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January 2006

December Meeting

Well, Mother Nature finally got the best of us and our December meeting had to be cancelled. Given how bad traffic can be on a Friday night without any snow, it was decided that with snow, it would likely be a nightmare trying to get to the meeting.

We have a number of raffle gifts, including a full registration to MidAtlantic, which will be returning for the February meeting.

Hopefully, everyone got the cancellation message, either by phone or e-mail.

For future meetings, we'll continue this system. In addition, you can always call one of the Board members listed on the masthead for cancellation information.

January Meeting

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

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

Flower Show Exhibit Workshop

Date: Saturday, January 14

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Old Mill Bonsai Studio, Honeybrook, PA

.....Directions - page 3

Future Meetings

February 17 - Howard McNeal - Lecture/Demo

March 5-12 - Philadelphia Flower Show -PBS Exhibit

April 28 - Marco Invernizzi - Lecture/Demo

 

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 checked 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 e-mail (lbrant@comcast.net) to volunteer.

President's Notes

Happy New Year!

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

If you missed the last meeting, you didn't miss anything, it was cancelled. Due to the probability of a signifi cant storm and attending traffi c problems, I decided to cancel the meeting. I had to think of ourmember's safety fi rst.

Saturday, January 14th, 2006 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. See Randy Naftal our fl ower show coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show. Also contact Linda Brant about sitting with our display at the fl ower show.

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

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 have arrived - be sure to sign up early, especially if you're interested in a critique or a workshop.

 

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

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

 

 

Seasonal Notes

We've just gone through one of the weirdest Decembers in memory. We've had early snow and very cold temperatures early in the month, and unseasonable warmth and rain late in the month. Here in Royersford, we've had at least 9 days of single digit lows, and one morning of 4º below zero. As I write this, the temperature is 51º with fairly heavy rain - go figure.

The trees in outside storage are doing fi ne. The pots and roots were insulated by a fairly deep layer of mulch during the very cold weather. The mulch also has moderated the heavy rain, so the trees are wet for a longer period of time once the rain stops. I'm concerned now with watching to see the trees don't dry out before it freezes again. So far the trees in outdoor storage haven't needed watering.

The trees in indoor storage (an unheated garage) have needed some attention since going inside Thanksgiving weekend. With the very cold outside temps, the moisture content really dropped. Watering was accomplished early on in December with some snowballs placed on each pot. This provided a slow even fl ow of water to the soil (the root balls actually froze solid for a few days) as it thawed out. With the warmer, more humid temperatures, the trees have only needed one additional watering. I'm also keeping mouse traps set all around the shelves so the little monsters don't munch on the trees (caught three already).

While our situation may be unique, I hope this gives you an idea of the kind of winter care our trees need - those outside, mulched in with protection from the wind, need very little attention - those inside need a lot more care.

Editor's Notes

I'd like to thank Dorie Froning for giving me some copies of very early PBS newsletters. It is really interesting to read of PBS activities in 1965! I'm in the process of scanning them and creating PDF fi les to place on the PBS web site (http://PABonsai.org) for all to see. If you have any of the old newsletters, please let me know - I'd really like to compile an archive of as many PBS newsletters as possible.

Also, if any of you have pictures of PBS exhibits from the 70's or 80's, please all ow me to scan them, so we can have a photographic record of past exhibits available on the site.

Directions to the Exhibit Workshop at Old Mill Bonsai Studio

Take the 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 2006

February Meeting

February's meeting will feature a demonstration by Howard McNeal. He is proprietor of The Old Mill Bonsai Studio in Honeybrook, and has developed an outstanding collection of bonsai. Howard is a Life member of PBS, and has served as President as well as Chairman of the Flower Show Exhibit.

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 show, he has learned his lessons very well - his collection regularly draws bonsai enthusiasts and garden clubs from a wide area.

Howard's program this month will focus on repotting techniques. He will be repotting a Japanese Black Pine using a potting method that offers a different approach, one not seen in the bonsai magazines.

In addition to Howard's program, we will be raffling off the 21 surprise gifts from the cancelled December meeting, including a full registration for the MidAtlantic Spring Festival in April. ,Christmas comes late to PBS!!

Howard has requested that members bring a tree (pine or otherwise) for critique, if time permits.

 

Speaker: Howard McNeal - Lecture/demo

Date: Friday, February 17

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

Time: 7:00

January Meeting

The January Exhibit Workshop hosted by Howard McNeal at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, was very well attended. As a result, the studio was a bit crowded, with the work tables filled with bonsai, tools and trays, elbows and hands, all occupied preparing for the Flower Show.

For the first time in quite a few years, the exhibit quota was exceeded, so there will be some excellent trees in this year's exhibit. There will also be some very nice trees that will be ready in a year or two, just needing a bit more refinement or growth. The following pictures illustrate the efforts and concentration of our members getting ready for the exhibit.

 

Flower Show Notes

Very soon the Philadelphia Flower Show, (March 5-12) will be upon us. Our Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal, works very hard each year to produce an exhibit the Society may be proud of, and this year will mark the second year for our new exhibit design. Last year , the exhibit was very well received.

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. We have to cover the exhibit for the entire show, over 90 hours total, so lots of help is needed. Contact Linda by phone (610-948-6380) or e-mail (lbrant@comcast.net) to volunteer.

President's Notes

Happy New Year!

Is this Winter? It feels more like Spring.

