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January 2004

January Workshop

The Philadelphia Flower Show is drawing near (March 7-14), time to really think about exhibiting a tree in the PBS exhibit. This month's workshop will provide member's with an opportunity to learn exactly what is involved in preparing a tree for exhibit, evaluating exhibit quality of a bonsai, and the finer points of exhibit preparation. Our workshop is hosted by Howard McNeal, and as usual, members are encouraged to bring trees for evaluation or work. If you'd like some advice on a tree, or just the opportunity to assist in preparations, or you wish to exhibit your tree, this is one of the best times to do so. Please plan to join us in a creative and constructive day. Lunch will be provided.

 

Date: Saturday, January 17

Exhibit Workshop - Host: Howard McNeal

Location: Old Mill Bonsai Studio, 420 Lewis Mills Rd. , Honeybrook, PA

Time: 10am

December Meeting

With December being the busy month that it is, our attendance at the December meeting was a bit on the low side. For those who did make it, Chris Peterson provided a very informative program regarding bonsai pot selection. Using some powerful black pines as illustration, we learned how to tell the sex of trees and pots (just joking)!

Chris defined a masculine tree as a black pine, Scots pine, juniper, and other conifers. Feminine trees are generally deciduous. Combining a masculine tree with a feminine pot is a definite no-no.

Selecting pots to compliment a specific tree requires consideration of three variables; masculine vs. feminine, pot color, pot size.

Masculine pots are defined by corners, relatively straight sides, unadorned feet, and little or no lip. Pots suitable for feminine trees are generally curved in form, have rounded sides, and raised (cloud) feet. Feminine pots are often glazed, with a color complimentary to the foliage. There may be some decoration on the pot. Pots for masculine trees are generally unglazed with an earthtone color, and no inlays or decoration on the side of the pot.

Pot size is dependent upon the visual weight of the bonsai , as well as the trunk diameter. Ideally the depth of the pot should be equivalent to the diameter of the tree - care should be taken to make the health of the tree of primary concern, rather than blindly following a "rule".

Chris illustrated the relationship between pot size and trunk diameter with a clever demonstration. Using a small spruce, Chris inquired what might be wrong with the planting - when we all responded that the pot was too large for the tree, he dumped the soil out of the pot, revealing that the tree was actually potted in a correctly sized pot.

Following our traditional holiday raffle, Chris showed a fascinating shohin pot collection.

Thanks to Chris for an enjoyable discussion, and also thanks to Jim Gillespie, who provided the gifts for our holiday raffle. Winner of the MABS registration was Howard Dunetz (lucky guy!!).

Philadelphia Flower Show

Let's start planning for the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show, March 7-14, 2004. Exhibit trees are needed! Contact Randy Naftal for details if you wish to exhibit. The PBS exhibit will be given priority placement on the exhibit floor this year.

Exhibit sitters are also needed! Each year our exhibit is manned by volunteer members. Without these volunteers, our exhibit would not be possible. Please make every effort to participate in manning the exhibit. PBS will provide you with tickets admitting you and a guest to the Flower Show. Your time investment is minimal, only three hours, leaving you lots of time to explore the show.

If you're new to PBS, don't worry, you'll be paired up with another member who has previous experience. All things considered, it's a win-win situation.

Contact Linda Brant for details or to reserve a time slot. You will be able to sign up at the January or February meetings, too.

Future Meetings

February 20- Dennis Donald

March 7-14 - Philadelphia Flower Show

April 23 - Craig Coussins

MidAtlantic Festival 2004

Registration forms have been sent 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. Be sure to register as early as possible for critiques and workshops - they fill up very quickly.

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

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 - please try to attend.

President's Notes

Hello Members,

Sorry I was unable to attend the Holiday Meeting. I was told Mike Marinelli did a fine job covering for me - thanks Mike. I hope everyone had a nice holiday and a Happy New Year.

This upcoming meeting is the Flower Show Workshop. Please bring a tree that you want to work on for the show (or one you would just like to work on). We need 14 trees to complete the show's exhibit and this is the biggest Flower Show in years. It is the 175th Anniversary, so it is a special opportunity to have your tree displayed at the show. Lunch will be provided at the workshop so come on down and have some fun preparing your tree for show. See all the info in this newsletter. See you on the 17th.

 

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 2004

 

February Meeting

"Never a dull moment" could be theme for our February meeting. Actually, the theme is Maintaining Your Bonsai Tools, led by our guest artist, Dennis Donald, who promises to be very sharp for our meeting. (OK-no more puns!)

Dennis traces his interest in bonsai back to 1969, and has immersed himself in the art from that point on . He has served as President of the Brandywine Bonsai Society, Chairman of the Delaware Valley Bonsai Study Group, is the current Chairman, The Ameriseki Group, as well as a charter member, a lecturer/demonstrator/displayer at numerous shows and conventions, participated in a yearly study group with John Naka at the Rosade Bonsai Studio for over a decade, and is currently on the bonsai volunteer staff at Longwood Gardens.

Dennis' program will focus on the processes involved with keeping our bonsai tools sharp and in good working order. Since good tools are so very expensive, this program will not only keep you informed, but may save you some money in the long run.

Dennis has requested that each member bring one tool to the meeting for demonstration purposes. Be sure to make this meeting a priority - Dennis is a well-informed and entertaining presenter.

 

Speaker: Dennis Donald - Lecture/Demo

Dates: February 20

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

Time: 7:30

January Workshop

B-r-r-r-r!! In spite of a very cold day, we had an excellent turnout at the Exhibit workshop, held at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio. Trees were groomed and pruned, wired and clipped, and generally made to look their best for the upcoming Flower Show. Thanks to Howard McNeal for providing the facility, and especially the hot coffee for a successful workshop.

Future Meetings

March 7-14 - Philadelphia Flower Show

April 23 - Craig Coussins

May 21 - TBA

Philadelphia Flower Show 

The upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show, March 7-14, 2004, will again feature members' trees in a beautiful setting. The PBS exhibit will be given priority placement on the exhibit floor this year - be sure to check floor plans for our new location.

