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January 2008

Preparations for the 2008 Flower Show will begin on January 19th at our Flower Show Workshop. We need trees for the PBS exhibit, so if you feel that you would like to participate in the Exhibit, bring a suitable tree. If you just want to observe or help, be sure to come, too. All members are welcome.

Bring a tree to be worked on and prepared for the Flower Show. Also bring whatever tools, wire, etc. that you think you'll need. If you simply have a tree that needs some "help", bring it along and get some advice on styling or refinement, possibly for future exhibits.

Our location for the workshop will be new this year. We'll be at the Greater Plymouth Community Center, which will afford us a lot more elbow room and more tables to work from, as well as more parking spaces. We'll have carts available for transporting trees.

Please join us for a fun and informative workshop.

 

Date: Saturday, January 19

Exhibit Workshop -

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Time: 10am -1:00 pm

Future Meetings

February 15 - Lecture/Demo - Howard McNeal

March 2-9 - PBS Exhibit - Philadelphia Flower Show

April 18 - Lecture/Demo -Graham Potter

December Meeting

Lots of holiday goodies, good friendship, some lively raffles , and a Powerpoint program on winter storage of bonsai, highlighted our December Holiday Celebration. Rosade Bonsai Studio gets our thanks for furnishing (and wrapping) all the great raffle gifts - there were some very beautiful scrolls among the raffle gifts- thanks Chase & Soli!. The wintering program generated lots of questions as well as a good discussion. Congratulations to Alan Slye, who won the full registration to MidAtlantic.

MidAtlantic Festival

Your registration forms for the 2008 MABS Festival should have arrived. If your form hasn't shown up please let Jim Brant know. If you have any questions about the form, or about MidAtlantic, please contact Jim Brant or Jim Gillespie.

The 2008 MidAtlantic Spring Festival has a new site - The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, in the Catskills at Kerhonkson, NY. This facility is a full family resort offering pools, golf, spa facilities, restaurants, and other amenities. Hotel rates remain the same as in past years, as does festival registration. The new facility also will allow a larger vendor area with wider aisles and less crowding.

Be sure to mark your calendar now for the 2008 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 11-13!! This year marks the 25th anniversary of MABS, and the guest artists are as special as the event - Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Graham Potter, (UK), Michael Hagedorn (USA), and George LeBolt (USA). Each of these talented artists will be conducting lecture/demonstrations, critiques, and workshops during the weekend.

If you are interested in exhibiting a tree at MABS (PBS should exhibit three trees), or donating an item for the Auction, please contact Jim Brant or Jim Gillespie. The Festival is a bit further away than before, but the facility, the friendship, the raffles, the vendors, and the knowledge gained make it worth the trip. We'll have route suggestions in future newsletters - it's a pleasant, very scenic drive.

President's Notes

Happy New Year!

 

I hope this finds both you and your family (and your trees) in good health.

 

I welcome the New Year in with yet another year of above normal temperatures (60 deg.). We need to make sure our trees don't dry out. But I love this weather as long as it lasts.

 

I'm sitting here not watching the Eagles pre-game show and thinking of what could have been of a season which ended too soon. But in only 60 days the Phillies catchers and pitchers report for yet another season.

 

For our next meeting we will try something New, it will not be at Howard McNeal's, it will be at our normal meeting location in Plymouth Meeting. 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. Also contact Linda Brant about sitting with our display at the flower show.

 

 

Happy Holidays

Mike Marinelli

Flower Show Notes

This is our annual appeal for help with the Flower Show. 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, or sign up at the January or February meetings..

As always, trees are needed for our Flower Show Exhibit. Contact Randy Naftal, our Exhibit Chairman, for details.

Weather Related Meeting Notification

Over the years, we have had very few cancellations due to the weather, but sometimes we get caught in a storm. If we are faced with a cancellation, the following procedures will take place.

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.

If you are in doubt about a meeting taking place, be sure to check before leaving home.

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.

 

 

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February 2008

February Meeting

Our February program presented by Howard McNeal, will delve into the why and how of setting up a good display. This theme fits right in with our upcoming display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Howard has requested that members bring trees or objects appropriate for display to the meeting as part of his roundtable discussion. Viewing stones, stands, figures, mudmen, accent plants, scrolls, or whatever can be used in the evening's program, so bring what you'd like. This program is a bit of a group effort, so your participation is important. We should have a lot of fun and gain some good information as well as a special raffle of a full MABS registration (no double tickets)- hope to see you there!

 

Speaker: Howard McNeal -Display

Date: Friday, February 15

Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Time: 7:00 pm

Future Meetings

March 2-9 - PBS Exhibit - Philadelphia Flower Show

April 18 - Lecture/Demo -Graham Potter

May 16 - Lecture/Demo - Jim Barrett

 

January Workshop

Our new location for the January Workshop worked out very well. While we'll miss meeting at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio, we had a lot more elbow room for working on the trees, and for our veteran members to assist in working on the bonsai. It's our hope that the more central location will bring out even more members and trees next year

President's Notes

Happy New Year!

(Bring on the Phillies!)

 

As always our January meeting was a very special meeting to work on the trees for our display at the flower show. All the trees were worked on under the guiding eye of Howard and our board members; it was a very special time. If you missed it we all had a great time, but will see you at the Flower Show.

