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January 2011

January Meeting

Soon the Philadelphia Flower Show (March 6-13) will be upon us. January’s workshop meeting will provide members with an opportunity to learn exactly what is involved in preparing a tree for exhibit, evaluating exhibit quality of a bonsai, and the finer points of exhibit preparation, as well as preparing their own tree for the Show.

If you're not planning to exhibit a tree in the PBS Flower Show exhibit, but 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 have it done. We need exhibit trees for the show, and this is an excellent time to see what is involved with showing. We need to look at trees for future exhibits, also, so if your tree isn't quite ready, you'll get help and advice on steps to make it to exhibit quality.

PBS Flower Show Workshop
Date: January 22
Time: 10 am
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

December Meeting

December's Holiday Social benefi tted from some clear, cold weather which accented the warmth and friendship of the assembled group. Lots and lots of goodies appeared on the tables, as well as beautifully wrapped gifts furnished by Chase and Soli for our holiday raffle.
A short program was presented showing the breadth and scope of bonsai information available on the internet, as well as the infl uence of social media on communication relevant to bonsai (Thanks, Paul). (If you weren't able to attend, a list of bonsai sites will be available at January's meeting, or on the PBS site with this month's newsletter).
When the time arrived to begin the holiday raffl e and draw winners to open the gifts, members anxiously checked their tickets to see if they won one of the great gifts. Our big winner of the evening, Solita Rosade, went home with a free, full registration to the upcoming MABS Spring Festival. Congratulations Soli, and thanks to you and Chase for furnishing all those wonderful gifts - thanks, too, to all who brought the great goodies to share.

President's Notes

The holidays are over and I hope that all PBS members are thinking about the upcoming
workshop on January 22nd. I know that it is hard to get you hands on your trees
at this time of year. But try to dig out a tree that you think may be ready for the Flower
Show or just one that you want to work on or need some advice about. We will all be
working together with help from the experienced members. Even if you are not working
on a tree, come to the meeting and listen as others get advice or exchange ideas - you are sure to learn something. I will have the Flower Show Schedule so if you have not signed up to sit at the exhibit, you can do so then.
In February, our own Howard McNeal will be repotting a pine. Pines can be tricky, but with Howard's helpful demo, you are sure to succeed. We do not usually have a March meeting, but due to the responses in the recent PBS survey, we are going to have a workshop. After a short demo, ten people will be able to take the workshop and the rest of the membership will be observers, The topic is "Blended Trees". This is a technique that will be taught by Pauline Muth on how to make chunky little shohin trees. Materials will be supplied for a reasonable fee. More details at a later date. Your Executive Board is trying hard to implement
the suggestions that were made in the survey and I hope that everyone will enjoy this workshop.
Use these winter days to clean and sharpen tools, to read bonsai magazines and books and to make plans for spring. Don't forget that MidAtlantic will be close by and look for the registration materials in the mail.
See you all on the 22nd.
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

This month, let's focus on a bonsai talent that many of us have had the opportunity to see or to work with - Kathy Shaner. She has conducted a very successful weekend seminar for PBS and appeared at several MABS Festivals in the past. She has become internationally known and recognized for her excellence in the art of bonsai. After studying under several of California's most respected bonsai instructors, she was granted the opportunity to study in Toyohashi, Japan. There she worked for Yasuo Mitsuya. Subsequently, she was the first non-Japanese and first woman certified by Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii, the professional bonsai grower's branch of Nippon Bonsai Association, a great honor.

Since that time, Kathy's career has taken off in many directions. She uses her knowledge and ability to find the "soul of the tree" (as Mr. Mitsuya puts it) to teach her students in a clear and understandable way. Students are taught the art and culture of bonsai using her creative specialized methods. Her critiques are a highly regarded part of the program and have set a standard for other instructors. Kathy also maintains and designs private collections throughout the United States. Kathy is the curator of the Golden State Bonsai Collection-North at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. She is the resident bonsai master at the new El Dorado Bonsai School. Kathy is well known for her ability to work with almost any species.

She will present two lecture/demonstrations, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Kathy will conduct a critique of the exhibit trees. Sunday's workshop is a unique choose-your-tree (from five species) workshop. In addition to all the Spring Festival activities, MABS will be hosting a regional runoff for the ABS Joshua Roth New Talent Competition. In 2010, PBS was delighted to sponsor Andrew Klein in the National competition. Again this year, PBS will sponsor any member who reaches Stage Two of this competition by paying for a nights lodging at the Holiday Inn (Thursday, April 14) and the cost of the banquet at which the winner will be announced. If the contestant should wish to attend the MidAtlantic Convention, he/she will have to pay for registration and for other nights' lodging.

This year's festival will also feature, as in past years, an exhibit showcasing trees from each of the member clubs. PBS has been well represented in the past, and we'd certainly like to see a good representation of our members' talent again this year. Please contact Jim Gillespie, Jim Brant, or Paul Landis, if you are interested in exhibiting at MABS. Registration forms have been sent out for this year's Festival. Please be aware that there are some misprints on the form for workshop pricing. There is a revised price list for workshops included with your registration form. Be sure to enter the correct amounts when registering.

Please mark your calendars for this event, April 15-17, 2011 at the Holiday Inn, Grantville (Harrisburg/Hershey), PA. We hope that PBS is well represented at this event.

Seasonal Notes

Winter seems to have set in with a vengeance, with howling winds, snow, and low temperatures. While our trees are taking their winter rest, let's dream about warmer weather and the opportunity to work on our bonsai. While winter is still in charge, we have little to do with our trees, but a few considerations should be remembered.

Trees do need moisture during winter storage - trees in outside storage may be watered if the root ball is not frozen. Trees in inside storage such as azaleas, boxwoods, or other evergreens can benefi t from misting, and all need to be monitored for adequate moisture in the roots. Early in February, we can begin to think about repotting, and start getting our soil and tools prepared. The key to successful repotting of bonsai is that the roots not be allowed to freeze after repotting.