 

The January meeting was held at Howard McNeal's, at his Old Mill Bonsai Studio. As always it was a very special meeting. To see all the trees being worked on under the guiding eye of Howard, it was a very special time. If you missed it we all had a great time at Howard's, but will see you at the Flower Show.

See Randy Naftal, our Flower Show Coordinator about the trees which are needed for the show. If you haven't yet contact Linda Brant about sitting with our display at the show (and get some free show tickets.).

 

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

Seasonal Notes

With the New Year behind us, let's consider those resolutions we made on December 31 in the wee hours of the night. Lose weight, save more money, spend less money, be kinder to telemarketers, or be more punctual are nice goals for all of us, but what about our bonsai resolutions?? Here are a few that I've made.

I will cut down the size of my collection. Too many trees, too much to do. Fewer trees mean less variety, but the trees will be better maintained. Pruning and wiring won't be so overwhelming that the jobs may even get done on time.

I will repot my trees more often. I've been letting most of my maples go for three years before repotting. Those that have been repotted at two years (or even every year) look much healthier and far more vigorous.

I will keep better records of my trees. Every Spring during repotting, I make notes on a tree's root condition, pot selected, degree of pruning, and so on.. Moving those notes to a permanent record often doesn't get done in a timely manner. Also, I need to take more pictures of the trees - It's amazing how much development can take place in three or four years. Photos provide proof that the tree is improving.

We all resolve to do a better job of maintaining our trees - the execution sometimes isn't quite as good as intended. The trees we have deserve to be kept in the peak of health - after all, we want them to be here for the next generation of bonsai lovers.


Future Meetings

March 5-12 - Philadelphia Flower Show - PBS Exhibit

****April 27- Marco Invernizzi - Lecture/Demo

***note date change


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. Great demo material should yield excellent bonsai , all of which will be raffled. Maybe you will be a lucky winner! 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 at a reasonable cost.

Each year , one of the big attractions of MidAtlantic is the vendor area. Finished trees in a broad price range may be purchased. A wide selection of tools, commercial and artistic pots. Books, prebonsai, and display stands are also available, in fact anything related to bonsai will be waiting for you.

We do 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 three outstanding trees in the exhibit.

 

This impressive illustration graced the cover of the Winter 1965 "Bonsai Bulletin", then the newsletter for PBS. The sketch was done by B. McLaughlin from the June 1964 PBS Exhibit at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The cascade bonsai, a Cedrus alantica glauca,

was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Frederic Ballard.


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

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


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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March 2006

 

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April 2006

April Meeting

Our April meeting will be a joint meeting with BSLV. Our guest artist for the evening will be Marco Invernizzi from Italy. Marco will be swinging through the area visiting local clubs following his appearance at the MidAtlantic Festival. Due to Marco's appearance schedule, our meeting day will change to Thursday, April 27.

Marco is one of the superstars of European Bonsai world, whose skill and artistry have impressed all who have seen him work. Marco's initial bonsai training was with Salvatore Liporace, well known Italian artist, followed by a 3-year apprenticeship with the renowned bonsai artist, Kimura , in Japan. Marco is now a full-time bonsai artist, travelling throughout the world conducting lectures and demonstrations. His trees have won numerous awards in Europe, and he has authored his first book, Life in Japan, as well as many articles for European bonsai magazines - his work has also been featured in most US bonsai magazines.

Marco is a very dynamic person, whose enthusiasm and humor have endeared audiences wherever he has appeared. His artistry with bonsai has made him an artist very much in demand throughout the bonsai world.

Due to space restrictions it is requested that you do not bring exhibit trees for this meeting (no double raffle tickets). Demonstration material will be raffled

You will certainly want to attend this meeting - Marco's demonstration will be well worth the travel. You'll also want a chance at winning the raffle of his demo material.

 

Guest Artist - Marco Invernizzi- Lecture/ Demo

Date: Thursday , April 27

Location: Hampton Inn , Quakertown, PA

Time: 7:30

February Meeting

Our February meeting , with Howard McNeal as our guest artist, provided us with a wealth of information on repotting a bonsai with "polish" (Howard's term for a mature specimen bonsai). Howard's demonstration material was certain one with "polish", and the focus of the evening was not only repotting the bonsai, but learning how to determine the correct angle and placement for the tree and maintain those as the tree goes into a new pot following a root prune. Howard's method is ingeniously simple - suspend a plumb line from a branch to a spot on the roots, mark both contact spots with a marker (the branch and root), and use those reference points to position the tree following root pruning and repotting. Howard gave us some pointers along the way through the repotting;

Groom and/or wire the tree at least six weeks before repotting.

Do not allow a newly repotted tree to freeze - death will result.

Weak trees may be repotted, but hold back on fertilizer until health improves.

If you feel the potting angle needs improvement, spend as much time as needed finding it.

If using the chopstick technique to anchor the tree, soak the chopsticks beforehand.

If using only wire to anchor the tree, be sure that the wire doesn't show above the soil.

If repotting a mature bonsai, hold the tree by its upper third to save the bark.

 

Great evening, great information - AND - we did have our delayed Holiday Raffle!!

Thanks to Howard for a great program.

Falling Leaves

Our bonsai community is greatly saddened by the passing of our good friend, Jack Billet, early in February. Jack did many things in his life - among them, golf, painting, and gardening - but his great love was bonsai. He was always the one to show light on any subject with his smile and grin. He loved to teach bonsai and never had an unkind word for any workshop tree.

