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January 2003

January Meeting

 

Soon the Philadelphia Flower Show will be upon us, and January's meeting is planned to help our member's prepare trees for the exhibit, or for those not showing a tree, to learn what goes into preparing a tree for exhibit. We'll be meeting at Howard McNeal's Old Mill Bonsai Studio where lots of wiring, pruning, and other preparations will be taking place.

If you wish to just get some hints or help on a tree, please bring it - there will be lots of help available. We need exhibit trees for the show, and this is an excellent time to see what is involved with showing. Lunch will be provided.

 

Flower Show Exhibit Workshop

Date: Saturday, January 18

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Old Mill Bonsai Studio

December Meeting

 

Rotten weather, great event!!! Our annual Holiday celebration was almost washed away by what seemed to be a continuing series of Nor'easters. Thankfully, it was only rain, and some brave souls made it to the meeting.

Following a social hour, our speaker for the evening, Chase Rosade, shared his tips and tricks for working with small bonsai material. As anyone who has attended one of Chase's classes knows, Chase believes in cutting material back hard when it is appropriate. One small "katsura" Japanese maple was reduced severely to demonstrate how far some material needs to be cut back, if it is to develop correctly. A slightly larger maple which had two possible leaders also received a healthy cut, removing the poorer lead, which was rather straight and boring, leaving a tree with much better potential. Chase suggested that the branches be wired soon, but for direction only..

The other piece Chase worked on was a Kingsville boxwood. The tree had two trunks, which Chase elected to keep, but one was wired and reshaped to remove a wishbone (design) problem. While time didn't permit detail wiring, it was obvious that Chase had given the tree the basic design element that would assure a fine finished tree in the future.

While we watched Chase at work, he provided us with a tremendous amount of styling, development, pruning, and horticultural information - it almost seemed a shame to take a break for the raffle. Raffle gifts this year included pots, tools, books, and bonsai supplies. Our major Holiday raffle item was the free registration for MidAtlantic, which was won by Jim Gillespie.

All in all a great night of learning and of fellowship. Thanks to all for bringing goodies to share, to Jim Gillespie for furnishing the holiday raffles, and to Chase for a great program.

Future Meetings

February - TBA
March- Sitting-Flower Show
April - Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino (Italy)
May - Dale Cochoy
June - Annual Picnic & Auction

Seasonal Suggestions

 

So far, our winter has been very good to our bonsai. Temperatures have not been too low and we've had plenty of precipitation. If your trees are in outdoor storage, there are a few things to be aware of.

First, be sure no rodents are having a banquet on your bonsai. Some mothballs scattered about seem to do the trick.

Second, watch out for a long, dry, cold period. This is the time when your trees can have problems. A dry cold wind can dessicate the tree, putting severe stress on it. Good wind protection is vital. Also, when the temperature is above freezing, be sure that nothing is drying out.

Trees in indoor storage (above freezing temperatures) may need a bit more attention, as far as watering goes. Be sure to check on a weekly basis to see if watering is needed. Trees should have some moisture available to them.

MidAtlantic Symposium

Registration forms for this year's Symposium should have arrived in your mailbox. Be sure to return yours as soon as possible, especially if you wish to participate in a critique or workshop - they tend to fill up very fast. Headliners for the 20th Anniversary celebration are Kunio Kobayashi, from Japan, Patrizia Cappellaro de Milano, from Italy, and Colin Lewis, from the US. A very special attraction will feature the three bonsai artists who headlined at the very first convention. F. Chase Rosade, Dr. David Andrews, and William Valavanis will be creating bonsai simultaneously on similar material as one of the feature demonstrations. All demonstration material will be raffled.

If you only attend one convention during the year, this should be the one to attend. Remember, your participation directly benefits PBS . Convention information, artists biographies, and photos of previous conventions are posted on the website.

http://midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com

If you would like to display a tree in this year's MidAtlantic exhibit, please let us know at the December or January meeting - the contact person is Mike Marinelli (609-261-0580) or email: marinelli1156@comcast.net

Flower Show Notes

 

March will be here before we know it, and with the beginning of March comes the Philadelphia Flower Show. As always, we need members to volunteer to man the exhibit throughout the entire show. This is a very positive experience, answering questions from the public about the trees and bonsai in general, as well as eavesdropping on their comments.'

Please give Linda Brant (610-948-6380) a call and volunteer for exhibit sitting. One great benefit of sitting for the exhibit is the fact that we can offer you tickets for the Flower Show. This year, ticket prices for the show are $24.00 for opening day, $20.00 on weekdays, and $22.00 on the second weekend - considering that PBS dues are $20.00, if you get two Flower Show tickets, you've made back the cost of your dues, plus parking. What a deal!!

President's Notes

 

Hello Members,

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and new year. The holiday meeting was fun and we had a lot of food and raffles for the evening. First the demo was performed by Chase Rosade. He worked on three trees which were raffled, two maples and a boxwood.

In between, we raffled the wrapped gifts which were supplied by Jim Gillespie. There were over twenty gifts! The demo trees were trimmed wired and styled then we raffled them at the end of the meeting.

Chase provided another excellent demo/lecture for the club. Thanks, Chase and thank you Jim Gillespie for the 5 hours of wrapping the raffle gifts.

Thanks, also, to the members who brought food and supplies to share.

Next meeting on January 18th is the Flower Show Workshop at Howard McNeal's. Bring your tree for styling, potting and show preparation. If you do not have a tree for the show bring one to work on and get advice on showing trees.

See you at the workshop,

Happy New Year,

Randy

Directions to Exhibit Workshop at Old Mill Bonsai Studio

Take to PA Turnpike to the Downingtown Exit. Then take Rt. 100 south to Exton Square and Rt. 30 west. You can also take the Schuylkill expressway to Rt. 202 south to Rt. 30 west.

Next, take Rt. 322 out of Downingtown, cross over Rt. 82, then make a right on the next road. Go about 2 miles and cross over an iron bridge. At the next crossroad, make a right and go 3/10 mile to a Y in the road. House in on the right. Parking in the studio lot. Please phone Howard 610-942-2082 or Randy 610-942-7546 if you need further directions .

 

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February 2003

February Meeting

 

This month's meeting will feature a lecture/demonstration by Mike Novik. Mike is a longtime PBS member, who also has likely earned the long distance membership award. Mike is one of the proprietors of Cape Cod Bonsai Bonsai Studio, of Harwich, Massachusetts, but is in the process of moving his operation to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Mike has forty years experience in bonsai and has also been the president of the Cape Cod Bonsai club for three years as well as past secretary, and vice president. He is founder of the Outer Most Bonsai Society of Cape Cod. His trees have been seen in several of the exhibits by the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Heritage Plantation on Cape Cod, as well as many other club exhibits around the cape.

The material for the evening's program will be American larch, which our speaker is very familiar with. As usual, the demo material will be raffled.

 

Speaker: Mike Novik

Date: February 21

Time: 7:30

Location: Room 208 Dixon Hall, Ambler Campus, Temple University

January Meeting

On one of the coldest days of this winter, a group of warm-blooded souls met to begin preparations for this year's Flower Show exhibit. Lots of advice, repositioning, pruning, and wiring was in evidence. Our host for the day, Howard McNeal, provided some welcome coffee and sustenance, along with lots of expert suggestions for preparing the trees at his Old Mill Bonsai Studio. Look for these great trees to be part of PBS's Flower Show exhibit. Thanks to all for sharing their bonsai creations and working so hard to show the trees at their very best.

Welcome New Members

We'd like to offer a belated welcome to all those who have joined PBS during the 2002-3 membership year.