If you haven't yet contact Linda Brant about sitting with our display at the show (and get some free show tickets.).

If you haven't yet made plans to attend the MABS meeting in New York state this April you should do so. This is the best location to not only learn but to socialize with others who are in love with the art of Bonsai.

 

See you at the Flower Show

Mike Marinelli

 

MidAtlantic Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of MABS, and the guest artists are as special as the event - Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Graham Potter, (UK), Michael Hagedorn (USA), and George LeBolt (USA).

This month we'll spotlight our two artists from overseas.

Min Hsuan Lo was awarded the grand prize at the JAL World Bonsai Contest in 1999 and has received many honors since. Mr. Lo is known for his "Lo's Style" of Bonsai which combines the essence of old trees, the flowing lines of Chinese calligraphy, and ancient Chinese philosophies.

Graham Potter, founded The Kaizen School of Bonsai which is devoted to Bonsai cultivation techniques and products, based upon the Japanese "Kaizen" concept which is concerned with the gradual improvement in processes to attain a particular goal or result.

Be sure to mark your calendar now for the 2008 MidAtlantic Spring Festival, April 11-13!! This year's Festival has a new site - The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, in the Catskills near Kerhonkson, NY. This facility is a full family resort offering pools, golf, spa facilities, restaurants, and other amenities. Hotel rates remain the same as in past years, as does festival registration. The new facility also will allow a larger vendor area with wider aisles and less crowding. The Festival is a bit further away than before, but the facility, the friendship, the raffles, the vendors, and the knowledge gained make it worth the trip. We'll have route suggestions in future newsletters - it's a pleasant, very scenic drive.

We are looking for members interested in exhibiting at the Festival. We need three trees as our PBS commitment. This is a very nice exhibit with trees from all member clubs, as can be seen on the MABS website; www.midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com/.

We hope to see you there - your participation directly benefits PBS.

Flower Show Notes

The Philadelphia Flower Show is fast approaching!

We are still in need of good exhibit trees for the Flower Show. With the improvements in the display which began several years ago, the health of the trees has really benefitted. Lighting is much cooler, and the exhibit in general has a much better air flow, so the trees are subjected to far less heat stress.

Be sure to contact Randy Naftal for more information about exhibiting in this year's Flower Show.

Linda Brant is always looking for new (and experienced) 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, or sign up at the February meeting.

Seasonal Notes

Are you getting the bonsai "itch" yet? In a few short months, our trees will be out of storage an into the fresh air and light.

Meanwhile, we need to occupy ourselves with making sure our trees are in the peak of health and ready for the growth spurt coming this spring.

February and March are great times for that late winter pruning and repotting. The only real concern for the tree is the need for freshly repotted trees to be protected from freezing.

Now is also a good time for wiring. Keep in mind that once a deciduous tree leafs out, wire may be difficult to find. Tag the tree to remind you that there is wire on the branches. Also, when wiring, remember that branches can thicken very quickly with the spring flush of growth. Don't wire too tightly, and check for cutting-in frequently.

Tree in indoor storage may begin to respond to increasing warmth and light and begin to push. Moves from the garage or shed to benches during the day and back at night may be necessary to avoid huge internodes. Be careful with soil moisture during this time period, as big swings are possible.

Special MABS Tool Raffle

MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies is conducting a very special raffle. Tickets will be sold in advance at the February PBS meeting. The tools being raffled are in a seventeen (17) piece stainless steel Masakuni set with a retail value of $1500-2000.

This is a fantastic opportunity for some lucky person in the MidAtlantic region!! For the price of a few raffle tickets, a phenomenal set of tools could be yours! Ticket prices are: $5 each, five for $20, and thirty for $100. If you can't attend the Feb. meeting, you can contact Jim Brant to obtain tickets. The drawing will be held April 12, at the Festival - winner need not be present.

Weather Related Meeting Notification

Over the years, we have had very few cancellations due to the weather, but sometimes we get caught in a storm. If we are faced with a cancellation, the following procedures will take place.

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.

If you are in doubt about a meeting taking place, be sure to check before leaving home.

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.

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March 2008

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April 2008

March/ April Issue

April Meeting

Now that March and the Philadelphia Flower show have passed, PBS can get back to our lecture/demonstrations programs.
This month, our speaker Mr. Graham Potter, comes to us from Yarmouth, UK, via the MidAtlantic Festival, where he made his first US appearance. He founded The Kaizen School of Bonsai which is devoted to Bonsai cultivation techniques and products (http://www.kaizenbonsai.com). His school is based upon the Japanese “Kaizen” concept which is concerned with the gradual improvement in processes to attain a particular goal or result. We should have a most enjoyable evening with Graham. His demo material will be raffled, so you can double your chances of winning by bringing a finished bonsai to exhibit.
Remember, if you have a tree causing you headaches, or one you want a little advice on, bring it to the meeting. Advice is gladly given on styling, techniques, pot selection, or horticultural concerns.


Speaker: Graham Potter -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, April 18
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm

Future Meetings

May 16 - Lecture/Demo - Jim Barrett
June 15 - Annual Picnic & Auction
45th Anniversary Celebration!

