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January 2005

December Meeting

Many thanks to Chase Rosade for sharing his photos of the Kokofu-ten Bonsai Exhibit in Japan. Despite the rain (again) we had a good turnout to view the beautiful bonsai pictures, hear Chase's comments and descriptions, and to share in all the Holiday goodies. We had a huge number of items for our Holiday Raffle and it was a real challenge finding the hidden MidAtlantic registration among all the other neat gifts. That raffle was won by Ralph Zimmerman - who will receive a free full registration to the 2005 MidAtlantic Festival - congratulations, Ralph!

Special thanks go to Soli and Chase Rosade for supplying, and wrapping the large number of raffle gifts. A great time was had by all, and wouldn't it be nice to have a special plane to take the whole society to Japan for one of the big bonsai exhibits?

January Workshop

Preparations for the 2005 Flower Show will begin on January 15th with our Flower Show Workshop to be held at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio. We need trees for the exhibit, so if you feel that you would like to participate, bring a tree. If you just want to observe or help, be sure to come, too. All members are welcome.

Lunch will be supplied. Bring a tree to be worked on and prepared for the Flower Show. Please bring a stand that you feel is appropriate for the display. If you have a tree that needs some "help" bring it along and get some advice on styling or refinement. Please join us for a fun and informative workshop.

Date: Saturday, January 15

Exhibit Workshop - Host: Howard McNeal

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

Time: 10am -2:30 pm

WE'RE MOVING!!

For some time, our attendance has been declining, and upon investigation, we began to learn that many of you were not completely satisfied with our Temple Ambler venue. As a result, the Board has decided to make a move to a new location for our meetings, that of the Greater Plymouth Community Center.

The Center's location is such that it is very easy to get to from almost any spot in the Delaware Valley - the Center is located one mile from Plymouth Meeting, which is the intersection of the Blue Route, the PA Turnpike, and the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike.

Parking is located right in front of the entrance, the building is only one story, and carts are available immediately at the entrance for those needing them to transport trees.

The facility is clean and modern, with rooms appropriate for either lecture/demonstrations or workshops. Our first meeting at this new facility will be in February - Next month's newsletter will include maps and specific directions.

The PBS Board hopes that you share their excitement in locating such a convenient, accessible, and secure facility for future meetings.

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

Registration forms for the 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 15-17, 2005, should have arrived. . 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.

Be sure to register early, particularly if you wish to enrol in workshops or critiques, as they fill up very quickly.

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.

Philadelphia Flower Show

Let's start planning for the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show, March 6-13, 2005. 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.

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 2005

February Meeting

Punxsutawney Phil may have doomed us to six more weeks of winter, but our February speaker, Arthur Skolnik, promises to help break winter's gloom.

Arthur was born and raised in Canada.  He has lived in Toronto since 1989 and previous to that, in Montreal for 12 years.  His educational background is biology and psychology.

When he was between jobs in 1980, he saw a (life altering) display of newly imported Bonsai from Japan at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.  He read everything he could find on the subject, took a workshop, practiced, then opened a Bonsai business in Montreal. In 1984 he was invited to live and work with a Bonsai grower in Shikoku, Japan.

His video, "The Growing Art of Bonsai", is considered by many as being the best English language video on the market. Currently he has several more projects in development. He has lectured and demonstrated on Bonsai, Viewing Stones and Japanese Gardens for local and international Bonsai and horticultural societies, TV and radio stations, in English and French. He was a Director of the Montreal Bonsai Society, Vice President of the Toronto Bonsai Society, and served on the Board of Directors of Bonsai Clubs International.

Arthur has contributed to many international publications including 'International Bonsai', 'Bonsai Magazine' (BCI), 'The North American Viewing Stone Society', 'Bonsai' (the British Bonsai Magazine), and the Journals of the Swedish and Belgian Bonsai Societies.  Three of his favorite Viewing Stones have been accepted into a permanent display at the US National Arboretum in Washington,  D.C.  At the BCI convention in 1996 in D.C. he won the Rosade  "Excellence in Design" award for his Shohin Bonsai display.

Combining a fine sense of humor with considerable bonsai talent, Arthur's program promises to be both informative and entertaining.

Speaker: Arthur Skolnik - Lecture/Demo

Dates: February 18

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

New Meeting Location!!

 

Our February meeting will be the first of what we hope will be many at the Greater Plymouth Community Center. The PBS Board hopes that this facility will overcome what we felt were shortcomings of the Temple meeting site.

The Community Center is all on one floor, with easy access and a very short distance from the well-lit parking area. Carts are available right inside the main entrance for moving bonsai , if needed. Meeting rooms are bright, comfortable , and clean, with table if needed for workshops.

Travel to the Center should be fairly direct for most members. The Center is located approximately one mile west of the intersection of the Blue Route and the Pa Turnpike at Plymouth Meeting. Look for a sign on the corner of Jolly Rd. and Germantown Pike.

Please note the change in meeting times!! Due to time restrictions of the Center, we must be finished with our mettings at 10:00, so in order to give ourselves enough time to complete our programs, it will be necessary to start at 7:00.

Please try to make the February meeting and let us know what you think of the Community Center as a more permanent meeting site.