Charles Christopher John Coles Joanna Day

Duane Fisher Tsuneo & June Fujita Huey T. Huyah

Paul Krasner Marion Margosiak Jeff McCloskey

Patrick McCole Shawn McCune Mark Priebe

Anthony Rowan Chris & Diane Santarella Ron Solt

 

It's our hope that the meetings and activities of PBS will fufill your expectations and provide you with a good deal of learning and enjoyment. Again, PBS welcomes you.

Flower Show Notes

 

We are rapidly approaching the March 2nd kickoff for the Philadelphia Flower Show. Final preparations on our exhibit trees are well underway, and plans are going well for the exhibit proper, thanks to our chairman, Randy Naftal.

What is needed is a few hours of your time to help make our exhibit a success. If you haven't yet signed up for a shift at the exhibit, please give Linda Brant a call at 610-948-6380. Covering the exhibit from Sunday to Sunday during all show hours is a large task - your help is needed.

President's Notes

 

Dear Members,

We had an excellent turn out for the flower show workshop. We actually have all the trees for the show a little early this year. There was a great deal of styling and wiring done along with some repotting. The trees will look great for the show. There are still spots available for sitting at the show so please notify Linda Brant if you are interested.

Our next meeting will feature Mike Novik from Cape Cod Bonsai. He will be working on Larch and discussing potting, styling and all the necessary facts for keeping Larch as bonsai. Hopefully the weather will be cooperative, you never know in February. When we do have bad weather and want to know if a meeting is cancelled, you can call any one of the board members listed on the newsletter by

4 pm the day of the meeting and you will be provided with that information.

A special picnic will take place this year! It is our 40th anniversary and we will be celebrating in a big way. The food will be catered this year, we are giving each member a gift, we are having a special demo and we are having the auction. So don't miss this event! June 22nd at Howard McNeal's starting at 11am. I am looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Randy

MidAtlantic Symposium

 

Headliners for the 20th Anniversary celebration, to be held on April 11-13, are Kunio Kobayashi (Japan), Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino (Italy) and Colin Lewis (USA via UK). A most special attraction will feature the three bonsai artists who headlined at the very first convention. F. Chase Rosade, Dr. David Andrews, and William Valavanis will be creating bonsai simultaneously on similar material as one of the feature demonstrations. Great raffles are in store, as demonstration materials created by these talented artists for this weekend will go to lucky winners.

As always, there will be a great exhibit, a variety of bonsai wares available in the vendor area, stimulating critiques and workshops, an excellent banquet and auction, and in celebration of MABS 20th anniversary, a special commerative gift for each full registrant.

If you would like to display a tree in this year's MidAtlantic exhibit, please let us know at the December or January meeting - the contact person is Mike Marinelli (609-234-6693) or email: marinelli1156@comcast.net

If you only attend one convention during the year, this should be the one to attend. Remember, your participation directly benefits PBS . Convention information, artists biographies, and photos of previous conventions are posted on the website.

http://midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com

Seasonal Notes

It's getting near time to really begin work on those trees that have been sitting dormant for the last few months. Here are a few suggestions for when you do begin repotting and pruning.

Be sure to give trees that have been in outdoor storage a few days in a warmer environment before you begin repotting. Allow soil time to thaw so you don't have a frozen brick of soil to contend with, which can cause a great deal of root damage.

Watch for sap bleeding out when you prune. If it seems that too much sap is bleeding, wait a few days before continuing. It's best to try to get pruning done either well before or after the sap begins to rise. I like to wait until the buds begin to swell for most of my pruning on deciduous material, others do their major pruning early in the winter.

Wiring can be done during this period, too. Be sure that you're allowing the tree enough time to warm up so you don't snap frozen branches. Many people put some kind of reminder on the tree, such as a ribbon or a tag, to remind them to check for wires cutting in later in the spring.

Whatever, you do, remember that a recently repotted bonsai cannot be allowed to freeze. Chances are, if it does, you'll lose the tree.

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall(student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Dixon Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

 

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March 2003
March Meeting

We're getting" down and dirty" this month with a program presented by president Randy Naftal, who became interested in bonsai in 1986 when he was given a copy of the Smithsonian Magazine with an article on bonsai. As it turns out the article was about Chase Rosade but Randy didn't know who Chase was until he moved to Pennsylvania from New York in 1992 and met him at a bonsai meeting. While in NY, Randy took classes with Yuji Yoshimora at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Upon moving to PA in 1994, he co-founded the Pennypack Bonsai Society with Ed Coburn, serving as President of Pennypack for 3 years. He became Vice President of Pennsylvania Bonsai in 1996 and became the current President in 1997. He assumed Chairmanship for the PBS Flower Show exhibit in 1996 relieving Howard McNeal after 15 years of hard work.

Randy has been making Bonsai soil and testing results along with Ed Coburn and Howard McNeal for 5 years.

Randy's program will focus on discussing types of soils for different trees, soil structure and the needs of the trees. Repotting and root development along with fertilization, as well as myths and facts about bonsai soil.

 

Speaker: Randy Naftal

Date: March 21

Time: 7:30

Location: Room 208 Dixon Hall, Ambler Campus, Temple University

February Meeting

Last month's guest artist, Mike Novik presented a terrific program on the American Larch. Mike's main demo material was a larch he had collected three years ago, way up north. He began his program with a demonstration of the flexibility of a very young larch, bending the trunk into an s-shape, with no breakage or cracking apparent. He then moved on to the primary demo material, designing a graceful formal upright.

Mike likes to work in a manner that involved wiring first, then pruning away branches, styling from the bottom of the tree. While wiring is a bit more cumbersome using this method, he feels that it's easier to do branch selection, and more opportunity for choices while styling are available.

Some hints and tips passed on by Mike were:

•Use multiple wires rather than heavier single wire. Breakage is prevented and multiple support points are provided.

•Perfect, textbook branch placement is a rarity when working with collected stock - be open to non-traditional styles and branch placements.

•Vigorous larch growth is a result of placement in full sun and plenty of water. Should growth become too strong, reduce the amount of light.

•Roots should give the appearance of stability and a struggle with nature.

•Branches which are bent down give the appearance of age.

•Larch develop new branching and strong ramification when buds are stimulated by pruning. Don't be afraid to prune back severely.

•Mike believes that with proper aftercare Larch can be collected nearly year-round, but the best time is in early spring.

•The ideal time for repotting of larch is also in the early spring, when the buds are just beginning to open, showing a bit of green.

•Organic fertilizer is best for larch, as growth spurts are avoided.

Mike's program gave the members a lot of valuable information about the cultivation and development of the American Larch. Many thanks, Mike for an enjoyable and informative evening.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

We are at a time in our country where changes are coming quickly. As the country prepares for what looks like a definite war with Iraq, it is hard to imagine what the enlisted are feeling until it reaches the ones we know. We have two members of PBS that have been called to duty. Long time member Chris Miller and newer member John Coles. On behalf of PBS, we wish both Chris and John a safe return and our prayers and thoughts are with you both, come home safe. Jim and Linda Brant have taken John's trees to watch for him until he returns. Thank you for your kindness.

At our last meeting, Mike Novik from Cape Cod Bonsai did a demo lecture on Larch. It was extremely informative, the trees (two of them) turned out great and believe it or not, Mark Maher won both. Thanks Mike.