Future Meetings

February 18 - Lecture/Demo - Howard McNeal
March 6 - 13 - Philadelphia Flower Show
March 18 - Pauline Muth - Lecture/ Workshop
April 22 - MABS speaker - date tentative

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 2011

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 40 year old pine using a potting method that offers a different approach, one not seen in the bonsai magazines. Howard has ask that members bring paper and pencil for notes. While the demo tree will not be raffled, we will have several raffles for the evening,
one of which will be the MABS raffle, which will be drawn at the March meeting.

Guest Artist: Howard McNeal -Lecture/Demo
Date: February 18
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

January Workshop

We had a great turnout and some very nice trees at our January workshop. Members braved some severe cold and brought their bonsai for evaluation and final preparations. Lots of advice and tips were given, lots of sharing of ideas was evident thought the morning.

President's Notes

If you are sick of the snow, join the crowd. Even though the snow is taking away the job of watering the bonsai in winter storage, it is still a bummer. Think of the Philadelphia International Flower Show, just a month away, and cheer up. Our Flower Show Chairman, Randy Naftal, assures us that the show is outstanding. If you have not yet signed up to sit at the PBS Exhibit, please call or e-mail me. There are several slots left. I will also have the schedule at the Feb. 18th meeting.
The American Bonsai Society and Bonsai Clubs International are teaming up this year for a joint convention. Bonsai in the Bluegrass, Louisville, Kentucky, June 16 - 19 promises to be an outstanding event. There are demonstrations and workshops each day. The two organizations have worked with the folks in Louisville to keep the cost of the conventions as reasonable as possible. Many of the workshop leaders and demonstrators are donating parts of their fees or expenses to help. Check out the website of either organization for a link to the convention website for further information.
Our club has been able to rent a storage locker at the Plymouth Community Center. This will enable us to keep many supplies on hand at the site of our meetings. We will be able to offer PBS shirts for sale at each meeting and to start a PBS Bonsai Library. Members will be able to sign out bonsai books as soon as we get them organized. We are currently looking for a Club Librarian. The duties would be to open the locker at the start of the meeting, sign books out to members and lock up at the end of the evening. If you are interested in helping, contact me. We can figure out how to best organize the books together.
Stay warm and see you on the 18th!
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

Workshops at this year's MidAtlantic Spring Festival promise to have what is likely the best choice of material in recent memory. Yasuo Mitsuya's workshop will feature Kishu Shimpaku Junipers raised in California at the Ishii family's Chikugo En Bonsai Nursery in California. These junipers have a bright green color and a very tight foliage mass. They are very desirable for shohin.
Steve Tolly's workshop will feature collected American Larch form northern Maine. They are well established in containers and workshop participants will receive a literati pot created by Adriano Manocchia for their tree. Both Tolley's and Mitsuya's workshops are limited to eight participants.
Kathy Shaner's workshop is most unusual in that a variety of species will be offered. The list includes Itogiawa Junipers, Mugo Pines, Larches, Little Leaf Lindens, Shimpaku Junipers and others that are all hand selected. There will be extra trees so that each participant will have a good choice of materials. Please note that this workshop is limited to six persons.
If you've never taken a workshop at MidAtlantic, this is a great opportunity to work with some first-class instructors and with some great material. Be sure to register early to get in on these great opportunities.
Dates for the Festival are April 15 to 17 at the Grantville (Harrisburg/Hershey) Holiday Inn. First time Full registrants receive a 50% discount on registration. If you can't make the entire weekend, please make an effort to spend a full Saturday at the Festival and stay for the Banquet and Auction.

Falling Leaves

We were very saddened to learn of the death of Pat Lucke Morris in mid-January. Pat was a long-time member of PBS, Brandywine Bonsai, and the Delaware Valley Bonsai Study Group. Pat was a tremendous volunteer worker for these organizations, helping with auctions, organizing exhibits, and almost anything else that came along. Her most recent volunteer effort in bonsai was as Secretary for the American Bonsai Society.
Pat edited Growing Bonsai Indoors (Brooklyn Botanical Garden All-Region Guides).
Pat was an accomplished equestrian, an interest that occupied much of her time along with bonsai, and was very active with animal rescue fostering a number of dogs and cats at any given time.
Pat's forthrightness and generosity will be sorely missed by all.

Future Meetings

March 6 - 13 - Philadelphia Flower Show
March 18 - Pauline Muth - Lecture/ Workshop
April 22 - MABS speaker - date tentative
May 20 - Lecture/Demo - Chase Rosade

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 2011

March Meeting

March comes in like a lion? You betcha!!
This month PBS is combining a lecture demo with a workshop, featuring the talents of Pauline Muth.
Pauline is Past President of the American Bonsai Society as well as Recording Secretary for Bonsai Clubs International. She is the proprietor of PFM Bonsai Studio located in West Charlton, NY. Pauline has appeared at many convention, both in the US and abroad. She has been actively involved in bonsai for over thirty years, a member of her original club (Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society in the capital district area of New York State) for over 25 years where she now serves on the board of directors, and she has studied with some of the greatest masters in bonsai, such as John Naka, over the years.
The topic of Pauline's program is "Blended Trees". This is a process of grouping seedlings in order to create a shohin bonsai in a very short time (relative to using other methods). Pauline will walk us through the steps necessary to make these creations, then oversee a workshop in which the participants will create their own blended trees. Non-participants are welcome as silent observers.
This should prove to be a most interesting program, one which members can try out immediately on their own. Who knows - we may have a great number of blended trees on display at next years' meetings.
Bring a bonsai for exhibit and double your raffle chances on the demo tree. We'll also be completing our MABS registration raffle this month (no double tickets for this one).