Jack's infectious humor and original song lyrics were his trademarks. Not many grown men can get away with that kind of behavior, but it was "so Jack". He would drop one of his droll comments, roll his eyes and just giggle. We will miss him dearly.

Flower Show Notes

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.

This year's exhibit marked the first time in many years that too many trees were offered for exhibit, a sign that our skills and our knowledge are improving. We hope that next year even more trees are offered for exhibit - keep 'em growing!

A huge thanks to Randy Naftal for his efforts in staging the exhibit, working with the Hort Society, and having a great stage prepared for the bonsai exhibit.

President's Notes

If you missed the last meeting, you missed a good meeting with our very own Howard McNeal. What a beautiful tree he re-potted. We had a great turn out with about 40 people.

 

This upcoming meeting will be a combined meeting with our Bonsai neighbors Lehigh Valley on April 27th, with Mr. Marco Invernizzi.

 

Our Pennsylvania Flower Show exhibit was great once again! Our thanks go out to Randy, who does a fantastic job each year with the Hort Society and getting the exhibit together. This is the first time in a number of years which we had more trees then we had room for. If your tree was not used this year there is always next year, so keep on working on them. Thanks to Randy from all of us for his hard work.

 

Don't miss the MABS Festival, April 21-23, in East Hanover, NJ. Come for the day or the weekend but just don't miss it!

 

Think Spring!

Mike Marinelli

 

PBS Flower Show Exhibit - 2006

From our Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal:

I would like to thank all of the members that participated in the Flower Show Exhibit this year. The trees looked terrific and we received many compliments from the Horticultural Society. Thanks to the sitters who guarded our display and provided the answers to the many questions visitors had asked.

I look forward to next year.

Thank you,

Randy

No doubt about it, this year's exhibit was one of the best in recent memory - each tree showed a high degree of preparation and refinement. The public, as usual, had quite a few questions about the trees, and most were quite impressed with the display.

MidAtlantic Festival

Here's hoping to see YOU at the 2006 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 21-23, 2005 featuring four great bonsai artists; Shinji Suzuki (Japan), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Francois Jeker (France), and Pauline Muth (USA).

The Festival features, in addition to great bonsai demonstrations, an excellent bonsai display, a huge bonsai vending area, a wonderful banquet and auction.

Increase your bonsai knowledge - expand your collection - meet some new bonsai friends. See you there!!!

Directions to the April Meeting - Hampton Inn, Quakertown

The Hampton 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 is on the right.

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

 

 

 

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May 2006

Our program for this month will be a Members' Critique. The purposes of the critique are two; one, to provide important feedback on bonsai, and two, to identify trees ready for exhibit, either for the September exhibit or for the Flower Show exhibit.

The feedback given on a tree is intended to help the grower improve the tree, or to offer alternatives for styling, placement, or pot selection. Any suggestions offered are strictly for constructive purposes. Often, we have spent so much time with a tree that we become blind to other options (literally not seeing the forest for the trees?) - a critique can open ones eyes to new possibilities, or can reinforce styling or potting choices as good and correct.

Trees ready for exhibit should have the following characteristics:

The tree exhibits maturity - ramification is evident, trunk has appropriate girth, branch placement is appropriate.

The tree and pot are harmonious - the bonsai is in a ceramic container of size and color appropriate to the tree.

The pot is clean, and soil surface is groomed and mossed.

Wiring is neat and inconspicuous.

Foliage has been thinned and pinched.

While all of these characteristics may not be evident at the critique in May - those chosen for future Exhibits should work toward these goals.

Board members will be ready and willing to help members achieve the very best bonsai possible with this program. In fact, they are going to offer some of their own trees for members to discuss and critique. Bring your best trees for this program, but limit yourself to two trees - come and learn and enjoy - this is a fun evening!!!

 

Program: Members' Critique

Date: Friday , May 19

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

Time: 7:00

 

 

September Exhibit

It's not too early!! Our September Exhibit at the Japanese House will be here before we know it. Our May program will help you learn about Exhibit criteria - get your trees ready. We need a good representation of our members at all skill levels. This Exhibit is in an excellent setting for bonsai -one where the trees can be appreciated in a quiet environment. Exhibit dates are September 16-17.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

May 12-13 - Open House - Natures Way Nursery - Harrisburg, PA - natureswaybonsai.com

May 19-21- Potomac Bonsai Assoc. - Spring Festival -Washington, DC - potomacbonsai.com

June 3-4 - Open House - Rosade Bonsai Studio - New Hope, PA - rosadebonsai.com

June 15-18 - American Bonsai Society - Learning Seminars 2006 - Saratoga Springs, NY - absbonsai.org

September 9-10 - International Bonsai-2006 Bonsai Symposium - Rochester, NY - internationalbonsai.com

September 23-24 - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Special Bonsai Workshop with Boon Manakitivipart -Wilmington, DE -gobbs.org/Boon.htm

Seasonal Notes

Our trees are now out of winter storage, and enjoying the sun and air. A few notes for this early spring season.

Be careful with watering of newly repotted or transplanted material. Until the new roots have established themselves, and new growth is apparent, go lightly on the watering. Do mist the foliage frequently throughout the day until that new growth is apparent. Light shade and shelter from the wind are also necessary until these trees become established (usually in 3-4 weeks from repotting).