Now onto the Flower Show. As always the show turned out great and the show director Ed Lindenman sent another handwritten note thanking us for contributing to the success of the show. Thanks to all that put trees in this year, Howard McNeal, Mike Marinelli, Dominick Haigh, Mark Maher, Solita Rosade, John Weiseman, Jim Riley, Alan Slye, David Aquilante, Chase Rosade, Frank Rechner and Roger Lehman. Thank you Howard for your design contributions, Ed Coburn director of light arranging and Jim Gillespie for checking the accuracy of the spelling and botanical info on our name plates. One of the MOST important jobs of making our display a success, arranging to have sitters come and watch our display, this important job as always was handled by Linda and Jim Brant, thanks. And finally to all our sitters who keep the display safe and well watered, thank you so much for taking the responsibility in hand and answering all those most important questions that the same crowd each year seem to ask, What the heck is training?

I am looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Randy

Future Meetings

April 16 - Patrizia Cappellaro
May 16 - Dale Cochoy
June - Annual Picnic & Auction
September 20-21- Weekend Symposium with David DeGroot
October 17 - Colin Lewis

MidAtlantic Symposium

One last reminder for the 20th Anniversary celebration, to be held on April 11-13, featuring Kunio Kobayashi (Japan), Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino (Italy) and Colin Lewis (USA via UK). A most special attraction will feature the three bonsai artists who headlined at the very first convention. F. Chase Rosade, Dr. David Andrews, and William Valavanis will be creating bonsai simultaneously on similar material as one of the feature demonstrations. Great raffles, an expanded exhibit, a variety of bonsai wares available in the vendor area, stimulating critiques and workshops, an excellent banquet and auction, and in celebration of MABS 20th anniversary, a special commemorative gift for each full registrant. Your registration is invited, and will directly benefit PBS.

Coming in June!

Special program - Picnic - Birthday Cake - 40th anniversary gifts - Raffle - Auction - WOW!

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall(student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Dixon Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

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April 2003

April Meeting

This month's meeting features an evening with one of the featured speakers from the MidAtlantic Festival, Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino, who currently resides in Trezzano, Italy where, in 1992, she enrolled in the Studio Botanico, and to this day she continues to be mentored by Mr. Salvatore Liporace. She now teaches Bonsai at the Studio Botanico and has also become an instructor at the Collegio Nazionale Istruttori I.B.S. (Italian National College of Instructors). She has studied under several European masters, and in Japan she has worked with Mr. Masahiko Kimura. Ms. Cappellaro was a runner-up for the 1999 Ben Oki International Design Award. She has appeared world-wide including at EBA Congress in 2000, the BCI Convention , and the World Bonsai Convention in Munich, both held in 2001. Patrizia is a gifted stylist and her finished trees are both handsome and elegant.

This will be a combined meeting with BSLV. It's an excellent opportunity to pick up some design tips from one of Europe's emerging artists. As usual, demonstration material will be raffled.

Speaker: Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino

Date: April 16 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00

Location: Meyer's Family Restaurant, Quakertown, PA

***Note the earlier starting time for this month

***Please do not bring display trees for this meeting - space is insufficient for display.

March Meeting

With the time for the major work of repotting at hand, is there any better topic for discussion than that of bonsai soil? At our March meeting, Randy Naftal led us on an exploration of the basics of bonsai soil and its implication on the health of our trees. This can be an extremely complicated issue, but Randy pared all of the variables down into a few concise and critical considerations.

• Bonsai soil should exhibit fast drainage with good water retention. This is the most important consideration. The basic component of soil may be lava, akadama, turface, or haydite.

• Smooth components tend to shed water, while sharp, jagged components provide pockets which will attract water.

• A balance must be achieved between water retention and over saturation. Roots which are saturated will begin to rot rather quickly, leading to poor health of the tree.

• Sharp components also lead to finer feeder root ramification, which is most desirable

• Compaction of soil can lead to a trees decline and should be avoided at all costs

• Soil elements which do not break down readily are of the greatest benefit.

• Nourishment for the tree should be provided by fertilization rather than the soil mixture.

Randy feels strongly that the fewer amendments that are added to a soil mixture, the less complicated care of the tree will be. By learning one's trees' needs, in terms of light, water, soil and nourishment, he feels that the trees will benefit. Randy likes to used organic fertilizers, in part due to the lack of buildup of salts. Foliar feeding is his preferred method of fertilization, but he cautions not to rely solely upon it. An occasional immersion or pot soaking with fertilizer will avoid root problems.

Repotting of a dwarf Hinoki cypress was part of the evening's discussion, showing great root growth in a relatively short time period. This tree was originally collected from an area where it was knocked and damaged by mowing crews, placed in a tall growing pot with proper soil, and allowed to develop. Randy's aim was to greatly reduce the root ball and plant into a much shallower container. The repotting went well and the cypress looked much better it its new pot.

Thanks Randy, for a stimulating and informative program.

Raffle winner for the evening, Joanna Day, went home with a large bag of Ed & Randall's Premium Bonsai Soil. Happy potting, Joanna!

Future Meetings

May 16 - Dale Cochoy June 22 - Annual Picnic & Auction

September 20-21- Weekend Symposium with David DeGroot

October 17 - Colin Lewis

One of the most impressive bonsai in the Flower Show Exhibit was the one displayed by Jim Riley. It's a Dwarf Hinoki Cypress and an excellent example of the bunjin style.

I was unable to include a picture in last month's issue due to some technical problems. Ed.

MidAtlantic Symposium

The 20th Anniversary Spring Festival of MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies is just around the corner, April 11-13. This year, as in past years, the Festival has tried to bring the best of bonsai to our region, in terms of artists, vendors, exhibitions, and education. Full registrants will receive a special commemorative gift in honor of the 20th anniversary.

We do need some help manning the exhibit. PBS is responsible for a one hour block on Saturday (10-11am). If you can volunteer 15 to 30 minutes of your time, we can spread out the responsibilities, so very little time is missed from the demonstrations by anyone. See Mike Marinelli or Jim Brant at the convention if you'd like to help.

Seasonal Notes

Most likely, you're well into your Spring repotting work. Hopefully, we've seen the last of the really cold weather (fingers crossed). It's very important that newly repotted trees be protected from freezing. This may mean a nightly move from outdoors back into protection, which is no fun, but really is necessary. Be sure to mist repotted trees frequently (once the leaves open). The new roots can be overwhelmed by too much water dumped into the pot, so keep an eye on your regular watering until the tree is better established. A soil covering of sphagnum moss or cottonseed hulls will help cut down water loss by evaporation as well as cutting down on frequency of watering.

Hold off on fertilizing your trees until at least the end of April. Leaves should be hardened off before fertilizer is applied. Fertilizer is not readily absorbed by the trees roots until we're into the warmer temperatures. Fertilizing at half-strength is safer than going at full strength, especially with chemical fertilizers such as Miracle Grow or Peters. Fertilizer "balls" work very well, but picking them up off the ground can become a nuisance when the birds uproot them looking for bugs.

Many of us find that trees that were wired before leaves emerged get forgotten later in the spring and we end up with ugly wire scars. Some trees grow so fast that scarring can be a problem within a month. Putting some sort of sign on the tree telling you it has wire on the branches will remind you to check for wire that is beginning to scar. The little plastic signs work well, as does a ribbon hung from a branch so it is visible. Remember, it can many years for a wire scar to grow out and disappear.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

I enjoyed presenting my ideas on soil to the club. It was my intention to help you with the fundamentals of a good soil and to better understand the needs of your trees. Thank you for your warm reception. Our next meeting is at Meyers Restaurant in Quakertown, see the directions and specifics in this newsletter. Hope to see you all there.

Randy

Coming this June - Our 40th Anniversary Celebration!!

The date has been set for the annual picnic and auction - Sunday June 22, hosted by Howard McNeal. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Society, and to celebrate the event some special extras have been planned.

First, a lecture/demonstration is being planned with a raffle following. Also a commemorative gift will be presented to all members that attend. Rumor also has it that a complete catered lunch will be featured. Of course, a great auction is in store.