Guest Artist: Pauline Muth-Lecture/Demo/Workshop
Date: March 18
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

**April 18 - Steve Tolley -Lecture/Demo**
May 20 - Lecture/Demo - Chase Rosade
May 21-22 -PBS Exhibit at Shofuso
June TBA - Annual Picnic & Auction

**PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

February Meeting

Howard McNeal presented an excellent program for our February meeting on repotting of pines. Howard's demonstration tree was a collected pine which was about fifty years old. The pine was last repotted 6 - 7 years ago, as older trees such as this one can go longer periods before repotting is necessary. Ideally Howard likes to repot 2 needle pines in late February or early March, and 5 needle pines in June.
Some tidbits from Howard's program;
Don't repot a "sick" tree or one that seems weak - let it recover and get healthy.
Don't work on a frozen tree - let it thaw and begin to push.
Let the soil dry out before repotting.
Choose a pot by holding up choices to the level of the nebari at final orientation
Rap pot with your knuckle, listen for a clear bell sound. If it's there the pot is sound.
Determine the front of the pot. Place any imperfections to the rear.
Use a plumb-bob to maintain proper orientation during repotting.

Howard prefers plastic screening to cover drain holes.
He uses aluminum wire to tie the tree into the pot.
Use two sizes of soil when repotting - Large grains at the bottom for drainage, medium sized grains for the planting area.
Howard prefers to use akadama as a growing medium.
Thanks to Howard for a great program, and thanks to his assistants for the evening, Andrew Klein, John McGovern, And Barry McDonnell.
Howard provided 3 raffle items for the evening, bonsai tool boxes, one of which contained a certificate for a workshop at Old Mill Bonsai Studio. Our winner? Quan Nguyen. Another raffle for the evening was provided by Ron Solt. The "Confectionery Raffle" was won by Howard Dunetz.


(Many thanks to Jim Gillespie for his meeting notes and photos - Ed.)

President's Notes

I would like to thank Flower Show Chairman, Randy Naftal, the set up and tear down helpers, the exhibit sitters and all of those who exhibited trees. We had several members who did multiple sittings and that is greatly appreciated. The Flower Show requires much preparation and many bodies to cover the 9 days but it is great honor for the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society to be included in such a prestigious event. I always enjoy talking with public about bonsai and hope that you all enjoyed your sitting times. It is a hoot to hear some of the misinformation that is believed by those not involved in bonsai.
Now that the Flower Show is behind us, we can really begin to think "Spring". Jim and I are beginning some early repotting on bonsai that we wintered in our garage. We actually gave some thought when we put the others away for the winter and tried to place the trees so that we could get to some that would need early spring attention. We'll see how that works out.
PBS will be putting on an exhibit at Shofuso (the Japanese House) in late May. I encourage any PBS member to exhibit a bonsai at this show. Mark the dates May 21st and 22nd on your calendar. The exhibit runs from 11 am to 5 pm each day. On Sunday, May 22nd, Howard McNeal will conduct a paid workshop that benefits the Japanese House. We will need exhibit trees and also some volunteers to be available to answer questions and keep an eye on the trees each day. This is an informal exhibit and requires only a tree and stand for display, no scrolls or accents. I will have a sign up sheet at the March meeting, so please think about helping out.
We look forward to MidAtlantic in April. The Symposium takes place close to us this year and it looks as if it will be well attended by PBS members. See you there!
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

What haven't we mentioned about this year's MidAtlantic Spring Festival? Let's see, we did mention that three great bonsai artists will be presenting demonstrations, critiques, and workshops. We also mentioned that the demo material is outstanding this year and will be raffled off at the end of each demo. Check off mention of three tremendous workshops featuring great material, one of which even offers a choice of material. Also mentioned are the two exhibits of bonsai. The exhibit of club trees features over thirty of the best bonsai example from each member club. This year, an exhibit of trees from professional bonsai artists has been added, apart from the club exhibit.
Also mentioned has been the bonsai marketplace, where bonsai, prebonsai, pots, tools, soil, and other related item can be purchased. Silent auctions are an eagerly anticipated component of Saturday's doings. A Friday feature is the Joshua Roth/ABS new talent contest. Finally don't forget that the Festival features a Saturday evening banquet followed by a bonsai auction.
The fun begins on Friday, April 15 and continues to Sunday, April 17. Special rates are in effect for the Holiday Inn, and first-time registrants can register for half-price. A great deal!!
PBS and the member clubs of MidAtlantic benefit directly from your participation in this event. Excess monies after expenses, are returned to member clubs for use in presenting programs for their members throughout the year.
See you there!!!


Seasonal Notes

Most likely, you're well into your Spring repotting work or getting ready to start. Hopefully, we've seen the last of the really cold weather (fingers crossed). It's very important that newly repotted trees be protected from freezing. This may mean a nightly move from outdoors back into protection, which is no fun, but really is necessary. Be sure to mist repotted trees frequently (once the leaves open). The new roots can be overwhelmed by too much water dumped into the pot, so keep an eye on your regular watering until the tree is better established. A soil covering of sphagnum moss or cottonseed hulls will help cut down water loss by evaporation as well as cutting down on frequency of watering. Shelter the trees from the wind.
Wiring a tree and repotting it at the same time must be done very carefully. In fact, wiring should probably be avoided when a tree is repotted. If that isn't possible, do the wiring work before repotting so that the roots are not disturbed any more than is necessary.
Hold off on fertilizing your trees until at least the end of April. Leaves should be hardened off before fertilizer is applied. Fertilizer is not readily absorbed by the trees roots until we're into the warmer temperatures. Fertilizing at half-strength is safer than going at full strength, especially with chemical fertilizers such as Miracle Grow or Peters. Organics such as kelp meal, fish meal, etc. are excellent additions to your fertilizing regimen, smeel aside. Fertilizer "balls" work very well, but picking them up off the ground can become a nuisance when the birds disturb them looking for bugs. You can make your own (outside, please), or purchase ready made ones.
Many of us find that trees that were wired before leaves emerged get forgotten later in the spring and we end up with ugly wire scars. Some trees grow so fast that scarring can be a problem within a month. Putting some sort of sign on the tree telling you it has wire on the branches will remind you to check for wire that is beginning to scar. Little plastic signs work well, as does a ribbon hung from a branch so it is visible. Remember, it can many years, if ever, for a wire scar to grow out and disappear.