Exhibit sitters are still needed! Each year our exhibit is manned by volunteer members. Without these volunteers, our exhibit would not be possible. Please make every effort to participate in manning the exhibit. PBS will provide you with tickets admitting you and a guest to the Flower Show. Your time investment is minimal, only three hours, leaving you lots of time to explore the show.

If you're new to PBS, don't worry, you'll be paired up with another member who has previous experience. All things considered, it's a win-win situation.

Contact Linda Brant for details or to reserve a time slot. You will be able to sign up at the February meeting, too.

President's Notes 

Hello Members,

We had a good turn out for the Flower Show Workshop. Conditions were a bit on the cool side but that kept everyone working and the hot coffee and pizza helped. Howard McNeal as always hosted the event at his studio and was kind to provide the coffee and doughnuts along with his expertise in preparing trees for display. Thank you Howard for your support.

Jim Brant took photos of us working, - see if you can tell how cold we were from the photos in the newsletter. We are a few trees shy of our total so call me if you are interested in displaying this year. See you at our February meeting.

Randy

Seasonal Notes 

We have just gone through one of the longest extended cold spells on record. Our trees in outside storage have been frozen in for the entire month. Fortunately, most of the time they have been covered with snow, so the roots of the bonsai have been insulated.

With the sunlight getting stronger and the days lengthening, the trees are getting their wake up call for Spring growth. Now is an excellent time to begin repotting and early spring pruning - with one very strong warning. Repotted trees cannot be allowed to freeze. Trees that have been heavily pruned should also get special care.

Watering is critical once the soil begins to thaw. The trees stored in outdoor conditions have been frozen hard, with little water available. As soon as is possible, check the soil for dryness, and give the trees a good soaking. A tree coming out of dormancy will die very quickly if it is bone dry.

MidAtlantic Festival 2004 

Hopefully, your plans are set 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. Be sure to register as early as possible for critiques and workshops - they fill up very quickly.

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

Don't forget the raffles, banquet, auction, and the vendors. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up those items you need or want.

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 - please try to attend.

--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 Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

 

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April 2004

April Meeting

 

Our next PBS meeting will spotlight Craig Coussins, a most talented bonsai artist from Glasgow, Scotland. Craig is visiting local clubs following his appearance at the MidAtlantic Spring Festival. With over 25 years experience in teaching bonsai, Craig has authored three books. He was founder of the Scottish Bonsai Association, and has received an award from the Royal Caledonian Society for his service in promoting bonsai in the United Kingdom.

The program should be an exciting and informative one, and as usual, our artist's demo material will be raffled. (please note that due to space limitations, we ask that you not bring display trees)

Speaker: Craig Coussins - Lecture/Demo

Date: April 23

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

Time: 7:30

February Meeting

 

Our meeting in February featured a discussion and demonstration by Dennis Donald on the topic of tool maintenance. In addition to some valuable methods for keeping tools sharp and well-maintained, Dennis provided some reasons and preferences for doing so.

*Sharp tools enable faster healing of cuts.

*Two sets of tools are useful and desirable- one set for root work and one for pruning.

*A small nail set or ball peen hammer is useful for shears that require tightening.

*Tools should be kept and transported in a tool holder. Loose tools that are allowed to bang against one another are quickly dulled or damaged.

*Stainless steel tools are Dennis' preference, but he cautions that they are a bit more brittle and more difficult to sharpen.

*Tools must be clean before any sharpening is done.

*Power tools can be a boon for cleaning and sharpening, but must be used with care.

*Using a tool appropriate in size for the job at hand is most important.

Tools can break if used to cut something larger than the capacity of the tool. Apple and quince are especially tough woods.

Dennis finished the evening's discussion with a hands-on demonstration of sharpening techniques, giving some new life to some dull tools brought in by PBS members.

Many thanks to Dennis for a most informative and entertaining discussion.

April Workshop

Don Torppa, one of our MidAtlantic speakers, will be conducting a BYO afternoon workshop on April 22. Don is an excellent stylist and an accomplished grower, as well as an experienced instructor. We'll be conducting this workshop at the Brant's home in Royersford from 1pm to 4pm. Workshop size is limited to 8 participants. The workshop fee is $30.00. If you are interested in participatingin the workshop, please call or email Jim or Linda Brant for details and directions.

President's Notes

Hello Members,

The Flower Show was a huge success, I will go over the specifics at our next meeting.

Thanks goes to all who displayed, Roger Lehman, Jim Riley, Dominick Haigh, Allen Slye, John Weiseman, Solita Rosade, John Constantine, Mark Maher, Mike Marinelli, Howard McNeal, Ron Solt and Chase Rosade. Thank you Howard for helping me build and direct the center educational display, and to Ed Coburn, our lighting director and all those that helped with set up Friday evening.

In addition, thanks to all the sitters who kept a watchful eye on our trees and kept them alive by misting and watering them, Jim and Linda Brant for getting all the sitters, and last but not least, Jim Gillespie, keeping me straight on the Latin names of the trees even though I forgot "obtusa" on Chase's Chamaecyparis.

Sorry if I forgot anyone.

Thanks and see you all at our next meeting.

Randy

MidAtlantic Festival 2004

We're looking forward to seeing all of you at 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.

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 - please try to attend.

--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.

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May 2004

May Meeting

Our May meeting brings the return of a very successful program from a few years ago, that of a Bonsai Design Workshop. Members will divide into groups and each group will work cooperatively to design a tree from nursery material. Past workshops of this type have resulted in a great deal of shared knowledge and a tremendous amount of fun. Some very nice trees have resulted from our group efforts. Bring some tools - wire will be furnished. The workshop material will be raffled. Don't forget - exhibit your tree and double your raffle tickets (past workshop trees included).

