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January 2012

January Meeting

Preparations for the 2012 Flower Show will begin on January 21th 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.
The Greater Plymouth Community Center affords 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.

From our Flower Show Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal:
PBS Members,
Is it that time of year again?! I am looking forward to seeing you at the workshop for the Flower Show. This years theme is Hawaii and we are looking for established tropicals to keep with the theme. We aren't excluding other types of trees if you don't have a tropical.
We need a total of 12 trees this year as we are changing the display to keep it looking fresh.
Please bring the stand you plan on using to the workshop. We would like to see how the tree will be displayed.
Thank you for your participation as always, see you soon!
Randy

Flower Show Exhibit Workshop
Date: Saturday, January 21
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 9:30am -12:30 pm
****Please note time change from previous workshops.****

Future Meetings

February 17 - Suiseki Program - Chiara Padrini (Italy)
March 4 - 11 - Exhibit Sitting - Philadelphia Flower Show
April TBA

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". It looks like there will be some interesting changes in our exhibit, both with location and design.

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.

President's Notes

It is hard to believe that the biggest problem the trees have faced this winter is watering. Be very aware that trees that are wintering in enclosed areas can dry out very quickly. Keep your eye on those stored outside also, as there has not been much rain in the last few weeks. There have been a couple of wind storms that caused concern as branches could fall on winter storage areas, but so far so good. My personal long term weather forecaster (the cashier at my Giant grocery store) assures me that we will pay big time in February, so we will wait and see,
Even if you are not working on a tree, please plan to attend the workshop in January. You can learn so much by watching and talking with those who are working on trees. The Flower Show exhibit is going to be very different this year. The Hort. Society feels that the PBS exhibit needs an update, so plans are to change the exhibit each year. The moon gates will be used, but in a different configuration. It will be interesting to see how the changes are viewed by the public.
It is not too soon to check out the web sites of our local bonsai artists, and sign up for spring and summer workshops. Chase Rosade's class schedule should be out soon and Jim Doyle's (Nature's Way) classes are already listed. Other professionals such as Howard McNeal and Jim Gillespie work more one to one rather than holding classes, so you could set something up with them when you see them at a meeting. Sitting with someone and getting a different perspective of your trees is very valuable.
Please call or email me to get on the Flower Show schedule. I still have many empty slots. See you at the workshop.
Linda

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.

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.
This month's focus will be on our featured artist, Mr. Isao Omachi, from Japan.
Mr. Omachi studied bonsai as an apprentice of Mr. Takeo Kawabe for five years beginning in 1992. (Mr. Kawabe had been an apprentice of Mr. Kimura). In September of 1999 he became a member of the prestigious Japan Bonsai Kyodo Kumiai. In Sept. 2006, he was certified as a bonsai instructor by the Japan Bonsai Association. In December of 2006 he won the coveted Prime Minister’s Award at the 32nd Sakufu-Ten bonsai exhibition. He first visited MABS as an assistant to Mr. Shinji Suzuki in 2006 and so impressed the attendees that he was invited back as a headliner in 2009. Among his professional activities, he travels to Korea every year to maintain the spectacular Sumsund Bonsai Collection.
In March 2011, Mr. Omachi’s home and nursery were swept away by the tsunami which struck his home in Sendai, Japan. While his family is safe, he lost his entire collection. It is with great pleasure that MABS has invited Mr. Omachi to join us again in 2012 to share his deep and stimulating understanding of bonsai.
Mr. Omachi and his assistant will present lectures/demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. He will also conduct a critique of the MABS Exhibit trees. Mr. Omachi's translator will be Ms. Hideko Metaxas, who has worked with MABS many times in the past.
Registration forms will be sent out shortly - some problems arose with one of the scheduled speakers and some revisions were necessary before the forms could be mailed out.
Raffle tickets for the February drawing of a full MidAtlantic registration will be available at the workshop.

Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)-Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Blue Route (I-476)-Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Route 202-Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.

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February 2012

February Meeting


This month, PBS members will be treated to a presentation on a subject that is of great interest to many bonsai enthusiasts, that of suiseki (viewing stones). Our guest speaker for the evening, Chiara Padrini, will speak about susiseki's appeal and its art.
Chiara developed an interest in bonsai in 1988 and suiseki in 1990. She became the first Italian on the Board of Directors of the European Bonsai Association and served 4 years as its treasurer. In 2003 she was elected to the Board of directors of BCI and was placed in charge of suiseki for Europe. Among her many accomplishments in both bonsai and suiseki: founding member of Bonsai and Suiseki Clubs and Associations, President of the National College of Bonsai and Suiseki Instructors (which she help found), and author of articles that have appeared in French, English, Spanish, Swiss and Chinese magazines. She has won many awards including the BCI 2008 excellence award and the 2009 Gold medal of the World Bonsai Congress. For many years she has held lectures, courses and demonstrations in Italy and abroad both for Clubs and important national and international congresses.
She has studied her subject in depth in Europe, America, Japan and China, and takes part in national and international shows, exhibiting stones from her collection. Some have won important prizes and have been published in books and catalogues.
Bring a suiseki - Chiara will comment on it given time. No double raffles.
Guest Speaker: Chiara Padrini - Suiseki
Date: Friday, February 17
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings
March 4 - 11 - Exhibit Sitting - Philadelphia Flower Show
April - MidAtlantic Speaker -TBA
May 5 - Bus Trip - Nat'l Bonsai & Penjing Museum - Washington, DC

January Meeting

The morning of our January workshop greeted us with several inches of snow, making the roads a bit slick and holding attendance down to a group of hearty souls. Some great trees were brought in for grooming, styling, or advice. One of the trees that will be in the exhibit showed up at the Spring auction a few years ago!! While not all will be in this year's exhibit, some future specimens were there for us to see. And, wouldn't you know it? By the 2nd hour of the workshop, the snow had just about melted!!