Once you feel the nighttime temperatures are at least in the upper 50's, begin fertilization of your trees. If the trees are actively growing, they need feeding. Organic fertilizers need a bit more warmth in order to begin breaking down than do chemical fertilizers. Keep your concentration of chemical fertilizer to half strength, to prevent chemical burn of the roots, and to avoid pushing growth too hard in the tree.

Remember to rotate your trees on a regular schedule. A quarter-turn each time is advisable. Keep the direction of rotation consistent with all trees - that way you won't forget which way to go with a certain tree (wonder why I thought of that?).

Finally, most tree are in their most active growth period (up to mid July). This is an excellent time to prune deciduous trees. Leaf removal can also be done by early June - be sure that your tree can tolerate leaf removal.

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 05/06 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 06/07 indicate dues are paid for the 2006-7 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 May or June meetings. PBS dues are among the lowest in the region, with some exceptional member benefits.

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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June 2006

Annual 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 this year!!

The day will begin with a program by Peter Adams, who 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.

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. Member -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 2006-7 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash.

Please join us and share a great day. Rain or shine -we'll have a tent, just in case. Be sure to bring a lawn chair along with your items to donate for the auction!!

 

PBS Annual Picnic & Auction : Sunday, June 25

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

Peter Adams: Lecture/Demo 11:00 am

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

Upcoming Bonsai Events

September 9-10 - International Bonsai-2006 Bonsai Symposium - Rochester, NY- internationalbonsai.com

September 23-24 - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Special Bonsai Workshop with Boon Manakitivipart -Wilmington, DE -gobbs.org/Boon.htm

April Meeting Notes

Marco Invernizzi was a our speaker for the April meeting. He is both an outstanding bonsai artist and a most capable teacher. Marco's demonstration material was a juniper, and the following pictures tell the story of the creation of a n excellent bonsai. Marco also shared some of his rules for wiring - well worth putting to paper (thanks to Joe Sauer for compiling them).

Marco gave a brief example of the practice of each of these - although it seems like a lot, with some practice, these guidelines will become second nature.

Winner of the evening's raffle - Mike Marinelli - congratulations!

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 16-17.

For more information or to sign up for exhibit, contact Mike Marinelli, who is coordinating the Japanese House Exhibit, at (609-234-6694) 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 exciting hobby of bonsai.

Boon Manakitivipart Workshop

This September, Brandywine Bonsai Society will be presenting the next installment of our shared series of workshops and seminars. Our leader this year will be Boon Manakitivipart, a very gifted bonsai artist and teacher. (Past leaders have been Kathy Shaner, Dennis Makashima, and David DeGroot). Boon plans to present four sessions (two Saturday and two Sunday) in which he will consider modes of presentation. The presentation will include hands-on creation of arrangements, slide presentations, and any necessary hand-outs.

As in past years, this Workshop will serve as our September meeting. A registration form accompanies this newsletter. Those of us who have had the opportunity to attend one of Boon's lectures have come away impressed with his knowledge, his artistry, and his ability to communicate. Please make your plans soon and register as early as possible. The venue is nearby , just off route I-95. Saturday evening you are invited to join Boon and other seminar attendees for dinner in the Holiday Inn's Apollo restaurant.

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 05/06 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 06/07 indicate dues are paid for the 2006-7 year. Dues remain at $20.00. The mailing address is:

 

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

Box 801

Spring House, PA 1947

 

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

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 2006

September Meeting

We hope your summer was an enjoyable and profitable one. Surely, we saw the extremes of weather - from torrential rains to extended drought. Hopefully, your trees tolerated both.

Our Fall schedule begins with a lecture demonstration by David Easterbrook. David began growing bonsai in 1970 and is owner of a bonsai nursery. He studied bonsai in Japan in 1981 and teaches regular bonsai classes as well as being a well-known lecturer and demonstrator in northeastern US and Canada and also France. He served as president of the Montreal Bonsai Society and was chairman of the American Bonsai Society convention which was held in Montreal in 1988. He has also authored two books on bonsai and bonsai care and techniques. David has been curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden's bonsai collection since 1982. Among the most prestigious collections in North America, it includes 30 masterpiece bonsai donated by the Nippon Bonsai Association, 40 dwarf potted trees from the collection of Hong Kong banker Dr. Wu Yee-Sun, over 300 penjing donated by the People's Republic of China, new specimens of Vietnamese bonsai and a North American bonsai collection featuring outstanding mature bonsai created by North American experts.

David's demonstration material will be a collected Canadian hemlock, which will be raffled at the end of the meeting.

Speaking of raffles - don't forget that you can double your purchase of raffle tickets by exhibiting a tree. Bring in a tree - double your tickets. Please - your tree should be in a bonsai pot to qualify.

David is an excellent speaker and gifted artist, so be sure to make this meeting.

 

Guest Artist: David Easterbrook -Lecture/Demo

Date: Friday, September 15, 206

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

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 16-17.

For more information or to sign up for exhibit, contact Mike Marinelli, who is coordinating the Japanese House Exhibit, at (609-234-6694) 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 exciting hobby of bonsai.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

September 2-24&emdash;National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Chinese Stone Exhibit, National Arboretum,Washington, DC.