 

Bonsai Design Workshop

Date: Friday, May 21

Time: 7:30

Location: Room 202, Bright Hall, Ambler

Campus, Temple University

 

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.

April Meeting

Craig Coussins, a talented bonsai artist from Glasgow, Scotland, presented an interesting program for our April meeting. Craig, working with field-grown trident maples, discussed the procedures and problems inherent in preparing such material for use as bonsai.

Craig worked on two tridents, spending the majority of time on one with a triple trunk structure. He stressed the need to remove dense top growth in order to encourage bud break within the tree. He also stressed the need to seal off all cuts, to prevent dieback and disease infiltration. Cut paste will work well for large cuts, and Kiyonal (a cut sealant with a toothpaste-like consistency) is ideal for smaller ones. One suggestion of Craig's with a great deal of merit was to leave a branch below a major cut, which will facilitate faster healing and avoid dieback down the trunk. If no branch is present, it may be helpful to graft in a branch.

Craig likes to major pruning and wiring during the midsummer dormancy, rather than in early spring. He feels that the rapid growth occurring in the spring leads to larger calluses, and that wire scarring can occur more quickly due to that rapid growth.

When pruning work was done on both trees, members were asked to select which tree would be raffled - the overwhelming choice was the triple trunk trident. Thanks to Craig for a very informative discussion.

June Picnic & Auction

This June our annual PBS Picnic and Auction will take place, scheduled for June 27, at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, hosted by Howard McNeal.

Now is the time to start selecting and setting aside items for donation to the auction. Almost anything associated with bonsai is fair game - finished trees, prebonsai, nursery stock, pots, tools, scrolls, wood block prints, soil, wire, books, magazines, and even pins are welcome. The more, the merrier, as they say. Perhaps you have a tree that just doesn't thrill you anymore, or a wonderful pot that never seems to have the right tree to fit in it, or some prebonsai you've just never got around to working with - any of these could be some other person's treasure. Bring it to the auction!!!!

This is our only fund-raiser until June of 2005, so please, help us to continue offering excellent programs in the future by donating generously to the auction. Picnic details will be coming in the June PBS Newsletter.

Election of Officers

We will be electing officers for next year at our June picnic/auction. If you are interested in serving as an officer, nominating someone else to serve, or becoming a member of the nominating committee, please contact David Spirt at 215-646-3433, or dspirt@comcast.net.

September Exhibit

It is time to start getting your trees in shape to join us for the PBS exhibit at the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Last year we had a great turn out, which helped both the Japanese House and PBS.

Who: All members, both new and old alike are requested to bring a tree to display.

When: September 18-19.

The Japanese House was designed by Yoshimura Junzoo, built in 1953 in Nagoya, and presented by the America-Japan Society of Tokyo to the Museum of Modern Art New York for exhibition in 1954-55. It was given to the City of Philadelphia and reassembled at the current site in 1958, with a garden designed by Sano Tansai.

For more information or to sign up for exhibit, contact Mike Marinelli, who coordinating the Japanese House Exhibit, at (609-234-6693) or email: marinelli1156@comcast.net

Exhibits such as the one in the Japanese house allow us to display our efforts at bonsai, as well as inform the general public about the fascinating hobby of bonsai.

May Shohin Exhibit at NBF

Early this May, the shohin bonsai created by Jack Billet and Dorie Froning were showcased in a feature exhibit at the National Bonsai Foundation in Washington, DC. On the last day of the exhibit, a bonsai presentation was given by Dorie to a packed house in the Educational Center.

These two bonsai artists, who have given so much to spread good will and knowledge, surely merit the recognition and thanks they received as a result of the exhibit. Congratulations, Jack and Dorie from all of us in PBS!

MidAtlantic Festival 2004

What a busy weekend! Lots of demonstrations, beautiful bonsai creations, a wonderful exhibit, super sales area, and an enjoyable banquet and auction. These were the element of the 2004 MidAtlantic Spring Festival.

Our headliners, Hiroyoshi Yamaji, Craig Coussins, Kenji Miyata, and Don Torppa, all provided great bonsai tips and techniques, and created spectacular bonsai. Unfortantely, none of the PBS members attending were raffle winners (maybe next year?)

Thanks to Howard McNeal and Randy Naftal for lending their bonsai for the exhibit.

A scrapbook of pictures of the artists and the exhibit may be seen on the MABS website at: http://midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com/

President's Notes

Hello Members,

I apologize for not being able to stay for the demo / lecture we had in April. I am told Craig Coussins did a fine job explaining the workings of deciduous trees. I hope you enjoyed the evening.

The weather is finally warming up! It is nice to see all the green after the winter we had.

We are down to our last two meetings of the season. Our next meeting is one of my favorites, the team workshop. We supply the plant material and four or five teams get together and work on trees as a group. Then we vote for the best tree and raffle the final trees. If you have won one of the past workshop trees, please bring it to the meeting to show the progress. This is a fun one, don't miss it.

See you there,
Randy

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 03/04 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 04/05 indicate dues are paid for the 2004-5 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 19477

You can clip and sendthe form on the right, or pay at the May meeting. PBS dues are among the lowest in the region, with some exceptional member benefits.

--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 Dixon Hall for drop off as the old Entrance road is blocked.

 

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June 2004

June Picnic and Auction

This June brings us to the event many of our members look forward to for months - that of our annual picnic and auction. Let's hope for some sunshine and dry ground this year!!

The day will begin with a program by Susan Amoy, who will discuss the use of succulent plants as bonsai. Susan promises to challenge some of our ideas regarding choice of bonsai material.

Following the program we will enjoy a picnic lunch. PBS will provide hot dogs, rolls, condiments, beverages, and dessert for the picnic. Members are requested to bring a covered dish (hot or cold) to share.

Once everyone has had their fill, our annual auction will be held. Donated items will be sold to the highest bidder. Finished bonsai, prebonsai, nursery stock, pots, tools, books, magazines, or any other bonsai related items are requested from members to help make our 2004-5 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash.

