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January 2014

January Meeting

Hello Members, and Happy New Year!
This years Flower Show Exhibit will require 10 trees. The workshop on January 18th is a great opportunity to prepare a tree for the show and get some great advice from past exhibitors and longtime members if needed.
Please bring the stand you plan on using, as the tree and stand will be an important synergy.
If you feel that you don't have a tree for this year's show, bring one in to work on for future shows. The workshop is a great time and working with other members is always helpful.
See you soon,
Randall Naftal, Flower Show Chairman
Soon the Philadelphia Flower Show (March 1-9) 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. Be sure to bring your tools and any wire you feel you might need. 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 develop it into an exhibit quality bonsai.

PBS Flower Show Workshop
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

December Meeting
contributed by Jim Gillespie

Our new President, Mike Wigginton, presented a short photo overview of his two-year experiences at The Kaikou School of Bonsai, held at New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham, MA, and conducted by John Romano. John was a guest at PBS in October, 2011 where he presented an informative lecture/demo on Shohin bonsai & a successful Workshop using various material.
Mike enrolled in a series of eight classes (four per year) over the two years, leading to a certificate of completion. Each class (limited to eight per session) had a theme:
#1 Repotting- covering materials, mixes & use of sphagnum moss as ground cover
#2 Bonsai Design- stressing sketching before cutting
#3 Wiring
#4 Japanese Black Pine- culture & misc. seasonal tasks
#5 Special Project or Field Trip
#6 Air Layering & Grafting
#7 Display
#8 Graduation
The reference books that were highly recommended by John were: ABS publication "Basic Bonsai Design" by David DeGroot (a spiral bound pamphlet), "Bonsai a Practical Guide-Aesthetics" Vol. I & II by Francois Jeker, and a Web book- Artistic Foundations of Bonsai Design by Andy Rutledge
The remainder of the evening was filled with discovering who won the 28 raffle gifts supplied by Chase & Soli Rosade. The attendance was poor enough to theoretically allow for 2 gifts per person. Of course, this didn't allow for "bad luck". Near the end, the 3 of us with said affliction were awarded "mercy" raffles.
The big prize of the party was, of course, a full registration to MABS 2014, this coming April 25-27. Turns out the "biggest" prize was in the "smallest" package---devilish Rosades! It was won by Sharee Solow, who has never been to MABS! Yeah, a 1st timer.
Congratulations, Sharee, and many thanks to Chase and Soli for supplying (and wrapping!!) the raffle prizes.

President's Notes
January 2014

I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year and I hope everybody who attended the holiday party had a great time! I sure did. A big thank you to Chase and Soli for supplying the gifts, they were awesome! As always there were plenty of tasty treats to enjoy. The only thing that would have made the party better is if more people attended. When even just a few members miss a meeting it shows and I can tell you that you are missed!
This month’s meeting is the annual Flower Show Selection Workshop. Remember you can bring a tree or two to get some advice or styling help, just defrost it a few days before the meeting. The topic next month will be displaying bonsai by Chase Rosade. In a couple of weeks the Executive Board will meet to plan out the rest of the year, there are many prominent artists touring this year and hopefully we can get a few to come to PBS.
See you all at the meeting!
Mike

Flower Show Notes

Fewer than sixty days until the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1-9, 2014 with this year's theme "ARTiculture".
As always, we need trees for display. How about submitting one of your trees for exhibit at the Flower Show? Contact our Flower Show Chairman, Randy Naftal at rnaftal@gmail.com or 484-432-5847 for specifics.
Linda Brant is always looking for volunteers, to help act as docents for the exhibit. A brief three hour period is all that is needed. Tickets to the Show are provided for you and a guest. We have to cover the exhibit for the entire show (101 hours!!), 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

Our MidAtlantic focus for this month will be on the bonsai artist from Japan, Takashi Iura.
Takashi Iura started his bonsai career as an apprentice to Mr. Takeo Kawabe at Omiya-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan from 1996 to 2001. From 2001 to present he has served as President, manager and bonsai artist at Shoju-en, Japan. In 2006 he had a solo bonsai exhibit at Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, Japan. He previously appeared at MABS in 2009 as assistant to Isao Omachi and he was also headliner at ARCO bonsai in Italy in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he also attended and demonstrated at the 11th ASPAC bonsai festival in Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan. He teaches bonsai and demonstrates his artistry all over Europe and in the USA. Takashi has won awards for his bonsai at 33rd and 34th Sakufu Exhibition. Selected Kyo-kai prize at the 35th exhibition, achieved Kankyo prize at the 36th exhibition, and attained Kyo-Kai prize at the 37th exhibition.
Mr. Iura will lead a workshop on Pinus densiflora 'Jane Kluis' Dwarf Japanese Red Pine.
This year workshops will be held on Friday afternoon, a change made last year that was met with great enthusiasm. All three workshops are offering some great material, at reasonable prices. Beginning the MidAtlantic weekend with a great workshop seems a ideal start for the weekend!
MidAtlantic Spring Festival 2014 - April 25-27

MidAtlantic raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the January workshop and February meeting. Drawing for the free, full MidAtlantic registration will be held at the conclusion of the February meeting.

