Building Community Through The Art Of Bonsai



Club Meetings
Our monthly club meetings excluding December (currently being held via Zoom) are held on the  4th Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  

When we can meet in person, our location is at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA right off the Alameda de las Pulgas, in Beresford Park.

3rd Saturday Virtual Open Workshop 2-4 PM
Zoom Workshop is available this month for members only. See your ‘Snippet’ newsletter for current access information.

It’s 2021 and while all wait to be fully vaccinated, that doesn’t mean we can’t get together virtually via Zoom! This still gives us a space to gather, ask questions, get advice, and just share life. The forum is open and flexible. Some of us stay on for the whole two hours, some folks just dropped in for a little while. It’s a great opportunity to work on your trees and catch up with your Sei Boku friends!

August 25, 2021 – Zoom Meeting

July 25th at 7:00PM— Dave De Groot, Bonsai Styles Presentation

Have you ever attended a bonsai program at which the demonstrator was presented with a piece of material that seemed baffling as to how it would be designed? Have you taken a workshop at which the teacher came up with two or more design options when you could see none?

 One important key to that person’s finding design solutions is knowing their options. Observing trees in nature at different stages of growth is part of it. Observing what choices others have made is another.

“Bonsai Styles” explores those options. Stir this together with good horticultural practice and a dash of time and patience, and you can create a bonsai that is part of a tradition but uniquely your own.

David is the retired curator of the Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Collection (now Pacific Bonsai Museum) in Washington state. He has written two books on bonsai design and is an engaging speaker and artist. He brings his perspective of combining music and the visual arts to his bonsai work.