February Meeting

February's program presented by Howard McNeal, explained the how and why of setting up a good bonsai display. Howard began by giving a brief history of the PBS display at the Philadelphia Flower Show. He compared our forms of display with that of the Japanese, and set up the display table according to Japanese tradition, blue skirting with a white tabletop cloth.
Howard touched on many subjects, giving hints on what is and is not proper in a bonsai display. One example would be the use of a bamboo mat under the bonsai - only proper during the spring season, as bamboo represents water.
Howard wrapped up his presentation by first utilizing trees and display items brought by members, then calling members up to create a display of their own.
Our own raffle for a MABS registration was tremendously increased with lots and lots of items donated by Howard. Walter Scott won the MABS raffle, but lots of others won some great items courtesy of Howard.
Thanks goes to Howard for a great program - informative and fun!

Coming........Sunday, June 1
Estate Auction of Bonsai, Pots, and Tools
Greater Plymouth Community Center
Approximately 50 bonsai will be presented for the auction, to be conducted by PBS
More information in the May PBS Newsletter

Flower Show Notes

Rivaling a case from CSI: NY, our tori gate came up missing this year, but Randy was able to construct a suitable substitute for our center display. Our display looked great as usual, with a good variety of tropical and temperate bonsai.
Each of the display windows presented a quiet, reflective mood to the viewers, enhanced with some very nice scrolls and accent plants.
It's interesting to see the progression of some of the temperate trees from winter dormancy to a Spring burst of leaves, something commented on by repeat visitors.
Thanks goes to all those who kindly loaned their bonsai for exhibit; Dominick Haigh, Karen Harkaway, Andrew Klein, Paul Krasner, Mark Maher, Mike Marinelli, Howard McNeal, Randy Naftal, Chase Rosade, Solita Rosade, Alan Slye, and Ron Solt.
A very large thank-you also goes to all the members who manned the exhibit, answered the same question several hundred times, and promoted the Society over the 9-day run of the show. Luckily, we had no snowstorms, or major traffic tulips, so everything went very smoothly.
Last, but not least, Randy Naftal deserves a huge thank-you and pat on the back for his work in supervising the exhibit's setup and applying his construction talents in getting the center display looking great, in spite of the loss of the tori gate (maybe the Hort Society gang will be able to locate it in time for the 2009 show)-he sure had to burn the midnight oil to get things accomplished.

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.

 

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May 2008

May's meeting brings a visit to PBS by a well-known California bonsai artist and potter, Jim Barrett.
In the fall of 1958, Jim met Khan Komai when Mr. Komai opened his nursery in Temple City, California. Jim spent as much time as he could at the nursery, learning all he could from Khan, and when it became apparent that Jim was serious about this art, Khan introduced him to the Japanese bonsai community. As time went on Mr. Komai decided that he would sponsor classes at his nursery and that Jim should be the teacher. This was in the early 60's, and Jim has been teaching bonsai ever since. He has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Canada, Colombia, South America and Australia.
Jim has been a featured speaker at many conventions and has worked for many bonsai organizations. He is past president of Bonsai Clubs International, the first president of Golden State Bonsai Federation, the founding president of the Santa Anita Bonsai Society and has served on the American Bonsai Society’s board of directors. Always interested in ceramics, Jim has for the past three decades been making bonsai pots. Although known for his shohin and mini-pots, his main interest lies in making large containers modeled after Japanese- and Chinese-style pots.
Though Jim has never taken formal bonsai lessons or classes, he attributes his success to the many Japanese bonsai experts in Southern California and gives them credit for the generous sharing of their knowledge and friendship.
Jim's demo material, a shimpaku juniper, will be raffled - double your chances by exhibiting your bonsai.

Speaker: Jim Barrett -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, May 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm

Future Meetings
June 15 - Annual Picnic & Auction
45th Anniversary Celebration!
September 20-21 - PBS Exhibit - Japanese House, Fairmount Park

April Meeting

Our scheduled speaker for April cancelled his tour unexpectedly, and Jim Gillespie was gracious enough to step up and present a really great program.
Jim worked on a Bird's Nest spruce, which is a bit difficult to work with. Jim had no problem styling this challenging material, and the bonsai that emerged was a semi-cascade, with a fairly thick base, some tasteful jins, and a very elegant slant.
Jim gave an insightful horticultural lesson on the spruce, regarding growth habit, care, and diseases. He specifically warned that these spruce are very susceptible to attacks by red spider mites, and that special attention be given during long dry periods, or when the color seems "off".
Jim stressed the importance of looking at a tree from all angles when beginning to style, and that once a style is decided upon, the tree should be tilted as necessary to accommodate that style. Jim likes to avoid wedges while styling. He would rather use his standby, which are shot bags filled with plastic pellets. These seem to hold the tree very well in the desired position. While he was doing some fairly extensive wiring, a number of members came up to observe Jim at work more closely. Lots and lots of questions ensued.
Jim deserves a huge "Thank you" from PBS, not only for stepping in at the last moment, but for doing a tremendous program with a spectacular result.
While all the members were very pleased with the evening, our raffle winner Joanne Dhody, was seen leaving with an exceptionally large smile.
Many thanks, Jim for a superlative program!