We were unable to sell raffles for the February drawing for a full MidAtlantic registration, so be sure you get yours at this month's meeting.

Seasonal Notes

Winter (what winter???) care is especially important with the goofy weather we've been experiencing. Without any snow cover, we have to monitor moisture levels in trees stored outdoors. Trees in indoor storage are faring better, as far as watering goes, but this continued mild weather may cause things to start pushing earlier than usual. We may end up moving trees outside during the day if they become too active.
Now is a great time to begin trimming, wiring, and even repotting, just be sure to protect the trees from freezing once major work has been done, especially repotting. If you're not quite ready to begin working on trees, how about checking tools that might need sharpening, or getting bonsai soil ready for your repotting sessions. Inventory your wire and your pots, so you're ready to go when the itch strikes.

President's Notes

It is a busy time for PBS, even though we are in the middle of winter. Preparations for the Flower Show are in progress although Mother Nature did not cooperate with the January workshop.
It is not too late to volunteer to sit at the exhibit for three hours. Remember, you will receive two tickets to the Show which are worth $50 +, more than your yearly dues to PBS. Call or email Linda to get on the schedule.
Money ($40) is due by the end of March for the May 5th bus trip to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. You can see the three bonsai collections which are housed there plus attend the Potomac Bonsai Festival which includes bonsai demos, bonsai competition and a vendor tent. Guests are welcome on the bus trip.
Our February 17th meeting features Chiara Patrini. Chiara lives in Northern Italy and is known worldwide as an expert in suiseki. She will lecture on stone art and will also comment on stones which are brought in if there is time. The raffle will be a MidAtlantic registration, so there will be no double tickets this month. I hope to see you on February 17th.
Linda

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.

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.
This month's focus will be on our featured artist, Mr. John Thompson, better known as J.T., from California.
J.T. is a bonsai enthusiast, lecturer, demonstrator, and artist who lives in San Jose, CA. He says that his ideas about bonsai have been influenced by nature, John Naka, Kathy Shaner, Harunobu Tokita, and Boon Manakitivipart, and many others. He has served on the board of directors for both American Bonsai Society and Golden States Bonsai Federation. He has demonstrated, taught, and led workshops at conventions and many clubs. He writes a monthly care column for several Bay Area clubs and has authored articles for ABS and other publications. In his workshops and demonstrations, he tries to utilize the unique characteristics or flaws in each tree that will set it apart from others of the same species. He emphasizes transplanting, wound healing, grafting and effective wiring in the process of developing bonsai. JT’s experience and bonsai collection encompass a wide range of species and styles. He is perhaps best known for his driving passion for oak bonsai, Sierra junipers, boxwoods, pines and other collected trees. Touching and enjoying his trees, if only for a few moments, is an essential part of each day. He will present two lecture/demonstrations, one on Friday and one on Saturday, and will do a critique of the MABS Exhibit trees on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, he will conduct a workshop on boxwood.

Registration forms will be sent out shortly - some problems arose with one of the scheduled speakers and some revisions were necessary before the forms could be mailed out.
Raffle tickets for the February drawing for a full MidAtlantic registration will be sold at that 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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March 2012

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April 2012

April Meeting

April's speaker, featured artist, Mr. John Thompson, better known as J.T., joins us from California and the MABS festival.
J.T. is a bonsai enthusiast, lecturer, demonstrator, and artist who lives in San Jose, CA. He says that his ideas about bonsai have been influenced by nature, John Naka, Kathy Shaner, Harunobu Tokita, and Boon Manakitivipart, and many others. He has served on the board of directors for both American Bonsai Society and Golden States Bonsai Federation. He has demonstrated, taught, and led workshops at conventions and many clubs. He writes a monthly care column for several Bay Area clubs and has authored articles for ABS and other publications. In his workshops and demonstrations, he tries to utilize the unique characteristics or flaws in each tree that will set it apart from others of the same species. He emphasizes transplanting, wound healing, grafting and effective wiring in the process of developing bonsai. JT’s experience and bonsai collection encompass a wide range of species and styles. He is perhaps best known for his driving passion for oak bonsai, Sierra junipers, boxwoods, pines and other collected trees. Touching and enjoying his trees, if only for a few moments, is an essential part of each day.