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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April 2011

April Meeting

Our guest artist for April Steve Tolley, comes to us via the United Kingdom and the MidAtlantic Spring Festival, where he was
one the featured artists. Steve is well-known world wide, for his talents with styling bonsai as well as his teaching ability. His philosophy of bonsai is explained on his web site. Steve cites as his guiding influence, Dan Barton, and his teaching influence Japanese bonsai master Hotsumi Terakawa, living at that time in the Netherlands. He further states," As someone who has always had a strong contact with nature from a young age, I find working with trees relaxing, stimulating and satisfying, and for me bonsai is a way of self-expression. With photography, sketching or painting, you have two dimensional art, length and breadth. With sculpture you are working in three dimensions, length, breadth and depth. However, with bonsai you have a ‘living’ sculpture, and so you not only have length, breadth and depth, but also life, and the element of time. It is the tree’s life over time which gives us change and it is this interplay of life and time and therefore change that gives bonsai that fourth dimension. Unlike any painting or sculpture a bonsai is never truly fi nished and so as the custodians of our trees we continually have to tend to their needs as living things. We also have the possibility to re-design our work of art should we so wish. Although horticulture is necessary to maintain a tree in good health, in the end what we are aiming for is a living work of art. Or at least, I am. " (www.stevetolleybonsai.com)
Demo material will be raffl ed - Double tickets are not offered this month.

Guest Artist: Steve Tolley-Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, April 18****
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Future Meetings

May 20 - Lecture/Demo - Chase Rosade
May 21-22 -PBS Exhibit at Shofuso
June TBA - Annual Picnic & Auction

March Meeting

Our March meeting was a combination of lecture/demo and workshop led by Pauline Muth. Pauline illustrated her technique for blended tree bonsai initially by using pipe cleaners. Each participant tried the technique using the pipe cleaners, then graduated to working on live material. Wiring was a little difficult , as the material was not anchored in a pot, so one hand had to do the holding, the other the wiring. We did hear a few choice words while this process was going on.
Once the wires were in place, branches were bent and placed. Branches were shortened to fit the compositions, and the trees were placed in growing pots. It will be interesting to see how the trees progress over the summer, and in the future years.
Pauline has provided an illustrated guide, which can be found at the end of the newsletter.
Many thanks to Pauline for an interesting and novel program.

President's Notes

Our March meeting with Pauline Muth was a different format, but seemed very wellreceived. The blended trees that were created in the workshop were impressive and I hope that everyone brings them back in the fall so that we can all see their progress. The soldout workshop reflected the desire of the membership for workshops, so I think that we must continue to seek opportunities for more workshops in the future,
Since it was a very busy meeting, I did not get a real chance to ask for fi nancial assistance for the Japanese bonsai community. Many bonsai people in Japan were affected by the recent natural and nuclear disasters. Jim will include information on how you can help in the next newsletter.
At April's meeting I will have sign up sheets for trees and sitters for the May 21 and 22 exhibit at Shofuso. We will need at least 15 trees and several sitters for this event. Whether we continue to do it will depend on the membership. It seems as if the same bodies turn out to help at our extra activities. If more of the membership is not willing to help out, we will not continue to try to put on this extra exhibit.
I hope to see many of you at MidAtlantic. PBS is in charge of the auction which is held at the banquet. We will need helpers for that too. MidAtlantic provides an opportunity to see different bonsai talent each year. You can watch demos, attend critiques of the exhibit trees (2 different exhibit this year), take or observe workshops, visit the vendors and view the many bonsai that will be exhibited this year. The location of MidAtlantic 2011 is less than an hour and a half from us, so please plan to attend all or part of this wonderful weekend (April 15-17).

Please note that our April meeting is on MONDAY, April 18, due to the speaker's schedule. We will be joined by members of the Bonsai Society of the Lehigh Valley. This joint meeting features Steve Tolley from Great Britain. He is an informative and entertaining speaker, so do not miss this meeting.

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 2011

May Meeting

Our May meeting will feature a lecture/demonstration by Chase Rosade.The topic Chase has chosen for this meeting is Maples. Chase will focus on the development of maples as bonsai as well as techniques for styling, refinement, and care. He is going to bring several maple bonsai from which we can get examples of the techniques utilized. Chase will also have a brief PowerPoint program to present additional information and examples.
Chase and his wife Soli own and operate Rosade Bonsai Studio, which is a mecca for bonsai lovers on the East Coast. Chase has traveled all over the world giving programs, workshops and demonstrations. He is noted for his vast knowledge of bonsai species and his tremendous styling ability. The Rosade Bonsai Studio exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show is always crowded.
Chase is a Life Member of PBS and can trace his membership back to 1965.
Chase will have a maple for raffle, so be sure to bring one of your bonsai for exhibit at the meeting and receive double raffle tickets.

Guest Artist: F. Chase Rosade
Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

May 22 -PBS Exhibit and Workshop at Shofuso
June 26 - Annual Picnic & Auction - Rosade Bonsai Studio

PBS Exhibit at Shofuso

On the Sunday (May 22) following our May meeting, PBS will put on an exhibit of bonsai at the Japanese House in Fairmount Park (Shofuso). In addition , Howard McNeal will again lead a introductory bonsai workshop. Last's year's workshop was very successful.
We need members to exhibit trees. 10 to 15 trees are needed for a good representation. Please call Linda to volunteer a tree or sign up at this month's meeting.
The exhibit for 2011 will be for one day only , which is a change from previous years.