Please mark your calendars now and reserve this very special date.

---Directions to Meyer's Family Restaurant --Quakertown, PA

From (E-W)PA Turnpike--Exit 26 to rt. 309 North. Follow 309 to Quakertown. Meyer's Restaurant is on rt. 309 approximately 1 mile north of the 309 - 663 -313 intersection (formerly Trainer's Corner) on the right.

 

Probably the easiest for most people.....

From Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike ( I 476)---North to Quakertown Exit. After toll, turn left onto 663 East. Go approximately 4 miles to rt. 309. Turn left onto 309N, go about 1 mile. Meyer's is on the right.

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May 2003

May Meeting

 

Our guest speaker for this month's meeting will be Dale Cochoy, who will be visiting us from Hartsville, Ohio. Dale is proprietor of Wild Things Bonsai Studio, and is somewhat of a jack-of -all trades in the bonsai world. He is a collector, grower, stylist, carver, and potter. He has received awards for his fine bonsai pots, and has appeared at clubs and regional conventions as a bonsai artist. He was one of the featured artists at the 2002 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, styling an outstanding yew.

His interests in bonsai originated in 1978, when he bought several bonsai for his wife. As they began to die one at a time, he decided to learn how to keep the remaining tree (the first one he bought, a Chinese elm) alive, so he bought the "Sunset Bonsai Book". Dale studied by himself for about 8 years, before deciding he wasn't getting anywhere, so he made arrangements with local master bonsaiman Keith Scott to work with him at his garden. He did this for about 3 1/2 years in the late 80's.

Dale is a founder, and past Vice President, of the Akron/Canton Bonsai Society and is current President of the Cleveland Bonsai Club. The Akron/Canton club is going into its fifth year and the Cleveland club is one of the oldest clubs in the country, being started in 1956. Dale also serves as a Director of the American Bonsai Society.

Dale's choice of material for the evening's demonstration is a bloodgood maple, on which he will demonstrate some of his styling and carving techniques.

As always, the demo material will be raffled. Double your chances by exhibiting a finished bonsai (double raffle tickets).

 

Speaker: Dale Cochoy - lecture/demo

Date: May 16

Time: 7:30

Location: Room 208, Dixon Hall, Ambler Campus, Temple University

April Meeting

April's guest speaker, Patrizia Cappellaro de Martino, completed her US tour with a great lecture/demo for PBS. With capable translation from Solita Rosade, we were able to get some wonderful insights into what goes into the design of a bonsai from the European standpoint.

Working with her preferred juniper material, Patrizia applied her philosophy of "respect what is given by nature and improve upon it", to a gracefully shaped procumbens juniper. The S-shaped trunk lent itself to a very natural style, and with Patrizia's skilled wiring and branch placement, a nicely styled bonsai emerged.

Jin and Shari play an important role in a natural style tree, explained Patrizia, and one must pay close attention when utilizing them in one's design. When her precise wiring and branch placement were completed, she explained that the tree was a bit sparse at present, but would fill out and be much more elegant in the future. Frequent pinching of developing foliage will encourage ramification as well as the mature thread growth rather than the present needle growth. The present pot is somewhat oversized, she stated, but good for the time being. Future repotting into a low round, somewhat rough appearing pot would be her preference.

A great evening, a wonderful bonsai demonstration, and an opportunity to glimpse into the creative process of a gifted artist - thank you Patrizia. Special thanks to Chase and Solita Rosade for providing hospitality to Patrizia, and especially to Soli for her work as translator.

By the way, President Naftal was the winner of the demo raffle for the evening.

Future Meetings

June 22 - Annual Picnic & Auction

September 20-21- Weekend Symposium with David DeGroot

October 17 - Colin Lewis

Annual Picinic & Auction - Our 40th Anniversary!

Sunday, June 22, marks the 40th anniversary of the Society, and to help celebrate the event some special extras have been planned in addition to our usual activities.

A morning lecture/demonstration featuring Mike Cartrett, from Florida, working with a great demo piece.

A catered lunch will be provided for all.

Special 40th anniversary gifts will be presented to members attending.

Our founders and past presidents will be honored.

Our usual huge auction - lots of pots and great material.

This will be a rain or shine event - all events will be held under cover.

Be sure to remember to begin selecting your donations for the auction - your past generosity has made the auction an ongoing success. Remember, this is our main fund-raiser for the year.

 

Please mark your calendars now and reserve this very special date. More details in next month's newsletter.

PBS Website

The PBS site now has it own domain name. The new URL for our site is: http://pabonsai.org

Please make the change in your bookmarks. The old site has been linked to the new URL for the next few months.

Don't forget, we're always looking for pictures of your bonsai to display in the Member's Gallery.

President's Notes

Hello Members,

Well it seems like the weather is finally breaking and it will growing time again - fertilize, fertilize, fertilize. We do not give our trees enough food! Just a reminder.

Our last meeting with the Lehigh group at Myers with Patrizia was excellent. Solita Rosade did all the translation from French to English for the clubs and it was a very informative evening. Patrizia stresses the need for simple but refined design as well as the most care for the tree, doing everything in stages. A fresh approach to Bonsai.

Our next meeting will be with Dale Cochoy at Temple. Don't forget! Our June picnic will be our 40th Anniversary Celebration. We will be having a demo, auction, catered food, a gift for all attendees so don't miss this monumental occasion. See you all at our next meeting.

Randy

Seasonal Notes

Finally, our trees are out in the sun and growing! Good sunlight will help keeep those internodes short on deciduous trees, and strong candles on your pines. Keep an eye on the moisture content on these breezy, dry days as the soil may dry out very quickly.

It's also time to think about fertilizing and insect control. Early May is a good time to give your trees their first feeding. Once temperatures are in the sixties, your trees can take in the nourishment you provide. Organics seem to be preferred more and more by our guest lecturers. Some choices are fertilizer cakes, fish emulsion, liquid kelp, and liquid seaweed. All of these do a good job of providing a steady rate of feeding.

Dues Notice

 

It's that time of the year again! Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 02 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 03 indicate dues are paid for the 2003-4 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 19477

You can clip the form on the right. Please include your email address if you're online. We're hoping to have the ability to renew your dues on-line from the PBS site very soon. The system will utilize Paypal, and will allow you to use your credit card. Please check the site later in May if you wish to try this option.

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall(student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Dixon Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

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June 2003

June Meeting

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!! That's the goal for our 40th Anniversary. How's

this for a plan? A lecture/demonstration by Mike Cartrett, from Florida. Mike's

demo material will be well worth the admission alone! (What admission? -it's free!!) A catered picnic with loads and loads of great food. A 40th anniversary commemorative gift for each member. A super bonsai auction. A beautiful setting amid a wonderful bonsai garden. There will even be a tent over your head, should it decide to rain or for shade. What else could we possibly need to make the day even greater? The answer is Y-O-U !

Please set aside June 22 for our annual picnic and auction, which this year marks our 40th anniversary. We do need your donations to help make the auction a success. Prebonsai, bonsai pots, finished bonsai, tools, anything bonsai related is welcome. This is our primary fund raiser for the year, and a successful auction will enable us to continue providing great programs throughout the year.

Come early - stay the day. Join the celebration! Enjoy!!

 

PBS Annual Picnic & Auction : June 22

Host: Howard McNeal, Old Mill Bonsai Studio, Honeybrook, PA

Mike Cartrett: Lecture/Demo 11:00am

Picnic: 12:30-1:30--Raffle & Auction 1:30

 

Be sure to bring folding chairs.