Please join us and share a a great day.. Be sure to bring a lawn chair!!!

 

PBS Annual Picnic & Auction : June 27

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

Susan Amoy: Lecture/Demo 11:30am

Picnic: 12:30-1:30--Auction 1:30

Election of Officers

We will be electing officers for next year at our June picnic/auction. If you are interested in serving as an officer, nominating someone else to serve, or becoming a member of the nominating committee, please contact David Spirt at 215-646-3433, or dspirt@comcast.net.

Meet Susan Amoy

Our speaker this month will be Susan Amoy of Brooklyn, New York. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she has long been interested in the techniques of bonsai as applied to temperate and tropical materials. Upon meeting Mac Wills, who is known for his beautiful succulent garden in Hawaii, and being impressed with the beauty and variety of the succulents that he used, she began to apply bonsai techniques to succulents. Mrs; Amoy has been growing bonsai for 25 years. She has a degree in Visual Arts and a Master's Degree in Sculpture. She is a member of the Friends of Bonsai of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Visit her web site at www.susanamoy.com for a look at her extensive collection and sale items.

September Exhibit

It is time to start getting your trees in shape to join us for the PBS exhibit at the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Last year we had a great turn out, which helped both the Japanese House and PBS.

Who: All members, both new and old alike are requested to bring a tree to display.

When: September 18-19.

For more information or to sign up for exhibit, contact Mike Marinelli, who coordinating the Japanese House Exhibit, at (609-234-6693) or email: marinelli1156@comcast.net

Exhibits such as the one in the Japanese house allow us to display our efforts at bonsai, as well as inform the general public about the fascinating hobby of bonsai.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

Our next meeting will be the picnic. At this years picnic we will be hold elections and we have brought to the table a new President, Mike Marinelli and Vice President, John Constantine, I will remain as Flower Show Chairman. I have served as Vice president for two years and President for eight years, so it is time for change.

Being President of such a prestigious club as been an honor and a joy. The support I have received over the years has been overwhelming. You, the members have a great deal do do with the success of this society. I thank all of you for your contributions and input during my term, you should be proud of yourselves.

What could I say about the PBS Board member? You made my job easy, I just stood up front and received the tomatoes, You put it all together behind the scenes. Thanks for the warmth, the caring and support you have given myself and my family over the years, you are a special group of individuals.

Here's to the next 40!

Randy

In Memory of John Naka
1914-2004

"What I like about bonsai is that it has a beginning but no end. A bud today becomes a branch tomorrow. It is like searching for the rainbow's end; the farther it is pursued, the farther away it is. There are no borders in bonsai. The dove of peace flies to palace as to humble house, to young as to old, to rich and poor. So does the spirit of bonsai." John Naka, 1992, upon receiving a National Heritage Fellowship Award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

John Y. Naka died on May 19, 2004.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:

John Naka Memorial Fund

c/o The National Bonsai Foundation

3501 New York Avenue, N.E.

Washington D.C. 20002.

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 03/04 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 04/05 indicate dues are paid for the 2004-5 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 19477

 

You can clip and send the form on the right, or pay at the picnic. PBS dues are among the lowest in the region, and provide some exceptional member benefits.

Editor's Notes

Please note that a printed newsletter is being sent this month to all members. This is to give each of our members a written reminder to renew dues. Those of you who have elected to receive an email copy will still receive your copy.

If you would like to receive an email copy, which has color photos, please let me know.

Your next newsletter should arrive in early September.

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 2004

September Meeting

We begin our 2004-2005 season with a unique (for PBS) workshop. Our workshop leaders for the evening will be Solita Rosade and Mark Maher. Our topic for this workshop will focus on tropical material. Soli and Mark will offer suggestions, hints, and valuable information regarding your tropical trees. Bring a tree or two that you would like some advice or direction on - this is an opportunity to get some work done with some expert advice on hand. Be sure to bring necessary tools and wire.

Prior to the beginning of each meeting this year, time will be set aside to discuss trees brought in for display, as well as time for providing advice or help with any problems you may be having with your trees. Plan on arriving a bit early if you wish to participate.

Future meeting will continue with double raffle tickets to those members displaying finished bonsai.

Solita Rosade & Mark Maher: Tropical Bonsai Refinement Workshop

Date: Friday, September 17

Time: 7:30

Location: Room 202, Bright Hall, Ambler

Campus, Temple University

PBS Election Results

Election of officers was held at the June Picnic, and the slate presented by our election committee was unanimously accepted. Officers for the 2004-5 Year are as follows:

President - Mike Marinelli

Vice President - John Constantine

Secretary - Linda Brant

Treasurer - H. David Spirt

We would also like to welcome our new Board members:

John Weiseman

Betty Marinelli

John Lyle

Randy Naftal, who most capably served as President for the last few terms (4) will continue as a Board member in the capacity of Immediate Past President, as well as chairing the Flower Show Exhibit.

September Exhibit

Trees are still needed for the PBS exhibit at the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Last year we had a great turn out, which helped both the Japanese House and PBS.

Who: All members, both new and old alike are requested to bring a tree to display.

When: September 18-19. Exhibit hours 11- 5. Set up 9am Sat.

Bonsai demonstration by Randy Naftal, Sunday 1 pm

For more information or to sign up for exhibit, contact Mike Marinelli, who coordinating the Japanese House Exhibit, at (609-234-6693) or email: marinelli1156@comcast.net

Exhibits such as the one in the Japanese house allow us to display our efforts at bonsai, as well as inform the general public about the fascinating hobby of bonsai.

What Will Happen to My Bonsai?

by Linda Brant

Recently, because of the deaths of several prominent bonsai artists, and because of a situation with a close bonsai friend, I have been thinking about what happens to bonsai trees when owner dies or becomes unable to care for them. Too often, we hear horror stories of beautiful trees that are lost forever or severely damaged by neglect in these situations. This topic is even being discussed online, on Bonsai forums.

