displayed at the Zilker Garden Center this year.

We will have sign up sheets at the meeting for:

  1. the New Year planting with Elaine
  2. 4th Wed. study group, Jan-Mar. with Terry Ward
  3. plant & rock collecting with Alisan, Elaine & Audrey and maybe Mike Hansen (Mr. Xmas pine man him - self)
  4. Dec. is our Christmas dinner. The club does the turkey and we pass the pot luck list for the rest of the meal. It is always wonderful. Everyone is a great cook and an equally good shopper.

This is a very busy time for everyone. We have so many new members, please talk to everyone. How about wearing an "ASK ME" badge? Then people will ask you questions about Bonsai and our club.

Calendar of Events

Nov. 8 Monthly Meeting

Two Programs at Once
Hands on Workshop in Art Alisan Clarke
Special Beginners' Workshop Chuck Ware
7:30 PM Zilker Garden Center
Refreshments by: Gloria Norberg, Els Ulug, Rita Matthews

Nov. 15 Board Meeting

7:00 pm Zilker Garden Center

Nov. 22 NO members workshop

Coming Events

Nov. 3,4,5, & 6
Golden State Bonsai Fed. Oakland, California

Nov. 11-12 Bonsai & Ikebana Exhibit Baton Rouge Garden Center


January 14 Club Dig (Tentative)

January 21 Club Dig (Tentative)

March 23-25 LSBF in Dallas

Mar. 3l - Apr. 1 Zilker Garden Festival

April 12-15 ABS in New Orleans

May 19-20 Austin's Annual Show

May 31-June 4 4th World Conv. Munich, Germany

Oct. 15-19 Bonsai on Board - BCI Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

General Meeting Minutes

by Charlotte Cranberg

The monthly meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order at 6:30 P.M. on Saturday, October 14 at the Austin Area Garden Center by President Alisan Clarke, following a pot luck barbecue supper.

Nominating Chairman, Gloria Norberg, presented the following slate of officers for 2001:

  • President - Candy Hansen
  • Vice President - Gloria Norberg
  • Secretary - David Gordon
  • Treasurer - Pat Ware
  • Board Members at Large: Jim Baumann, Mike Swenson, Els Ulug

There were no nominations from the floor so this slate will be voted on in November.

President Alisan asked for a vote on the Articles of Incorporation for the Texas State Bonsai Exhibit as published in the newsletter. Chairman, Elaine White moved that the Articles be approved. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned and was followed by a lecture/demo by visiting artist, Herb Gustafson.

November Program

by Alisan Clarke

In addition to the "yearlings workshop", the surprise hands on bonus event for our new members, we will have Elaine White explain what we will need to be looking for and what the club will be getting for us for the January meeting. Terry Ward has been kind enough to do a small display for us so that we will have a model and some understanding the tree, it's stand and the background, with a scroll, that we so often see in a show.

Alisan will have examples of small scrolls, screens, hangings and panels that you can make. It will be a learn as you go evening, using brushes, inks and easy tricks. Fun for all, even the "I can't do it" novices. Don't be chicken! Sometimes it is hard to find small art pieces. Come and make your own art to go with your bonsai.

Should you be helping with the "yearlings', they and you cam make a studio trip to do your pieces later. This is an abstract form of sumie that is adaptable to our needs.

Board Meeting Minutes

by Charlotte Cranberg

The board meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order at 7:15 P.M. on Wednesday, October 18 at the Austin Area Garden Center by President Alisan Clarke. Those that were present were: Alisan, Gloria Norberg, Charlotte Cranberg, Terry and Shelia Ward.

Terry Ward presented a proposal for a bonsai class schedule to meet every 2 weeks in January through March of 2001.

The board decided that no absentee ballots will be published in the newsletter for the election of officers in December because the slate is uncontested.

The board approved decorating a Christmas tree in the Garden Center as there will be no cookies to supply this year. The Garden Center provides the tree, table, and lights.

Alisan announced that Dennis Makashima will be one of the headliners for the 2002 LSBF Convention. Also, that with the reimbursement from LSBF, our expenses were exceeded by income on Dennis' visit by $133.74.

New board members will be invited to come to the November board meeting. All members who do specific jobs for the club should bring job descriptions to the November 8 club meeting.

The program for January and digs in January and February were discussed. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

The Normal First Frost for our Area is November 25.

Protect from Cold



Aralia - all varieties

Bamboo - in pot

Jasmine - confederate

Barbados Cherry


Juniper - most


Blood Grass


Brush Cherry

Camellia (don't let buds freeze)

Maples - all

Burcera Fagaroides

Hokkaido & Seiju & Catlin elms

Myrtle - all

Bucida Spinosa(Black Olive)



Bucida Burcera(Black Olive)

Olive - Olea Europs



Pyracantha - never below 25 F.


Calliandra (Powder Puff)

Yaupon Holly - never below 25 F.

Okinawa Holly (indoors)
Carissa (Natal/African Plum)


Cardboard Palm

Need 6-8 Week Cold Period


Ficus - all varieties



Fukien Tea (never below 45 F.)