JT's demo material will be a large boxwood, one of his preferred materials. The demo material will be raffled off, so bring a bonsai for display and double your raffle tickets.
Guest Speaker: John (JT) Thompson -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

April - John Thompson - Lecture Demo
May 5 - Bus Trip - Nat'l Bonsai & Penjing Museum - Washington, DC
June 15 - Jim Gillespie - Lecture/Demo
August 5 - Annual Picnic & Auction

February Meeting

Our guest for February, Chiara Padrini, presented a comprehensive and instructive program explaining suiseki and its appeal. Chiara traced the origins of fascination with stones back to Seventh century Japan and up to current times. Asian cultures embracing stones include the Chinese (shangshi), Koreans (susok), Taiwanese, and of course, the Japanese (suiseki).
She defined the basic divisions of Japanese suiseki as follows:
Landscape stones
Distant mountain
Near mountain
Mountain Range
Hill Stone
Step stone
Shelter stone
Cave Stone
Arch Stone
Island Stone
Coastal Stone
Waterfall Stone
Lake Stone
Object Stones
Hut Stone
Animal Stone
Human (form) Stone
Boat Stone
Colored Stones
Pattern Stones
Chrysanthemum Stone
Tiger Stone

Each stone is evaluated using three criteria: shape, color, and "spirit". Stones should be sedimentary, dark, and between 4.5 and 7 on the Moh's Scale (hardness).
Chiara's knowledge of suiseki is demonstrably extensive, and she presented a great deal of information in an easy to understand form, enjoyable to all. Thanks, Chiara, for a great program.

President's Notes

It has been such an unusual winter and spring!. Jim and I are very thankful for the mild March weather as we had a lot of repotting to do. For the last week we have been moving some trees in and out of the garage each evening and morning or covering trees that are being left out. The trees look healthy and happy so - fingers crossed!
Soon (April 20-22), the MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies 2012 Spring Festival will take place in Grantville, PA. A lot of PBS members are already signed up and it is not too late to go for the whole weekend or for just a day on Saturday. I have been going to conventions for over 30 years and never fail to learn something new. This is an excellent convention and right in our backyard, so try to attend. One of the featured speakers is PBS member, Chase Rosade.
The April meeting will be held on April 27. Speaker, J. T. Thompson, of CA will work on a boxwood. Boxwoods are great bonsai material and readily available, so be prepared to want one!
On May 5, the bus trip to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is definite. We have 35 signed up but there are a few seats left if you are interested. The cost is $40. Please call or email me for information.
The PBS Board of DIrectors has voted to change the scheduling of our annual picnic. Instead of holding it on a Sunday afternoon in June, the picnic will be held on August 5th at Howard McNeal's home. Although members indicated that they wanted the picnic/auction continued, attendance in the last few years has been poor. For a change we thought that instead of ending our meeting year with the picnic/auction, we would start our new year (2012-2013) off with it. Another change will be that instead of being total donation, the auction will be a 20/80% split with 20% going to the member who donates the item. This will be the reverse of the 80/20% split that is done in November at the Members' auction where 80% goes to the member. The proceeds of the summer auction go toward providing the excellent programs that are offered by PBS, so start putting auction items aside now.
Since there will not be a picnic in June, PBS will be having a regular meeting on Friday, June 15th at 7 pm in the usual location. PBS member, Jim GIllespie, will headline the program.
See you at MidAtlantic and hopefully at all of the upcoming PBS events.
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

Please mark the dates on your calendar for the 2012 MidAtlantic Spring Festival to be held on April 20-22 at the Grantville/Hershey Holiday Inn. PBS members have traditionally taken advantage of the exceptional learning opportunities offered by the MidAtlantic Festival, and this year will be no exception. Three skilled bonsai artists will share their creative talents, their techniques, and the horticultural knowledge with the attendees. Of special note; Chase Rosade will be one of the featured artists!!
Members attending will also have the opportunites to visit two exceptional bonsai exhibits, visit the vending area, enjoy a great banquet followed by an auction, bid on silent auction items, try for a raffle win of demonstration material, and meet other bonsai enthusiasts.

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 11/12 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, Dave Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the May or June meetings. Labels displaying an 12/13 indicate dues are paid for the 2012-13 year. Dues remain at $30.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. 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 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.

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May 2012

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June 2012

June Meeting

Our June meeting will feature a lecture demonstration by our own Jim Gillespie. Active in bonsai for over thirty years, Jim has appeared before many local clubs, as well as the MidAtlantic Symposium. His trees have won awards, including the Ho Yoku Award, awarded for the most creative western formal display at the First National Bonsai Exhibit in 2008. He is active in a number of organizations and study groups. Jim has impressed many with his knowledge of bonsai, the depth of his horticultural research, his styling ability, his willingness to share of himself, and his commitment to advancing the art of bonsai. Jim is proprietor of Sho Fu En Bonsai, in Danielsville , PA.
The demo material will be raffled off, so bring a bonsai for display and double your raffle tickets.


Guest Speaker: Jim Gillespie -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

August 5 - Annual Picnic & Auction - Old Mill Bonsai Studio
September 21 - TBA- Lecture /Demo
October 18* (Thursday) - David Easterbrook -Lecture /Demo
November 16 - Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social & Raffle

April Meeting

Our guest artist for April, John Thompson, presented a lecture demonstration with a large boxwood, one of his two favorite bonsai materials, the other being California Oak.
JT really liked the material for his demonstration , (although the exact variety could not be determined) and thought it would work very well as a representation of the form of a large California Oak. He removed a considerable amount of material to allow the viewer to see the branch structure within the tree.
JT provided a good deal of tips and techniques for working with boxwoods, with a strong caution about the brittleness of branches when trying to bend them with wire. He prefers a "clip and grow" method, which greatly reduced the need for wiring. Boxwoods have a very fine, fibrous root system, so repotting can be done at almost any time of the growing season. The evening passed quickly with lots of discussion and questions, with the finished result being most impressive. One did get the felling of gazing at a very large Oak high on a distant hill. Nicely done, JT.
Our evening's raffle was won by Jim Gillespie. Congratulations!!