Flower Show Notes

by Randy Naftal - Flower Show Exhibit Chairman

We have a new exhibit this year at the Flower Show! After many years of using the same exhibit, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has built us a new one. This one features stand alone modular units with moon gates. They are painted a light tan with beautiful cherry stained trim, cedar shake roofs and with built in track lighting. We will also feature a tori gate with a selected tree each year to be displayed under the gate. As usual we are sure to be the talk of the show.

Randy

January Workshop

Preparations for the 2005 Flower Show Exhibit began at the January Flower Show Workshop. A good number of members showed up, despite the cold, and spent the morning and early afternoon preparing trees for exhibit in March. While some members only wanted advice on their trees, others were busy trimming, wiring, cleaning pots, or otherwise get things in show condition. Many thanks to Howard McNeal for hosting the workshop.

President's Notes

Happy New Year!

Hope this finds both you and your family in good health.

If you missed the last meeting, you missed the news that we are moving. Yes, we're moving and it is about time (and the rain is not coming with us). So please don't forget and move with us. If you haven't been there yet, it is a nice upgrade for us.

Date will be February 18, 2005.
Time is NEW - 7:00 pm
Location is the Greater Plymouth Community Center http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org
Program will be by Arthur Skolnik

The January meeting was held at Howard McNeal's, at his Old Mill Bonsai Studio. This meeting was to work on our trees for the Phila. Flower Show (PFS) in March. If you missed it we all had a great time at Howard's. We are having a brand new display built this year, it will be very special.

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

Future Meetings

Feb 18 - Lecture/Demo - Arthur Skolnik

March 6-13 - Philadelphia Flower Show -PBS Exhibit

April 22 - Lecture/Demo - Andy Smith

May 20 - Lecture/ Demo - Ted Matson

June 12 - Annual Picnic & Auction

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, April 15-17, 2005 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.

The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO. Hatsuji 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. Funds from MABS, along with those from our Spring Auction , allow us to provide quality programs and events for our membership.

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 610-277-4312

 

 

 

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March 2005

This month's meeting will feature a BYO Workshop aimed especially at those members who are looking for advice or some help with their trees. Some of our more experienced members will be available to lend a hand or to share some advice. Wiring and pruning techniques will be the primary focus of the evening, although bonsai care, styling, and maintenance can also be addressed. Many times, a tree that you just can't figure out what to do with, becomes a real vehicle for learning. others advice can often reveal hitherto unknown possibilities - a change of front, or change of angle, removing or bending a branch, etc.

The evening should be lots of fun, with a great opportunity to learn or to share ideas - whether you are a beginner or an experienced bonsaist, there's something to learn, always.

Be sure to bring the tools, wire, and supplies that you'll need for the evening. Share your knowledge or questions - bring your enthusiasm.

 

Meeting Topic: BYO Workshop -

Date: March 25, 2005

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, Plymouth Meeting

Time: 7:00

New Meeting Location!!

 

Our February meeting will be the first of what we hope will be many at the Greater Plymouth Community Center. The PBS Board hopes that this facility will overcome what we felt were shortcomings of the Temple meeting site.

The Community Center is all on one floor, with easy access and a very short distance from the well-lit parking area. Carts are available right inside the main entrance for moving bonsai , if needed. Meeting rooms are bright, comfortable , and clean, with table if needed for workshops.

Travel to the Center should be fairly direct for most members. The Center is located approximately one mile west of the intersection of the Blue Route and the Pa Turnpike at Plymouth Meeting. Look for a sign on the corner of Jolly Rd. and Germantown Pike.

Please note the change in meeting times!! Due to time restrictions of the Center, we must be finished with our mettings at 10:00, so in order to give ourselves enough time to complete our programs, it will be necessary to start at 7:00.

Please try to make the February meeting and let us know what you think of the Community Center as a more permanent meeting site.

Flower Show Exhibit

It's difficult to describe the excitement and enthusiasm that was expressed in comments from the public who were viewing our new exhibit for the first time. The imposing Tori Gate provided a perfect backdrop for family photos. Howard McNeal's dramatic juniper was the centerpiece of the display, attracting a great deal of attention.

Exhibit Chairman Randy Naftal spent long hours planning and conferring with the Horticultural Society to create this exceptional exhibit, one of which all of us can be justifiably proud.

February Meeting

The February meeting was the first at our new meeting location, and the turnout was very good. Most members were very pleased with the new facility. We found a clean, bright, and comfortable area where we could listen to our guest speaker, Arthur Skolnik. Arthur described his demo material, a Tsukomo cypress, as more forgiving than Hinoki, able to break back (to a degree). Arthur stressed that in designing a bonsai, one should capitalize on its good points, and disguise those which are bad. He calls this his "recipe for bonsai". He also pointed out several important concepts; that branch placement is much more important in design than is nebari, taper is important in both the trunk and the branches, branches close to the trunk lend a sense of height, and branches should have movement in two planes. Specific tips for cypress included; using scissors for rough foliage pruning and finger pinching for final effect, keep the top open and airy to allow lower branches to develop and strengthen.

We all had an informative and enjoyable evening, thanks to Arthur's interesting perspective. Raffle winner for the evening - Solita Rosade who promises to finish all the tiny little detail wiring (maybe in the March workshop?). Congratulations, Soli.

 

Flower Show Notes

A huge THANK YOU to all of our Flower Show sitters. We had an outstanding response this year and it was very rewarding to see so many members involved. Special thanks to those who volunteered for more than one sitting and to those who made last minute changes to cover the schedule when changes were needed. We hope that you all enjoyed your sitting experience at the PBS exhibit.