Coming........Sunday, June 1
Estate Auction of Bonsai, Pots, and Tools
Greater Plymouth Community Center
Approximately 50 bonsai and assorted tools and pots will be presented for the auction, to be conducted by PBS
Check the PBS website for details and pictures - www.pabonsai.org

National Bonsai Foundation Notes

Some good news was relayed to the NBF Board during its annual meeting last week. The letter writing campaigns launched by bonsai enthusiasts and other Arboretum stakeholders has had a pronounced effect on Congressional committees concerned with budget allocations for 2009. It now appears that there will be a Continuing Resolution for the 2009 fiscal year, which will mean that funding will continue at 2008 levels and that no positions or programming will be cut for the coming year.
Also, it was noted that the Congressional Committee Chairs received a number of calls from local US Representatives requesting information about the proposed Arboretum and Museum funding cuts, so our letters and calls did have some far-reaching effects. Hopefully, the future budgets will provide some increased funding for the US Arboretum.
I'd like to thank all of the PBS members who took the time to write a letter in support of the Arboretum and the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. JB
As an additional note, the NBF website now has photos of many of the bonsai in the three major collections. You can also become a member of the NBF by enrolling on the site at a minimal cost. The URL is: http://www.bonsai-nbf.org/

Seasonal Notes

Here's an interesting article that might help improve success with your cuttings and layering.

Willow Water Works!
Edited by Alan Walker

According to an article in Avant Gardener (June 2006, pp. 57-58) “aspirin water” (three aspirins dissolved in four gallons of water and sprayed on plants every few weeks) can improve growth and yields, often remarkably. Aspirin (ASA) is salicylic acid, which plants manufacture to trigger natural defenses against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Gardeners have reported that “willow water” produces the same results. Willow water is made by steeping cuttings of willows (Salix) in water for 48 hours. It is often used to improve rooting of cuttings by soaking them in it for 24 hours, then treating them with rooting hormones. The active ingredient in the willows is believed to be rhizocaline, which is not itself a hormone, but a catalyst that greatly enhances the action of hormones.
Willows are also rich in salicylic acid (or possibly compounds of similar action), and so can serve as a substitute for aspirin.
The same issue has another article on page 61 which notes the valuable uses of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), the popular cleaner-bleach-antiseptic, which has proved to be a good plant protector and growth promoter.
Gardeners reported improved germination of many seeds when they soaked overnight in one ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a pint of water. When added to foliar sprays or drip irrigation water, H2O2 is said to prevent or cure bacterial and fungal diseases and also helps to supply oxygen to roots in compacted or saturated soil. Yields of soybeans and squash were greatly increased when H2O2 was added to irrigation water in Australian experiments. Yet to be confirmed is a hypothesis that H2O2 also is useful as an insecticide by killing the eggs and larvae of certain pests.

Reprinted from "Bonsai News" , newsletter of the Lake Charles Bonsai Society

Dues Reminder

It’s that time of the year again! Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 07/08 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 08/09 indicate dues are paid for the coming 2008-9 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
Phone: 610-277-4312
http://www.plymouthcommunitycenter.org

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June 2008

Annual Picnic and Auction

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!!
That’s the goal for our 45th Anniversary!

How’s this for a plan?
**A catered picnic with loads and loads of great food - hot dogs, burgers, and ribs!! Additionally, salads, snacks, cake, and beverages will be provided by PBS. Be sure to bring your appetite.
**A super bonsai auction with members' donated material. 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 result from so many quality items being offered. This auction is our prime fund-raising event. Without your donations and participation, the wonderful speakers we’re used to seeing won’t be there. We do need your donations to help make the auction a success.
**A beautiful setting amid a wonderful bonsai garden. There will even be a tent over your head, should it decide to rain or for shade. What else could we possibly need to make the day even greater? The answer is Y-O-U !
Please set aside June 15 for our annual picnic and auction, which this year marks our 45th anniversary. Join the celebration! Enjoy!!

PBS Annual Picnic & Auction : Sunday, June 15
Host: Howard McNeal, Old Mill Bonsai Studio, Honeybrook, PA
Picnic: 12:30-1:30--Auction 1:30

Please bring a folding chair

Directions - page 5

Future Meetings
September 19 - Design by Committee Workshop
September 20-21 - PBS Exhibit - Japanese House, Fairmount Park

May Meeting

Our guest speaker for May, Mr. Jim Barrett, joined us as part of his East coast tour. Jim's demo material, which he shipped ahead from California, was a shimpaku juniper, which he grew from a 1969 cutting. The tree had previously been part of a saikei done by Jim, but had become overgrown and out of scale for the planting, and so it was removed, placed in a growing pot and allowed to grow for several years. PBS was lucky to get this 35+ year-old material for the demo.
Jim's bonsai learning experiences came in the 50's and 60's in California, so he is very well rooted in the Japanese philosophy and techniques. He is a traditionalist in one sense, but open to new ideas and techniques as they are proven.
Jim worked the tree in the bunjin style (or literati style) as the tree fit most of the criteria for that style - a slim trunk with little taper, and no specific pattern to the branches. A great deal of foliage was removed, several branches jinned, wiring completed, and branches placed in the styling process. Along the way, Jim gave some excellent tips on styling, care of the shimpaku, as well as a real appreciation of the growth of bonsai on the West Coast. Jim founded the first English-speaking club in southern California. Prior to the organization of Jim's club, Japanese was the only language spoken at various bonsai club meetings.
He also provided some information on pot selection and a few tidbits regarding origins of bonsai pots. For example, the preferred pot for bunjin is the nombon style of pot, a rustic round pot without any discernible feet. This pot originated from the use of storage jar lids as pots in the early days.
As a bonsai teacher, bonsai artist, and bonsai potter, Jim has few peers. His knowledge is extensive, his styling skills solid, and he blessed with a great eye for design. It was a real treat watching him work. During the break, Jim spent a good deal of time answering individual questions and providing a good deal of humor.
Lucky winner of the demo raffle was Chris Miller.
Thanks to Jim Barrett from PBS for a great program!