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.

Future Meetings

February 21 -Chase Rosade - Lecture- Bonsai Display
March 1-9 -Exhibit Sitting - Philadelphia Flower Show
April 30 - ( Wednesday) - Corin Tomlinson - Lecture/Demo

Seasonal Notes

Winter seems to have set in with a vengeance, with howling winds, snow, and extremely low temperatures. While our trees are taking their winter rest, let's dream about warmer weather and the opportunity to work on our bonsai. Let's catch up on our bonsai readings, explore the web for some styling inspirations, and generally get our personal batteries charged for a busy spring.
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 benefit from misting of the foliage, and all need to be monitored for adequate moisture in the roots. Tree in indoor storage can dry out very quickly.

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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February 2014

February Meeting

Each year our exhibit in the Philadelphia Flower Show brings the topic of bonsai display to the forefront. Creating a beautiful bonsai is a difficult task in and of itself, but displaying that tree in a haphazard manner tends to nullify all the hard work that has gone into training that bonsai.
What are the elements of display? How should a bonsai display be arranged? Our February speaker, Chase Rosade, will answer those questions as well as guide us through the creative aspects of display.
Chase has traveled worldwide giving programs, workshops and demonstrations. He is noted for his vast knowledge of bonsai species and his tremendous styling ability. Chase and his wife Soli own and operate Rosade Bonsai Studio, which is a mecca for bonsai lovers on the East Coast. 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 has a broad knowledge of bonsai display, and encourages his students to develop their skills in keido (formal bonsai display).

Speaker: Chase Rosade - Bonsai Display
Date: Friday, February 21
Time: 7pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

March 1-9 -Exhibit Sitting - Philadelphia Flower Show
April 30 - ( Wednesday) - Corin Tomlinson - Lecture/Demo
May 23 -BYO Workshop

Flower Show Notes

It's almost here - the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1-9, 2014 with this year's theme "ARTiculture".
As always, we need trees for display. How about submitting one of your trees for exhibit a future Flower Show? Contact our Flower Show Chairman, Randy Naftal at rnaftal@gmail.com or 484-432-5847 for specifics.
Linda Brant is always looking for volunteers, to help act as docents for the exhibit. A brief three hour period is all that is needed. Tickets to the Show are provided for you and a guest. We have to cover the exhibit for the entire show (101 hours!!), 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

February 2014

Well it has been quite a winter so far! I hope everyone came through the ice storm unscathed. We lost power here in Hatboro for a couple days. This month’s meeting will feature Chase Rosade who will give a lecture on displaying bonsai. I hope to see everyone at the meeting. Remember there will be a drawing for a free registration to MABS. If you haven’t already signed up to sit for the Flower Show exhibit or are able to take another shift Linda will have the schedule at the meeting.
Last month’s meeting was the flower show workshop and unfortunately almost nobody came to the meeting. I really can’t say enough about how all meetings are better when they are well attended. Without good member involvement PBS will not be very successful. All of the officers and board members are always open to suggestions on how to improve your experience. If there is a specific topic or person you would like to see at a meeting please bring it up to one of us we are always looking for new ideas! So come on out and enjoy a very insightful lecture by Chase, I hope to see you there.

Mike

Travel Notes

Four PBS members, Jim Gillespie, Mike Wigginton, Jim & Linda Brant, traveled to California earlier this month to attend the California Shohin Seminar. The Seminar is a very informal one, focusing mainly on workshops. Keeping costs low is paramount, and all workshop leaders and speakers donate their time and skills. If shohin appeals to you, this is the convention to visit!

MidAtlantic Festival

Our MidAtlantic focus for this month will be on the bonsai artist from Massachusetts, Suthin Sukosolvisit.
Born in Thailand, Suthin has extensive experience with tropical bonsai. His expertise also includes Japanese maple, Juniper, Azalea and Black pine. He is proficient with many other species. Suthin has involved in Bonsai since 1970. He has won many awards including U.S. National Bonsai Awards in Thailand and the United States. Some of the most amazing shohin bonsai ever have been created by Suthin.
Suthin teaches his Bonsai techniques throughout the United States and abroad. Suthin shares new information and techniques whenever he teaches. His bonsai are known for their proportion, refinement and detail. Suthin and his wife operate the Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Suthin will be conducting a collected larch workshop on Friday.
Your MidAtlantic registration form should have arrived - if yours didn't, please let me know.
Participation in MidAtlantic benefits both you and PBS - you, by exposure to some of the best bonsai artists and their thoughts, and PBS by the return of excess monies back to PBS for use in our own programs.
MidAtlantic Spring Festival 2014 - April 25-27

*****MidAtlantic raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the February meeting. *****
****The drawing for the free, full MidAtlantic registration will be held at the conclusion of 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.