 

Linda & Jim

 

President's Notes

Think Spring!

I'm writing this to you in the hope and knowledge that Spring is right around the corner, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT.

If you missed the last meeting, you missed the new place. Thanks, to all who came out to the new location and made the first meeting such a success. We had a great turnout for the first meeting. Remember the start time is now 7:00 sharp.

This upcoming meeting will be a hands-on workshop. You are the guest speaker for the meeting, bring a tree and tools/wire. There will be people to help give that special touch to your tree for Spring.

Our new Pennsylvania Flower Show exhibit was...... WOW!!! Randy sure did a fantastic job with the Hort. Society getting as nice an exhibit as this one. Thanks to Randy from all of us for his hard work.

Don't miss the MABS Festival, April 15-17 in East Hanover, NJ. Come for the day or the weekend but just don't miss it!

 

Think Spring!

Mike Marinelli

 

Future Meetings

March 6-13 - Philadelphia Flower Show -PBS Exhibit

April 22 - Lecture/Demo - Andy Smith

May 20 - Lecture/ Demo - Ted Matson

June 12 - Annual Picnic & Auction

Upcoming Events

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, April 15-17, 2005 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.

The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO. Hatsuji 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. As of press time, there were still a few openings in the critiques. These critiques are an excellent learning experience.

The exhibit showcases trees from each of the member clubs, some of the finest in the area - well worth the trip in itself.

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

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 610-277-4312

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April 2005

April Meeting

 April's guest artist is Andrew Smith, a professional Forester in the ponderosa pine forests of South Dakota's Black Hills. Andy became "obsessed" with bonsai more than ten years ago when his wife bought him a small juniper Bonsai from K-Mart. He almost immediately began collecting wild material that he discovered while at work. He currently collects about 400 trees per year from the wild, which he sells through his Golden Arrow Bonsai Studio. His knowledge of collecting techniques is well documented, and he has produced a video documenting his collecting techniques.

Andy, when he's not working in the woods, or working on bonsai, writes an outdoor column for a local newspaper, The Rapid City Journal. He has also authored articles for both the ABS and BCI publications as well as for International Bonsai magazine.

Andy will be styling a Ponderosa pine, along with giving some real first -hand tips on care and refinement of the ponderosa. This promises to be an interesting and informative evening. As usual, the finished demo material will be raffled, and you can double your chances in the raffle by displaying a finished bonsai.

 

Guest Artist - Andrew Smith - Lecture/ Demo

Date: April 22

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

March Meeting

 

Our March workshop was well-attended, with a real variety of material brought in for work. Sizes varied from small to some fairly large trees. A great variety of species were represented from Japanese maples to pines to ficus.

Our "senior" members were busy giving advice and tips on development, styling, refinement, maintenance , and potting. It must be stated that no trees were harmed in the making of this workshop!

The evening went by very quickly, and when all the pruning scraps were swept up, some potentially great trees left the building.

Thanks to all who participated in making this meeting a success.

President's Notes

Busy, Busy.....

What a very busy time of the year if you're into Bonsai. Many items to do, first getting out the trees from their winter home, then with re-potting about a third of your trees, pruning, and wiring. Then come the Bonsai shows. This year we have both the MABS (Apr. 15-17), then we have the World Bonsai Convention (May 28-31). It is busy, but I love it all.

If you missed the last meeting, then you missed getting a head start on your trees. Everyone who came out had a tree which was pruned, wired, or both for this spring. Thanks to all who came out to make the meeting another success.

Remember the start time is now 7:00 sharp.

Don't miss the MABS Spring Festival, April 15-17 in East Hanover, NJ. Come for the day or the weekend but just don't miss it!

Think Spring!

Mike Marinelli

Get Well Wishes

We were very saddened to learn that Ernesta Ballard was stricken with a stroke recently. Mrs. Ballard is one of our founding members, and remains active with bonsai and other horticultural interests. We wish her a speedy recovery. Those wishing to send a note or a card may do so to:

Mrs. Ernesta Ballard, 600 Cathedral Rd. - L106, Philadelphia, PA 19128

 

Future Meetings

 

May 20 - Lecture/ Demo - Ted Matson

June 12 - Annual Picnic & Auction

An Invitation

The Garyu Bonsai Society cordially invites members of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society to attend their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. The speaker will be Cheryl Manning of California who is appearing at MidAtlantic on the previous weekend. Since both organizations are MidAtlantic member clubs, this will allow members of each club to see two MidAtlantic speakers; Cheryl Manning on the 20th and Andy Smith at the PBS meeting on Friday, April 22nd. The Garyu Bonsai Society will meet at Solt Water Gardens, 85 Greenhouse Lane, Barto ( off rt 100), PA at 7 p.m. Please remember that only members of the home club are eligible to participate in raffles. Call Ron Solt (610-845-0185) or email Linda Brant (lbrant@comcast.net) for directions.

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 15-17, 2005 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.

The workshops this year will be exciting and diverse - 3 materials-supplied and 1 BYO. Hatsuji 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. As of press time, there were still a few openings in the critiques and some of the workshops. If you wish to participate in a workshop, check at the registration desk when you arrive - there may still be openings. The exhibit showcases trees from each of the member clubs, some of the finest in the area - well worth the trip in itself.