If you have a relative or close friend who has a deep interest in your trees, you should mentor them and make sure that they understand that you want them to take your trees if you become unable to care for them. If not, consider the following: Recently a member of the Garyu Bonsai Club in Bally, PA passed away, He and his wife made plans before his death and the Garyu members organized by Ron Solt and John Constantine, also PBS members, will be holding an auction of trees, pots, tools, etc. The proceeds are to be donated to Bonsai Clubs International, which is a 501(C)(3) organization and can issue receipts for tax purposes. This gentleman had a desire to help BCI because of his friendship with Ron (BCI Board Member) and Soli Rosade (BCI Past President ), but his widow will also receive tax benefits. Often bonsai are donated to the National Bonsai Foundation for the same reason.

If taxes are not an issue, local clubs can step in and auction or sell the bonsai trees and items for their own benefit. One of our own members left Pennsylvania Bonsai a sum of money several years ago and the money was used to bring in David DeGroot for an entire weekend at a very modest cost to individuals. The money can be used for improved programs, scholarships for members who wish to further study the art of bonsai (California has a program like this) and other club benefits. Sometimes the monies are shared by the club and the estate.

The main benefit to these ideas is that your trees go to "Bonsai people" who have the desire and skill to care for and to improve them. This idea can be expanded further. Pennsylvania Bonsai can begin a "Bonsai Buddy" system. Members can help care for bonsai when you are unable to. Jim and I always leave Randy Naftal's number with our niece when we are away. She knows nothing about bonsai, but if there is a problem (watering system, etc.) she has a number to call for help. If we know that you are having a problem, we can match you up with the nearest PBS member who might be able to lend a hand. Share your thoughts with us through e-mail or at the meetings.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

Let me start off by saying "Thank You" for the vote of confidence in being your new president. I'm truly looking forward to working with the board and the membership on growing the club and bringing meaningful programs which will help both the new and experienced member. Now that will be a worthwhile task over the next year.

For this to work I will need input from all, now how do you do that?

Contact me by:
Phone &endash; (609) 234-6694
E-mail &endash; marinelli1156@comcast.net
Web Site &endash; www.bonsaimm.com

About me:

I'm 48 years old,
Born in Phila.,
Married for 30 years,
6 kids and now 6 grandkids,
Spent 6 years in the Air Force,
I'm a software engineering manager,
Been involved with Bonsai since 1974,
Live in Pemberton, NJ.

We will need all of your support with the Japanese Tea House Exhibit, September 18 & 19. This is one way for the club to help both the community and the club.

Last, we all need to say "Thank You" to our outgoing president, Randy. He gave of himself for eight years, more than any one deserves.

Mike M.

Seasonal Tips

This week is the last time you should fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Doing so any later in the season could cause budding which will not have a chance to harden off before winter, thus causing dieback at the very least. Any fertilization beyond the first weeks of September should be as low as possible in nitrogen - fish emulsion, liquid seaweed, etc. (nitrogen is the first number given on the label, ex. 5-10-10) If your trees are like mine, this summer has been a battleground with funguses, due to the long rainy periods. Be especially careful in the coming months to use a good fungicide to eradicate problems before the trees go into winter storage.

The extended rains have also caused an explosion of moss. While moss on the soil surface is pretty, it soon will be crawling up the trunk if you're not vigilant. Once on the trunk, the mosture retained by the moss can harbor fungus spores, insect eggs, or cause the onset of rot. Use a toothbrush or soft brass-bristled brush to remove it

MidAtlantic News

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival will be held April 15-17, 2005. The Festival will feature four great bonsai artists; Hatsuji Kato (Japan), David Prescott (UK), Cheryl Manning (CA), and Andy Smith (ND). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend festival. Please keep in mind when making your spring plans that our participation in MidAtlantic directly benefits PBS monetarily. Income from MABS along with that from our Spring Auction , allows us to provide quality programs and events for our members.

Coming Events

September 10 - 12……2004 Symposium "Cultivated Bonsai" - Rochester NY.

September 18-19.....PBS Exhibit & Demonstrations - Japanese House Fairmont Park, Philadelphia

September 24 - October 1 - BCI Taiwan Bonsai & Suiseki Tour - Taipei, Taiwan

September 30 - Oct 3.....International Stone Appreciation Symposium - Grantville, PA

October 9-10.....Bonsai Open House - Rosade Bonsai Studio

October 16.....Bonsai Open House - Nature's Way

October 31.....Estate Auction to benefit BCI- Bonsai, tools, pots, etc. - Location TBA

November 6-7.....Bonsai Exhibit - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Longwood Gardens

Check the PBS web site - http://pabonsai.org for updates and details in advance

Future Meetings

October 15- Peter Adams

November 19 - Howard McNeal

December 10 - Chase Rosade - Holiday Party

Members' Updates

Jack Billet is serving as a Director of the National Bonsai Foundation.

Linda Brant has been elected as President of Bonsai Clubs International.

Dorie Froning is serving as a Director of the National Bonsai Foundation.

Chase Rosade is serving as Vice President of the North American Bonsai Federation.

Solita Rosade is serving as Treasurer and Director of the World Bonsai Friendship Fedration.

Jerry Stowell has published a children's book on Bonsai and is presently serving as a Director of

the National Bonsai Foundation.

Dues Notice

If your address label has an 03/04 on it, this will be your last newsletter, as our records show your dues are not current. Please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible.Labels displaying an 04/05 indicate dues are paid for the 2004-5 year.

Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

You can clip and send the form on the right, or pay at the September meeting. PBS dues are among the lowest in the region, and provide some exceptional member benefits.

Editor's Notes

Each of the last two years' newsletters has contained a plea to sign up for the electronic version of the PBS newsletter. The constant rise in postal rates makes it increasingly expensive to mail our newsletter. An electronic version can be sent at no cost, and has the additional benefit of saving your editor from printing, folding, stamping, pasting address labels, and driving to the post office. The electronic version can contain color, which is just too darn expensive to have printed on paper.