September 9-10 - International Bonsai-2006 Bonsai Symposium - "Blossoming Bonsai"Rochester, NY - www.internationalbonsai.com

September 16-17 - PBS Exhibit - Japanese House in Fairmount Park - Hrs.: 11-5 each day

October 7-8 - Rosade Bonsai Studio - Fall Open House - Hrs.: Sat. 11-6, Sun. 11-5

October 21 - Nature's Way Nursery - Fall Open House - Hrs. 9-6

President's Notes

Dear Members,

 

We have another year of Bonsai in front of us. What a summer it has been, hot & dry.

 

One day while watering my trees I found that I had a Robin's nest in one of my Tridents, and she had laid 3 eggs. After about 3 weeks I had a family of three baby robins. We had developed a routine, I would water the trees and the mother then would leave and let me baby sit. How cool it was seeing their daily development until one day when I went out and they were no longer there, they flew the nest. Now I have an empty nest for rent, free water and a great view. Any takers?

 

How time goes by so quickly! We have another year of programs in front of us. The PBS Board has once again arranged to bring in quality programs to meet the varied needs of our members.

 

Last but not least, I have decided that this will be my last year as president of PBS. We are always looking for new members to help in the running of our club.

 

Mike M.

Future Meetings

October 20 - TBA

November 17 - Members' Auction

December 8 - Holiday Social & Raffle

 

 MidAtlantic Festival

The guest artists for the 2007 MidAtlantic Spring Festival have been announced. Featured this year are three great bonsai artists - Robert Steven from Indonesia, Guy Guidry from Louisiana, and Ted Matson from California. Each will be presenting two lecture/demonstrations , as well as offering exhibit critiques and workshops.

Last year's attendance from PBS was very disappointing, especially given the caliber of the featured artists. We hope that this year's Festival will be much better attended by our members. We are in the process of trying to make getting to the festival a whole lot easier -stay tuned.

The 2006 Festival produced some great demos, but the real highlight of the weekend was the members' exhibit. PBS was represented with trees exhibited by Randy Naftal, Mike Marinelli, and Jim Brant. The entire exhibit may be viewed on the MidAtlantic web site.

Finally, thanks to Mike Marinelli for his service representing PBS on the MABS Board of Directors. Mike's contributions will be missed. John Constantine will be taking over as one of our representatives on the MABS board.

Silent Auction

Did you know that each month's meeting might have a Silent Auction, and that any member may bring in an item or two he or she wishes to offer for that auction? Proceeds are split 80-20 (80% to the member, 20% to PBS). We request that you limit the number of silent auction items to sell to one or two for each meeting. Be sure to look for these Silent Auction items at each meeting!

Seasonal Notes

This week is the last time you should fertilize with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Doing so any later in the season could cause some budding which will not have a chance to harden off before winter, thus causing dieback next growing season, 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 Japanese beetles and leaf burn. The recent rains may bring on some fungus problems. Be especially careful in the coming months to use a good fungicide to eradicate problems before the trees go into winter storage.

These heavy, late rains will 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 moisture 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. Linda has been using one of the cheap battery-powered toothbrushes to remove moves and clean up the trunks, and the thing has worked remarkably well.

BCI Convention 2006- China

Linda and I, and Chase and Soli Rosade had the experience of a lifetime last spring, participating in the BCI Convention in Shundee, China. Linda, as BCI President, was treated royally, speaking to an audience of five thousand or more on opening day. The convention featured an exhibit of over 280 bonsai and an equal number of viewing stones. Some of the trees and stones are pictured below. We'll show highlights of the convention , as well as some outstanding bonsai and stone collections from several areas of China at the December meeting.

Boon Manakitivipart Workshop - Cancelled

The Brandywine Bonsai Society workshop , scheduled for September 23-24 has been cancelled.

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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October 2006


October Meeting

 Our October meeting features a lecture/demonstration by one of our own outstanding members, Jim Gillespie. Jim has been immersed in bonsai for thirty-one years, and has operated Sho Fu En Bonsai for the last twenty-four. Jim has been featured in many club programs in the area, and was a featured artist at MidAtlantic. He is a past president of both PBS and BSLV and serves on the Board of Directors for both Mid Atlantic and PBS. He is a member of five bonsai clubs and the Delaware Valley Bonsai Study Group.

Jim always provides a wealth of information from his storehouse of knowledge, as well as great bonsai artistry, so be sure you make plans to attend. Demo material for the evening will be raffled.

Double your raffle chances by displaying one of your bonsai.

 

Speaker: Jim Gillespie - Lecture/Demonstration

Date: Friday, October 20

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

Time: 7:00

September Meeting

What better tree to use for a demonstration by David Easterbrook, curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden's bonsai collection, than a Canadian hemlock!

David compared the treatment of the hemlock to that of a pine, in regards to collecting and potting. He likes the hemlock, as it is shallow rooted and has roots that are more fibrous than a pine. He stated that the hemlock likes some humidity in the soil, and that mycorrhyzae plays an extremely important role in the health of the tree.

Care for the hemlock consists of good light, preferably light shade (diffused sunlight) or morning-only direct sun. David feels that the tree benefits from an abundance of moisture, but doesn't like wet feet. His recommendations for fertilizers follow the norm for most bonsai - high nitrogen in the spring - organics throughout the summer, and limited nitrogen in the fall.