President's Notes

This month PBS tries out a new meeting schedule. Instead of our usual June picnic and auction, we are holding a regular Friday night meeting. The speaker is our own Jim Gillespie. Jim is a very talented bonsai artist with years of experience. He has an endless supply of bonsai knowledge to share. He started his bonsai career with Chase Rosade and has also worked with numerous other bonsai artists. Jim has traveled to both Japan and Europe to observe bonsai. Many of us in PBS have benefited from his bonsai knowledge and he is always available to help the organizations in which he is involved. He initiated the Professional Invitational Exhibit at MidAtlantic which features the trees of bonsai professionals. Feeling strongly that viewing great bonsai encourages all of us to improve our own trees, he has succeeded in providing excellent exhibits which inspire us all. Please join us on June 15th while Jim works on a juniper that was obtained from Nature's Way Nursery.
Congratulations to PBS Vice President, Karen Harkaway, who won the Exhibit Committee Award with her beautiful juniper at MidAtlantic. PBS members who attended the festival this year saw some excellent demos, two beautiful exhibits and were able to shop the vendors, take critiques and workshops. I obtained a darling shohin Ginkgo. "Buy little and sell the big ones" is my new motto!!
Please put August 5th on your calendar for our PBS picnic at Howard McNeal's beautiful Old Mill Bonsai Studio. You could not ask for a more beautiful setting for a bonsai picnic and auction. You have most of the summer to gather trees and other bonsai items for our auction. Remember - this year the August auction will be 80% for PBS and 20% for the seller. This is our biggest fund raiser, so please be generous. I intend to clean out our pot shelves for this event - don't tell Jim.
See you all on June 15th at our regular Friday evening time.
Linda


Dues Reminder

It’s that time of the year again! Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 11/12 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the June meeting. Labels displaying an 12/13 indicate dues are paid for the 2012-13 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a notice will be sent. Dues remain at $30.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. 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 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.

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July/August

Annual Picnic and Auction

This year the Annual Picnic and Auction has changed in several ways. The most obvious is the change from June to August. This was done to avoid working around June holidays , graduations, and weddings. Hopefully, we're not bumping into people's vacation plans.
The second change affects the Auction. Previous June auctions have been conducted on a purely donation basis. While we still encourage donations, members have the option of receiving their share of a 20 -80 split - 20% to the seller, 80% to PBS (our Fall auction utilizes a 80-20 split -80% to the seller).
PBS will provide hot dogs, rolls, condiments, and beverages for the picnic. Members are requested to bring a covered dish (hot or cold), appetizer, or dessert to share.
Once everyone has eaten their fill, our annual auction will be held. Items will be sold to the highest bidder. Finished bonsai, prebonsai, nursery stock, pots, tools, books, magazines, or any other bonsai related items are requested from members to help make our 2012-13 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash.
Please join us and share a great day. Take some time to stroll though Howard's bonsai collection - you won't find too many that are displayed as well or as well done. Come rain or shine -we'll have a tent, just in case. Be sure to bring a lawn chair along with your items for the auction!!

Annual Picnic and Auction
Date: August 5, 2013
Location: Old Mill Bonsai Studio (directions on the last page)
Time:
Picnic - 1:00
Auction 2:00

Future Meetings

September 21 - Young Choe- Lecture /Demo - Kusamono
*October 18* (Thursday) - David Easterbrook -Lecture /Demo
November 16 - Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social, Program

June Meeting

June's program featured Jim Gillespie who presented and excellent program on an interesting topic, that of Raft plantings.
Jim showed a varied collection of developed raft bonsai, then got to work on creating raft plantings from garden cotoneasters.
Cotoneasters are members of the Rose family,, related to Hawthorns, and Pyracanthas. The genus name Cotoneaster derives from cotone, an old Latin name for the quince, and the suffix -aster, 'resembling'.
A raft style may occur in nature when a tree because of wind, flood, landslide, avalanche, earthquake or other reason is knocked down and the trunk is flattened against the earth and possibly all or a portion of the trunk is covered with soil.
1. Trunk is not broken from the roots and the trunk and branches continue to receive sustenance from all or a part of the original root-system.
2. The branches on the top side of the horizontal trunk continue to grow and eventually develop as trunks, while roots form along the portions of the original trunk which was covered with soil. The original root system will usually atrophy and decay.
3. As the several new trees develop the original trunk assumes the characteristics of surface or exposed roots.
Jim stressed the advantages of developing raft bonsai - inferior material for upright bonsai may work well, a natural forest group appearance is easily developed, and results can be seen in a very few years (depending on species).
Great program, lots of information, some future specimens for our raffle winners. Many thanks, Jim for a most informative program!
The finished product in tupperware containers for convenience.  Jim uses plastic containers with holes drilled out of the bottom for a couple of years while he is growing more roots.  In a couple of years they will be moved into shallower containers and the original root ball trimmed.