If you are already on the e-list, your newsletter will continue to arrive by email - if you would like to begin to receive your newsletter by email, just drop me an email.

--Directions to Ambler Campus--

From PA Turnpike-Exit 26 to rt. 309 N.--Use Susquehanna Rd. exit--Turn Left ontoSusquehanna 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 1/4mi. 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.

 

 

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October 2004

October Meeting

This October, we have a lecture/demonstration scheduled featuring a well know bonsai artist, Peter Adams. Peter last visited PBS in 1997. He has authored numerous books on bonsai which have been very well received. His trees are in many private collections as well as in the National Collection in England. He has won gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and acted as an advisor on bonsai to the Royal Horticultural Society in London. Throughout his pursuit of the fine arts (he holds a post-graduate degree in painting from the Royal Academy Schools in London), Adams always maintained an interest in bonsai. Now residing in Washington state, Adams continues to travel and lecture on his favorite subject. He is best known for his work with Japanese maple, larch and juniper. Peter's demo material will be raffled, and those members displaying a finished bonsai will receive double raffle tickets. Sounds like a great evening - good speaker, good bonsai, and good friends. Come a little early for a discussion of display trees or any bonsai concerns.

Lecture/Demo: Peter Adams

Date: Friday, October 15

Time: 7:30

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

September Meeting
by John Constantine

PBS member and international bonsai artist Solita Rosade presented the program for our September meeting. Solita first gave a slide presentation of care and development of tropical bonsai. The program showed many high quality bonsai and detailed care, maintenance, and development of tropical bonsai. Solita told us that she likes to put her tropicals outside in the summer and pretty much let them just grow. She then trims them back in late summer or early fall just before bringing them back inside. Solita says that tropicals can adapt to different situation. It just takes time. She mentioned bringing her bonsai from her native Columbia to Bucks County as an example. She noted that once you bring your tropical bonsai into the house for winter to avoid moving them around. Let them settle into one location. While in the house the trees should be put onto humidity trays and misted as often as possible.

Solita then gave members advice on styling and development of the tropical bonsai that they brought to the meeting. Thanks Soli, for an informative and entertaining evening.

BCI Taiwan Tour

The trip of a lifetime hardly describes the BCI-sponsored tour of Taiwan. Over one hundred persons had the opportunity to view world-class bonsai and suiseki exhibits, travelling by tour bus to each venue. Chase and Solita Rosade, along with Linda and myself, were greeted warmly at each stop. Linda, in her role as BCI president, received a royal welcome at each stop, exchanging gifts and greetings with each local group.

Each exhibit was extremely well staged. The bonsai were for the most part, very large, some of which were likely "six-man" trees. There were a few exquisite shohin displays at each stop, also. The suiseki exhibits were diverse - some with large, rounded rose stones, some with "picture" stones, and some with traditional suiseki displays. We were especially delighted by the object stones on display.

Over thirty nations were represented at the convention and tour, so many international friendships were made or renewed. No matter where each tour member came from, the beautiful scenery of central and southern Taiwan made a lasting impression, as did the wonderful bonsai and suiseki exhibits. The warmth and friendliness of the Taiwanese people made this trip memorable.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

 

Boy, what a time we had at the Japanese Tea House this last month (September 18 & 19).

If you missed the setup on Saturday then you were nice and dry, but if you missed it on Sunday then you missed one of the better settings for a Bonsai display anywhere in the area. We had about 18 trees on display from our club and all were just great. Trees were displayed by the following artists: Betty Marinelli, Chase Rosade, Frank Rechner, Jim Gillespie, John Constantine, John Lyle, Linda Brant, Mike Marinelli, Philip Carroll, Randy Naftal, Ron Solt, Jim Brant, and Walter Scott.

This was a very good showing for both our club and the Japanese House. There were about 400 people who came through to look at the display and a large number who showed an interest in Bonsai. We also had two different Bonsai demos which were provided by Randy Naftal and myself. We had a full house for each of the demos.

Hopefully in upcoming years the weather will be better and this will become a major Bonsai display. Thanks to all in the club who participated.

Your President:

Mike Marinelli

Future Meetings

November 19 - Howard McNeal

December 10 - Chase Rosade - Holiday Party

January 15 - Exhibit Tree workshop - Old Mill Studio

Upcoming Events

October 9 - MABS Board meeting - New Hanover

October 9-10.....Bonsai Open House - Rosade Bonsai Studio

October 16.....Bonsai Open House - Nature's Way

October 31.....Estate Auction to benefit BCI- Bonsai, tools, pots, etc. -

November 6-7.....Bonsai Exhibit - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Longwood Gardens

MidAtlantic News

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival will be held April 15-17, 2005. The Festival will feature four great bonsai artists; Hatsuji Kato (Japan), David Prescott (UK), Cheryl Manning (CA), and Andy Smith (ND). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend festival. The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO.

Please keep in mind when making your spring plans that our participation in MidAtlantic directly benefits PBS monetarily. Income from MABS along with that from our Spring Auction , allows us to provide quality programs and events for our members.

Seasonal Tips

Leaves are beginning to turn and to fall. Inspect your trees for any egg cases or other problems. Soon the azaleas will need fall work, as well as your pines. Check carefully for any wire that should be removed.

With all the rain that's fallen, weeds may be out of control in your bonsai. Take the time to remove as many as possible prior to winter storage - you'll do a lot less weeding in the spring as a result. Watering will be cut down considerably in the coming days. The trees will need only enough to keep the soil from going bone-dry.

Make up some tags for trees to help you to remember which ones need winter and early spring work. Use different colors to designate those needing repotting, and those needing wiring or pruning.

--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.

