The countdown has begun.  The GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous 2023 is less than two months away!
1.  Bonsai Rendezvous merchandise (t-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, tote bags & hats) is available online.  Order 2 or more items between August 28 – September 4 and receive a 20% discount.  Select the color for each item and logo color.  Orders will be shipped directly to you.  Free shipping for orders over $119.99.  Note:  Shirts tend to run 1/2 size small and sweatshirts may be a full size small after washing.  Order at:

2.  The Silent Auction is a great way to make some room on your cluttered benches while making some extra money for yourself and GSBF. Consider either donating items to the silent auction or selling them via consignment.  Successful fundraising at the Rendezvous depends upon the generosity and participation of its members for the silent auction.  Check out

3.  GSBF listened to your requests, but we need volunteers to make it all happen. The first 30 volunteers that sign up and work 4 hours during the Rendezvous will be given a limited edition GSBF Rendezvous apron that is not available to others.  Interested in volunteering at the Rendezvous?  We still have several openings available… This is a great opportunity to give back.  Just follow this link  at

4.  You asked for workshops and you got it.  The following workshops still have openings.

  • Mel Ikeda – procumbens nana.  3 seats
  • Adam Toth – Mame – Youpon Holly and Zumi Crabapple – 3 seats
  • Lucy Sakaishi-Judd (Friday) – Kusumono – 18 seats
  • David Nguy – BYOT – 3 seats
  • Steve Valentine – Hashira-Kakushi (post hide)   10 seats
  • Randall Lee – Wells Special Hindi Cypress – 2 seats
  • Lucy Sakaishi-Judd (Saturday) – Kusumono – 2 seats
  • Jason Chan – San Jose Juniper – 3 seats
  • Cary Sullivan – Washi Bake (Japanese Paper Boxes) 8 seats

To register or modify your  registration:  see

5.  We are very excited to announce that we have French bonsai professional, Laurent Darrieux, attending the Rendezvous.  He will be presenting an educational seminar on Saturday from 1:30 – 3:00 to discuss his avant-garde approach to bonsai which he calls KOZUMIKU or COSMIC BONSAI.  Don’t miss this special treat.

6.  GSBF President, Michael Roberts and professional, Jennifer Price (she’s attending the Rendezvous by the way), were interviewed for a bonsai article on  Here is a link:

I look forward to seeing many of you at the GSBF Bonsai Rendezvous 2023

Dodie Newman

GSBF Rendezvous Chair and Treasurer