Meet Mike Cartrett

 

Mike Cartrett is the owner of Palm Beach Bonsai, a wholesale prebonsai nursery in south Florida. He is an avid collector of tropical material from the woods and urban areas. He has been a bonsai teacher for over ten years and is a member of Asagao, one of John Naka's study groups. He has been a speaker and organizer at many conventions in Florida and has lectured all over the southeastern US. He saw his first bonsai in 1969, while a biology student at Florida State University and has been involved with this "magnificent obsession" ever since. Mike will be styling a beautiful Bougainvillea for PBS.

June Picnic Menu

How's this for a menu for our 40th Celebration?

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs B.B.Q Chicken

B.B.Q. Pork Potato Salad

Macaroni Salad Ring Bologna & Cheese

Hot Baked Beans Pickles & Olives

Chips & Pretzels Watermelon

Lemonade & Sodas Anniversary Cake

Bring your appetite!!

May Meeting

 

Dale Cochoy, guest speaker for our May meeting, presented an informative program dealing with working with collected nursery material. His demonstration material was a bloodgood maple which had grown to over eight feet in height, then died back to a much shorter tree. The focus of Dale's presentation was dealing with the scar left from dieback, and developing the tree into an acceptable bonsai. Since the tree had grown to an appreciable height, the trunk and roots were substantial, and following the dieback, numerous branches had sprouted. Several year back, Dale had selected a new leader, and began initial training. He did stress, however, that when he was finished for the evening, the resulting bonsai would be a "starter" with a few years more work left before a good bonsai resulted.

Dale performed some basic pruning, to open up the branches for more light exposure. He stated that the tree would pop many new buds as a result. Also, removing material allowed room for carving. Following the light pruning, he went to work on the main obstacle, which was the dead area resulting from the original dieback. Using a variety of bits in a die grinder, he carved the area so that it had acceptable taper without a large stub of dead wood. He further disguised the area by blending the carved area with existing bark using acrylic paints combined with lime sulphur. Dale feels the combination of carving and painting enhances the line of the trunk.

Dale was not entirely happy with the leader that had developed, and suggested that another branch might be brought up, or developed from the present leader. Given the ability of the maple to break new buds, he felt this would be a strong possibility. While preparing for carving, Dale noticed that the inner wood had rotted down for a considerable distance. He felt this could present an opportunity for further carving, opening a cavity from the stub down to an area near the root base. Whether or not this route is taken, he strongly suggested that some wood hardener be applied to prevent further decay.

Wiring followed, and branches were placed to disguise some deficiencies (a traditional bonsai technique). The powerful trunk and rootage will only be enhanced with additional foliage. The finished tree was very impressive, needing only some judicious refinement and a future repotting. Our raffle winner, "Mr. Maple" - John Weiseman - will be sure to provide just that.

Thank you Dale for a most informative evening.

President's Notes

Hello members,

Our last meeting combined the art of painting with the art of Bonsai. Dale Cochoy showed us how to hide scars with acrylic paints and styled a beautiful Bloodgood Maple (John Weiseman won another tree!). In addition to Dale's bonsai skills his pots are truly special and are a work of art in themselves. Thanks Dale.

Well, the time has come! Our 40th Anniversary Picnic/Auction celebration. We will honor all past presidents and founders of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society in addition to eating catered food, watching a demo and auctioning some great stuff. Each member will receive a special anniversary gift and a grand time will be had by all. This is rain or shine! We have a tent this year. See you there!!!

Randy

Future Meetings

September 20-21- Weekend Symposium with David DeGroot

October 17 - Colin Lewis

November 21 - Member's Auction

Dues Notice

It's that time of the year again! Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 02 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 03/04 indicate dues are paid for the 2003-4 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 19477

 

Pay at the picnic, or you can clip and send the form below. Please include your email address if you're online. We're hoping to have the ability to renew your dues online from the PBS site very soon. The system will utilize Paypal, and will allow you to use your credit card. Please check the site in June if you wish to try this option.

Directions to PBS Picnic & Auction at Howard McNeal's

Take the PA Turnpike to the Downingtown Exit. Go North on Route 100 for1 mile and turn Left at Eagle Tavern onto Little Conestoga Rd. Follow Little Conestoga 3.9 miles and turn right onto Little Conestoga again (on your left will be Chalfont Rd). Follow to stop sign at Fairview Church. Make a left onto Fairview Rd. Follow Fairview about 3 miles until T in road (road ends) and make a left onto Route 82 and a quick right onto Lewis Mills Rd. Go 1 mile to Mill .

Look for Bonsai posters with arrows.

An alternate way - rt 422 to rt 100. Take 100 south to rt 23. Take 23 west to rt 345. Left onto 345 south. Go to the second stop sign, go straight then continue straight on rt 82 south for about 3 miles. Just past MOM's drive in, take a right onto Lewis Mill rd. 1 mile to the picnic.

Lost?? Call 610-942-2602

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September 2003

September Seminar

 

This September, we continue our series of bonsai seminars which we have been alternately hosting with Brandy Bonsai Society. Our featured guest artist will be Mr. David DeGroot, who is the curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection located near Tacoma, Washington. The collection features more than 50 bonsai trees from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States, and is one of the best in the country. David has appeared throughout the country at bonsai seminars and conventions, and is a well-respected teacher, author, and artist. He has continued his personal growth in a concentrated course of study in Japan with bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya

We are fortunate that Mr. DeGroot has made time in his extremely busy schedule to lead us on our two day seminar. His program will guide us through many aspects of bonsai culture, design, evaluation, and care.

Your registration form contains details and a tentative schedule for the event - if you didn't receive one, please contact me. The cutoff for the early registration discount is September 1st. Included in your registration are Continental breakfasts, lunches (no rubber chicken!), and an afternoon snack break on Saturday.

This weekend seminar promises to be a worthwhile experience, adding to your bonsai knowledge no matter what your level of experience. We hope to see you there.

 

Speaker: David DeGroot - Weekend Bonsai Seminar

Dates: September 20 & 21

Location: Student Center - Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA

Times: Sat. - 8:00 am-4 pm , Sun. 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

June Meeting

 

Concerning the June picnic and auction, there was good news and bad news. The good news was a great program by Mike Cartrett, a fine catered lunch, an exciting auction, and best of all, a visit by some of our founders and previous presidents. The sun did shine for almost the entire day, but due to heavy rains for what seemed like months previously, our area quickly became a quagmire. Howard McNeal's lawn may never be the same - hopefully it's completely recovered by now.

Mike Cartrett's program featured a demonstration on a large bougainvillea with a massive twisted trunk. Mike stressed that despite differences between the care necessary for tropical and temperate trees, the styling techniques and guidelines remain the same. Care for tropical bonsai here in Pennsylvania consists of full sun exposure from late May through August, protection from frost and freeze, heavy fertilization during the growing period, and especially, watering with warm water (room temperature). Mike feels that many of our losses here in the north are due to watering tropicals and semi tropicals with cold water. Mike's finished tree looked really grand, and our raffle winner, Kent Kise, will be looking forward to a beautiful set of blooms in the future.

Our founders and past presidents were honored with framed certificates by President Randy Naftal, and each member attending received a beautiful monogrammed towel decorated with the PBS logo. Our Flower Show exhibitors were recognized with framed certificates of participation, which will become a yearly tradition.

As usual, our auction was lively, competitive, and featured some great material, pots, tools, books, and bonsai memorabilia. Auctioneer Jim Gillespie proved himself a real "mudder of all auctioneers", keeping things moving despite having both feet stuck in several inches of mud. Many thanks to Jim and to all the members who generously donated to the auction. Extra-special thanks (and a few pounds of grass seed) to our host Howard McNeal.