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November 2004

 November Meeting

November's meeting will feature a lecture demonstration by Howard McNeal. Howard is a Life member of PBS, and has served as President as well as Chairman of the Flower Show Exhibit. He is proprietor of The Old Mill Bonsai Studio in Honeybrook, and has developed an outstanding collection of bonsai. Howard's interest in bonsai began in the 1950's while he was stationed in Japan. Upon his return to the US, his interest grew, and he began reading and learning all that he could. As his present trees will attest, he has learned his lessons very well - his collection regularly draws bonsai enthusiasts and garden clubs from a wide area.

Howard's demo material will be an old collected juniper. His emphasis will be on refining collected material. This tree is for demonstration only, so another tree will be raffled. As usual, bring a tree for display and double your raffle tickets.

Lecture/Demo: Howard McNeal

Date: Friday, November 19

Time: 7:30

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

October Meeting

Our October meeting was a "Voyage of Discovery" led by our visiting bonsai artist Peter Adams. Our attention was drawn to his demonstration piece , a well developed pitch pine from Jerry Stowell's collection. The tree had been collected and in training since the 60's, and in excellent health, a point which Peter stressed as necessary for any styling work. The tree had a strong root base and branches in good positions.

Peter shared his philosophy regarding demonstrations such as this, which is to work in bold strokes, creating a framework for future refinement. He feels that aiming for a fine finished tree in one evening is detrimental to the health of the tree, and that refinement is a on-going process, to be stretched over a number of growing seasons, in stages, giving the tree time to rest between stylings.

After a needle pluck which Peter feels is necessary to encourage back-budding, unnecessary branches were removed and major branches were wired into position. Peter added to his viewpoint that doing what the tree will allow at this point will result in the tree catching up rapidly with one that has had much more finished work done on it.

Proper feeding of the tree will encourage both back-budding and twigginess, and Peter is sold on seaweed and kelp as fertilizer. Both contain cytokinin, which is a secondary growth hormone that encourages budding and ramification.. This regeneration is also encouraged by proper soil and light. Peter's soil mix for his area is 70% coarse, light sand and 30% organic components.

Viewing Peter's impressive sketch of the tree after further development left us with the conviction that Peter has an excellent perception of the level of refinement the tree can reach in a few short years.

Chase Rosade who won the raffle, is envied by those of us not so fortunate - Peter's work demonstrated his artistry. Thanks to Peter for a most informative and enjoyable evening.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

I have a couple of items this month to talk about:

It was a good meeting with Peter Adams. Iit was the first time I have seen him and I wasn't disappointed. I know he is a very talented Bonsai artist, but he is also just as talented of an artist. His sketches of trees were unbelievable. Mr. Rosade,who won the raffle for the demo. tree and sketch is very lucky. It was a very good meeting and we had a good turnout.

As you seen, we have now started a Silent Action at each meeting. We will try to have it set up before the meeting, so when you come in look for it. The silent auction will end some time after the break for some lucky person.

This next meeting we have our very own Howard McNeal from the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, Honeybrook, PA. If you are new or old to our club you don't want to miss Howard. He always impresses us with his knowledge of Bonsai and his sincerity.

Now is the time to start to think about the Philadelphia Flower Show. Look at your trees as you prepare them for winter storage. We are looking to upgrade the trees in the show this coming year. We are having a brand new display built this year, and it will be very special. See Randy Naftal, our Flower Show Coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show.

If you are like me, you have relatives and loved ones asking you what they can get you as a Holiday gift. What about a registration to the MidAtlantic Bonsai Society (MABS)? They can give you the gift of Bonsai knowledge and friendship which you receive at the Spring Festival. Mark it in your calendar for the weekend of April 15-17, 2005 to be their. Did you know that our very own Jim Brant is the current president of the MABS.

In keeping with the election season:

I'm Mike Marinelli and I have approved this message.

Future Meetings

December 10 - Chase Rosade - Holiday Party

January 15 - Exhibit Tree workshop - Old Mill Studio

Feb 18 - TBA

Upcoming Events

December 4-5 - Nature's Way Nursery - Holiday Open House www.natureswaybonsai.com

December 5 - Rosade Bonsai Studio - Holiday Open House - www.rosadebonsai.com

MidAtlantic News

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival will be held April 15-17, 2005. The Festival will feature four great bonsai artists; Hatsuji Kato (Japan), David Prescott (UK), Cheryl Manning (CA), and Andy Smith (ND). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend festival.

The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO. Hatsugi Kato will conduct a BYO Workshop. David Prescott's workshop will feature well-developed San Jose junipers. Cheryl Manning's workshop features shohin "itogiawa" Shimpaku juniper material. Andy Smith's workshop is a very popular phoenix graft (tanuki) workshop using Black Hills Spruce. All of the workshops are very reasonably priced.

Please keep in mind when making your spring plans that our participation in MidAtlantic directly benefits PBS monetarily. Income from MABS along with that from our Spring Auction , allows us to provide quality programs and events for our members.

Seasonal Tips

Most of the leaves have now fallen, given the rain and wind of the last few days, ending what has been a spectacular display of fall foliage. I can't remember when the bonsai have had such great fall color. Many bonsai enthusiasts have commented that their trees are spectacular this year. We wish that we could have that sort of color every year. I found an article in a local paper that may explain the variances in fall color from year to year.

Fast Facts About Fall Leaf Color

Fertile soil enhances the intensity of reds in leaves

The more light a leaf is exposed to, the more likely it is to turn red

Weather conditions most favorable to brilliant color are warm, sunny days followed by cool nights with temperatures below 45 degrees (but not freezing).

Rainy or cloudy days near "peak coloration time" will dampen the intensity of fall color by limiting photosynthesis.

Freezing temperatures and heavy frost kill the brilliance of fall color by severely injuring leaves before pigments are fully developed.

Maybe we can use these facts in the future to enhance our fall displays.