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March/April 2014

April Meeting

Our guest speaker for April comes to us from the United Kingdom. Corin Tomlinson, having just finished a weekend with the MidAtlantic Spring Festival, will be sharing his artistic and horticultural knowledge giving a bonsai demonstration for PBS..
From Corin's biographical notes:
"I consider bonsai to be made up of two parts, horticultural and artistic, and feel that one must have sufficient knowledge in both of these areas to achieve best results with Bonsai. To achieve this goal, I first undertook a 3 year National Diploma in Horticulture at Merrist Wood College in Surrey, UK. This I complemented by extensive full time study mainly in the USA. I spent the majority of my time over a 4 year period studying and teaching at The International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester N.Y. with Wm. N. Valavanis. I also studied with Chase Rosade at his bonsai studio in New Hope, PA, and was very lucky to be mentored by Yuji Yoshimura, the founder of Bonsai in the USA and of course my father, Harry Tomlinson. Upon my return to England I became curator of The National Bonsai Collection housed at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Birmingham".
Corin's demo material will be raffled. Bring a bonsai for display at the meeting and double your raffle tickets!

Speaker: Corin Tomlinson
Date: Wednesday, April 30
Time: 7pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

May 23 -BYO Workshop
June 20 - Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo
August 17 _PBS Picnic & Auction - Location TBA

February Meeting

For February's meeting, Chase Rosade presented a most interesting program focused on bonsai display, and in particular that of keido, formal display.
Traditional bonsai display is considered by the Japanese "the beauty of less". Keido is the oldest "school" of display, the most elegant and quiet, and traditional.
Keido (or Kei Do) is a formal way of displaying bonsai or suiseki using accent plants, stands, scrolls, and sometimes paintings, objects or figures. It is meant to enhance the appreciation of the viewer. Literally translated, Keido means “the way of viewing”. It is traditionally done in a tokonoma or alcove of a home, but can certainly be used in club or even show situations. Keido can be used to celebrate the seasons or a special occasion. It is also appropriate for welcoming an honored visitor.
Chase used a PowerPoint presentation to provide illustrations for his points and to give an overall view of the components of display. Lots of salient points were covered and lots of information given and audience questions answered.
Thanks to Chase (and his lovely assistant) for an entertaining and informative evening.

PBS Workshop Groups

Many of our members seems to enjoy BYO Workshops. Working on your own bonsai in the company of other bonsai enthusiasts is helpful. Often others see something in your tree that you ourself have not seen. Having someone present who knows techniques that you have not tried can be a real learning experience. One idea that the Board has come up with is to encourage regional workshop groups, that meet in volunteer's homes in order to share experience and ideas and to develop mentoring relationships.
In addition to the monthly PBS meetings, these study groups could meet informally several times a year to work together, to exchange ideas and to get input on their trees. Since our membership is so widespread, we would try to organize these groups so that a minimum of travel is required. If you are interested in hosting or participating, please contact: John Berna at bunsenMA@aol.com. John has volunteered to organize groups and to provide ideas to get them up and running. If possible, one of the more experienced PBS members would try to attend the session to give help.
***John will be hosting a workshop group in early April in Lambertville, NJ, on April 12.
E-mail John if you are interested, so he can contact you.***

Flower Show Exhibit

The 2014 Flower Show has come and gone! Our PBS Exhibit was a bit smaller this year, in physical space as well as number of trees exhibited. That didn't stop a steady flow of visitors from stopping and admiring the trees, and asking lots of questions. We had to cover over 100 hours, and more than 40 members shared the duties of sitting for the exhibit. That is an astounding turnout of support and one the Society is most grateful for! It's impossible to thank each person individually, so THANK YOU!! to all who helped with sitting.
A special thanks goes to Randy Naftal, who chaired the exhibit and the members who exhibited their trees. Photos follow.

President's Notes

March/April 2014

Happy Spring to everyone! Of course as I say this the weatherman is telling me we will be getting a nor’easter this week that may bring snow! Yay! I hope everyone’s trees have survived this crazy winter. Hopefully in a week or two we can start moving them outside and not have to worry about snow and ice.
I want to thank everyone who put trees in The Flower Show this year - they looked great! I also want to thank everyone who gave of their time to sit for the exhibit and, of course, Randy for once again coordinating a great show.
This year we tried something different. Instead of handing out pamphlets we recorded names and email addresses and will communicate directly with people who expressed an interest in PBS. We are hoping this leads to more people joining our club!
Our next meeting isn’t until the end of April, please take note of the date! Also remember that the MABS convention is coming up and I urge everyone to attempt to attend if only for an afternoon. The drive isn’t too bad and it is always a good time. See you in April!