President's Notes

I am really looking forward to our picnic. Hopefully the change of date to August will help boost attendance. The picnic is a lot of work for the host, Howard, and for the members of the PBS Executive Board. Please show us your support by your attendance. It is always a good time. I understand that there is some really nice auction material. Remember, the auction will be 80% to PBS and 20% to the donor.
John Berna attempted to set up a PBS exhibit at the Grounds of Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ as an event to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of PBS. However, they wanted us on MidAtlantic weekend so it did not work out. I thank John for his efforts and hope that we can work something out in the future. It would be a unique and exciting venue for an exhibit.
To those of you who have been long time PBS members, please search your records, etc for any old PBS information. For the 50th, we would like to put together a time line of the organization. I would appreciate your help in gathering information.
The schedule for the 2012/2013 year is nearly complete. Some of the exciting speakers who will be visiting us are David Easterbrook in October, a MidAtlantic speaker in April and Ted Matson in May. The Member Auction (80% to donor and 20% to PBS) will take place in November. Member Karen Harkaway will be the December speaker (we will all hope that the PA Turnpike will remain open that evening) and Sheree Solow, who studied gardens in Japan will speak in February.
Our September meeting will feature Young Choe. She is an expert on kusamono (grass and accent plantings). She worked at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, DC and also served on the NBF Board. Recently, she conducted workshops at Visions of the West, the ABS/BCI Convention in Denver. Her program will include a 30 minute Powerpoint on creating kusamono and accents, a 30 minute demo, followed by an hour workshop for up to 6 participants. There will be an extra change to the participants of $30. The fee includes all materials including a pot. The rest of the membership will be observers to the workshop. If you are interested in taking the workshop, please contact me. You may pay at the picnic or send a check to me at 104 Henry Drive, Royersford, PA 19468.
See you at the picnic!
Linda

Dues Reminder

Membership is now due if you haven't renewed already. Due remain at $30.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

OR pay at the picnic.

Directions to Old Mill Bonsai Studio
PBS 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. Lost?- 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


September 2012


September Meeting

One of the most fascinating aspects of bonsai display deals with creating, choosing, arranging, and maintaining accent plants. Our guest speaker for September, Ms. Young Choe, is a recognized master of kusamono. From Wikipedia: Kusamono (literally "grass thing") and shitakusa (literally "undergrass") are a potted collection of plants designed to either be viewed in accompaniment with bonsai, or alone. Normally the term kusamono is used when the planting is displayed as the center of attention, while the term shitakusa is used for plantings that accompany bonsai displays. In contrast to underplantings (which are potted in with the bonsai), kusamono and shitakusa are displayed separately in special pots, driftwood, or even stones.
Young Choe studied traditional art – ink painting and calligraphy – in her native Korea before she moved to the United States. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to bring her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create kusamono. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with the master kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane. Many of Young’s plantings can be viewed daily in the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum’s bonsai pavilions. In the world outside the Museum, she works with native plants at the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland.
Ms. Choe's program will consist of a Powerpoint presentation, a demonstration of assembling a planting, and a workshop. Those not participating in the workshop are welcome to become silent observers.

Guest Speaker: Young Choe -Lecture/Demo/Workshop
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Annual Picnic and Auction

Our annual Picnic & Auction was a great succes this year, in terms of weather (well mostly!), attendance (Best!!), food (thanks Howard, and thanks members!), and auction (Thanks, Auctioneer par excellence, Jim Gillespie!).
This year's event was a bit of a test - seeing if the move to August would avoid all the traditional June conflicts. The test seemed successful. If you agree, please let one of our Board members know -if you don't agree let us know anyhow.
The day went very well - lots of fellowship and discussion - there were lots of great items up for bid in the auction. As the day came to a close and people starting toting their purchases and packing up, a wind, seemingly of biblical force, arose, lifting and collapsing the tent, and threatening to carry us all to Kansas. The winds stopped as quickly as they arose, leaving us congratulating ourselves for having ended when we did, thus avoiding a major mess.
Many thanks to Howard McNeal for his warm and gracious hospitality in hosting the event. Thanks Howard!!

Future Meetings

*October 18* (Thursday) - David Easterbrook -Lecture /Demo
November 16 - Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social, Program

President's Notes

Our August picnic was a much more successful event than the June picnics have been for the last few years. Other than the mini-tornado that struck just as we were finishing up, it was a great time. Oh well. the tent had to come down anyway, but not across my husband's back!
Thank you to our host, Howard McNeal, to the many helpers who set up, cleaned up, carried auction items, and did so much to make this event a success. Thanks to our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, and to his comic helpers, who not only entertained us, but also auctioned and delivered a bunch of auction items in a very timely manner. Thanks to Dave Spirt who figures out all of the funds, whether they be membership fees, auction profits or workshop money. Lastly, thanks to all of you who donated and bought the items.
I am really looking forward to our September speaker. Several PBS members have been impressed by her work. The program has three parts: a PowerPoint about kusamono, a demo, and a workshop. Those taking the workshop need to sign up, pay $30, and bring simple tools such as scissors and a chop stick. The remainder of the membership will observe the workshop. Everything else for the workshop will be provided. If you do have a special accent pot that you would like to use, bring it.
The meeting will also be attended by Ofer Grunwald, our bonsai friend from Israel who visits us once a year when he comes to the US to see his parents. Recently he has been appointed curator of the bonsai collection at the Jerusalem Botanical Garden where he has volunteered for several years. He also was instrumental in organizing the second annual Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Bonsai Award and Conference (check out Facebook). Catch up with Ofer on his blog. (www.ofer-grunwald-bonsai.com)
Do not forget that you can order PBS logo items from www.scribblesemb.com/bonsai .
Those who have ordered have been pleased with the quality of their purchases. We do have a few shirts available at meetings, but colors and sizes are limited.
Linda

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.