September Exhibit

Soon it will be time to start getting your trees in shape to join us for the PBS exhibit at the Japanese House and Garden ("Shofuso") in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Last year we had a great turn out of members' trees. Awards will be given in three cateories again this year.
Who: All members, both new and experienced, alike are requested to display a bonsai.
When: September 20-21.
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 .
Informal exhibits such as the one in the Japanese House allow us to display our efforts at bonsai, as well as inform the general public about the fascinating culture of bonsai in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere.

Falling Leaves

We were very sorry to learn of the death of Dominick Haigh. Dominick was an active member and a frequent exhibitor for PBS at the Flower Show.
Our condolences to his family members - he will be missed.

Dues Reminder

It’s that time of the year again! Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 07/08 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 08/09 indicate dues are paid for the coming 2008-9 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 June picnic. PBS dues are among the lowest in the region, with some exceptional member benefits.

Directions to Old Mill Bonsai Studio
PBS June Picnic & Auction

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.

The street address for those using Google maps, Mapquest or a GPS system is:
420 Lewis Mills Road
Honeybrook, PA 19344

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September 2008

September Meeting

Our first meeting of the 08-09 program year brings the return of a very successful program from a few years ago, that of a Bonsai Design Workshop. In this workshop, members will divide into groups, and each group will work cooperatively to design a tree from nursery material. This year we will be working on tropical material.
Past programs of this type have resulted in a great deal of shared knowledge and a tremendous amount of fun. Some very nice trees have resulted from our group efforts. Bring some tools - wire will be furnished. The workshop material will be raffled. Don’t forget - exhibit your bonsai and double your raffle tickets (past workshop trees included).

Program: Bonsai Design Workshop
Date: Friday, September 19
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

September Exhibit

This coming weekend is the PBS exhibit at the Japanese House and Garden ("Shofuso") in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Last year we had a great turn out of members' trees. Awards will be given in three categories again this year.
Who: All members, both new and experienced alike, are requested to display a bonsai.
When: September 13-14
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 . Setup/drop-off* time is 9:30 on the 13th, and pick up is 4:00 on the 14th.
Informal exhibits such as the one in the Japanese House allow us to display our efforts at bonsai, as well as inform the general public about the fascinating culture of bonsai in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere.

**Please note:
If you are dropping off a tree Saturday morning, check the notice on page 3

Future Meetings

October 24 - Marco Invernizzi -Lecture/Demo
November 14 - Members' Exhibit
December 12 - Annual Holiday Celebration

Annual Picnic and Auction

Lots of food, lots of fun, lots of bonsai-related items for sale, and great weather - all part of the annual PBS Picnic and Auction, which this year mark the 45th anniversary of the founding of PBS.
Many thanks are extended to Howard McNeal for hosting the event, and to Jim Gillespie for his usual great job as auctioneer. A special thanks goes to Joanne Dohdy for making it possible for us to have PBS logo shirts available at the picnic.

PBS Logo Shirts

For those of you who missed the picnic, there will be a second chance to purchase a Pennsylvania Bonsai Society polo shirt at September’s meeting. The shirts are very high quality, available in several colors, and the logo (designed by Joanne Dhody) is eye catching.

There are several leftover shirts for purchase, and others can be ordered if your color or size is no longer available. The price is $25, cash or check. PBS plans to order T-shirts in the spring.

See Joanne at the meeting to purchase or order. These will be ideal to wear at the Flower Show while you do your exhibit sitting!

President's Notes

Dear Members,

It is yet another year in front of us, and it's going to be a very busy one. But first, on a sad note we have lost yet another member, Joseph R. Sapone. He will be missed by all of us. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and family.

We start this year with our yearly display at the Japanese House display. For this exhibit to be a success we need all of your support. Please bring a tree (large or Shohin) to the Tea House for the exhibit. Once again this year we will be presenting three awards:
President’s Award
People Choice Award
PBS Board Award
Mike Marinelli.

Falling Leaves

We were very sorry to learn of the death of Joe Sapone, who succumbed to cancer over the summer. Joe was an active member, and proprietor of Bonsai Etc., in Phoenixville. We'll miss Joe's enthusiasm and wit. Our condolences to his wife, Donna.