President's Notes

It been quite a spring for PBS so far. I was extremely disappointed that we had to cancel the April meeting on such a short notice, but it was unavoidable. I hope that we were able to reach everyone through the website, emails and telephone calls.
Those of us who attended MidAtlantic had a wonderful weekend. The demonstrations were entertaining and instructive. The vendor area was filled with tempting material and supplies. Jim and I did not take workshops, but some of our members did and hopefully will report back to us at the May meeting. Maybe we will even see some of their efforts. The two exhibits were truly outstanding. Congratulations to Jim Gillespie, who chaired the Professional Invitational Exhibit (PIE). It was inspirational! PBS handled the very successful Silent and Live Auctions, I want to thank the Auction Chairman, Jim Brant, the auctioneers, Jim Gillespie and Jim Doyle, the runners, Paul Landis, Dave Tettemer and Mike Wigginton , and the bid takers, David Spirt, Karen Harkaway and Joanne Dhody. MidAtlantic also provided the opportunity to socialize with the regional bonsai community. All of this and a much shorter drive - who could ask for anything more? MidAtlantic will be held at the same location next year and I hope that even more of you will attend.
The annual picnic will be held on June 26th at Rosade Bonsai Studio. We need items for the PBS auction The June auction is donation only and totally benefits the club. It is also a chance for you to pick up some bargains. Please plan to attend. Further details in next month's newsletter.
See you on May 20th when the PBS speaker will be our own, Chase Rosade.

Linda

The auction is coming!! Look for items to donate for the PBS Auction at the Picnic. Donations of bonsai, prebonsai, stock plants, pots, tools, scrolls, display stands, books, magazines, or anything bonsai-related are welcome. Proceeds benefit PBS programs.

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 06/07 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 10/11 indicate dues are paid for the 2010-11 year. Dues remain at $30.00. 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.

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June 2011

June Picnic & Auction

Our last meeting for the 2010-2011 program year brings us to the Annual Picnic and Auction. Hosts Chase and Solita Rosade have promised us wonderful weather for this year’s picnic and auction. The Rosade bonsai collection is always a treat to see.
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 results from so many quality items in the auction. Please be sure to check your collection. Maybe a tree that’s just not coming exactly the way you’d like will be treasured by another. Perhaps that pot that’s been collecting dust on a shelf all these years has the exact right tree waiting for it - in someone else’s collection! Give them a chance at happiness! That tool you bought but never used, has a buyer just waiting for it this weekend. Books you've read and re-read, now gathering dust on a shelf, could be a treasure for another reader. This is our prime fund-raising event. Without your donations and participation, the wonderful speakers and activities we’re used to seeing won’t be there, so join the fun, bring some items, and buy lots of items at our Picnic & Auction.
PBS will supply a hot dog lunch with a beverage. Members are asked to bring an appetizer, a picnic salad, or a dessert to share. Please bring your own lawn chair(s).
As we've done in past years, there will be a special raffle, at no cost, for a $100 gift certificate from Rosade Bonsai Studio. Consolation prizes will be drawn, too! A large number of pots have been donated by Joan Simon which will be awarded to ticket holders from the special raffle.
We look forward to a great turnout and to sharing a wonderful day!
See you there!!

PBS Annual Picnic & Auction
Date: Sunday, June 26
Times (approximate): Picnic - 1:00 -- Auction - 2:00
Location: Rosade Bonsai Studio - 6912 Ely Rd. New Hope, PA
Phone: 215-862-5925

(This is an election year, and our election
chairman will be proposing a slate of
candidates for you to vote on. Also additions
to the Board of Directors will be announced.)

May Meeting

At our May meeting, our guest speaker, Chase Rosade, presented a tremendous program focusing on maples. Chase's program led off with a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the variety of maple species and styles.
Chase moved from a video presentation to hands-on demonstrations of several developmental techniques.
Chase used two different tridents in the root-over-rock style to illustrate how to encourage development for the future by allowing the tree to grow out and extend, then cutting back hard.
Chase's second demonstration created a five-tree clump style (or sprout style) grouping.. Using three-year seedlings, Chase trimmed roots, and bound the tree trunks close together. A little wire to bend the trunks in appropriate directions and a great future bonsai was created.

Some gleanings from Chase's program:

Most maples make excellent bonsai material.
Leaves of maples can be significantly reduced in size using proper techniques.
It is relatively easy to develop good rootage.
Branches or roots are very easy to develop using inarch or thread grafts.
Maples should be cut back hard to promote short internodes and ramification.
Cuts should be sealed with cut paste -Chase prefers the clay-based ones.
Organic fertilizers work well with maples (kelp, fish meal, etc.).

Chase's program was most comprehensive, covering a myriad of topics, giving a tremendous amount of information, and leaving the members with a "itch" to get working with maples on a higher level.
PBS thanks Chase for an excellent program.

Raffle winners for the evening were three!! "Kaz", David Sprit, and Doan Pham.

President's Notes

I would like to thank the following who helped with the Shofuso exhibit and with Howard McNeal's workshop on Sunday, May 22. Paul Landis, David Tettemer, Jim Brant, Karen Harkaway, Mike Wigginton, Jim Gillespie, Joanne Dhoty and Paul Krasner displayed trees. Jim Brant, Jim Gillespie, Paul Landis, and Mike Wigginton helped Howard with the workshop and Joanne Dhoty helped me watch the display and talk with visitors. Howard's workshop was very successful, turning out very nicely styled junipers. Thanks to Howard for donating his expertise to another group of bonsai enthusiasts.
Another PBS member who deserves many thanks is Joan Simon. Although unable to attend meetings for many years now, she has been most generous in donating bonsai and other related items to our auctions. Many of you have purchased her trees over the last two years at the November Members' Auction. Joan has now donated more items for this year's June auction. Come and see what great things are there. Thank you, Joan, for your donations.
The PBS picnic will end our 2010/2011 year. Please plan on attending and also on donating some items for our auction. As usual, you will be able to pick up some bonsai bargains and also help your club at the same time. We will have a special raffle for those attending. If you have not paid your dues for the 2011/2012 year, they will be due at the picnic.
The PBS Executive Board is already putting together an impressive calendar of events for next year.
If I do not see you at the picnic, have a great summer, enjoy your trees and stay well.