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October 2012

October Meeting


October's meeting moves to a special night for a special guest speaker, David Easterbrook.
David began growing bonsai in 1970 and is owner of a bonsai nursery in Montreal. He studied bonsai in Japan in 1981 and teaches regular bonsai classes as well as being a well-known lecturer and demonstrator in northeastern US and Canada and also France. He served as president of the Montreal Bonsai Society and was chairman of the American Bonsai Society convention which was held in Montreal in 1988. He has also authored two books on bonsai and bonsai care and techniques. David was curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection from 1982 up to his recent retirement.
This is David's third visit to PBS (2006 & 2009), and each time we have been treated to a great demonstration, full of styling techniques, horticultural expertise, and great bonsai tips. Demonstration material for this month's program will be a collected larch, furnished by David. He plans to develop the tree in the literati, or bunjin, style. The tree will be raffled at the conclusion of David's lecture/demonstration - double your raffle chances by exhibiting one of your bonsai.

Guest Speaker: David Easterbrook -Lecture/Demo
Date: Thursday, October 18 -Please note date change
Time: 7:00
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings
November 16 - Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social, Program, & Raffle
January 19 - Flower Show Workshop

September Meeting

Last month's meeting featured Young Choe, who presented a wonderful program focusing on kusamono (and accent plants). Ms. Choe's introduction to kusamono was a PowerPoint program illustrating the basic elements of the art. She strongly stressed using native plants in compositions, given that the likelihood of the planting surviving and thriving is much greater using native plants. The group was surprised by the large number of native plants that work well in a planting - even some that are considered weeds.
Her visual program was followed up with two demonstrations of kusamono plantings, one a potted grouping, and one "muck ball" planting. Both were artistically striking in their simplicity and design, even more so that they were constructed in very little time. Practice does make perfect!
The evening's remaining time was spent in a workshop led by Ms. Choe. Some beautiful plantings were created with the wide variety of plant material furnished by Young Choe. Maybe we'll see some of these plantings as accents in our Philadelphia Flower Show display next March!
What a wonderful start to our 2012-13 meeting schedule. Many thanks to Young Choe for a great program and a tremendously successful workshop!

Flower Show Notes

Here we are in October, already reminding members about next year's Philadelphia Flower Show - March 2-10. The theme for the Show is "Brilliant", horticulture of the United Kingdom.
As you are preparing your trees for winter storage, give serious consideration to displaying your bonsai in the PBS Exhibit. Look over your bonsai and reserve one or two to bring to the January Flower Show workshop. Even if you're not sure is the bonsai is well enough along to show, bring it for suggestions and help.
Be sure to let Randy Naftal know if you plan on showing or would like to have your tree considered for exhibit. You can contact Randy via email - rnaftal@gmail.com, or phone 484-432-5847.

President's Notes


The October meeting promises to be an outstanding one. David Easterbrook returns to PBS to educate us on literati bonsai using larch as his material. Since larches are my favorite bonsai material, I am really looking forward to this meeting.
Summer was a tough one this year. Our trees came through just fine which shows me that they must be healthy and strong. I do have a few accent plants that look beat up even though their pots were tucked down into a layer of fine turface which holds moisture around them. Many a day we watered twice. If you are unable to water so often, it is a good idea to put your accents and shohin on trays of turface or gravel to provide extra moisture around them as a reserve. Pauline Muth showed me this trick many years ago and I have used it ever since. She and her husband constructed special benches that hold gravel for her smaller trees. Just make sure to provide some drainage so that your trees and accents do not sit in water.
Please look over your bonsai and other related materials (pots. tools, etc.) as you get ready for winter. Remember the Members' auction in Nov. (80% to member, 20% to PBS). This is an important fund raiser for PBS and a chance for you to make some money as you pare down your collection and other bonsai-related items.
See you at the October meeting!
Linda

Falling Leaves

We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Sherman Perkins. Sherman was a long-time enthusiast of bonsai as well as a long-time member of PBS. Sherman has donated a large quantity of books to PBS, which will be available to members via silent auctions. We would like to extend our condolences to his wife and family. For members wishing to send a card of condolence, the address is Mrs. Zoe Perkins, 1715 Birchrun Rd., Birchrunville, Pa 19421

MidAtlantic Festival

The lineup for the 30th Anniversary MidAtlantic Spring Festival features three outstanding bonsai artists. From Japan, bonsai master Kunio Kobyashi headlines the program, and two of the rising stars of bonsai, Peter Warren and Ryan Neil complete what has to be one of the best gatherings of talent in a very long time.
New for 2013 are workshops held on Friday! In past years, workshops have always been held following the festival. This coming year, they will open the weekends events. Those events include a Professional Invitational Exhibit, an exhibit featuring bonsai from member clubs, a huge vending area, silent auctions, critiques of the exhibits by bonsai masters, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lecture/demonstrations, and a Saturday night Banquet and Auction.
Each year attendance by PBS members has increased and benefitted the Society, as excess monies are returned to member clubs based on attendance.
Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2013 MABS Festival, April 19-21, 2013 at Grantville, PA.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