Mike

Meet & Greet Exhibit at Morris Arboretum

On April 12th several of us will be going to the Morris Arboretum to participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival. We will set up a table and work on trees and answer questions to the many people passing by enjoying the festivities.
There is room for a few more members to come out and help. If you are interested please let me know. We will be there from 10 AM to 3PM. If you are interested or have a question email me at mwigginton@hotmail.com.
2013 @ Morris Cherry Festival
Lots of people dropped by to ask questions, watch work on the trees and look at the trees on display.
Participants were:
Joanne Dhody
Mike Wigginton
Linda Brant
Jim Brant

MidAtlantic Festival

MidAtlantic Spring Festival 2014 - April 25-27

This year's MidAtlantic features three great bonsai artists, Takashi Iura, from Japan, Corin Tomlinson from the U.K., and Suthin Sukosolvisit from the US.
All three are willing and able to impart their bonsai knowledge with the audience.
The weekend will be filled with Friday's workshops, lecture/demonstrations Friday evening, Saturday all day, and Sunday morning. Visit the breakout rooms where you can watch the artists up close. Vendors will have a large variety of bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, tools, books, and soils - visit them anytime over the weekend. Check out the silent auctions, buy raffle tickets in hopes of winning one of the demonstration trees, bid at the banquet auction. Participate in one of the exhibit critiques - get some firsthand information from one of our artists. Check out the members' exhibit. Some very nice trees are always on display from each of the MABS clubs.
Will you be a member of the audience? Remember that your participation in MidAtlantic benefits both you and PBS. Excess monies are returned to the participating clubs to help fund their ongoing programs.
PBS' participation in MABS, like all member clubs, means sharing some of the duties of the convention. Our responsibilities are the silent auction and the banquet live auction. Donations for the auctions are appreciated as they add to the variety and serve as a tax-deductable benefit for you. Help at the banquet auction is also needed. Contact Jim Brant if you can help out.
The other aspect of participation in MABS is that of bonsai display. Each club can exhibit three trees in the members' exhibit. If you would like to display one of your trees, please contact Jim Gillespie or Jim Brant before April 5th. We currently have one tree offered for display, so two more are needed. Please consider exhibiting at MidAtlantic.

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 2014

May Meeting

Our May meeting will be a BYO workshop for any members interested in getting some advice on work to be done, or some tips on their tree, or just getting some work done on their tree. Help will be available from our more experienced members, but advice or help from all is encouraged. Be sure to bring wire and tools and anything else you feel might be needed. It may be too late for repotting temperate trees.
Bonsai is a unique art, one that is dynamic. Once a painting or sculpture is done, it's done,. It will not change over the years in any significant respect. Bonsai are different. They are works of art, but art that grows! As our trees grow we must plan for the future - have a vision of the tree one, two or more years down the road. Workshops such as this give us the opportunity to get input as to how the tree might develop and explore options for the future.
This is a fun meeting, so bring a tree and enjoy!

Member's Workshop
Date: Friday, May 23
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

April Meeting

April showers, my eye!! Six and a half inches of rain wiped out our scheduled April meeting with Corin Tomlinson. Corin was in agreement with the cancellation, as he was very concerned that people might have real problems with the roads, especially after the radio started announcing states of emergency in many areas due to flooding.
It's a pity we had to cancel because Corin did a magnificent job at MidAtlantic, exhibiting strong talent and a real connection with the audience. Our luck with speakers from the UK is not very good, but hopefully the next time Corin is in the US, we'll be able to book him.

Future Meetings

June 20 - Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo
August 17 _PBS Picnic & Auction - Location TBA

PBS Workshop Groups

So far, PBS has coordinated two members' workshops. These are intended to be informal work sessions hosted by a member. Sometimes a little help is needed in working with a tree, either some physical help or help with styling, pruning, or potting.
Be sure to contact John Berna (Bunsenma@aol.com) if you wish to host a workshop. When a workshop is scheduled, notification will be sent out via email.

ABS New Talent Contest

Congratulations to Jesse Cook for being selected as one of the contestants in the American Bonsai Society's New Talent Contest held in conjunction with the Potomac Bonsai Festival at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC! Entrants were given a fairly large juniper to work on through the day.

Morris Arboretum Meet & Greet Exhibit

On April 12th several members manned the tables at the Morris Arboretum's Cherry Festival to meet visitors to the Arboretum, showing their bonsai and demonstrating some of the work that is done to create or maintain a bonsai. The weather was great, and we had a lot of people stop by to visit, ask questions, admire the trees, or to sign up for further information. Members participating were Joanne Dhody, John McGowan, Mike Wigginton, and Linda & Jim Brant.

MidAtlantic Festival

This year's MidAtlantic featured three great bonsai artists, Takashi Iura, from Japan, Corin Tomlinson from the U.K., and Suthin Sukosolvisit from the US. Each artist gave wonderful presentations, developing some impressive bonsai.
Our PBS turnout was excellent, and plenty of help was given during the banquet auction. Many thanks to Linda Brant, Phyllis Kinser, John Berna Karen Harkaway, Mike Wigginton, Jesse Cook and Dave Tettemer for all their help in conducting the auction, with a very special thank-you to Jim Gillespie, who served as auctioneer foro all 57 items. A number of items were donated by PBS members for the live or silent auctions, and their donation were very much appreciated.
The members' exhibit was expanded this year with more space available for each tree. PBS members who exhibited their trees were Karen Harkaway, Joe Sauer, and Dave Tettemer - thanks to all three for representing PBS so well.