BONSAI EXHIBITION, WORKSHOP, AND SALE

AT SHOFUSO JAPANESE HOUSE AND GARDEN

(press release from Shofuso Japanese House and Garden)

 

On Sunday, September 14, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will be conducting a bonsai workshop, exhibition, and sale in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society.

The sale and exhibition will begin at 11am and conclude at 5pm. For sale will be many hard to find and unusual bonsai related items, such as pre-mixed soil, pots, and tools. Starter plants will also be available as well as trees already several years into training. You will also be able to purchase hard to find bamboos, including the rare fountain bamboo, a species growing 12 feet high in a nice tidy clump.

The bonsai will be exhibited in Shofuso, a beautiful and authentic reconstruction of a 17th century Shoin mansion. The simple elegance of the house is the perfect foil to the grandeur of these majestic bonsai. Bonsai (pronounced BONE-sigh) originated in China centuries ago, and matured to its present methods of emulating ancient trees in Nature during 1880's Japan. Bonsai are full size trees that have been miniaturized by continuous pruning of the branches and roots.

The highlight of the day will be a two-part, two-hour lecture performed by Mr. Randy Naftal of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society. The lecture will be held from 1to 2pm, and from 3 to 4pm. In the first half of the lecture, Mr. Naftal will discuss the history of bonsai, and will go over the basics to begin a hobby in bonsai. He will cover soil, pots, tools, and will begin the training of a new bonsai plant. In the second half of the lecture, Randy will complete training of the bonsai tree, and will discuss long -term training and care needed to create a beautiful miniature tree. In between the lectures, members of the bonsai society will be available to answer your questions and help you pick out plants and materials to get you started.

The Japanese House and garden in West Fairmount Park opened its doors to the public in 1958. It is an exquisite representation of a 17th century Japanese dwelling. The house is surrounded by a garden landscaped in the traditional Japanese manner reflecting the lakes, streams, and forests of Japan.

President's Notes

 

Hello Members,

 

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration in June was a huge success! The weather was totally cooperative and it was an all out mud fest, something like Woodstock.

It was a real treat to have some of the Founders and past Presidents on hand to enjoy the festivities with us. Founders Ernesta Ballard, Chase Rosade and Luther Young joined us, Past Presidents Jim Carpenter, Dorie Froning, Jim

Gillespie, Howard McNeal, Jim Brant, John Weiseman, Chase Rosade (again)

joined us in addition. Those who are no longer with us but memories remain

from the original Founders, were Robert Montgomery and Past Presidentand Founder Fred Ballard. The other past Presidents who were not able to attend were; William Smedley, Jim Aron, David Adler and Tom Logan.

We thank Howard McNeal for hosting the event, Linda Brant and Howard for coordinating the catered food and having a tent set up in case of inclement weather, David Aqualante for baking a terrific cake with our logo on it. Jim and Linda Brant who handled the auction sign up and all the paperwork that goes with it. Pat Morris, Dave Spirt who along with Jim and Linda in keeping track of the auction funds. Our always entertaining auctioneer Jim Gillespie and side kick John Weiseman. We thank all the members who graciously donated the fundraising items for our auction.

PBS has started to collect old memorabilia from the original days of the society and a few nice items were donated by Jack Billet, a screen printed apron from 30 years ago and Kent Kise donated a brochure from our set up at the Philadelphia Flower Show over 30 years ago. Thank you.

The PBS Board members and myself thank all of you for making the event a truly special one - see you all at our 50th!

 

Randy

Dues Notice

It's that time of the year again! Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 02 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 03/04 indicate dues are paid for the 2003-4 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 19477

 

If your membership has expired, this will be your last newletter. In order to ensure continuation of your newsletter, please send in your dues with the attached form, or include dues with your seminar registration.

 

 

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October 2003

October Meeting

This month's featured artist is Colin Lewis, originally from Surrey, England, now residing in Boston area. Colin has authored five bonsai books including the bestselling A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing and Displaying Bonsai. He has been a featured artist at many bonsai conventions, both in the US and abroad. He is a former board member of the European Bonsai Association. Colin is founder and Principal of the Hô Yoku School of Bonsai. He serves as Bonsai Consultant to The Lars Anderson Collection, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston.

Colin's last visit with PBS was in 1998 when he work with a Scots Pine. This time around we have a pitch pine for him to design.

Be sure to set aside this evening for a lecture/demonstration from a skilled bonsai artist and teacher.

Remember to bring a tree for display and double your raffle tickets.

 

Speaker: Colin Lewis - Lecture/Demo

Dates: October 17

Location: Room 208 Dixon Hall, Ambler Campus, Temple University

Time: 7:30

September Seminar

It's difficult to describe the depth and breadth of bonsai information that our weekend seminar leader, David DeGroot provided. David covered as many aspects of bonsai design, care, and horticulture as is humanly possible over the weekend, providing excellent examples, clear explanations, and sound scientific reasoning. What was most apparent to all was David's vast base of knowledge which he could draw from. Throughout the weekend , he fielded questions with patience and a willingness to share information.

In future issues, snippets of David's information will be presented. A pictorial essay on the weekend will appear on the PBS website as well.

Despite Hurricane Isabel, electrical outages, and other assorted crises, the weekend was an outstanding success. Those in attendance were most favorably impressed - many thanks to David for making the weekend a true learning experience.

President's Notes

Hello Members,

I have some sad news to report to our members. Harvey Gordon, a long time member of The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society has passed away. Harvey was a great contributor to the club. He would only buy the single dollar raffle ticket because he always believed it only took one to win but his real motive was, he would save the dollars all year and spend tons of money on our fundraising auctions. He wanted as much material and bonsai related items as he could fit in Dave Adler's car (lucky Dave). Harvey always spoke highly of our club and looked forward to seeing all his friends at our meetings and I know we looked forward to seeing him. He was a truly nice fellow and he will be missed by all who knew him.

I was unable to attend the Dave DeGroot seminar in September but I was told it was an excellent program, I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you Jim and Linda Brant and Jim Gillespie for making all the arrangements, and David Spirt for organizing the enrollment paperwork. The program was partially sponsored by a generous donation by the estate of Ed Watsik. Our sincere thanks to the Watsik family.

See you all at the October meeting,

Randy

Seasonal Tips

We've had several fairly hard frosts here in the Valley Forge area, so our trees will be slowing down their processes in anticipation of dormancy later on. Less watering will be the norm for the next few weeks, but keep an eye on the trees if the humidity is low and there is any breeze. Once the trees go truly dormant in November, watering can be cut down even more.

Start getting your trees ready for winter storage. Remove moss clinging to roots and trunks, inspect for insect eggs, and see what trees may need special attention over the winter, due to being root-bound, having a cracked pot, or being in a weakened state. Tag or record those trees that will need repotting next spring. Clean up your storage area now, before you end up (like me) working feverishly on a cold , windy day.

 

MidAtlantic Festival 2004

Speakers have been confirmed for the 2004 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, which will be held on April 16-18, 2004, at the Ramada Conference Center, East Hanover, NJ.

Scheduled to appear are, Hiroyoshi Yamaji (Japan), Craig Coussins (Scotland, UK), Kenji Miyata (Japan), and Don Torppa (NC, USA). Each artist wil conduct lecture/demostrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend.

Three of the four workshops will be material-provided, and will offer some outstanding pre-bonsai material.

Registration forms will be mailed in December. Be sure to register as early as possible for critiques and workshops - they fill up very quickly.