Please keep in mind when making your spring plans that our participation in MidAtlantic directly benefits PBS monetarily. Funds from MABS, along with those from our Spring Auction , allow us to provide quality programs and events for our membership. Hope to see you there!!

 

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 6102774312

http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

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May 2005

May Meeting

Our May meeting will feature a lecture demonstration by Californian Ted Matson. Ted began studying bonsai in 1979 in San Francisco, where he learned the basics under John Boyce. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he became involved in a number of clubs and began a serious pursuit of the art, taking class from leading masters in Southern California, including Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill and John Naka.

Ted started offering classes at his home in Pasadena in 1988. An in-demand demonstrator, Ted has conducted numerous programs (as well as workshops) at several bonsai conventions and conferences, and has been appearing more as a headliner/ featured artist for major bonsai events.

Although Ted is a lover of shohin bonsai, his collection includes trees of all sizes, styles and a range of species. They are known for their proportion, refinement and detail. Perhaps most notable of his bonsai is a 7-tree Foemina juniper grove on a granite slab that was selected for photographic display in the 1999 JAL World Bonsai Contest. The tree was featured in an article in the Bonsai ShLtnj'lt, the official publication of the Nippon Bonsai Association.

Ted says one of his strengths is having a good eye for selecting material. A primary goal in his lectures and demonstrations is to help others improve their own abilities to recognize potential bonsai stock. And, he works to help people understand how to realize that potential through creative design and proper styling techniques. When not doing bonsai, Ted is a freelance writer.

Double your raffle chances by displaying a bonsai at the meeting.

Guest Artist - Ted Matson - Lecture/ Demo

Date: May 20

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

April Meeting

Andy Smith did a wonderful job styling a fairly large Ponderosa pine at our April meeting. His slide show illustrated the beautiful, wild region that he collects from, and gave some good general collecting hints. Andy stressed that Ponderosa is excellent bonsai material, given the right soil, light , and water. The branches are flexible, making wiring much easier.

Andy put a severe bend in the lower branch using raffia to protect the branch. This enabled him to bring the branch back on itself, forming a nice foliage pad for the lower portion of the tree. Had time pemitted, Andy would have liked to refine his design a bit more, athough it was apparent to all that he had the bones of an excellent design. Lots of information, lots of tips, and a lot of style - thanks Andy!

Duane Fisher was the lucky raffle winner for the evening.

5th World Bonsai Convention

From the WBC web site:

Bonsai and suiseki enthusiasts worldwide are invited to attend the 5th World Bonsai Convention in the beautiful and inspiring capital city of Washington, D.C., home of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, in 2005. Along with co-sponsoring this exciting event, Bonsai Clubs International and American Bonsai Society will hold their annual meetings for 2005 in conjunction with the 5th World Bonsai Convention.

Honor Saburo Kato and John Naka for their vision of world peace through bonsai. Tour the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Enjoy multiple exhibits including I.C. Su's antique bonsai pot collection. Celebrate the 400 year-old Yamaki pine - symbol of peace.

To all Bonsai Lovers throughout the world,

Just as the Olympic Games are held once every four years, this year will see the opening of the 5th World Bonsai Convention, 15 years after the first world convention was held in Japan. We express our sincere hopes that many bonsai lovers from all over the world will participate in this event.

Bonsai is an art that is growing in popularity around the world. Come and celebrate this art with other bonsai lovers -- those who have an affinity for peace and natural beauty. We look forward to meeting you at the convention.

Regards,

Saburo Kato

Rarely do we have the opportunity to participate in a World Convention in our own back yard. Over 700 bonsai and suiseki lovers from all over the world will be attending. Every four years, this convention is held to join the bonsai community in friendship and learning. We hope to see you there - May 28-31. For more information on the web go to: http://www.bonsai-wbff.org/wbc5/main.htm

President's Notes

What a great time we all had at the MABS! It was good to see so many of our members out. Hope you are able to use your new-found knowledge to create some awesome Bonsai, both now or in the future.

The last meeting we had a real treat with Andy Smith from the deep south of South Dakota. He took an ugly collected pine and turned it into future classic Bonsai, which one of members won. Thanks to all who came out to make the meeting another success.

Remember the start time is now 7:00 sharp and we will start at 7:00 sharp. Another one of the rules in the new room is NO food or drinks. Sorry, not our rules.

Don't miss the 5th World Bonsai Convention (May 28-31) in D.C., for the day or the weekend but just don't miss it! Our very own Linda Brant is the BCI President and she has been very busy in putting this all together.

 

Think Spring and warmth!

Mike Marinelli

Future Meetings

June 12 - Annual Picnic & Auction - Rosade Bonsai Studio

 

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2005 MidAtlantic Spring Festival was well attended, and featured some outstanding demonstrationa and finished trees. Some of the workshop trees were especially impressive.

Thanks to Mike Marinelli, Randy Naftal, and Linda Brant for providing their trees for the exhibit. Photos of the artist's creations and the MABS exhibit will be on the MABS site soon.

 

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Dues Notice

The 2004-2005 membership year is drawing to an end. Dues for the coming year are now payable. Check your mailing label - 04/05 in the lower right corner means that you membership is about to expire. Please keep your membership current by mailing the attached dues form or by paying dues at the May or June meetings. Dues remain at $20.00.