MidAtlantic Spring Festival 2015- April 17-19

President's Notes

May 2014

As I write this month's notes the forecast says it will be 87 degrees tomorrow. It's a good thing we aren't still having crazy weather. I apologize for the cancellation of the meeting last week but the weather conditions were terrible. All of the streams by me either came up to or overflowed their banks. We didn't think it was safe traveling weather. The scheduled speaker also agreed. Hopefully next time Corin is in the US we will be able to have him come to our club. He was awesome at MABS. All of the trees he worked on looked fantastic and his sense of humor was hilarious. This month is a members workshop, so please bring a tree or two you need help with. Remember to bring whatever tools or supplies you might need like wire. See you at the meeting!
Mike

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 13/14 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the May meeting. Labels displaying an 14/15 indicate dues are paid for the 2014-15 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

Dues Form - 2014-2015 - Annual Membership.......June 1 to May 31................$30.00

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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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June 2014

June Meeting

With the growing season in full swing (at last - finally!!), our June program features Jim Doyle with an excellent program titled "Something Wild" which consists of several elements; audience participation, use of a single thought or feeling applied to tree design and some poetry. Jim is excitied about this program and reports that it has been well received.
Jim is well known to many of us, having appreared at PBS several times, last in 2009.
In 1973, with a B.S. degree in horticulture from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Jim started Nature`s Way Nursery and developed an early interest in Asian culture and plants. By 1980, through the influence of Chase Rosade, bonsai passed from being a hobby to a business/life-style. Jim attends many symposia, teaches year round to both adults and children at his studio and travels extensively. 
After a brief visit to Japan, Jim started a quest for new information. He was involved in founding the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, boasting membership of over 100, and co-chaired the 1992 ABS Convention in Hershey. He has written articles for national publication and consulted regionally in Japanese garden design.
Today, along with his teaching, Jim continues to import bonsai, pots, tools and related garden items. Jim`s favorite tree is, of course, the one he is working on.
As time goes by, Jim continues to enjoy the benefits of knowledge through bonsai. He has discovered a caring and understanding   friendship with plants and with people.
Jim is an excellent artist and presenter, and the evening should be most entertaining and informational.

Guest Artist: Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, June 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

Demo material will be raffled - Bring a bonsai for exhibit, double your raffle chances!

Future Meetings

August 17 _PBS Picnic & Auction - Old Mill Bonsai Studio

President's Notes


June 2014

Last month's workshop was great. We had a decent turnout and more than a few trees were worked on. This month's meeting will feature Jim Doyle of Nature's Way Nursery. Jim is an excellent speaker and I hope that everyone can attend. Remember that this will be our last meeting until our picnic in August. The lineup for the fall is almost complete. We are still working on a speaker for September, but everything else is set and we are looking to finish off the year strong. I hope to see you in June, remember to bring a finished tree for displays to double your raffle tickets!
Mike

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 13/14 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 14/15 indicate dues are paid for the 2014-15 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 & Auction


Once again it's time to wrap up our program year with the annual Picnic and Auction. Again this year, we've moved the event to August in hopes of avoiding all the June activities causing people to miss the picnic. This year we'll be hosted by Howard McNeal at the Old Mill Bonsai Studio near Honeybrook. The setting is beautiful and the picnic & auction will be a go -rain or shine - we'll be under a tent.
PBS will provide burgers and 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 future programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash.
For many years, 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).
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: Sunday, August 17
Location: Old Mill Bonsai Studio (directions on the last page)
Time:
Picnic - 1:00
Auction 2:00

Future Meetings

September 19 - Howard McNeal - Lecture/Demo
October 17 - Frank Mihalik - Lecture/ Demo
November 21 - Members' Auction
December 12 - Annual Holiday Social & Raffle

June Meeting

What does "wild" mean to you? This question was posed by our June guest artist, Jim Doyle at the onset of his presentation "Something Wild". Jim was asking us to reach for a feeling, not necessarily applied to bonsai, drawn from personal experiences that helped us define the term wild. Seated in a large circle, we each related an experience or observation that help to define "wild".
Moving on to the demonstration portion of the evening, Jim presented his candidate for a wild bonsai, a collected Ponderosa Pine that certainly had grown wild as well as survived and thrived in a rigorous environment. Jim spent a considerable time examining the tree, pointing out its strengths and weaknesses, encouraging us to build on the strengths of trees and minimize weaknesses.
Our evening with Jim passed quickly and at the end of his program, after branches had been wired and arranged, a great tree emerged, only needing a future potting to become a exciting and dynamic bonsai.
Our thanks to Jim for an enlightening and informative evening - a most enjoyable and unique presentation.