Future Meetings

November 21 - Member's Auction

December 12 - Chris Peterson

January 17 - Exhibit Workshop

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall(student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Dixon Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

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November 2003

November Meeting

This November's Meeting brings us to the annual fall Members' Auction. This auction provides our members with an opportunity to buy and sell materials at an auction with 80% of the selling price going to the seller. Terms are; Absolute auction, no reserve. Last year's auction was most successful, with a tremendous amount of great bonsai material changing hands. This is an opportunity to thin your collection, or to add some material to it for winter and early spring work. Bonsai, pots, prebonsai stock, tools, magazines, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. We look forward to a good turnout, both of sellers and buyers. Be sure not to miss this tremendous bonsai opportunity. Bring some things to sell and take home something you've bought.

We're also going to continue the Silent Auction this year with selected items being placed on a table and written bids submitted on a list. Check the lists as the evening goes on and make sure that yours is the winning bid when the close of that auction is announced. Items designated for silent auction (only) may have a reserve (minimum) price. All items sold at regular auction will be sold without minimums.

We reserve the right to limit items based upon available time. In order to do this in the fairest possible manner, you'll be asked to label each item both for accounting purposes as well as selling priority . For example, if you have five items, you would label each with a number and a letter (which will give your priority). When the auction starts, all items with an A letter will be auctioned first, then those labeled B, and so on. This way, each seller will have an equal exposure.

This is a great evening and loads of fun, so add to the enjoyment with your participation.

Members' Auction

Date: November 21

Location: Bright Hall -Rm. 202-Ambler Campus-Temple University-

Please note change of location

**see directions at end of the newsletter regarding drop off and pickup of auction material.

*Time: 7:00-10:00--(due to the time required to register buyers and sellers, we'll start auction registration at 7:00, with the actual auction starting as soon as possible).

October Meeting

Our October meeting, the first of the year at the Ambler Campus, started out with a search for a meeting room, as our previous room had been converted to a landscape/computer lab. After finding a room, we were able to settle in for a great lecture demonstration by Colin Lewis. Colin's material for the evening was a pitch pine which had been collected by Jerry Stowell twenty-five years ago. As to accompanying pictures illustrate, Colin decided to go with a cascade style for the tree. The material was challenging, but also has great potential. The time of year was not the best for a major trunk bend, which Colin felt was necessary, but he did walk us through the necessary steps.

His initial step was to clean up the tree, removing previous year's growth in order to facilitate later wiring. Colin stressed that the design of the tree should focus on foliage placement, and not that of the branches. He added that in many of the "classical" Japanese trees, a branch is pulled from another area of the tree to fill in an area with foliage. Branch movement should always harmonize with the trunk's movement.

Colin likes pitch pines, due to their strong growth habit and tendency to bud back. He pointed out that it is necessary to carefully control bud break at the base of the tree. Needle size can be controlled as the tree matures, primarily from increased ramification, as the given amount of nourishment available is divided among more buds, causing the needles to shorten. Cutting or pinching of candles is another means to reduce needle length. Yet another is careful timing of fertilizer, avoiding a fertilizer high in nitrogen in the early spring while candles are forming.

While he considered the evening's work a sketch or blueprint for the future tree, the finished work reflected Colin's artistry and skill. The placement of branches and the extent of wiring contributed to a beautiful example of the cascade style. Many thanks to Colin for an exceptional evening.

Winner of the evening's raffle was Kaz Kazimer, who left with a giant smile and a great tree.

 

Member Updates

While most PBS members are worrying about putting their trees to rest for the winter, one of our members has different things to worry about. Chris Miller (We miss your clever comments, Chris!) was called to active duty in March 2003. Since July he has been in Kosovo serving our country.

Chris is keeping in touch with us via email and can be contacted at:

 

Christopher.jess.miller@us.army.mil

or by US Mail

SFC Christopher J. Miller

HHC MNBE/TF 111LNO

Camp Bonsteel

APO AE 09340

Besides his military duties, Chris is taking college courses while stationed so far away. He looks forward to returning to his family in about five more months. Please contact Chris and give him your support.

Another PBS member, John Coles, returned from active duty early in September. Welcome home to John!

 

David DeGroot Seminar Snippets

This is the first in a series of "Snippets" gathered from the information David shared with us. Thanks to Flex Houvig for these contributions.

Aesthetics:

• Stick with "Universal Concepts"; these cross nationalities and time. Use Balance, Proportion, Contrast, Tension & Resolution.

• "Fashion" or aesthetics of the moment change what is "In" or "Out".

• Personal taste" tightly linked to Tension & Resolution. Rules are really common practice (not hard & fast); these bring to expected or desired conclusion. Rules can be knowingly broken; this creates something different & unexpected, and adds elements of unpredictability or wildness (Tension). Too much tension leads to chaotic designs; too much resolution leads to boring designs!

• Universally pleasing proportions are used; can be vertical or horizontal proportions.

• Asymmetric balance is natural and may be used with pleasing effect, BUT, balance must exist between diagonal masses.

• Uniform curves, which have a single sweep, add both balance & tension. Deadwood can add balance.

• Repetition may be used to unify (i.e. long root with long branch).

• Distraction and diagonal balance add tension.

• Lack of balance exists between a wild twisted trunk & a mass of serene foliage.

• A tree can have intellectual content, but be "cold", with little "emotion". Technical brilliance can appear to overcome cohesive art.

• Sub-elements which draw the eye add a little tension to the composition, and, therefore, interest.

• Balance is created by height, width, and angle.

• Many times tension adds excitement by having areas which are not quite "finished".

• Color and texture add yet another dimension to the composition.

• Ancient trunk, youthful branches (Chinese) is cool.

President's Notes

Hello members,

For those of you that joined us at our last meeting I'm sorry that the room was too small for the amount of people. We were booked in our regular meeting room. To our surprise they converted our room into a computer room. Please see the new room number for this months meeting located in the upcoming meeting notes. Colin Lewis certainly helped take our minds off the room size. He did a wonderful job on a Pitch Pine that appeared to have some challenges. The end result was a nicely styled cascade.

Another sad note, Tom Pugh pasted away at the end of October. Tom was a long time member of Pennsylvania Bonsai as well as an original founder and first Treasurer of the Pennypack Bonsai Society. Tom was a terrific person and one of the most honest individuals you would ever meet, Tom will be missed by all who knew him.

I am looking forward to our next meeting, the 80/20 auction. This is your chance to get great material, books, pots and anything related to bonsai. I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

Randy

Future Meetings

December 12 - Chris Peterson

January 17 - Exhibit Workshop

February 20- Dennis Donald

 

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall(student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Bright Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Bright Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

Bright Hall is located at the top of the hill as you walk up the drive from the parking lot on Meetinghouse Rd.

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December 2003

December Meeting

It's time again for the PBS Holiday Celebration. Our program this year includes a social time featuring a sharing of snacks and treats brought by our members, a great gift raffle with lots of bonsai-related items (and hidden somewhere, a full registration for the 2004 MidAtlantic Festival), and a program featuring Chris Peterson.

Chris is a well-known bonsai artist from the Wilkes-Barre area, who describes his bonsai involvement in this way.

"I began my involvement in Bonsai by asking the curator of the National Collection in Washington, DC where to go for good Bonsai, his response was the Rosade Bonsai Studio in New Hope PA. I then took my beginner's class with Chase two weeks later in May 1987. The rest, as they say, is history. I began working at the studio, almost every other weekend in about 1989. Since then I have visited Japan once and have been fortunate to have worked with many of the visiting Bonsai Masters, when they have been at the studio. If there was a Master's Degree in Bonsai I feel that working with Chase for the past 14 years would have bestowed one upon me."

Chris is a regular demonstrator at the Rosade Bonsai Studio exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show, doing an excellent job of communicating the essence of bonsai to the public, while doing some impressive styling.

Chris has been a guest artist at several clubs in the tri-state area. He is an excellent stylist, with a strong background in display and appropriate pot selection.