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June 2005

June Picnic and Auction

Where did the year go? It seems like just a short time ago, we had our September meeting. Well, musings aside, it's time for our annual picnic and auction!! This is an event that is eagerly anticipated, and with good reason. Here is the opportunity to thin out your collection or to get rid of that pot you bought but you'll never use (you know which one we're talking aboout!!). Got some tools? Need some tools? The auction is the place to be. Books, tools, pots, magazines, finished bonsai, pre-bonsai, nursery stock - you name it - it will likely be available at the auction, maybe at a bargain price! Each year a good deal of great bonsai material, pots, books, tools, and other bonsai related items come up for auction. Lots of spirited bidding and lots of fun are the results of so many quality items being offered..

The auction is our prime fund-raising event. Without your donations and participation, the wonderful speakers we're used to seeing won't be there.

Please bring your own lunch and a dessert to share. Grilles will be available for cooking, and a beverage will be provided. Please bring your own chair.

See you there!!

Annual Picnic & Auction

Date: Sunday, June 12

Time: Picnic - 12:00

Auction - 1:30

Location: Rosade Bonsai Studio - 6912 Ely Rd. New Hope, PA

Phone: 215-862-5925

 

May Meeting

Our usual rain showers didn't dampen attendance for the May meeting with Californian Ted Matson. Ted considers himself a "traditionalist" as far as his techniques and approach to bonsai are concerned. He would like us to focus on good bonsai structure initially, rather than immediate concentration on form, as seems to be the current trend. Good structure will lead to good form in the future.

Ted's demo material for the evening was a two-gallon shimpaku juniper - which lent itself well to Ted's specialty - that of shohin bonsai. Defined as a tree of eight inches or less, a shohin has all the structure of a larger tree, which is difficult to achieve in this smaller scale.

These are some of Ted's thoughts while styling the shimpaku:

In designing a tree, avoid "Paralysis by Analysis" - don't overanalyze.

In creating a shohin, go for the smallest framework possible in the initial work.

Three characteristics are critical in shohin: nebari, trunk line, and low growth.

What is present when doing the initial styling may be inconsequential - the growth that is regenerated later may be what the tree is built upon.

Shimpaku usually has some jin and/or shari - this should be emphasized

Spring is an excellent time to develop jin and shari as the sap is running, and the bark separates very easily.

Carry a theme of jin and shari throughout the tree - where tears are necessary, make them as natural as possible

Wiring should be cosmetically correct - start a wire in the back if possible

Pinching and pruning should be done more aggressively with shohin - the ability to recover form is more limited with shohin

Erratic fertilization can cause erratic growth - a huge no-no with shohin. Try to develop a consistent schedule of feeding.

 

Ted styled the shimpaku into a two-trunk tree, with a large lower branch becoming a jin as part of the design. Throughout the evening, we got some excellent tips, and saw some good techniques demonstrated. Thanks to Ted for an informative evening.

Dominick Haigh was our raffle winner for the evening.

President's Notes

It was good to see the great turn out at our last meeting and to see lots of familiar faces we haven't seen for some time. It was also good to see the nice display of trees brought by members.

Ted did a wonderful job of creating a Shohin juniper Bonsai, which I'm sure we will all get to see in the future, due to the fact it was won by our own Dominick. Ted was full of useful information for you, no matter if you have trees two feet or five inches tall.

Hope to see you on Sunday June 12 at our Annual Picnic & Auction. This is one of the highlights of our year with the sharing and friendship amongst others who also love Bonsai. Bring something new or old for the auction and take something home with you from the auction.

See you at the Picnic!

Mike Marinelli

 

Seasonal Notes

We're nearing the end of our spring season, but our trees are continuing their vigorous growth. This cool weather in May has allowed us to enjoy some of our flowering specimens for a longer time than is usual.

Be sure to remove flowers and flower stems once they are wilted from your azaleas - you don't want the tree expending vigor trying to develop seeds. Azaleas really put on a growth spurt following flowering.

Once your azaleas are finished flowering, they can be repotted. More and more frequently, kanuma has been the soil of choice. Be sure if you are transitioning to kanuma, you do so gradually, combining your present mix with the kanuma in decreasing proportions with each repotting.

Since May has been so cool, chemical fertilizers such as Miracle-Gro, Miracid, etc, have been the only choice - now that we're seeing some warmer nights, organics may be applied. Ted Matson stressed the need for a regular feeding regimen - with one, growth tends to even out, without spurts of wild, uneven growth. Ted also liked the idea of frequent feeding at half strength. If the squirrels and birds will leave them alone, rape seed cakes or Bio-Gold are excellent surface feeders.

Fungus problems may arise with the cool damp weather we experienced in May - check carefully for any evidence and treat accordingly. We've seen quite a bit of cedar-apple rust in the last few weeks.

Weeds seem to be enjoying a banner year. They compete for nutrients in your bonsai pots with the trees - yank em out! Seriously, try your best to keep ahead of weed growth - your tree will benefit.

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.

Dues Notice

The 2004-2005 membership year is drawing to an end. Dues for the coming year are now payable. Check your mailing label - 04/05 in the lower right corner means that you membership is about to expire. Please keep your membership current by mailing the attached dues form or by paying dues at the June Picnic.

Dues remain at $20.00.