David discussed his styling philosophy at length, applying what he could to the hemlock. Several heavy lower branches were removed, and remaining branches were given a preliminary wiring. David did not have the time to do the detail wiring of secondary and tertiary branches, but by using a bit of imagination, you could see that a really nice bonsai could be developed. A bit of time was spent on carving and defining the jin serving as the apex, and smaller branches were placed around the jin to give the feeling of a tree that has spent centuries struggling against the elements.

David concluded his presentation with an invitation to all PBS members to visit the bonsai collection at Montreal's Botanical Gardens. Thank you, David for a great evening of bonsai!

Raffle winner for the evening was "Kaz" Kazmir.

MidAtlantic Festival

Featured speakers for the 2007 MidAtlantic Spring Festival are three great bonsai artists - Robert Steven from Indonesia, Guy Guidry from Louisiana, and Ted Matson from California. Each will be presenting two lecture/demonstrations, as well as offering exhibit critiques and workshops. Don't forget the six raffles, the impressive exhibit, the large vendor area, the delicious banquet, and the MABS auction that are part of this great weekend event. Special hotel rates are also part of the package. Mark your calendars - April 20-22, 2007.

Future Meetings

November 17 - Members' Auction

December 8 - Holiday Social & Raffle

January 20 - Flower Show Workshop

Upcoming Bonsai Events

October 21 - Nature's Way Nursery - Fall Open House - Hrs. 9-6 -http://www.natureswaybonsai.com

November 4 - Rosade Bonsai Studio - Special Master's Demonstration with Salvatore Liporace - admission fee- http://www.rosadebonsai.com

November 4-5 - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Fall Exhibit - Longwood Gardens -admission fee -http://www.gobbs.org/

Seasonal Notes

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, and note those trees that may need special attention over the winter, due to being rootbound, having a cracked pot, or being in a weakened state. Use different colors to designate those needing repotting, and those needing wiring or pruning.

This is the perfect time for reflection on this year's successes (and the occasional failure) and to plan for the future.

President's Notes

Dear Members,

I would like to thank all who were able to bring a tree for the display. What a great time we had at the Japanese Tea House (Shofuso). You could not ask for a better setting to display our Bonsai, and everyone who saw them was impressed. We had over twenty-five people in our demo this year and all were overwhelmed with all of our trees. We were doing our demo at the same time we were receiving update to the Eagles game, and let me say our demo turned out much better then the Eagles that day.

One of our thoughts to having a better turn-out by club members is to have this function become our selection event for the Philadelphia. Flow Show display. This would allow us to preview potential trees in a display setting and would allow work on the tree when it's not in winter storage. Please let us know your thoughts on this.

The following were some who displayed trees: Karen Harkaway, Jim Gillespie, Betty Marinelli, Linda & Jim Brant, John Constantine, Ron Solt, Phil Carroll, and Paul Krasner.

Thanks

Mike M.

Exhibit Tips

It has become apparent that interest in exhibiting bonsai is growing within PBS. The attendance at the January Flower Show Workshops has increased dramatically over the last couple of years and the number of trees showing up at monthly meetings has also increased. This is great! In order to educate the membership on exhibit tips, I agreed to write a short piece each month in the newsletter.

Last month I shared the following at the meeting. When viewing someone else's trees at either a formal exhibit (Flower Show) or informal setting (monthly meetings or at their home) you should never touch or lift the bonsai without the owner's permission. In our enthusiasm to see the whole tree, we want to move it. We forget that everyone has their own way of potting their trees and not everyone wires them in securely. Even if the tree is wired in, if it has been recently repotted, it should not be jiggled around. Of course, the worst thing would be to drop or damage someone else's bonsai.

This month's tip is to remember that exhibit chairmen have final say over where the trees are placed in an exhibit. It is important for the overall look of the exhibit that things like tree species, height, directionality, and color be considered.

In our case, Randy Natal should get to see all or most of the exhibit trees for the Flower Show before he assigns which "Moongate" should be used for each. If you want to set up your tree and accent pieces yourself, you should wait until Randy tells you where it should be set up. If exhibiting elsewhere, always check with the exhibit chairperson for direction.

contributed by Linda Brant

 

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

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

 

PBS Exhibit at the Japanese House

Great weather, great bonsai, and a great crowd (best in years) made the September Exhibit at the Japanese House a big success. Mike Marinelli acted as docent and teacher for the visitors, leading them from one bonsai to the next, describing the styles and techniques involved.

Exhibiting members were Mike Marinelli, Betty Marinelli, Jim Gillespie, John Constantine, Ron Solt, Karen Harkaway, Paul Krasner, Phil Carroll, Linda Brant, and Jim Brant.

PBS Website

This is where I do my yearly plea for pictures of your bonsai to place in the PBS Bonsai Gallery, which is a feature of the PBS website. You can email digital photos to me, or if you have prints , give them to me at any meeting. I'll return them as soon as they are scanned. We do need some new pictures - How about sharing yours?....Ed.

Not part of the PBS site, but cerainly worth a look at, is a feature of the Brandywine Bonsai site " Compendium of Bonsai Potters of North America". It's a comprehensive listing of potters in North America with representative photos of their work - well woth a visit. Here's the link - http://www.gobbs.org/Introduction.htm

Weather Related Meeting Notification

Over the years, we have had very few cancellations due to the weather. One topic of our last Board meeting was how best to notify members of cancellations due to snowstorms. The solution we came up with is as follows:

A. If you are on the email list for newsletters - you will receive cancellation notice by email.

B. If you are not on the email list, then check the web site. Cancellation notice will be posted prominently on the home page.