Linda

Dues Notice

It’s that time of the year again! Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 10/11 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. Labels displaying an 11/12 indicate dues are paid for the 2011-12 year. If you are receiving your newsletter via e-mail, a reminder will be arriving shortly, Dues remain at $30.00. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

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

Directions to Rosade Bonsai Studio

Central New Jersey - route 95 west to Rt 29 north to Lambertville, left on Rt 179 at light, cross bridge to New Hope. Turn right at first light Rt 32 north. Go 2 1/2 miles on Rt 32 to Ely Rd, turn Left on Ely for 1 mile - studio on left (sign) at end of long driveway
Philadelphia & South - Delaware, Maryland, D.C. etc - I 95 north to last exit in Pennsylvania # 51- left at stop sign. Follow signs and Rt 32 North for 10 miles into New Hope. From traffic light in center of New Hope continue straight (North on Rt 32 ) for 2 1/2 miles to Ely Rd on Left, 1 mile on Ely Rd to studio on left (sign)
Philadelphia & West - Pennsylvania Turnpike East to exit # 27 (Willow Grove) North on Rt 611 approximately 10 miles just south of Doylestown . Exit right to New Hope Rt 202 North. Follow Rt 202 North to exit (New Hope- Easton Rt 32) At stop sign turn left North on 32 about 1 1/2 miles to Ely Rd, turn left on Ely for 1 mile. Studio on left at the end of a long driveway.
Allentown and North - take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike south to Quakertown exit #32. Go north toward Quakertown on Rt 663 (which becomes Rt 313 East) through Crosskeys to Rt 202 north. Follow Rt 202 north to exit (New Hope- Easton Rt 32) At stop sign turn North on 32 to about 1 1/2 miles to Ely Rd, turn left on Ely for 1 mile. Studio on left at the end of a long driveway.

For those with GPS, the address is:
6912 Ely Rd. -Solebury
New Hope, Pa 18938

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September 2011

This year’s meetings will start out with a visit from one of the best known and busiest bonsai artists, Boon Manakitivipart, better known as “Bonsai Boon”.

Although it was a only small juniper that started Boon on his journey, that tree would soon have a huge impact on his life and his future. He became fascinated with bonsai. Before long, he joined the Bonsai Society of San Francisco, the club through which he took his first beginner class in the spring of 1989. Anxious to learn as much as possible about bonsai, Boon studied with as many teachers as he could find in California.

Boon’s bonsai skills advanced when he hosted bonsai master Akio Kondo, who was Kihachiro Kamiya’s fi rst apprentice. Later, Boon worked and studied at Kihachi-En (a famous bonsai nursery in Japan) and was an apprentice to Kihachiro Kamiya, a great bonsai master with multiple national awards.

In April 2000, Boon won the Grand Prize in the Kindai Bonsai Styling Contest in Japan. He was the only non-Japanese entrant in the contest. He has since won numerous other awards and recognition for his work, both nationally and internationally. Boon's passion is bonsai education—both learning and teaching. He had the privilege to train with one of the most famous bonsai masters in Japan. As part of his training, Boon helped set up and work every major Japanese bonsai show.

His goal today is to share his bonsai expertise and knowledge with other bonsai enthusiasts through his teachings. He sponsors study groups and workshops across America. He has produced a series of training DVDs. Personalized workshops and intensive classes are held at his studio in northern California. Boon gets great satisfaction when his students attain success. Several have become acclaimed bonsai artists and teachers in their own right.

Boon’s programs are known for his innovative techniques, unique bonsai styling and creative teaching methods.. His demo material will be raffled, so bring a bonsai for display to double your chances of winning.

Guest Speaker: Boon Manakitivipart -Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, September 26 - NOTE CHANGE OF DAY
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

October 21 - John Romano- Evening Lecture/Demo - Afternoon Shohin Workshop
November 18 - Members' Auction
December 10 - Holiday Social & Raffle

President's Notes

We've all said it, "Where did the summer go?' Hope that you had a good one.

Pennsylvania Bonsai will be starting off its fall schedule with an excellent speaker, Boon Manakitivipart, or as he is known, "Bonsai Boon". This summer Karen Harkaway, Jim and I had the pleasure of taking work sessions with Boon In Louisville, at the BCI/ABS Convention. He has a wealth of information and experiences to share. I have asked him to concentrate on repotting. Even though Fall is not repotting time, we will all be facing it next spring and can put some of Boon's practices to work in our trees. Boon will be working on a juniper provided by Chase Rosade. Whether he repots or not will depend on time and on the material. The tree will be raffled, so do bring your ticket money!
In order to accommodate Boon's busy schedule, our meeting will be scheduled for Monday, September 26 at 7 pm at Plymouth Community Center.

Please bring trees for display and the Silent Auction will be available for those wishing to sell bonsai items. Several items from Joan SImon's donations will be available in September. Remember all Silent Auction sales help the club (20% to PBS, 80% to seller). If you do not have items at this time, start to look through your collection, tools, and books as the popular Members' Auction will be held again in November.

Many of you need to renew your membership. Please check the label on your newsletter for 2011/2012 or email me if you are uncertain if your membership is current. You may also pay at the meeting.

I am pleased to announce that Mike WIgginton and Andrew Klein have joined the PBS Executive Board.

See you all on the 26th.
Linda

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! Closing times for bidding will be announced.

