GSBF, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization which provides services and activities promoting the wonderful art of bonsai. GSBF is made up of member clubs in California and affiliate clubs in the adjoining States.

Its Annual Convention gives “bonsai people” an opportunity to watch bonsai masters at work; to participate in hands-on instructor led workshops; to shop for plants, tools, pots, and other materials at the bazaar; compete in various contests, and to share in the friendly companionship of other bonsai enthusiasts.

Event Announcement!

2021 Annual Huntington Bonsai-A-Thon

Virtual event | Free with reservation

Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. (PST)

The Golden State Bonsai Federation presents its annual Huntington Bonsai-A-Thon virtually this year (due to COVID restrictions). This event will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to attendees in their registration confirmation email. View this PDF for full details.

Golden State Bonsai Federation President Mario Rendina’s

Call for Volunteers

Golden State Bonsai Federation is fortunate to have many dedicated members who are devoted to share and spread their love of the bonsai art form. Please read President Mario Rendina’s call for volunteers to help our organization meet the challenges it now faces.

Read Mario's Message


The 2020 GSBF Newsletter Competion

Annual GSBF Newsletter Competition: 12 clubs entered the 2020 GSBF Newsletter Competition. GSBF thanks all of the participants, congratulates and recognizes the high quality of all of the entries. The Annual Newsletter Competition was open to all GSBF member clubs, and affiliate organizations. Each club was to select three of their best newsletters from the last 12 months as entries.
Judging was by George Haas and Rich Guillen, present and former Golden Statements Editors,respectively.

Entries were received by the following clubs:

American Bonsai Association Sacramento Baikoen Bonsai Kenkyu Kai
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara California Aiseki Kai
Clark Bonsai Collection Conejo Valley Bonsai Society
East Bay Bonsai Society Kusamura Bonsai Club
Monterey Bonsai Club San Diego Bonsai Club
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai Sei Boku Bonsai Kai

1ST Prize Winner Clark Bonsai Collection

Hasegawa Woodblock Print: "Maiko Dancing" c. 1950- 1959

Sadanobu 111 Hasegawa 1881-1963 Hasegawa Sadanobu Ill was born in an old family of Ukiyo-e artists. He was trained by his father and grandfather. His grandfather came from Osaka. He was a pupil of Shiio painter Ueda Kocho and later became a pupil of Utagawa Sadamasu, thus becoming a member of the Osaka school. The subjects ofHasegawa Sadanobu Ill include Kabuki actors and scenes, scenes from Bunraku (the traditional puppet show), bijin , genre prints and scenes from Japanese history. Most of his work was commissioned by the Uchida company in Kyoto, which at that time was one of the largest publishers of woodcuts in Japan. His son (born 1914, active till the 1980s) has followed in the family tradition as Hasegawa Sadanobu IV. He has achieved a fusion of tradition and modernism.

Maiko Dancing

2ND Prize Winner - San Diego Bonsai Club

A bonsai pot by Kataoka Yoshimura, Japan

A bonsai pot by Kataoka Yoshimura, Japan

3RD Prize Winner - East Bay Bonsai Club

A bonsai pot by Jim Gremel, USA

A bonsai pot by Jim Gremel, USA

All winners will receive a Framed Award Certificate and be featured in the Golden Statements Magazine and on the GSBF Website.