Pyrus Kawakami/Calley

Ivies - all varieties






Indoor Oak (Nicodemia)

Azalea - Satsuki may be indoors

Podocarpus (indoors)


Bald Cypress


Jasmine - Duke





Raphiolepsis: Redbud

Malphighias - Cocigera & Glabra



Orange - all citrus








Sweet Gum

Sea Grape

Elms - Chinese & American





Serissa (Snow Rose)



Texas Ebony



Zamia Floridana

Holly - most


The above list courtesy of Edith Sorge, deceased, of The Bonsai Farm as printed in our October, 1996 Bonsai Notebook,

It was suggested, that as we have so many new members, this information may prove beneficial to them. Of course, it is possible that some of our older member might like the "refresher" too. Please advise if there is any other information worth repeating.

Study Group Notes 
Intermediate Bonsai Classes Offered

A series of five classes, designed to be a progression of last years introduction to bonsai series, is being offered to all club members of all skill levels. Classes will cover improving skills in temperate material, pruning and wiring techniques, along with design concepts. Emphasis will be placed on how to select plants for bonsai - how to see the bonsai in rough material.

  Classes begin on Wednesday, January 24th and finish on Wednesday, March 28th. Please see the calendar below for dates, locations, and times. These classes are ideal for anyone wanting to gain bonsai skills and as a refresher for bonsai veterans. It is not necessary to have taken last years classes to enroll in this series. Classes are open to all skill levels and will be taught by Terry Ward. 

The cost is $10.00 per person for the entire series. You may register at the November or January club meetings or at Class 1. Make your registration check payable to the Austin Bonsai Society. Because classes are progressive, attendance is limited to registrants only. 

Basic bonsai tools, a selection of aluminum bonsai wire and table cover, such as a garbage bag, will be needed. Minimum tools would be bonsai scissors, wire cutters and chop sticks. A concave cutter would be a most useful addition. Details of what you will use will be covered in Class l. 

There are two additional items which are essential to bring to every class: An eagerness to learn and a willingness to participate!

Class 1 

  • *Welcome To The Wonderful World of Bonsai Overview of upcoming classes. 
  • *Classic Styles and Part 1 of Material Selection Guidelines Introduction to classic bonsai styles and how to use them to our advantage. 
  • *Interactive Questions and Answers 

Class 2 

  • *Material Selection, Part II 
    How to see bonsai in rough material using multiple examples. 
  • *Interactive Questions and Answers

Class 3 

  • *Wiring 101 And Shaping By Pruning 
    Basics Overview of wiring and pruning techniques for some commonly used bonsai material. 
  • *Workshop 
    Hands on wiring and pruning practice. Students to bring their own tree(s) to work on. 
  • *Select Topic for Class 4 
    Students will decide what topic or workshop they want to cover in Class 4. 
  • *Interactive Questions and Answers.

Class 4 

  • *Students Choice 
    Topic or workshop will be as selected by the students. 
  • *Review Of Material Selection Guidelines 
    A review to aid students in the selection of their plant material to use in Class 5.

Class 5 

  • *Workshop: Create A Bonsai 
    Students create a bonsai from rough material they have selected. 
  • *Interactive Questions and Answers.

Class Schedule: 

  • Class 1: Wednesday, January 24, Zilker Garden Center, 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m 
  • Class 2: Saturday, February 10, Persimmon Hill Bonsai, 9:30 a.m./Noon 
  • Class 3: Wednesday, February 28, Zilker Garden Center, 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m 
  • Class 4: Saturday, March 10, Persimmon Hill Bonsai, 9:30 a.m./Noon 
  • Class 5: Wednesday, March 28, Zilker Garden Center, 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.

Please Note: Each class will begin promptly at the time shown.


START WITH OUR NEW BOARD FOR 2001 then keep going all the way up to the Presidential election

In a short life, 
An hour of leisure, 
This autumn evening.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 15, 16, 17, 2002

Put this date on your calendar and circle it! Plan your vacation at that time! Austin and San Antonio are combining with LSBF to have the State Convention at that time. It will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels. All members in BOTH clubs will be working with each other to make this a success. Everyone is excited about this new concept initiated at this Convention.

Offer your help and support!!!!!!

  • Show Chairpersons: Chuck & Pat Ware 
  • Registration Chairpersons: Greg & Shelia Setter 
  • Treasurer: Arlene Hastings 
  • Vendor Chairpersons: Mike & Candy Hansen 
  • Goodie Bag Chairperson: Libby Huffman 
  • Exhibit Chairperson: Marty Klajnowski 
  • Transport/Hospitality Chairperson: Gary Martilla Co-Chairperson: Rachel Cynwinski 
  • Publicity Chairperson: Elaine White 
  • Raffle Chairperson: Gloria Norberg Co-chairperson: Alfred Lopez 
  • Monitor Chairperson: Jeff Holmes Co-chairpersons: Audrey Lanier, Charlotte Cranberg 
  • Food Chairperson: Sandra Vitone Co-chairperson: Mary Martini 
  • Logo/theme Chairperson: Jim Bauman (Jimbo) Co-chairpersons: Jordan Merson,, Alisan Clarke 
  • Webpage Design: Jim Allan