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 10/11 on it (if you receive the newsletter by email, a reminder will be sent out by email), please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible. This will be the last newsletter unless dues are current. Labels displaying an 11/12 indicate dues are paid for the current year. Dues remain at $30.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return, or you can pay at the September meeting. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

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 - 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 2011

October Meeting

October's' PBS meeting features the talents of a well-known bonsai artist who specializes in shohin, John Romano. The following is taken from John's bio from the New England Bonsai Garden site:
" My first experience with plants was at 4 years old- helping my Italian Grandfather plant seeds and later pruning apple, pear and fig trees in the garden. This was my first 'crossing path' with trees. In 1975 I started to 'play' with bonsai. It was more like creating a morgue for trees! After this first foray in futility, I stumbled upon some good books and finally found New England Bonsai Gardens (then in South Natick) and my passion was rooted. I've had many teachers over the years - in single courses and workshops - as well as more extensive learning relationships with Kenji Miyata at New England Bonsai Gardens and a short study period at Taisho en in Shizuoka, Japan with shohin bonsai master, Nobuichi Urushibata. I have been teaching bonsai classes and private students at New England Bonsai Gardens since 2000."
John has won a large number of prestigious national and international awards, and has published a number of articles in Bonsai Today, International Bonsai, ABS Bonsai, and BCI Bonsai Magazines. He is currently writing a regular column for International Bonsai magazine on shohin bonsai called 'A Little Magic with Shohin Bonsai'
John's demo material will be raffled, so bring a bonsai for display to double your chances of winning.

Guest Speaker: John Romano -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings
November 18 - Members' Auction
December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January 21 - Flower Show Workshop

September Meeting


Our September speaker, Boon Manakitivipart, provided our members with a great deal of information as he worked on the evening's demo tree, a San Jose juniper. Focus for the evening was a general discussion of bonsai care as well as information needed for successful repotting of bonsai.
Boon made a number of points, some of which were contrary to what has been accepted practices. Surely further discussion and exploration will result.
Some excerpts from Boon's talk:
The health of the tree is the primary consideration before anything else.
Recognize the health of the tree.
Get the tree strong first, the commence work.
Allow the tree to grow out, then cut/prune.
Don't cut back to "nothing" - leave some living material.
Death of a bonsai can be very slow, taking up to three years once decline begins.
Know where to cut to encourage new growth.
Balance the energy of the tree.
Cut the stronger part of the tree harder than the weakest part.
Know the consequences of plucking, pruning , and pinching.

On repotting:

Avoid soil mixtures with too much organic material, especially any form of bark.
Avoid soil mixtures with particles that are too small, or too hard.
Charcoal may be added to growing medium.
A mxture of equal parts pumice, lava rock, and akadama is ideal.
Large sized pearlite may be substituted for pumice.

Boon's website:
http:// bonsaiboon.com

Winner of the evenings raffle, Jesse Cook, won the juniper Boon used for a demonstration of repotting techniques.

Thanks to Boon for a most interesting and informative evening.

President's Notes


What a great meeting to start off our 2011/2012 year! Bonsai Boon certainly gave us a lot of information in a very educational presentation. It was also a wonderful turnout of membership. Hopefully, those who adopt Boon's methods for repotting and soil mix will keep club members informed of their progress. Information on his Bay Island Bonsai soil mix will be available at October's meeting.

Our next meeting will be another interesting program. John Romano likes to educate others about his favorite topic - Shohin bonsai. If you have not been reading his informative articles in International Bonsai Magazine, it would be a good idea to get some past issues and catch up. The latest article is the history of Shohin. When working with small material, you have to be aware of each cut that you make as there are not that many branches and it is easy to mess up your design. Come to October's meeting and learn about these small bonsai gems. Those who are taking the afternoon workshop should be at Plymouth Community Center at 2 pm with their bonsai tools.

The benefits of being part of a regional organization were demonstrated this month. PBS received a check for $884 as our share of the 2011 MidAtlantic Symposium. I would like to take this time to again thank those members who give so generously of their time and efforts to make MidAtlantic the success that it is year after year. Jim Brant, Jim Gillespie and Paul Landis attend the quarterly meetings and each contributes in many ways during the convention weekend. PBS member, David Tettemer is currently MidAtlantic president. Our members who attend help during the evening auction which always makes good profits for MABS. MidAtlantic is the only Regional that I know of that returns profits to its member clubs. It is a good deal for all involved.

See you all at October's meeting.
Linda

Workshop Reminder
If you a taking part in the October afternoon workshop with John Romano, be sure to bring your tools. Wire will be provided by PBS. No repotting will be done due to the lateness of the season.
Silent observers are welcome. Workshop time: 2- 5 at the Greater Plymouth Community Center.

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 2011 

November Meeting

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.
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, books, stands, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. We look forward to a good turnout, both of sellers and buyers. Be sure not to miss this tremendous bonsai opportunity. Bring some things to sell and take home something you’ve bought - (balance is important!).
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. Only items designated for silent auction may have a reserve (minimum) price. Silent Auction sales are subject to the 80-20 split between the seller and PBS. 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 18
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30

Future Meetings
December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January 21 - Flower Show Workshop
February 17 - Suiseki Program - Chiara Padrini (Italy)

October Workshop and Meeting
The afternoon workshop, led by John Romano gave eight of our members an opportunity to work with some very nice material resulting in some very impressive bonsai-to-be.
John brought a variety of material to chose from, ranging from tropical to hardy. Participants were asked to make a sketch of the material as they visualized the finished product, then were guided by John into making it a reality. After some pruning and wiring, the material began to show real promise. Next spring, when the trees are ready for a bonsai pot, there will be some very exciting shohin.
After a well deserved break for dinner, John presented his program outlining the development of black pine shohin starting from seed.
John brought some examples of pines started from seed and went through a very clear and concise procedure for growing pine as well as treating candle pruning, fertilization hints, and overall black pine information. His use of colanders for root development seemed very successful as the seedling he used for illustration was very well developed for five years from seed.
John illustrated his talk with a slide show of shohin, stating that in Japan, shohin are 'bonsai for the common person', and 'the best growers of shohin are the amateurs'.
John finished his evening's talk with a demonstration using black pine. His earlier comments on developing pines were well illustrated in the demo. When a stopping point was reached, a second tree got its initial styling, and a raffle ticket was drawn. Mike Wigginton was the lucky winner!
Thanks to John for a great workshop and program!