October 20 - Nature's Way Nursery - Fall Open House - Hrs.: 9-5 www.natureswaybonsai.com
October 27 - National Bonsai & Penjing Museum - Autumn Bonsai Exhibit, National Arboretum, Washington, DC. - Hrs.: 10-4- free- www.bonsai-nbf.org
November 2, 3, & 4 - Rosade Bonsai Studio - Visiting Master's Series with Francois Jeker - registration required - www.rosadebonai.com
November 3-4 - Brandywine Bonsai Society - Bonsai Exhibit at Longwood Gardens -admission -
www.gobbs.org

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.

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November 2012 

November Meeting

This November’s meeting brings us to the 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, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. One never knows when a really desirable piece will come up for auction and start a bidding frenzy. 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 bids as the evening goes on and make sure that yours is the winning bid when the close of that auction is announced. Items designated for silent auction (only) may have a reserve (minimum) price. 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 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30

Future Meetings
December 14 - Holiday Social, Program, & Raffle
January 19 - Flower Show Workshop
February 15 - Sharee Solow - Japanese Gardens

October Meeting

David Easterbrook presented an excellent program featuring literati style, or bunjin bonsai for our October meeting.
David is an avid collector of native larch, travelling many hours north of Montreal to reach his collecting grounds, in fact, so far north that he has a number of Eskimo friends!
Our material for the evening's demonstration was a larch collected several years ago. David preceded the demonstration with a short PowerPoint program explaining the elements of the bunjin style, emphasizing that the style is not rigid, rather more a state of mind. David stressed that the bunjin style, while very simple in form, is one of the most difficult to create successfully.
Some points from the program:
Bunjiji (bunjin) translates as "tree shaped like a scholar".
Characteristics
The trunk
Height - tall
Taper - very gradual
Curves - part of the design element
Age - should be apparent
Bark - should show age
The branches
Sparse - the minimum number possible
Short and thinned out
Angular curves
Placement along the trunk - generally in upper third

The roots
Age
Irregular rootage - are acceptable Surface roots - desirable but not critical
The apex
Overall appearance - pointing downward
Off center
Thinned out
The pot
Rounded shape
Shallow
Irregular
Color and texture - primitive is best
Dimensions - small is better
Age - should not be shiny & new


David's program showed a large number of illustrations of each point, some of the most famous literati.
Back to his demonstration, David removed many of the branches not fitting his design, wired the remaining, then further removed branches and twigs not desired. The finished result will be allowed to grow for the next year, then moved to its final pot.
We thank David for an excellent program. Our lucky !!! raffle winner for the evening was Jesse Cook.

President's Notes

Owning bonsai sometimes means a lot of unexpected work. As I write this on Sunday, Oct. 28, all of our bonsai are now residing on the deck, tucked up close to the house. Our main bonsai area is under several mature maples which did not seem like an ideal location with Hurricane Sandy approaching. So, everything got moved yesterday, hopefully to a safe location. The next two days will tell. Hopefully all of your homes and trees were ready for the storm.
The October speaker, David Easterbrook, really wowed the group with his material, expertise and stories. It was a very enjoyable meeting. Thanks to everyone for attending on a Thursday rather than the regular Friday evening. Attendance was great. Congrats to Jesse on winning the demo. David mentioned how much he enjoys speaking at PBS. He is impressed with the knowledge of the more experienced members and the enthusiasm of the newer members. He also mentioned the nice interchange of the members helping one another.
The November Members' Auction is next. Gather all of the pots that you never use, the books that you have already read and any unwanted trees, bonsai or stock, and bring them to the auction. We will auction off as many items as time will allow. Remember, this event helps out the club as well as our members.
See you all at the November meeting.
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

The lineup for the 30th Anniversary MidAtlantic Spring Festival features three outstanding bonsai artists. From Japan, bonsai master Kunio Kobyashi headlines the program, and two of the rising stars of bonsai, Peter Warren and Ryan Neil complete what has to be one of the best gatherings of talent in a very long time.
New for 2013 are workshops held on Friday! In past years, workshops have always been held following the festival. This coming year, they will open the weekends events. Those events include a Professional Invitational Exhibit, an exhibit featuring bonsai from member clubs, a huge vending area, silent auctions, critiques of the exhibits by bonsai masters, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lecture/demonstrations, and a Saturday night Banquet and Auction.
Each year attendance by PBS members has increased and benefitted the Society, as excess monies are returned to member clubs based on attendance.
Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2013 MABS Festival, April 19-21, 2013 at Grantville, PA.

Flower Show Notes

The 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show "Brilliant" will encompass two full weekends this coming year, an important change. The Member's Preview, normally the first Saturday, will now move to Friday March 1, as well as Saturday morning. This means setup for the PBS exhibit will take place on Thursday. It also means that PBS will have an extra day to cover the exhibit, along with an extended time on the first Sunday (to 9:30).
Be sure to let Randy Naftal know if you plan on showing or would like to have your tree considered for exhibit. You can contact Randy via email - rnaftal@gmail.com, or phone 484-432-5847.

