Austin Bonsai Society

October 2002

President’s Message

by Candy Hansen

September already, and the weather so far has been wonderful. Trees are experiencing their fall growth, which is not as aggressive as the spring time, but almost. Continue to watch for any insect or fungus problems so your trees can go into winter healthy and strong.

Our September meeting is an interesting one for the "Stars" and for all observers. Members who have been active for one year are rewarded with their own special workshop which we refer to as the 'Yearling Workshop'. Each of the new members is teamed up with a more experienced member to style their very own tree. Joe Wait is in charge this year, and he showed us the trees at the August meeting. All I can say is WOW, and be prepared to work busily during the time allowed! Other members can watch some videos, including a short one of our May show, or watch the workshop.

Our Convention is fast approaching, and other places in the newsletter will have special requests and information for you.
Also approaching is the announcement of our next year's officers. Help the nominating committee, and say yes if you think you can serve. Only by getting involved on the level that is a good fit for you will you benefit in like amount for your investment of time.

See you all at the meeting.

Calendar of Events

Oct. 9 Monthly Meeting
Yearling workshop w/Joe Wait
Suiseki Display plus more (see pg. 5)
Refreshments by:
Rita Matthews
David Gordon
Oct. 16 Board Meeting
7:00 PM
Zilker Garden Center

Oct. 23 Members Workshop
7:30 PM
Zilker Garden Center
Thinning & Evaluating Black Pines with Mike Hansen

Oct. 4-6 Int’l Stone Appreciation Sympo.
Harrisburg/Hershey, Pa.

Oct. 9 Winterizing with Vito Megna

Oct. 12 LSBF meeting/Zilker Garden Ctr.

Oct.12 & 13 Houston Bonsai Society Fall Show
Houston Garden Ctr Hermann Park

Oct. 17-20 Golden State Bonsai Federation
Sacramento, Ca.

Nov 15-17 State Bonsai Convention
New Braunfels, Tx.

General Meeting Minutes

David Gordon

The September meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order at 7:30 P.M. On September 11, 2002, by President Candy Hansen.

New members and guest were introduced.

The minutes from the previous meeting were accepted as written in the newsletter.

President Candy announced the nominating committee for officers for next year. The committee will be Del DeLos Santos, Carl Quisenberry and Connie King.

Charles Dominey brought a ficus for the formal display.

Gloria Norberg spoke on the raffle for the LSBF convention.

Joe Wait spoke on the program for next month which will be our new members meeting.

Chuck spoke briefly on the upcoming LSBF convention.

The program for the evening was the annual auction which was directed by James Allan, Glenda Konopka and Chuck Ware.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 P.M.

Board Meeting Minutes

David Gordon

The September Board meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order at 7:15 P.M. on September 18, 2002, by President Candy Hansen.

Members present were Candy Hansen, Gloria Norberg, Pat Ware, Tammy Bieri, David Gordon, Carl Quisenberry, Jim Baumann and Chuck Ware.

The minutes from the previous board meeting were approved as written in the newsletter.

The treasurer's report was given by Pat Ware.

There was no old business discussed.

New Business

The October program, our new members meeting by Joe Wait, was discussed.

Marc Noelander will be at our November meeting, so it was discussed that we might see if he would be willing to give a talk to the club. He will be coming for the LSBF convention, and will be arriving in Austin earlier that day. Pat Ware will contact him, and see if something can be arranged. Vito Megna is scheduled to speak on winterizing.

The proposed budget for 2003 will be completed and discussed at the next board meeting. Members are encouraged to contact a board member with their requests for programs, etc., that we can put into the budget.

The annual auction was discussed. The auction was successful this year. President Candy mentioned that in previous clubs she has belonged to they give a percentage of the sale price to the person bringing the item. This improves the quality of the items brought to the auction and helps increase the amount brought in by the auction. Options were discussed by the board for possibly trying this approach for our next auction.

The Christmas Party, which is the first Saturday in December, Will be at Elaine's house. Pat mentioned that she has reserved the Garden Center for that first Saturday in December for future years.

The Garden Center is reinstating the Yule Fest. We will donate $50 for cookies for the Fest. Motion was made by Gloria, seconded by Pat and approved by the board.

Chuck discussed preparation for the LSBF convention in November.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Pot Competition Winners

The final judging of the Second North American Bonsai Pot Competition took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

The reason this is being mentioned is that Michael Hagedorn won third place in the traditional category and second place in the non-traditional category. This not to ignore the first and second place winners BUT Michael will be at the State Bonsai Convention in New Braunfels. This is your chance to buy something from this well known potter AND congratulate him on his placements.

I have learned that success is to be measured
not so much by the position
that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington


Tammy Bieri
Donna Dobberfuhl
Charles Dominey
Stephen & Joann Hall
Mack Robertson
Eileen & Bill Urschel

If you haven’t been contacted by Joe Wait as yet, please call him at 312-1614 and tell him you will be at the FREE workshop at the October meeting. This is the club’s way of saying “thank you” for continuing to be a member of our society.