President's Notes
August 2014

I hope everybody has enjoyed their summer and their trees are doing great. I think many of us have lost a few over the last year with the crazy weather we had. I don't know about you but I am glad to get back our meetings. We have a great lineup for the fall and winter and are working on the late spring now. This month is the picnic and auction so dig through and find a couple of items you don't need anymore and bring them to sell. Remember this is a big fundraiser event for PBS that helps us to bring in the many programs and speakers we get every year. I look forward to seeing everyone out at Howard’s place on the 17th.
Mike

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 13/14 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the Picnic. Labels displaying an 14/15 indicate dues are paid for the 2014-15 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 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 (Chestnut Tree Rd.). Go about 2 miles and cross over an iron bridge. At the next crossroad, make a right onto Creek Rd. and go 3/10 mile to a Y in the road. House is on the right. Parking in the studio lot or as directed. 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

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September 2014

September Meeting

Our 2014-2015 meeting year begins with a bang with a lecture/demonstration by Howard McNeal.
Howard is proprietor of The Old Mill Bonsai Studio near Honeybrook, and has developed an outstanding collection of bonsai. Howard is a Life Member of PBS, and has served as PBS 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 styling techniques. Howard always has some new tricks and techniques to share, and his presentation this month will add to your body of bonsai knowledge.

Howard will provide a tree for the raffle, so be sure you double your raffle tickets by exhibiting one of your bonsai.


Guest Artist: Howard McNeal -Lecture/Demo
Date: September 19
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Annual Picnic & Auction

Great weather, great turnout, great location, and a great host - that pretty well sums up the annual PBS Picnic and Auction last month. Lots and lots of great food, good company, a multitude of donated items all made for a pleasurable day.
Over one hundred items, most of them donated were auctioned off by our intrepid auctioneer, Jim Gillespie, with assistance by Mike Wigginton and John Berna. The sales for the day totaled almost $1400. Those dollars go directly toward funding the excellent programs PBS members enjoy throughout the year.
Our sincere thanks to Howard McNeal for hosting this event, as well as our head cook for the day, Alan Slye, our auctioneer Jim Gillespie, Board members helping with supplies and such, and all the members participating in the sharing of food and auction items.

Future Meetings

October 17 - Frank Mihalik - Lecture/ Demo
November 21 - Members' Auction
December 12 - Annual Holiday Social & Raffle

President's Notes

September 2014

I would like to start off by thanking Howard McNeal for hosting another great picnic. We had over 40 people attend and participate in the auction! Second, I would like offer congratulations to our own Karen Harkaway who is now the President of The American Bonsai Society.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to getting back to our regular meetings. The next two months will feature two great speakers, Howard McNeal and Frank Mihalic. Remember we have another auction coming up in November so start looking through your bonsai stuff and see if there is anything you might not want anymore. I hope everybody had a great summer! See you in a couple weeks.

Mike

Falling Leaves

This summer, two of our bonsai friends passed away. Mary Kay Doyle, after a year-long battle with cancer, and Dorie Froning after a lengthy decline. Both embodied the spirit of bonsai, possessing both a gift of humor and a wealth of talent. Both will be sorely missed. The PBS family wishes to extend our condolences to their families.

Editorial Notes

A few quick items to bring to your attention.

First, if you'll check the sidebar on the first page, you'll notice a switch has taken place. Karen Harkaway, now President of ABS, has stepped back from the Vice Presidency, and John Berna has moved into the vacant slot. While Karen's duties with ABS, along with her practice, will fully occupy her time, she will still take part in the PBS Board.
Second, please take part in our ongoing Silent Auctions. At each meeting items may be put up for sale in a silent auction. The seller can determine the minimum starting (or reserve) price, and proceeds are divided between the seller and PBS (80% to the seller). The split is the same as the November auction, the difference being that November auction items are sold at no reserve.
Third, If you are receiving your newsletter by postal mail and you have an email account, please consider switching to an emailed newsletter. You'll get a full color edition, easy to print if you'd like, AND you'll be saving PBS the cost of printing and postage.
Lastly, thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of PBS. You have welcomed and encouraged new members, been willing to share your knowledge and offer a helping hand. Let's keep doing great things for the next fifty years!
Jim

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 2014

October Meeting

Our October meeting features a well-known bonsaist, Frank Mihalic. Frank is one of a few second generation bonsai artists in the US today. Frank has perfected his craft under the critical eye of his father, Bonsai Master Tony Mihalic. Tony founded Wildwood Bonsai Gardens in 1946. Tony specializes in the Rock and Forest styles of Bonsai known as saikei. Frank routinely travels to the Far East to perfect his skills with various world renowned bonsai masters and growers.
In 1979 Frank founded ‘Ichiban Publishing’ a publishing company dedicated to bonsai related materials. He wrote and published, ‘The Art of Bonsai’ releasing it in various formats, the ‘Bonsai Screen Saver CD, ‘Bonsai Online Magazine’, ‘Bonsai for Kids’ a children’s instructional bonsai book, in English, Spanish, French and released in various formats. 
Frank has been sculpting and making jewelry since he was a small boy. Always interested in Cameos, he travelled to Torre del Greco, Italy, where he was lucky enough to meet Giovanni Ventresca, who is a Master Cameo carver. Mr. Ventresca was so excited by Frank’s desire and interest in learning how to carve Cameos that he took the time to teach him these Italian old world Cameo carving techniques.
Frank has studied Lost Wax Carving and Casting at the Revere Academy of Jewelry in San Francisco, CA.
Frank's, lecture-demonstration will focus on a juniper, and as usual, the end of his program will feature a raffle of the material. You can double your raffle chance by exhibiting one of your bonsai.

