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.

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

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The 2020 GSBF Newsletter Competion

The GSBF Annual Newsletter Competition is open to all GSBF member clubs, and affiliate organizations. Select three of the best newsletters from the last 12 months as your entries. Judging will be by a committee composed of present and former Golden Statements editors. Contest entries must be formatted as .pdf files and submitted via email to the Competition Committee c/o Mario Rendina GSBF President.

Prizes will be awarded by the competition judges for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners:

  • 1st Prize a Framed Hasegawa III Japanese Woodblock Print
  • 2nd Prize a bonsai pot by an Japanese bonsai potter Kataoka Yoshimura
  • 3rd Prize a bonsai pot by a contemporary bonsai potter

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

  • Entries accepted after July 01,2020.
  • The deadline to submit entries is September 1, 2020.
  • Contest Winners to be announced October 01, 2020 in the Golden Statements magazine.

For Questions and further details contact Mario Rendina via email or at 619-743-6664.