Tree Trivia

Experts say there are about 200,000 leaves on the average 100 foot tree. This so-called average tree might take as much as 11,000 gallons of water from the soil! A tree such as this in the prime of summer, when all the leaves are on the tree, has the ability to provide much cooling. In fact, it is estimated that a 100 foot tree can use the water it takes from the ground and provide as much cooling as an air conditioner would for a twelve room house.

September Austin Area Garden Council Meeting

Charlotte Cranberg

Send me your volunteers hours if you forget to bring them to the meetings or e-mail me at I need to start entering hours with each individual's name because there will be an award for the volunteer of the year. Please keep track of the hours you put in preparing for, traveling to and working at the convention in November if it has anything to do with the public aspect of the convention such as the bonsai display and greeting the public during the open house.

This is important. The city considers this information when deciding on support for us. If you have ever tried to find a good meeting place or show room you know how lucky we are to have the Garden Center. And of course we want to encourage horticultural pursuits in the community. Our only cost is three dollars a year from each member and we use the center 3 nights a month plus a show weekend each year. We are probably the heaviest user so we really need to support the Garden Center with volunteer hours. If you wish to volunteer in any way either in the gardens or store or education please call me. Staff has been cut back critically so perhaps a group of us could get together to water or weed.

Yule Fest will be held December 13,14 and 15 from 6pm to 9pm. If you are interested in making crafts or cookies to sell let me know. We will ask for cookie donations in December. We will be decorating a small tree for the society. See Pat Ware if interested in helping.

Program Note!

Come see the diaz that our members made for their Suiseki at the August joint meeting plus we are asking ALL members to bring a Suiseki so we can have a nice display plus we will have a couple of the tapes from our Special Viewing Program Only section - come see these fabulous and informative tapes.

We are coming “down to the wire” as far as the Convention is concerned. We need everyone to volunteer at least 2 hours in some form on that weekend. Pat Ware has a sign up sheet and there are a variety of things you can do - pick what pleases you. Remember everyone must be registered whether it be a full registration (please submit before October 1st as the price goes up to $85.00 after that date) or a daily registration of $20.00 and no meals. You get a lot for your money - full access to the whole Convention and marvelous teachers to give you new ideas, wonderful exhibit, a lot of new vendors and lots of raffles so you can come home with just what you need. And all this is less than going to a Theme Park and getting hot and dirty.

Kato Stroll Garden Dedicated

A naming ceremony on May 17, 2002 formally dedicated to the family of Saburo Kato the Japanese Stroll Garden at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and will now be known as the Kato Stroll Garden.

Saburo Kato, the third generation owner of the famous Mansei-en bonsai nursery in Oniya, Japan is world renowned, not only as a bonsai master but also as an ambassador for the power of bonsai to act as a transforming agent on behalf of international peace. In this role he was the founder of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation and until 2001 served a Chairman of that organization.

The ties forged with the American bonsai community through the original gift of bonsai to the Museum and the five generational contributions of the Kato family to horticulture and bonsai in Japan, made the dedication of the Stroll Garden in honor of the Kato family, a most fitting gesture.

So, through the work of Saburo Kato, the bonds between the people of Japan and the American people are once again renewed and strengthened with this naming ceremony.
(taken in part from NBF Bulletin, vol. xiii, no.1)

October Study Group

Mike says:
Any one who is interested in the pine series should come to the meeting. If they have pine trees they have been working on, please bring them to evaluate and share what you have done. Questions are welcome, and as many as come, the more everyone can learn!!

Do You Belong?
Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed?
Or are you just content that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock?
Or do you meet in private to criticize and knock?
Do you take an active part to help the work along?
Do you work on committees? To this there is no trick.
Or leave the work to just a few, and talk about the “clique”?
So come to the meetings often, help with heart and hand.
And don’t be just a member, but take an active part.
Think this over, members, you know what’s right and wrong.
Are you an active member, or do you just belong?
Reprinted from Corpus Christi Newsletter, June, 1995


Jack E. Billet

This type of tree is more of a feeling than a style. Most of the other styles, or even no style at all, can be used for Bunjin. It often deviates from the accepted guidelines. It must, however, have a sense of bonsai correctness and nature’s logic. It must also have a feeling of elegance and simplicity.


  • Roots: Surface roots are desirable but not as important as in the other styles.
  • Trunk: Usually tall and slender with little or no taper. Can be straight, curved, extremely curved and have dead wood.
  • Bark: Aged flaky appearance is desirable. If it is smooth, it shouldn’t have large scars.
  • Branches: Relatively sparse and few, usually only at the top of the tree. They can cross the trunk and other branches. They may have jin or shari. They usually have a light airy feeling.
  • Apex: Can be living, dead or a strong bend in the trunk.
  • Foliage: Should be very small an sparse or compact and clustered. Conifers are most often the material of choice.
  • Containers: Unglazed, shallow, informal, irregular, round or free formed pots are generally used. Stone slabs are another choice.

Growing Techniques:

  • Light: Full sun helps keep foliage small and compact.
  • Water: Use sparingly to promote minimal growth.
  • Fertilizer: Use only enough to keep tree healthy. Generally low in nitrogen.
  • Container: Keep small to limit growth and encourage small foliage and short internodes.
  • Potting mix: Should be coarse and fast draining.

Reprinted with author’s permission

Web site for the Convention

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!!!!!!
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