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Time: 7:30

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September 2005

September Meeting

We kick off our 2005-06 membership year with a very special guest speaker. Mr. Tomihiro Masumi is acknowledged as one of Japan's masters of shohin. Mr. Masumi runs the

Koju-en shohin nursery in Kyoto with his father, Koichi Masumi. Masumi-san is visiting several bonsai societies in the area, and PBS is fortunate to have secured a speaking date with him.

This will be a joint meeting with BSLV, at a new location - Hampton Inn motel at the interchange of routes 663 and I-476 (the Quakertown exit).

Due to space restrictions it is requested that you do not bring exhibit trees for this meeting (no double raffl e tickets).

Demonstration material will be raffled- this s a great opportunity to win a bonsai designed by one of the masters, a tree you can easily carry.

Guest Artist - Tomihiro Masumi - Lecture/ Demo

Date: Friday , September 16

Location: Hampton Inn , Quakertown, PA

Time: 7:30

Fall Exhibit - Japanese House

The PBS Fall Exhibit at the Japanese House is scheduled for September 17-18.

We need trees for display, as well as a few volunteers to help meet and greet visitors from 11 am to 5 pm..Set up is scheduled for 10am, and a bonsai demonstration will be given each day at 1 pm.

If you wish to exhibit a tree or act as a greeter, please contact Mike Marinelli (email: marinelli1156@comcast.net or phone: 609-234-6693).

The Japanese House is a beautiful, tranquil setting - great for bonsai display.

Please try to make time in your busy schedule to volunteer to assist PBS in our Fall Exhibit.

Falling Leaves

It is with great sorrow that we report the death of one of Society's founders, Ernesta Ballard. Mrs. Ballard died on August 11, of complications following a stroke occuring last spring. Our condolences to her family.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

How time goes by so quickly - we have another year of programs in front of us. The board has triedonce again to bring in programs to meet the varied needs of our members. But, it is your club, so we need your input on how you like the current programs, and, are we meeting your needs? Please let usknow.

To start with, we have a combined meeting with the Leigh Valley Bonsai club. It is with Master Tomihiro Masumi straight from Japan, on the Bonsai art of Shohin.

The next event is with the Japanese Tea House Exhibit, September 17 & 18. This is one way for the club to help both the community and the club. For this to be a success we need all of your support. Please bring a tree (large or Shohin) to the tea house for the exhibit.

Last but not least, let us not forget to wish Chase Rosade a fast get well. He is a key element of the club and a friend to all.

Mike M.

Future Meetings

October 21 - Rob King

November 18 - Member's Auction

December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffl e

January 14 - Flower Show Workshop

June Picnic & Auction

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

June Picnic & Auction

For once it didn't rain on a PBS meeting!! Our annual picnic and auction was a great success with

lots of good food and great bonsai material for auction. Thanks to our hosts , Chase and Solita Rosade,

for their hospitality, and to our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, who kept the bidders bidding, and the auction

moving right along.

Get Well Wishes

Chase Rosade is recovering from a serious accident late in June. After a long operation,

several weeks in the hospital, and several weeks in a transitional recovery center,

he's home and making progress toward a full recovery. He's unable to walk at this point,

but is managing to get around in a wheelchair fairly well. We wish Chase a continued

Dues Notice

Dues for the 2005 -06 year are now payable. Check your mailing label - an 04/05 in the lower right corner means that your membership has expired, and this will be your last newsletter , an 05/06 means your dues are current. Please keep your membership active by mailing the attached dues form .

Dues remain at $20.00.

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September Meeting Directions

The Hampon Inn is located near the intersection of routes 663 and I-476 (the NorthEast Extension).

From I-476 - after the tollbooth, take a left onto route 663. Go about 200 yards -the Hampton Inn isis on the right.

From route 309 south - At Trainer's Corner turn right onto route 663 - proceed about 3 miles to theHampton Inn on the left side of the road

From route 309 north - At Trainer's Corner turn left onto route 663 - proceed about 3 miles to theHampton Inn on the left side of the road

 

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October 2005

October Meeting

October brings with it a break in September's heat and drought (we hope!), and thoughts of fall color and the coming chill. This month's meeting should distract us from thoughts of snow and ice, and focus us in on one of our most overlooked sources of bonsai - native trees. Our guest speaker for this month's meeting is Mr. Rob King, who will be discussing the use of native material for bonsai using an American larch that was collected in New York for his demonstration.

Rob King (West Chester, PA) has been studying bonsai for over a decade. During the first five years, he studied weekly under Jack Billet and now travels to Japan on a yearly basis to study shohin bonsai with Mr. Urushibata of Shizouko. He is the founder and president of the American Shohin Bonsai Society, vice-president of Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies and serves on the board of Directors for Bonsai Clubs International. He also teaches the art of bonsai at Longwood Gardens. Rob has published many articles and three small "how-to" books on the art of bonsai. In 2000, the American Bonsai Society awarded him the Ben Oki award for service and teaching. In addition to his teaching, Rob is the proprietor of Crown Custom Bonsai in which he imports and sells handmade bonsai pots and display stands from Europe and Japan.

Rob's demo material will be raffled, and you can double your chances of winning by bringing a bonsai for display.