Seasonal Notes

Many trees are emerging from their mid-summer slow-down, and are beginning to prepare themselves for the coming winter. Food manufactured in the leaves is now beginning to be stored in the roots rather than facilitating vegetative growth. We can help the process by switching to a low nitrogen fertilizer for our last few feedings.
Check your trees for any hidden wire - wire that you forgot to remove after spring wiring. Don’t try to unwrap embedded wire - you’ll cause some real damage that way. Carefully cut each coil, then gently remove the embedded wire by lifting one end with a tweezer or pliers. Sometimes pushing the short length of wire back along the spiral will cause it to drop out or become easier to remove. If some of the cambium is exposed, cover the wound with cut paste. If the wire just won't move, try waiting for the growth of the tree to push it out a bit and loosen it for removal. Wire that is too far embedded to remove safely should be left in place - severe scarring, however, could result.
Take a few moments with each tree to inspect for insect eggs. Often in the rush to get our trees into winter storage, we overlook this inspection, then pay the price in the spring. On hot days with very low humidity, be especially alert for spider mite infestations. If your junipers are looking weak, check carefully for these little monsters - they can really weaken a tree quickly. You may see some small webs in the foliage. If not, place a piece of white paper under a branch, give the branch a gentle shake, then check the paper carefully. If you see some tiny red dots moving around, get after the trees with a miticide - most insecticides won’t touch spider mites. Check the label and read directions. Usually, the best time to spray is in the early morning.

**SPECIAL NOTICE FOR EXHIBITORS AT THE JAPANESE HOUSE**

Drop-off (9/13), will be affected by a Fairmount Park marathon. Montgomery Ave. will be closed by police. Enter the park from Belmont Ave. and use the Belmont Gate at Lansdown & Belmont. Contact Margaret at 267-319-5085 if you need help. Visitors & pickup will not be affected.

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.

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October 2008

October Meeting

October's meeting features the return of guest artist, Marco Invernizzi. Marco started his Bonsai education at the age of 16 under the tutelage of another Italian, Salvatore Liporace, and enhanced his Bonsai skills in Japan where he completed a three-year apprenticeship with the renowned Masahiko Kimura.
He is a now full-time bonsai artist who travels the world presenting lectures and demonstrations as well as caring for private collections. Three continents in a week is not out of the ordinary in his travel schedule.
Marco published his first book, Life in Japan, describing his adventures while pursuing his studies in that country. He has also authored numerous articles that have appeared in major European Bonsai publications.
Marco's talent speaks for itself. His creations have won major awards in European competitions, and his lecture/demonstrations are eagerly awaited. He combines a great wit with broad knowledge and great artistic talent.
Marco's last visit with PBS was in April of 2006, and the demo material was a juniper. This month's material is a bit unusual, a collected Ponderosa pine from a cone-sprout. It will be interesting to see Marco's take on the material and the bonsai he creates.
Don't forget to display your bonsai and double your raffle chances.

Speaker: Marco Invernizzi-Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, October 24
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm

Future Meetings
November 14 - Members' Exhibit
December 12 - Annual Holiday Celebration
January 17 - Flower Show Workshop

September Meeting

submitted by Jim Gillespie

Our first meeting of the new 08/09 year had a disappointing attendance (13) from a club of our size for a fun, hands-on, educational Design by Committee workshop.
We worked on excellent material ordered by Chase Rosade (thanks Chase), 6 Tigerbark Ficus in 10” bulb pans with 1-2” dia. trunks. We divided into 4 “intimate” groups with myself, Ron Solt, Howard McNeal, and David Spirt acting as Mediator/Leaders (thanks guys).
After an hour and a half of mayhem, each group was given an opportunity to explain/defend their design. No repotting was attempted at this time. All 4 trees were raffled to excited winners. The extra 2 were sold at a bargain basement price for this material.
I believe those present gained some knowledge and camaraderie from the experience.

Bonsai in Italy

submitted by Linda Brant

Our September trip to Italy was a bonsai dream come true. Other than Japan, my fondest wish was to see the Italian bonsai masters and their creations. Jim and I visited this beautiful country and the masters from September 17th to the 29th.
The first part of the trip was a preconvention tour, which included Milan and Turin. In addition to the Tourist sites such as cathedrals and museums and shopping, we visited the bonsai gardens of Salvatore Liporace, Michele Andolfo, and Giovanni Genotti. We also visited the commercial establishments of Nippon-en Bonsai Center, the Crespi Nursery and the Bonsai Center Fugi Santo. Many of you are familiar with Salvatore and Michele. They are contemporary bonsai artists with outstanding collections. Salvatore is in the middle of building a new facility. The completed part is beautiful and in the next few years he intends to add a Bonsai Museum, which in Italy means a permanent collection of bonsai specimens in a formal display. Michele’s garden is at his home and includes a beautiful display area as well as the working nursery. Both men have access to amazing “yamadori”, collected species from the mountains, and their work on these trees is beyond description. Giovanni Genotti, known as the “Father of Italian Bonsai” , has one of the most varied collections that Jim and I have ever seen. You name a species and he had at least one bonsai of it. All three artists, and also the commercial establishments, fed us and hosted us for hours. It was delightful. We were amazed at the amount of bonsai and stock that is available at the commercial establishments. Most of it is imported directly from Japan. While at Crespi, we viewed the Crespi Competition, a bonsai exhibit of professional and amateur artists and attended the Awards Banquet. There is also an outstanding bonsai museum located at the Crespi facility.
The BCI-IBS Congress 2008, “Art and Teaching at the Top of Europe”, was held in the charming little mountain town of St. Vincent, which is in the Aosta Valley of Italy. BCI teamed with IBS, which is an Italian organization of instructors of bonsai and suiseki, to present headliners Shinji Suzuki of Japan, Min Hsuan Lo, of Taiwan, Isao Omachi of Japan, Wong Tsau Shing of Hong Kong, Hideko Metaxas of the USA, Rob Kempinski of the USA, Nikunj and Jyoti Parekh of India, Pauline Muth of the USA and Carlos Van der Vaart of the Netherlands. In addition several of the Italian artists also conducted demonstrations, lectures or critiques. A vendor area and exhibit of bonsai and suiseki was also presented. We were surprised to see bonsai and suiseki from all over Europe in the exhibit. Exhibit Chairman, Sandro Segneri, made sure that there were a variety of masterpieces to view. In fact, an azalea won the BCI Award of Excellence.
This convention was promoted as a teaching experience as well as demonstration. The translation was very good. Sometimes it went from Japanese into Italian into English. All of the artists attempted to keep the audience informed of their thought process and efforts. Hideko translated for the Japanese artists and also assisted by Larry and Nina Ragle, presented an outstanding lecture on bonsai display. The other translator was a professional but made special effort to clarify questions and information. Chiara Padrini, Convention Chairperson, produced a wonderful convention and also a very enjoyable experience.