Guest Artist: Frank Mihalic - Lecture/Demo
Date: October 17
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

September Meeting

Our featured speaker for September was Howard McNeal. Howard started with showing us a root over rock mugo pine he has had for over 20 years. The tree was placed over the rock and roots gradually exposed over a long period of time. He removed several branches to open up the trunk. Howard stressed the trunk as one of the most important features on any tree. He also showed how you can have more than one front on a tree. He recommended cleaning the stone occasionally with a mild soap to remove algae, etc. that will form over time from watering.
Howard then worked on a twin trunk Hinoki which he styled and then raffled complete with a pot and a chance to come out to the mill and have him help you repot it. Howard explained the two trunks as “Father and Son or Mother and Daughter.” He also covered the fact that you should turn the trees slightly so that one trunk, usually the larger one is slightly more in front. Howard went on to jin the tops and wire down the branches and begin forming branch pads.
Carmella Koussis was the evening's lucky raffle winner.!

Meeting notes courtesy of Mike Wigginton
Photos by Jim Gillespie

President's Notes

October 2014

It was good to see everyone again as we begin our new year of meetings! Last month our own Howard McNeal put on a great lecture and demo, first with a root over rock mugo pine and then with the styling of a twin trunk hinoki cypress.
Like many in the club, Howard was my first teacher and started me down the path to bonsai. This month we will have another great speaker in Frank Mihalic, so you don’t want to miss it.
As the summer winds down and fall begins don't slack off in your care for your trees. Remember how bad last winter was? If you lost trees they probably started their decline during the summer and fall. Just one missed day of necessary watering can be the first step towards losing a treasured tree.
We have put together a great lineup for the coming year so make sure you get out to the meetings! See you there!!
Mike

PBS Bonsai Exhibit at The Barnes Foundation

With fall upon us and the trees turning their autumn colors, what better time to display our bonsai for potentially the whole world to see?
PBS will be exhibiting our bonsai on October 28th thru November 4th at the Barnes Foundation located in the museum district, in down town Philadelphia. This is a great opportunity to showcase PBS’s bonsai to the public, but also attract potential PBS members, while shedding some light on bonsai as an art form.
The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 to encourage the progression of education and the appreciation of fine arts and horticulture. The Barnes Fine Arts in Philadelphia has objects and art estimated to be worth $25 Billion. The Barnes Arboretum located in Lower Merion Pa. was founded in the 1880’s where it contains more than 2,000 species of trees. With the Barnes appreciation of art and horticulture, it is a perfect stage to exhibit bonsai…the marriage between art and horticulture.
For our initial exhibit, hopefully the first of many, and due to some time constraints, trees for exhibit will be sourced from board members. It is hoped that future exhibits will feature many members' trees.
There will be an admission fee for the Barnes ( $22 general, $20 seniors - booking online or at the door), but the trip and the art on display is very worthwhile. Website: www.barnesfoundation.org

Mark your calendar - PBS Exhibit at the Barnes - October 29- November 3

Future Meetings

November 21 - Members' Auction
December 12 - Annual Holiday Social & Raffle
January 17 - Flower Show Workshop

Members' Auction

Just a brief reminder to start looking at your collections of pre-bonsai, bonsai, pots. tools, books, and magazines for anything that you're not using that you'd like to sell via the Members' auction in November. 20% of the selling price will go to PBS, while 80% will go to the seller.
This is a great opportunity to thin out one or more of your "collections" and profit from the deal. More information will be coming in the November newsletter.

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 2014 

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. (We suggest you observe a ten item limit.)

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

Members' Auction
Date: Friday, November 21
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 check-in -- Auction begins 7:30


October Meeting

Our guest artist for October, Frank Mihalic, went to work quickly on the demonstration material for the evening, a shimpaku juniper. Frank was very pleased with the movement of the trunk, as well as the number of branches available for selection.
After a discussion of criteria for choosing, a good front was selected, branches selected to remain, and wiring begun. All through these processes, Frank answered questions, and gave some valuable information (along with quite a few laughs!). The tree took shape quickly, with final trimming and branch placement - resulting in a "ta-da" moment - a finished design, ready for future potting.
Since there was some time remaining before the dreaded closing announcements, Frank spent quite a bit of time commenting on each of the bonsai brought in for the evening's display. His comments were most helpful, giving some a different perspective on styling, and others a "keep going" encouragement.
Winner of the evening's raffle was Brian Keegan!
Thanks to Frank for an excellent presentation!