 

Speaker: Rob King - lecture/Demo

Date: Friday, October 14

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

Please note change of date from last month's announcement

 

September Meeting

September's guest artist, Tomihiro Masumi provided us with an excellent program on shohin bonsai. Members of PBS and BSLV were treated to a lengthy discussion on some of shonin's finer points from a true master. Dealing with well over two thousand bonsai in his nursery, Masumi-san knows what works and what does not. Here are some of his thoughts regarding shohin:

Keep branches short - outer portions that are too strong make the inner branches weak.

Shape the lower portion of the trunk as soon as possible before it becomes too stiff to bend

Let growth happen to develop trunk

Weak trees are often a result of poor watering

Poor watering is such that the roots are never allowed to dry, but are constantly sitting in water

Coarser soil allows air circulation to the roots

Too large a pot will inhibit growth, as the roots remain too cool

Shallow pots hold water (drain less well) than deeper pots

Water, air, and heat are the factors to master for successful shohin bonsai

Following his lecture, Masumi-san styled to trees, a Chinese quince, and a dwarf Hinoki cypress. Both trees promise to become nice shohin as they develop. Thanks to Mr. Masumi for an excellent program.

Raffle winners were Paul Krasner and Dave Spirt

 

Be sure to check the Silent Auction Table at each meeting.

Bring an item you'd like to put in the Silent Auction.

 

President's Notes

Dear Members,

What a great time we had at the Tea House (Shofuso), I would like to thank all who were able to bring a tree for the display. You could not ask for a better setting to display our Bonsai, and everyone who saw them was impressed. We had over twenty people at our demo this year and all were overwhelmed by our trees. The following members displayed trees: Mark Maher, Betty & Mike Marinelli, Linda & Jim Brant, John Constantine, Ron Solt, Phil Carroll, Paul Krasner, Ann & Hal Jabloner. Thanks to all who helped.

Now you have another chance to join us at the Tea House, this time for the Moon Viewing ceremony on Sat. Oct. 15th, 6pm &endash; 9pm. If you would like to join us to display a tree please contact me. This event is only open to Tea House members unless you are displaying a tree with us (PBS).

Our next meeting is with one of our own, Rob King. He has been teaching Bonsai at Longwood Gardens and most recently traveling to Japan to study Bonsai as an intern. Please join us on Friday, Oct. 14th (yes, a week early) to hear Rob and his adventures.

Mike M.

 

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2006 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 21-23, 2005 will feature four great bonsai artists; Shinji Suzuki (Japan), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Francois Jeker (France), and Pauline Muth (USA). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend.

The MABS Board of Directors works hard to make each year's Festival better than previous ones, and to that end, demonstration material has been improved each of the last few years. This year will be no exception, with some interesting and challenging material awaiting our artists.

PBS members will have an opportunity to place one of their trees in the MABS exhibit - contact Mike Marinelli if you are interested - PBS can display three trees.

Future Meetings

November 18 - Member's Auction

December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle

January 14 - Flower Show Workshop

February 17 - Howard McNeal - Lecture/Demo

 

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

 

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 610-277-4312

http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

 

 

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November 2005

November Meeting

This November's Meeting brings us to the annual fall Members' Auction. The 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. Auction 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 ite 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 item 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 yourparticipation.

 

Members' Auction

Date: Friday, November 18

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

Future Meetings

December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffl e

January 14 - Flower Show Workshop

February 17 - Howard McNeal - Lecture/Demo

March 5-12 - Philadelphia Flower Show -PBS Exhibit

 

October Meeting

 

It's beginning to seem like every PBS meeting is held during a rainstorm. October's meeting was no exception, but a neumber of members braved the rain and the resulting traffic tie-ups to enjoy the evening's presentation by Rob King.

Rob's material for his demonstration was a collected larch, which in its raw, unstyled form showed several characteristics of American Larch - they are apically dominant (strong growth at the apex) and they bud back well if branches are exposed to sufficient light.

As Rob presented the tree, he noted that in Michigan, where he grew up, the native larch exhibited a lot of deadwood, and he wanted to style the demo tree to mimic those trees from his youth.

As Rob progressed, he noted that the Japanese do not set the front of a bonsai by the nebari, but by a term called touchigari which translates as "original upright". Once he decided on front , Rob removed unnecessary branches along with a large portion of the top, creating a large jin. Lower branches were wired down, an apex created from a side branch, and the jin refined - initial styling done. Now the wait for new growth in the upcoming years should yield a very nice tree.

Some points from Rob to consider:

Larch is very unforgiving as far as repotting goes. In our area, there is a narrow window of time for repotting larch - to work at any other time is almost guaranteed death. That time is when the buds have begun to swell and are showing just a bit of green. If needles have begun to emerge from the buds, it is too late to repot.

Needles can be thinned on a larch to stimulate growth

Leaf (needle)pruning can be started around the end of May, and should be stopped by easrly July.

A question asked by Japanese bonsai masters is 'Why not work with native trees rather than import expensive Japanese trees?' - a point that Rob agrees with.

Thanks to Rob for an interesting and informative program. The winner of the demo raffle was Myron (Kaz) Kazimer. Rob also provided some additional raffle items, several Japanese day planners and calendars, which our consolation raffle winners gladly accepted.

We wish Rob continued success with his apprenticeship in Japan, and look forward to hearing more about Japanese bonsai from a first-hand viewpoint.

 

Be sure to check the Silent Auction Table at each meeting.

Bring an item you'd like to put in the Silent Auction.