Please bring a goodie to share with the group - cookies, crackers, cheeses, dips, veggies, cakes, pies, or whatever.

Our Holiday Celebration is a wonderful tradition for all of our PBS members. Please join us and enjoy. We promise you'll have a good time!

Date: Friday, December 12

Holiday Social and Raffle - Speaker: Chris Peterson

Location: Room 202, Bright Hall, Ambler Campus, Temple University

Time: 7:30 pm

 

Remember to bring any tree that you want to discuss prior to the start of the meeting. Advice on styling, care, horticultural problems, pot selection, etc. can be obtained from other members before the start of the program.

November Meeting

Last month our Members' Auction was held. There was a fair amount of material auctioned, though nowhere near as much as in previous years. Some very nice collected material was offered and bidding was spirited on these items. As usual, our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, kept things moving along while giving out a good deal of horticultural information about the material offered. Thanks to Jim for making the evening entertaining, informative, and profitable for our members.

 Philadelphia Flower Show

It's not to early to start planning for the upcoming Flower Show, March 7-14, 2004. Exhibit trees are needed! Don't forget to mark your calendar for the January Exhibit Workshop. Contact Randy Naftal for details if you wish to exhibit. Exhibit sitters are also needed! Contact Linda Brant for details or to reserve a time slot. You will be able to sign up at any meeting, too, starting with the December meeting.

National Bonsai Foundation

The end of the year is nearly upon us, and with it , time is running out for those charitable donations for tax purposes.

The National Bonsai Foundation is one excellent recipient for those donations. Currently, four special funds are soliciting donations; The Fred Ballard Fund, The Yuji Yoshimura Fund, The H. William Merritt Fund, and The Melba Tucker Fund. Each fund's goals is recognition for these individuals' contributions to bonsai, by creation of a special area within the NBF site, or for bonsai scholarship and educational activities.

Please do your best to support the National Bonsai Foundation through a tax-deductible contribution. If you wish to specify a particular fund, please do so. Make your check payable to The National Bonsai Foundation, and mail to:

The National Bonsai Foundation

3501 New York Avenue N.E.

Washington D.C. 20002

David DeGroot Seminar Snippets

This is the second in a series of "Snippets" gathered from the information David shared with us. Thanks to Flex Houvig for these contributions.

Choosing Material:

• Go for simple design which has some complexity, and can encourage the artist.

• Remove soil around the base to expose the roots.

• Look for primary movement

• If a graft, check that the graft join point is smooth and subtle, and has no objectionable bulges / scars. Some grafted species are better than cultivated varieties, which become brittle, and branching is not as attractive….prime example are some dissectum maples, which have extremely brittle branching.

Branch Structure:

• Traditional: all conifers treated the same; all maples treated the same. All are layered branches: lowest (first) branch foliage is in outermost perimeter; next higher branches form the next inside perimeter, and so on, up the tree structure.

• Looking down on a tree, one gets the impression of looking at a topological map, which is formed like uneven rings around the center.

• Do this by removing all foliage out on the branch, out to the twigs at the ends. This is done in preparation for wiring, where every fork is revealed.

• Wire all the way out to the twigs.

• Denuding schedule: in fall, denude behind current years growth, while in spring, the twigs ahead are worked.

Cuts on An Important Root:

• Cuts on an important root should be made at an angle such that the resultant cut root end is parallel with the bottom of the pot, or downward-facing. New roots will grow out of callous that forms around the radius of the cut, and will grow downward.

Root Functions:

• Roots hold up the tree.

• Roots act as a warehouse of food.

• Roots gather nutrients.

• Roots make hormones

Light (Using Artificial):

• Light has two components: quality and quantity. Plants use 1/3 of full sunlight. CO2 is 0.3% of our atmosphere, while Oxygen is 28%. An unvented gas heater produces lots of CO2.

• Quality…Green light spectrum is least-used by plants for photosynthesis, while blue and red are most important.

• Longer wavelengths produce mainly heat, while shorter wavelengths inhibit gibberellin, which inhibits branch extension. Red light produces elongation or lengthening.

• Of all synthetic lamps, Xenon is closest to real sunlight.

Bonsai Pots:

• Rule of thumb &endash; when you frame a tree with a pot, the narrower the pot, the more it causes the viewer to focus on a feature of the tree.

• A tree with lots of movement needs a symmetrical pot which is more static and stable, either rectangular or oval.

• Low branching requires a deeper pot to get the branch off the ground.

• Neutral colors in a pots always work. Older trees look better in more subtle pots Cream colors are very warm and neutral, particularly suiting trees which change color spring to fall (like a maple).

• Pot color can match or contrast leaf color

• Tones (depth of a color) may be used very effectively.

President's Notes

Hello members,

The auction turnout was not huge but the material was very good. Anything from a hand painted screen to shohin black pine to a beautiful boxwood that demanded the big dollars were sold. It was a fun evening and the weather was perfect for a change.

Thanks to Jim and Linda Brant for handling the auction registration and keeping the tallies along with David Spirt, our Treasurer. Thank you to Jim Gillespie for providing our entertainment as auctioneer along with John Weiseman who graciously delivers the winners' material to their seats, what service!

We wish Chase Rosade a speedy recovery from knee surgery, we miss you already and Chris Miller who is still serving our country, come home soon and Happy Holidays from the members.

See you all at our Holiday meeting on the 12th of December.

Randy

Future Meetings

January 17 - Exhibit Workshop

February 20- Dennis Donald

March 7-14 - Philadelphia Flower Show

Seasonal Tips

Hopefully, your trees are now in winter storage-when I woke this morning there was a new snowfall- first of the winter!

Protection for your trees stored outdoors is essential in this area of the country. Trees should be sheltered from wind and sun (light isn't necessary). Some protection needs to be given to roots, also. We've been setting trees in a sheltered area, covering the pots and an inch or so of trunk with shredded mulch, and it's worked well for a number of years.

Be sure to monitor the moisture level of the bonsai soil. Obviously, if the soil is frozen, it can't absorb water, but on warmer days, the soil will thaw and accept water. Not a whole lot is needed, but things should not go bone dry.

MidAtlantic Festival 2004

Speakers have been confirmed for the 2004 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, which will be held on April 16-18, 2004, at the Ramada Conference Center, East Hanover, NJ.

Scheduled to appear are, Hiroyoshi Yamaji (Japan), Craig Coussins (Scotland, UK), Kenji Miyata (Japan), and Don Torppa (NC, USA). Each artist will conduct lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend.

Three of the four workshops will be material-provided, and will offer some outstanding pre-bonsai material -azalea, J. white pine, & J. maple.

Registration forms will be mailed in December. Be sure to register as early as possible for critiques and workshops - they fill up very quickly.

Past Festivals have provided PBS members with valuable knowledge, techniques, and fellowship, as well as directly benefiting PBS financially. Your participation in MidAtlantic is important.

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left onto Susquehanna Rd., proceed to Butler Pike. -- Turn right onto Butler Pike go 1/2 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd. --Turn right on Meetinghouse Rd. Go 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

From 309 south - Use Butler Pike exit--Proceed left onto Butler Pike, go 1/4 mi. to Meetinghouse Rd.-- Turn right onto Meetinghouse Rd. -Proceed 1/2 mi. to Ambler Campus.

Important Reminder ---park only in the lot on Meetinghouse Road, or behind Bright Hall (student lot). You may drop off passengers or meeting items in front of Bright Hall, but parking is not allowed on the campus proper.

******We have been using what had been the exit road to get to Bright Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

Bright Hall is located at the top of the hill as you walk up the drive from the parking lot on Meetinghouse Rd.

 

 

 

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