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2012 MidAtlantic Spring Festival will be held on April 20-22 at the Grantville/Hershey Holiday Inn. Featured speakers for the festival are Isao Omachi from Japan, Mario Komsta from Spain, and John (JT) Thompson from California. These three artists will share their talents and knowledge in lecture/demonstrations as well as workshops.
Last year's Festival introduced a Professional Invitational Exhibit, which along with the Festival Exhibit , was a key component of the Festival. Both exhibits will be back for 2012, as well as workshops, live and silent auctions, raffles, critiques.
Last year's participation by PBS members was tremendous, resulting in a check from MABS for $884, which we will use to provide programs and workshops for PBS members. MABS returns all excess monies to its member clubs, so your continued participation directly benefits PBS.
Please mark the dates on your 2012 Calendar of Events Not To Miss.

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.

Seasonal Notes

Talk about strange weather!! We experienced our first major snowfall the last week of October, receiving about 4-6 inches. We've had several hard freezes, going as low as 24°. In the landscape, lots of leaves had already dropped due to the mid-summer drought, but not many as a result of fall. Some maples in our area are just beginning to turn, while others are bare already. Very little good fall color has been seen in the bonsai.
We've had some real extremes of precipitation and temperatures this year. Hopefully your trees thrived through it all, but who know what coming this winter?
Now is the time to start really thinking about and preparing for winter storage. Your trees need protection from the wind and sun, with some protection for the roots from temperature extremes. The tree species needs to be taken into consideration, too. Wintering for a larch is much different than that for a trident maple.
Watering will be cut down considerably in the coming days. The trees will need only enough to keep the soil from going bone-dry. Keep trees outside until they are truly dormant - even in dormancy they will need water so continue monitoring soil moisture. Consistent temperatures below 40 ensure dormancy. In our area, Thanksgiving weekend seems to be about the right time to put the trees into winter storage (and avoid Black Friday!).
Make up some tags for trees to help you to remember which ones need late 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. Locate the trees that need work where you can get to them at the appropriate time. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get to a tree while having to step over twenty others without breaking anything.

President's Notes

Pennsylvania Bonsai Society now has its logo registered with Scribbles Embroidery of Arkansas. You can go to their site at http://www.scribblesemb.com to order any number of items with our logo. That way you can chose your colors, styles, etc. It will be much easier than our club trying to order a variety of items to suit everyone. We still have black, maroon and gray polo shirts in inventory. These are kept in the locker at our meeting site, so if you want one, just tell me at the meeting and I will get it from the locker. The cost is $20.
John Romano did an outstanding job of educating us about shohin bonsai, especially black pine development, at October's meeting. For those of you who would like to pursue this further, there is an excellent convention coming up in February of 2012. The California Shohin Society Seminar 2012 will be held in Santa Nella, California. The dates are February 3-5. Jim and I went out in 2010 and had a great time. It is a very informal event held every two years. The location is a little out of the way but it is held there to keep costs down. Most of the instructors volunteer their time or at least part of it. The demonstrators are Ted Matson, Glenn VanWInkle, Pauline Muth, Sandy Planting, Bill Valavanis, Scott Chad, Kathy Shaner and Dave DeGroot. There are many more workshop instructors. In 2010 there was excellent shohin material in the vendor area and shipping is available. Think about getting away from Pennsylvania winter weather and having a nice "bonsai break" in February. I will also bring registration material to November's meeting.
Start going through your trees, pots, books, tools, etc. for auction items for the coming meeting. Remember, 80% of the proceeds of your items goes to you, 20% to PBS. I look forward to seeing you all on November 18th.

Linda

Editor's Notes

You might have noticed some changes in this month's newsletter. Joanne Dhody did a wonderful job updating the PBS logo some time back and the new logo has been seen on the PBS shirts. Well, I've finally gotten around to adapting Joanne's design to the newsletter. My thanks to Joanne for her excellent designs, and we're looking forward to some future design work by her.
Ed.

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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December 2011

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 taken in Japan by Karen Harkaway.
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 9
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

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.) Also, we'll meet in the same room where we had our November Auction.

Future Meetings

January 21 - Flower Show Workshop
February 17 - Suiseki Program - Chiara Padrini (Italy)
March 4 - 11 - Philadelphia Flower Show

November Meeting

We had a great turnout of bidders as well as over 70 items for auction at November's meeting. Our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, did his usual great job of moving bidding along, giving some great information, and cracking jokes. PBS thanks Jim for his efforts year after year!!
Some very nice bonsai material went on the selling block, and handling the steady supply of material for auction was seen to by Mike Wigginton and Paul Landis. It's an absolute certainty that they kept things organized and moving along in that we finished before the last final dreaded "closing announcement".

Flower Show Notes

It’s not too early to begin thinking about the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 4-11, 2012. The theme for this year is "Hawaii, Islands of Aloha".
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 the ‘12 Flower Show. Bring that tree to the workshop in January. We need a total of 14 trees. If you are interested in displaying, please forward me an email letting me know, randallnaftal@yahoo.com. This year, with Hawaii as the theme, we're looking for some tropical trees for display. A bougainvillea in flower would be a wonderful addition to the display. Anyone???
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 checked the cost of admission this year? $25+!!!). 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, or sign up at our meetings.

MidAtlantic Festival

Please mark the dates on your 2012 Calendar for the 2012 MidAtlantic Spring Festival to be held on April 20-22 at the Grantville/Hershey Holiday Inn. Featured speakers for the festival are Isao Omachi from Japan, Mario Komsta from Spain, and John (JT) Thompson from California. These three artists will share their talents and knowledge in lecture/demonstrations as well as workshops.
Last year's Festival introduced a Professional Invitational Exhibit, which along with the Festival Exhibit , was a key component of the Festival. Both exhibits will be back for 2012, as well as workshops, live and silent auctions, raffles, and critiques.
Motel rates are reasonable, nearby family-oriented attractions are numerous, a casino is a short drive away, so plan a weekend or a Saturday, but support MABS and PBS with your attendance.

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.
E. We will attempt to notify the Community Center.

If you are in doubt about a meeting taking place, be sure to check before leaving home.
The phone number of the community Center is (610) 277-4312.

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

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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