MidAtlantic Festival

The lineup for the 2009 MidAtlantic Festival, April 17-19, has been announced. The coming festival will feature artists from Japan - Isao Omachi, the Netherlands - Ferrand Bloch, Canada -David Easterbrook, and United States - Susan Amoy.
This is a great line-up of talented artists, well worth the trip to the Hudson Valley Resort. More informormation on our speakers will be forthcoming.
The resort has promised MABS that we will have the facility to ourselves for the weekend, and that MABS registrants will receive room assignment preference. Restaurant concessions will be open for the duration of the Festival.
Rates remain the same as last year's for the festival and the Resort.
Attendance at last year's event was great. It was wonderful to see all the PBS members present. As a result the return of excess monies to PBS amounted to $1390, an amount which helps us fund our local programs. Thanks to all who attended.

Late Breaking News!!

Congratulations to Jim Gillespie, winner of the Ho Yoku Award, awarded for the most creative western formal display at the National Exhibit in Rochester!

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.

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November 2008 

November Meeting

This month's meeting features your trees on exhibit!! Our regular meetings have brought out a number of very nice trees for all the members to admire. Because of time constraints, we rarely get a chance to discuss those trees in any depth. This month, we will set aside the entire evening to talk about our trees. Some of our Board members will help to point out both the positive aspects of the trees and those areas which could use improvement. Focuses will be on pot selection, development, styling, and overall health.

No matter what your level of experience with bonsai, you are invited to bring in a tree for discussion. Body armor is not necessary for this meeting - the evening will concentrate on improving your tree, not fi nding fault. We don't have room or the backdrops for complete displays, but if you wish to show your tree on a stand, feel free to do so. If the leaves have already fallen, no problem - winter silhouette is great for display.

This should prove to be an interesting and informative meeting. Your participation will make it even more so.

Members' Exhibit
Date: Friday, November 14
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm

Future Meetings
December 12 - Annual Holiday Celebration
January 17 - Flower Show Workshop
February 20 - Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo

October Meeting

October's guest artist, Marco Invernizzi, was welcomed back to PBS by an excellent turnout of members. Marco had the option to work on two pieces of material , one a Ponderosa pine and the other, a needle juniper. Marco felt the pine, even though it was about forty years old , still looked like a juvenille tree, being tall and lanky with few side branches, but six or seven trunks. He made some initial styling cuts, removing some of the weaker trunks, lowering the trees considerably, and wanted the tree to develop a bit before anything more was done. He specifi cally wanted the tree to bud back and develop some side branches, perhaps a three to fi ve year process.

Marco's thoughts on the pine:
• Try to simulate age.
• Create harmony between the trunks -avoid crossing trunks.
• Develop taper from the base to the tips of branches - prune hard where necessary.
• On young, lanky specimens, push strength back into the lower portions of the tree to rebalance strength by selective pruning

The needle juniper was one that Marco had advised on in a workshop with Ron Solt. Ron brought the tree in to show Marco the progress it had made, and Marco ended up working on it. With assistance from Karen Harkaway, soil was removed to reveal a rather nice root buttress, which is important in determining overall height of the tree. Marco removed a number of confl icting branches, and began the process of developing jin and shari, which he felt was necessary with this type of bonsai.

The pine was raffled, and won by our (lucky) President, Mike Marinelli. The needle juniper returned home with Ron - potting and future refinement ahead of it.

MidAtlantic Festival

This month's focus will be on Isao Omachi. Following high school graduation in 1992, Mr. Omachi became a bonsai apprentice under Mr. Takeo Kawabe for five years (Mr. Kawabe was an apprentice of Mr. Kimura). In September of 1999 he became a member of the prestigious Japan Bonsai Kyodo Kumiai. In September of 2006 the Japan Bonsai Association certifi ed him as an Instructor. In December of 2006 he won the coveted Prime Minister’s Award at the 32nd Sakufu-Ten bonsai exhibition.

Mr. Omachi assisted Mr. Shinji Suzuki with his demonstrations and workshops at the 2006 MidAtlantic Festival and so impressed the attendees that he was invited back as a headliner. He also has assisted Mr. Suzuki at his events from California to China. He also travels to Korea every year to maintain the spectacular Sumsund Bonsai Collection. Mr. Omachi and his assistant will present lectures/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday using Junipers. Also, on Saturday Mr. Omachi will conduct a critique of the Exhibit material; on Sunday he will lead a workshop with, large “San Jose Juniper” pre-bonsai material. Mr. Isao’s translator will be Ms. Hideko Metaxas, who is very well known in bonsai circles.
Please join us, April 17-19, 2009 for a great program!

