Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai

Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Club

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Up-Date: GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO)

As of June 30, 2017, GSBF BGLM has raised 37% of its goal for the GRO Project. The goal of $100,000 is slowly and surely becoming a reality. GRO Project is the first major replacement and improvement undertaking by BGLM since it opened its gate to the public in 1999. Already, many of the display benches and stands have been built and installed. These display benches and stands are made of red cedar and constructed in traditional Japanese joinery. More than two thirds of the new water overhead and spot system has been put in place and is currently in operation. The GRO Project calls for cement pavers for all the pathways and new cul-de-sac. Fund raising has a ways to go. Donate now! Help spread the word among family, friends and others. Log on to the GSBF BGLM website http://www. to contribute online. It takes only minutes to donate any amount of funds. Or mail a check to GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, PO Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610-6176, made payable to GSBF BGLM and note GRO Project in the memo section.


Soh-Ju-En Bonsai

Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai (BASA) club members are a lucky bunch. We have beautiful Satsuki Azalea bonsai to display every year in May. The time that Satsuki Azaleas are in full bloom. But, we also have among our membership experienced teachers and bonsai artists. And on top of that, we have fine quality vendors. I would like to highlight the friendship and resources of Darren and Laura Wong in this post. They together started working on Satsuki Azalea bonsai in the spring of 2001. They completed a three-year course of instruction at El Dorado Bonsai, in Placerville, CA., that taught the Japanese ways of styling, cultivating, and maintaining healthy Satsuki azalea bonsai. In 2005, they were accepted as students by Mr. Sushio Nakayama in Japan. Both travel back to Japan two to three times a year to study with their sensei Nakayama.

Their main goal is to help spread the art and proper care of Satsuki Azalea bonsai here in the United States.

Darren and Laura import fine quality Satsuki Azalea bonsai and bonsai supplies from Japan. Their business name is Soh-Ju-En, meaning “twin trunk or husband/wife. Essentially, it connotates two working as one.”

Please check out their website at

What variety!

Here’s a link from Auburn University’s website featuring photos of more than 125 varieties of Satsuki Azaleas.

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