C. If you do not have computer access, a board member will contact you by phone.

D. We will also try to place a notice on KYW radio.

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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November 2006

This November's meeting brings us to the (sometimes) annual Fall Members' Auction. This auction provides our members with an opportunity to buy and sell materials at an auction with 80% of the selling price going to the seller. Terms are; Absolute auction, no reserve. Last year's auction was most successful, with a tremendous amount of items changing hands. This is an opportunity to thin your collection, or to add some material to it for winter and early spring work. Bonsai, pots, prebonsai stock, tools, magazines, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. This year we'll have 18 bonsai and several nice pots from the estate of Hal Jabloner, plus some tools and pots donated 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 - (keep the balance, right?).

We're also going to continue the Silent Auction this year with selected items being offered, placing your written bids 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.

PBS reserves the right to limit items based upon available time- we must be out of the building by 10pm. In order to auction this in the fairest possible manner, you'll be asked to label each item both for accounting purposes as well as selling priority . For example, if you have five items, you would label each with a number and a letter (which will give your priority). When the auction starts, all items with an A letter will be auctioned first, then those labeled B, and so on. This way, each seller will have an equal exposure.

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

Members' Auction

Date: Friday, November 17

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30

Future Meetings

December 8 - Holiday Social & Raffle

January 20 - Flower Show Workshop - Old Mill Bonsai Studio

February 16 - Jim Hughes - Curator - National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

 

October Meeting

At our October meeting, our guest artist, Jim Gillespie, presented an interesting program. Jim's demo piece was a cultivated hemlock from a nursery, in contrast to last month's program, in which David Easterbrook used a collected hemlock.

Differences in the trees were readily apparent, and Jim decided to do a bit of an unusual style, that of a weeping tree. While weeping trees (willows, etc.) are common in nature, it is a bonsai style one seldom sees. Jim felt the tree lent itself to that style and proceeded to prune and wire to achieve it. He felt that some of the rear branches were too strong for the style and removed them. Jim noted that the tree offered two possible fronts, but that the planting angle would have to be changed to give the best presentation.

Jim made quite a few salient points pertaining to hemlock horticulture and styling of weeping bonsai in general;

The weeping style is best superimposed on one of the upright styles (windswept, slant, root-over-rock, and informal upright.

Pot selection for weeping style should favor a taller pot than normal - the height is needed for the weeping to be displayed.

Weeping style should not exhibit a great deal of deadwood (jin/shari).

Contrary to other styles, upward growing branches are encouraged (so they can be wired to weep). A waterfall effect is that which is sought.

Wiring is unusual for this style. A branch is wired up first, then bent down to form a graceful arc. Avoid serpentine bends.

Hemlocks do best in filtered light - full sun will cause the needles to bleach out.

Partial shade (or partial sun) maintains the vivid color and encourages weeping.

Hemlocks like lots of water -they do best if kept moist.

The best time for drastic pruning of a hemlock is October/November.

Repotting of the hemlock is best done before any sign of bud swelling. Check the roots of the tree. If white tips are seen, it may be too late for repotting.

When repotting, roots can be cut back quite hard, as they are fibrous. Jim noted that on the demo tree, half of the root ball could be cut safely.

This was an excellent program - Jim contrasted his program with last month's very well, giving us good insight for a viable alternative to collected material. The results sure were great! Thanks Jim, for a styling, wiring, and horticulture lesson that hit the spot.

Raffle winner for the night was Phil Carroll - congratulations!

 

President's Notes

Dear Members,

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

 

• It was a good meeting with Jim Gillespie and he wasn't a disappointment. Someone, (Jim), mentioned that he wasn't our first choice but I must say he was the best choice. We are very lucky to have so much 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 and it will be lots of fun.

• Last, I would like to say thanks for all of the concern over my health. I'm now home and doing much better with a brand new left knee. I'm very lucky to have both family and friends to provide help during this time.

Thanks

Mike Marinelli

 

MidAtlantic Festival

This year our three great bonsai artists - Robert Steven from Indonesia, Guy Guidry from Louisiana, and Ted Matson from California will be presenting two lecture/demonstrations , as well as offering exhibit critiques and workshops.

The demonstration material will be challenging, and one element of the festival will be a bit unique - each of the guest artists, for one of their demonstrations, will work on the same species of material. Should be interesting and informative.

Raffles, vendors, banquet, hospitality, auction, workshops, critiques, exhibits, demonstrations, & awards - sounds like quite an experience.

Hotel rates remain the same as previous years, as does registration, making the MidAtlantic Festival a very reasonable weekend. Won't you join us at the Festival,

April 20-22, 2007 for a weekend of bonsai, fun, and fellowship?

 

Exhibit Tips

Excellent help for displaying bonsai can be found in many bonsai books. I would like to share a few of these books with you in this and future newsletters.

The following information for preparing your bonsai for exhibit come from A Step By Step Guide for Growing & Displaying Bonsai (1993) by Colin Lewis. In it Colin reminds us to refine and perfect the following before displaying:

the outline shape and the foliage of the tree,

the soil surface,

the trunk of the tree,

the pot.

For refining the outline shape and the foliage of the tree, Colin suggests trimming off any leaves or needles that break the triangular shape of your tree, and trimming off any discolored or diseased foliage. Hopefully, if you have been observing your tree throughout its development, this will be an easy job.