Winter storage is another concern we should be addressing later this month. Moss should be removed, trees checked for wire that is binding, and winter shelter should be readied. Wind is the primary enemy of winter survival, so be sure that adequate protection is given. Be sure that bonsai are thoroughly watered before being put into outside winter storage - water on a warmer day to ensure proper soaking. Once the soil is frozen, little water can be absorbed. On warmer winter days, check to see if watering is necessary. Bonsai kept in an warmer enclosed space require more frequent checking - trees can dry out very rapidly in an unheated garage or shed.

--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.

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December 2004

 December Meeting

This month's meeting focuses on our annual Holiday Celebration, and one of the features of this meeting is the Holiday raffle, in which surprise after surprise awaits the lucky ticket holders. Who knows what terrific bonsai book, tool, pot, or accessory is hidden within the bright wrappings? Who will be the lucky recipient of the MidAtlantic registration? Who can figure out what package it is hidden in? Our program for the evening will be a presentation of travel videos by Chase Rosade, who will share with us some of the wonderful bonsai collections, exhibits, and nursuries he has visited in the Far East.

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!

Holiday Social and Raffle

Date: Friday, December 10

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.

No exhibit trees this month, please. We need room for all the gifts!! (No double tickets this month.)

November Meeting

The November program featured Pennsylvania Bonsai's own Howard McNeal. Howard is the owner of Old Mill Bonsai in Honeybrook, PA. He maintains a personal collection of bonsai, which features many old and many newly created specimen bonsai. Howard became interested in the art while serving in the Orient during the Korean War. He spend a year in Japan where he observed how bonsai were grown and created there. After returning home, he began his lifetime hobby, giving his own unique style to his trees.

For his demo, he chose a Juniperus procumbens which had been staked. He decided to create a literati style bonsai out of the three graceful trunks. After discussing literati style with the audience and giving some interesting facts for background, Howard began to work. The slender trunks had been supported by thick wooden stakes, but with the help of able assistant, Randy Naftal, Howard wired them so that they would support themselves. He created a tall, sinuous bonsai with gentle bends. While placing the branches, Howard commented that he always tries to achieve a "pleasing shape". He suggested that Epsom salts and lime, applied once a growing season, greatly benefits the development of junipers.

At the end of this informative demonstration, lucky raffle winner, Paul Krasner, took home the literati. Good luck with the constant pinching, Paul. Hopefully in the future we will see this potted in the shallow, round pot that Howard recommended.

President's Notes

I have a couple of items this month to share:

It is that time of year again with the end of another year of Bonsai, time to move the trees into their winter home. I had some friends over today to help clean them up and move each of them into storage. I have about 50 trees and some of them are fairly large (about 80 lbs). After two hours of moving and another two to go, I got to think about the people who have a collection of small Bonsai. They can clean and move all of there trees in a half an hour and store them in a shoe box. But the session is not over, there are tools which need cleaning, books to read, plans to be made for the spring Bonsai shows, and to find the perfect tree to display in this coming Flower Show.

We are not long for our current meeting location at the Amber campus. The PBS board is actively looking for a new meeting location. Stay tuned to future newsletters for more details. You don't want to lose us, nor do we want to lose you.

This next meeting (our Holiday Meeting) we have our very own Chase Rosade from Rosade Bonsai Studio, New Hope, Pa. He will be sharing images of his trip this summer to Taiwan as part of the Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). If you are new or old to our club you don't want to miss this meeting. If this is your first Holiday meeting with us you will get to experience our special Bonsai Gift Auction, which includes a registration to the Mid Atlantic Bonsai Societies (MABS) Spring Festival.

For our January 2005 meeting we will be at Howard McNeal's, at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, Honeybrook, PA - (610) 942-2602. This meeting will be to work on your tree for the Phila. Flower Show. Look at your trees as you prepare them for winter storage. We are having a brand new display built this year, it will be very special. See Randy Naftal our flower show coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show.

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

Future Meetings

January 15 - Exhibit Tree workshop - Old Mill Studio

Feb 18 - TBA

March 6-13 - Philadelphia Flower Show -PBS Exhibit

Upcoming Events

March 6-13 - Philadelphia Flower Show - http://www.theflowershow.com

April 15-17 - MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies 2005 Spring Festival - East Hanover, NJ - http://midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com/

May 28-31 - World Bonsai Convention - Washington DC. - http://www.bonsai-wbff.org/wbc5/main.htm

MidAtlantic News

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival will be held April 15-17, 2005. The Festival will feature four great bonsai artists; Hatsuji Kato (Japan), David Prescott (UK), Cheryl Manning (CA), and Andy Smith (ND). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend festival.

The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO. Hatsugi Kato will conduct a BYO Workshop. David Prescott's workshop will feature well-developed San Jose junipers. Cheryl Manning's workshop features shohin "itogiawa" Shimpaku juniper material. Andy Smith's workshop is a very popular phoenix graft (tanuki) workshop using Black Hills Spruce. All of the workshops are very reasonably priced.

Please keep in mind when making your spring plans that our participation in MidAtlantic directly benefits PBS monetarily. Income from MABS along with that from our Spring Auction , allows us to provide quality programs and events for our members.

Seasonal Tips

We should concern ourselves with winter storage - hopefully you've begun to put the trees into storage. Moss should be removed, trees checked for wire that is binding, and winter shelter should be readied. Wind is the primary enemy of winter survival, so be sure that adequate protection is given. Direct sunlight can also cause problems, so try to site your storage so the trees aren't exposed to direct southern light. Be sure that bonsai are thoroughly watered before being put into outside winter storage - water on a warmer day to ensure proper soaking. Once the soil is frozen, little water can be absorbed. On warmer winter days, check to see if watering is necessary.

Bonsai kept in an warmer enclosed space require more frequent checking - trees can dry out very rapidly in an unheated garage or shed. Be sure to have adaquete air circulation when storing trees inside. It's OK if soil freezes in inside storage, then water requirements are lessened. If any repotting is done over the winter, it is imperative that the tree be kept from freezing. If it does, the tender roots will be damaged and the tree will die.

--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.

 

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