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) traffi c 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) traffi c 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) traffi c lights. At the next traffi c light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

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December 2008

December Meeting

This month’s meeting focuses on our annual Holiday Celebration, and one of the features of this meeting is the Holiday raffle, in which surprise after surprise awaits the lucky ticket holders. Who knows what terrific bonsai book, tool, pot, or accessory is hidden within the bright wrappings? Who will be the lucky recipient of the MidAtlantic registration? Who can figure out what package it is hidden in? Our program for the evening will be a presentation of travel photos by Chase Rosade, who will share with us some of the wonderful bonsai collections, exhibits, and nurseries he and Soli has visited in the Far East.
Please bring a goodie to share with the group - cookies crackers, cheeses, dips, veggies, cakes, pies, or whatever. Our Holiday Celebration is a wonderful tradition for all of our PBS members. Please join us and enjoy. We promise you’ll have a good time!
Holiday Social & Raffle
Date: Friday, December 12
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Remember to bring any tree that you want to discuss prior to the start of the meeting. Advice on styling, care, horticultural problems, pot selection, etc. can be obtained from other members before the start of the program.
No exhibit trees this month, please. We need room for all the gifts!! (No double tickets this month.)

Future Meetings
January 17 - Flower Show Workshop
February 20 - Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo
March 1-8 - Exhibit Sitting - Flower Show

November Meeting

Our first attempt at a Member's Exhibit resulted in a fairly good turnout of bonsai. As the evening progressed, each tree was placed center stage for review and comment by the Board members. Jim Gillespie and Howard McNeal were the main suppliers of suggestion and information pertaining to each tree. It seemed many of the comments and ensuing discussions reflected the need for controlling growth, pruning back, and developing future design plans. Almost all of the trees showed a good degree of maturity, and good health.

Some very specific points of bonsai styling were brought to light. Finding the front of a tree turned out to be a challenge thrown out by Jim and Howard on a few trees. Alternate styles, repotting suggestions, bonsai care, and pot selection were also topics for the evening.

The goal of the evening, that of talking about our trees, met with success - it is hoped that the next Member's Exhibit brings even more trees to share and discuss.

Flower Show Notes

It’s not too early to begin thinking about the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1-8, 2009. As always, we need trees for display. We’ve seen some great trees at each meeting these past years - how about submitting one of your trees for exhibit at the Flower Show? Our Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal, has sent the following:
Hello members,
It is that time of the year when we put our trees into winter storage. But before you pack them away, look them over to see if you have a tree that you want to display in PHS ‘09 Flower Show. Bring that tree to the workshop in January. We need a total of 14 trees and if you are interested in displaying, please forward me an email letting me know, randallnaftal@yahoo.com.

Speaking of volunteers - Linda Brant is always looking for volunteers, new or experienced, 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? $24-$28!!!). 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.

Weather Related Meeting Notification

Over the years, we have had very few cancellations due to the weather, but sometimes we get caught in a storm. If we are faced with a cancellation, the following procedures will take place.
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 attempt to contact you by phone.
D. We will also try to place a notice on KYW radio.

If you are in doubt about a meeting taking place, be sure to check before leaving home.

National Bonsai Foundation News

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 virtually next door. The Museum could not survive without the help and support of bonsai enthusiasts in the United States.

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. Please do your best to support the National Bonsai Foundation through a tax-deductible contribution and membership. Budget concerns have not disappeared, only temporarily slipped into the future. Your contribution and membership in NBF will help guarantee the Museum’s continuance. Basic membership is $35.00. You may join easily on the NBF web site: www.bonsai-nbf.org , or you may 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

Seasonal Notes

We should concern ourselves with winter storage - hopefully you’ve begun to put the trees into storage. Temperatures here have been lower than normal, as low as 16 degrees, so there is some concern about trees still out on benches. Hopefully all will be OK come spring.

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

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

MidAtlantic Festival

This month's focus will be on Farrand Bloch. Farrand Bloch’s interest in Japanese Zen gardens eventually led him into bonsai and his later studies under Mr. Hotsumi Terakawa, Yuji Yoshimura and Suchin Ee. Bloch later travelled to Japan and participated in workshops at Shigeo Kuroso’s bonsai garden. In 1993 he opened his studio garden in Voorschoten, Holland called Sozo Bonsai Studio. Farrand describes his Bonsai creations as lead, iron and burned wood set together with junipers. The inspiration for his creations comes from harsh mountain condition and the pollution and destruction wrought by man. The junipers represent life, which will always continue. Farrand was a demonstrator at MABS in 1997 and in 1998 at BCI. He took over the former Dutch magazine and together with Rene Rooswinkel, he expanded it through several mergers to today’s Bonsai Focus. Farrand will appear on Saturday only, due to an extremely busy schedule.

Remember, super demonstrations, great vendors, raffles, a banquet, exhibit critiques, live and silent auctions, and bonsai fellowship are all a part of a MABS Festival. This year, first-time attendees will receive 50% off the basic registration fee .

Please join us, April 17-19, 2009 for a great program!

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.

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