All weeds and dead moss must be removed from the surface of the soil. You may want to consider adding some fresh soil or "top dressing" to your tree, but beware of making your soil look "artificial".

A toothbrush can be used to clean algae from trunks and branches (I like to use a cheap electric toothbrush for ease). The pot must be clean, but not overly shiny.

One of Colin's best tips is to take a photo of your tree before displaying it. Often the photo will reveal faults that the eye misses.

If Colin's book is not in your collection, it is worth considering. Besides display, he addresses many aspects of bonsai development and design.

contributed by Linda Brant

 

Seasonal Notes

We've had quite a few heavy frosts, so the bonsai are starting into dormancy. There's still a bit too much daytime warmth and light for the trees to be completely dormant. Watch for dryness in the soil - not much watering will be required between now and storage time, but it pays to keep an eye on the trees.

In a very informal survey, I've learned that Thanksgiving is the date at which people start putting trees away for the winter. Right now you should be preparing your storage area, getting moss off the tree trunks, and getting that last preventative fungal spray done (pick a warmer day for spraying). As you put the trees into storage later this month, be sure to arrange things so that you can get to the trees you want to work on in late winter (do you note that I'm writing this a note to myself - no fun high-stepping over a bunch of trees to get to the one you want to work on).

 

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 2006


December Meeting

Let's end this calender year with a great Holiday Social!! This month, we have a very full meeting scheduled for our members. First, we'll auction the advertised items that didn't make it due to last month's cancellation - 18 trees and several nice pots from the estate of Hal Jabloner. (Unfortunately, there will not be enough time to auction items from other members). Next, we'll have our annual holiday social and raffle, with some great bonsai gifts and a full registration to the 2007 MidAtlantic Spring Festival (where will it be hidden?). Finally the Rosades and the Brants will share photos of their April trip to the BCI Convention in China. There was an additional bonsai/suiseki tour following the convention, so there are lots and lots of great bonsai (penjing) to see as well as some remarkable stones.

Please join us for a great evening of fun and surprises as well as the enjoyment of sharing ideas with your fellow bonsai enthusiasts.

Bring a goodie to share - PBS will furnish soft drinks. Be sure to arrive in time to register for the auction. Have a great evening and lots of fun - look for the raffle "treasures" and avoid the "zonks" - enjoy a goodie or two - take part in the auction. See you there!!

 

PBS Holiday Social

Date: Friday , December 8

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Time: 7:00

 

November Meeting

What a rotten turn of events!!! A water emeregency was declared in Plymouth Township, and the Community Center was forced to close. We were notified of this about 3 pm on Friday - hopefully we reached almost everyone, notifying them of the meeting cancellation. To those people we missed, our sincere apologies.

In the future, please check your answering machines, voice mail , or email before leaving for the meeting. If there is a last minute cancellation we will try one of three methods for contact; email, web site, or phone. Those of you receiving your newsletters by email will get a cancellation notice by email. If we have an email address for you, but you don't receive the newsletter by email, please check your email. The fewer phone calls we have to make, the better, so if you have an email address and it's not recorded with PBS, please send it along. Also you can check the web site for last minute notices.

We really regret the cancellation of the Members' Auction - save your items to donate to the June Picnic & Auction or we'll try again next November.

Future Meetings

January 20 - Flower Show Workshop - Old Mill Bonsai Studio

February 16 - Jim Hughes - Curator - National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

March 4 - 11 - Philadelphia Flower Show - PBS Exhibit

 

Flower Show Notes

From our Exhibit Chair, Randy Naftal:

Our Exhibit workshop is January 20, at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, and I hope lots of you can attend. We need 13 trees for the window displays and one for the center display. If anyone has any questions they can contact me by calling my cell, 484 432-5847 or email, randallnaftal@yahoo.com

From Linda Brant:

As usual we need lots and lots of sitters for the PBS Flower Show Exhibit. You can sign up at any of the next three meetings, or call to arrange a day and time -610-948-6380.

Exhibit Tips

This month's bonsai display tip is to visit a website that Jim found. Go to http://www.cbs.org.au/articles/Bonsai%20Etiquette.htm for helpful information about bonsai etiquette. It's an Australian site.

National Bonsai Foundation

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

The National Bonsai Foundation is one excellent recipient for those donations. Currently, three special funds are soliciting donations; The John Naka Fund, The Yuji Yoshimura Fund, and The Mary E. Mrose International Pavilion Fund. Each fund's goals is recognition for these individuals' contributions to bonsai, by creation of a special area within the NBF site, or for bonsai scholarship and educational activities.

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

The National Bonsai Foundation

3501 New York Avenue N.E.

Washington D.C. 20002

MidAtlantic Festival

This year our three great bonsai artists - Robert Steven from Indonesia, Guy Guidry from Louisiana, and Ted Matson from California will be presenting two lecture/demonstrations , as well as offering exhibit critiques and workshops.

Raffles, vendors, banquet, hospitality, auction, workshops, critiques, exhibits, demonstrations, & awards - sounds like quite an experience.

Hotel rates remain the same as previous years, as does registration, making the MidAtlantic Festival a very reasonable weekend. Won't you join us at the Festival, April 20-22, 2007 for a weekend of bonsai, fun, and fellowship?

We need three trees from PBS to display in the MABS exhibit - if you are interested, contact Jim Brant or John Constantine for details.

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. Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 ph. 6102774312

http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

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