 

Falling Leaves

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Harold (Hal) Jabloner in early October. Hal was a long time member of PBS and was very active until a few years ago. We were glad that Hal got to show some of his trees at the Japanese House this September, and was able to see them in such a great setting.

On a personal note, when Linda and I first sat at the Flower show, Hal was our mentor for that first sitting. He patiently answered all of our questions and helped us deal with the large number of spectators with unflappable calmness.

Our sincere condolences to his wife, Anne, and to his family.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

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

It was a good meeting with Rob King and he wasn't a disappointment. We are very lucky to have so much local talent within our club who are willing to share their time and talents.

This meeting we have our member auction. This is a Win/Win/Win meeting for everyone. A Win for you to bid and receive some good items, a Win for you to clean out some items, and a Win for our club who will receive 20% of the proceeds. If you are new or old to our club you don't want to miss Jim Gillespie as our auctioneer. He always impresses me with his knowledge and skill.

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. See Randy Naftal, our Flower Show coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show.

 

Thanks

Mike Marinelli

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

 

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 6102774312

http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2005

 

December Meeting

The year is flying by, or so it seems, and we've arrived at one of our members' favorite programs, that of our Holiday Social. Each year we have a bunch of raffle surprises - pots, tools, wire, trees, whatever...- and lots of fun trying to separate the good items from the "zonks". There's even somewhat of a treasure hunt - trying to find the package containing the free MidAtlantic registration.

There are always lots of goodies to enjoy, and treats to sample.

This year's program will feature a Board Critique - each member of the PBS Board will bring in a tree for the rest of the Board panel and the members to critique. This will be an interesting program, one that should provide the members with some solid criteria for judging or evaluating bonsai, and an opportunity to apply one's skills. Should a branch be removed, or the tree repositioned? Should a different pot be chosen, or should some wiring be done? Is the tree lacking maturity, or should a branch moved to a different place? These are some of the questions that go into a critique - the answers are drawn from experience and from an understanding of horticultural techniques. Sharing ideas and knowledge is a great way for all to benefit.

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

 

Holiday Social & Board Critique

Date: Friday, December 9

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

 

November Meeting

Our Members' Auction went very well this year - for the first time in a while, it didn't rain on our meeting. We had an excellent turnout of members and of material. Some of the items sold were ones worthy of a bidding battle and we weren't disappointed.

Our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, keep the bids coming in fast and furious, and the items for sale moving along a brisk clip - with an occasional pause to share some important facts about an item.

Thanks to Jim's auctioning skill and some very nice material provided by our members the evening grossed over $1500, with 80% of that amount distributed among the sellers, and 20% going to PBS.

A fun evening, some great material purchased, and few zaps traded - no wonder this program is anticipated so much. Thanks to all who participated , as sellers and as buyers!

 

Flower Show Notes

It's not too early to begin thinking about the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5-12, 2006. As always, we need trees for display. We've seen some great trees at each meeting this past year - how about submitting one of your trees for exhibit at the Flower Show? Our Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal, works very hard each year to produce an exhibit the Society may be proud of, but without volunteers to provide trees, his task becomes much harder, so please, step up and volunteer to exhibit a tree.

Speaking of volunteers - Linda Brant is always looking for new volunteers to help act as docents for the exhibit. A brief three hour period is all that is needed. Tickets to the Show are provided for you and a guest (have you check the cost of admission this year? $22-$26!!!). We have to cover the exhibit for the entire show, so lots of help is needed. Contact Linda by phone (610-948-6380) or email (lbrant@comcast.net) to volunteer.

 President's Notes

 

Sorry I had to miss the auction last meeting, I was looking forward to the auction and seeing Jim Gillespie doing his thing. I had to be away for work to Denver Co., and boy did we have snow.

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. Look at your trees and plan to find the perfect tree to display in this coming Flower Show.

For our first meeting of 2006 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. See Randy Naftal our flower show coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show.

Make your plans to attend the Mid Atlantic Bonsai Societies (MABS) Spring Festival this coming spring. Make a list now of the trees which will need repotting in the spring and the tools which will be needed.

 

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

An Invitiation to Join NBF

If you have traveled to Washington to visit the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, you know that we have one of the finest collections in the world almost right next door. The Museum could not survive without the help and support of bonsai enthusiasts in the United States. Please make a contribution to the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) whose mission it is to maintain these trees and provide facilities in which the bonsai may be displayed. Any contribution you make is tax deductible.

Mail your contribution with your name and address to:

César Portocarrero

NBF Treasurer

3501 New York Avenue N.E.

Washington, DC 20002

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2006 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 21-23, 2005 will feature four great bonsai artists; Shinji Suzuki (Japan), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Francois Jeker (France), and Pauline Muth (USA). Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops over the weekend. Speaker bios and Festival information are available on the MABS site - http://midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com/

Workshop material for this year's Festival looks very nice. With the guidance of our guest artists, participants should end up with some very nice bonsai.

We need three quality trees to display in the club exhibit at the Festival. Please contact Mike Marinelli of you'd like to exhibit yours. This year awards will again be given to the tree outstanding trees in the exhibit.

Registration forms should be arriving right after New Year's Day - be sure to sign up early, especially if you're interested in a critique or a workshop.

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)

Take Exit 333 (Norristown old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)

Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

From Route 202

Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

Greater Plymouth Community Center

2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 6102774312

http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

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