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.

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December 2012

December Meeting

2012 seems to have flown by, or so it seems, and we've arrived at one of our members' favorite programs, that of our Holiday Social. Each year we have a bunch of raffle surprises - pots, tools, wire, trees, whatever...- and lots of fun trying to separate the good items from the "zonks". There's even somewhat of a treasure hunt - which is trying to find the package containing the free MidAtlantic registration. That's right, one of the beautifully wrapped packages will contain a free, full registration to the 2013 MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies Festival, but be careful, packages can be deceiving.
This year's program will feature a photo tour of travels in Japan presented 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 & Photo Program
Date: Friday, December 14
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.)

Future Meetings
January 19 - Flower Show Workshop
February 15 - Sharee Solow - Japanese Gardens
March 2-10 - PBS Exhibit Sitting - Philadelphia Flower Show

President's Notes

The November Members' Auction brought in a little over $400 for PBS. Our members took home over $1500 for their items, so it was a successful auction. It was a lot of fun, too. I always enjoy seeing some of our members bidding each other up, unless of course it is aimed at me! Thank you to all who helped that evening and to all who brought in items.
Please look over your trees as you put them into winter storage for possible Flower Show bonsai. The problems that existed last year have been solved and there will be a plan of our exhibit space in the January newsletter so that all exhibitors and sitters can see the new design. Plan to bring trees to work on in the January workshop (Saturday, Jan. 19th). Current or future Flower Show contenders are welcome, as well as trees that you are developing. If you do not want to work on a tree, come to observe and learn. Talking with members who are working on trees; hearing their thoughts as to why they are using a certain technique or style is one of the best ways to improve your own skills.
One more day and an extra evening have been added to the Flower Show this year, so we will need lots of sitters. The schedule will be available at the December meeting for sign ups. If you want to sign up ahead of then, please call me (610-948-6380) and I will add you name to the schedule. The dates of the Show are Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, March 10th. New members are encouraged to help at the Flower Show and details will be provided at the meetings or if you call me.
The PBS Executive Board met on November 30th to do future planning. Our schedule for the first part of 2013 needed some changes as a MidAtlantic speaker is not available for tours this coming April. We are currently looking for another speaker. Substantial donations have been made to PBS in the memory of Sherman Perkins. This money will be used for educational programs. Two changes have been made in the Board. Karen Harkaway will become a board member and Mike Wigginton will become Vice President. Karen will become ABS President next fall and needed time for those duties.
Join us for the December holiday meeting. After a short program by Karen Harkaway, the fun raffles will take place. Somewhere in the wrapped packages there will be full registration for the MidAtlantic Bonsai Festival. Another full registration will be up for raffle at the January workshop and the February meeting. Tickets may be purchased at either meeting and the drawing will take place at the Feb. meeting. You do not have to be present to win, so we request that you put your name on the back of the raffle tickets. See you on December 14th.
Linda

Seasonal Notes

We should concern ourselves with winter storage - hopefully you've begun to put the trees into storage. Moss should be removed, trees checked for wire that is binding, and winter shelter should be readied. Wind is the primary enemy of winter survival, so be sure that adequate protection is given. Direct sunlight can also cause problems, so try to site your storage so the trees aren't exposed to direct southern sun. 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 roots ball be kept from freezing. If it does, the tender roots will be damaged and the tree will die.

Flower Show Notes

It's not too early to begin thinking about the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 2-10, 2013. As always, we need trees for display. We've seen some great trees at each meeting this past year - how about submitting one of your trees for exhibit at the Flower Show? Our Exhibit Chairman, Randy Naftal, works very hard each year to produce an exhibit the Society may be proud of, but without volunteers to provide trees, his task becomes much harder, so please, step up and volunteer to exhibit a tree. Speaking of volunteers - Linda Brant is always looking for new volunteers to help act as docents for the exhibit. A brief three hour period is all that is needed. Tickets to the Show are provided for you and a guest helper. 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.

MidAtlantic Festival

The lineup for the 30th Anniversary MidAtlantic Spring Festival features three outstanding bonsai artists. From Japan, #1 apprentice to bonsai master Kunio Kobyashi, Minoru Akiyama, headlines the program, and two of the rising stars of bonsai, Peter Warren and Ryan Neil complete what has to be one of the best gatherings of talent in a very long time. (Mr. Kobayashi inadvertently was double-booked for the MABS dates and will appear at the BCI convention in Shanghai instead).
New for 2013 are workshops held on Friday! In past years, workshops have always been held following the festival. This coming year, they will open the weekends events. The workshop material for this year's Festival is outstanding.
Events scheduled for the Festival include a Professional Invitational Exhibit, an exhibit featuring bonsai from member clubs, a huge vending area, silent auctions, critiques of the exhibits by bonsai masters, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lecture/demonstrations, and a Saturday night Banquet and Auction. A special program on Sunday will feature a keido program conducted by Mr. Akiyama.
Each year attendance by PBS members has increased and benefitted the Society, as excess monies are returned to member clubs based on attendance.
Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2013 MABS Festival, April 19-21, 2013 at Grantville, PA.

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.

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