Future Meetings

December 12 - Annual Holiday Social & Raffle
January 17 - Flower Show Workshop
February 20 - David Knittle - Lecture/Demo


President's Notes

November 2014
I don’t know about you but I really enjoyed our last meeting with Frank Mihalic. The juniper we provided was an excellent pre-bonsai! I try to learn something new every time I see a lecture/demo. No matter who the artist is, you can always take something away from it.
This month we have our very popular member’s auction. There are always a lot of great things to choose from, so make sure you come out and bring an item or two to auction off and make a little money towards your purchases. Please note we may limit the number of items up for auction due to time constraints.
It won’t be long now, we will be putting our trees in their winter resting spots. I just read the extended forecast and it looks like it will be about the same as last winter. Yay! Make sure that you are getting your trees ready and keep watering them accordingly. It’s very easy to slack off the last couple of weeks when it’s not hot out, but if you let them dry out you will pay for it over the winter. That little vacation from watering you took will start the tree down a path it might not recover from, especially when faced with a long cold winter.
Also now is a good time to clean up the trees, remove moss and get ready to treat them with fungicide before putting them away. Now that the leaves are off and the needles have been plucked, it is a good time to see the structure and plan ahead to what you want to do in the spring.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the auction and believe it or not the holiday party is right around the corner.
Mike


Seasonal Notes

Most of the leaves have now fallen, given the rain and wind of the last few days, ending what has been a spectacular display of fall foliage. I can't remember when the bonsai have had such great fall color. Many bonsai enthusiasts have commented that their trees are spectacular this year. We wish that we could have that sort of color every year. I found an article in a local paper that may explain the variances in fall color from year to year.

Fast Facts About Fall Leaf Color

Fertile soil enhances the intensity of reds in leaves
The more light a leaf is exposed to during the growing season, the more likely it is to turn red
Weather conditions most favorable to brilliant color are warm, sunny days followed by cool nights with temperatures below 45 degrees (but not freezing).
Rainy or cloudy days near "peak coloration time" will dampen the intensity of fall color by
limiting photosynthesis.
Freezing temperatures and heavy frost kill the brilliance of fall color by severely injuring leaves before pigments are fully developed.

Maybe we can use these facts in the future to enhance our fall displays.

Winter storage is another concern we should be addressing later this month. Moss should be removed, especially from trunks and exposed roots, 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. 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. Best time to put temperate bonsai into winter storage? Once the trees have been exposed to several hard freezes, which will assure dormancy has begun.


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 2014

December Meeting

2014 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 great 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 2015 MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies Spring Festival, but be careful, packages can be deceiving.
Please bring a goodie to share with the group - cookies, crackers, cheeses, dips, veggies, cakes, pies, or whatever. PBS will furnish soft drinks. 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!
This is a great evening and loads of fun, so add to the enjoyment with your participation.

Annual Holiday Social and Raffle
Date: Friday, December 12
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:30

Future Meetings

January 17 - Flower Show Workshop
February 20 - David Knittle - Lecture/Demo
February 28 -March 8 - Flower Show sitting

November Meeting

Our November meeting featured the Members' Auction. We had an excellent turnout of both of buyers and of sellers. Some great material was put up for sale, and there were a few really good bargains. There was also some very competitive bidding on quite a few items. Jim Gillespie, acting as auctioneer, did his usual excellent job of giving solid horticultural information, keeping the bidding lively, and dispensing corny jokes. John Berna and Jesse Cook served as the manual labor to keep the material moving.
Many thanks to Jim, John, and Jesse for their part in making this year's auction a success. Thanks, too to all the buyers and sellers. Over $1200 was raised in the live and silent auctions, meaning over $900 was returned to the sellers.

President's Notes

December 2014

Well it’s hard to believe 2014 is winding down! It looks like this winter is going to be cold one, so take a few hours and warm up amongst your bonsai friends at our holiday party. If that isn’t reason enough, remember one lucky member will be going home with a free registration to MABS in the spring!
Last month’s auction was another successful one for PBS and our members!

Please take note that we are starting to get ready for the Flower Show, so if you are interested in having a tree in the display we will have a workshop in January. Even if you won’t be displaying a tree in March you can bring one to the workshop and do some work on it with help from some of our senior members.

The Executive Board has been working on putting together another year of speakers and programs.. We have a pretty good lineup set for the spring! We will also be doing the Cherry Blossom Festival in April the Saturday before MABS so save that date. We need a few members to come out work on and show trees and talk bonsai to the guests of Morris Arboretum.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the holiday party and I want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Mike


Flower Show Notes

It's not too early to begin thinking about the Philadelphia Flower Show, February 28 -March 8, 2015. 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 exhibit trees, his task becomes much harder, so please, step up and volunteer to exhibit a tree. Contact Randy via email at: rnaftal@gmail.com or 484-432-5847 for specifics.
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. You can also sign up at any of the next meetings.

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 are 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.

MidAtlantic Festival

The registration forms for the 2015 MABS Spring Festival have been mailed to all members. This coming MABS Festival features three outstanding bonsai artists - Budi Sulistyo from Indonesia, Mauro Stemberger from Italy, and Peter Tea from the US. These three will be conducting bonsai workshops, lecture/demonstrations, and critiques over the course of the weekend. Two additional artists, Frank Mihalic and David Knittle will also participate in the Festival. Frank Mihalic will conduct a jewelry making workshop, in which participants will make their own bonsai jewelry. David Knittle will conduct a critique of the exhibit with a special emphasis on bonsai display techniques.
This year's venue will again be the facility in East Hanover, now renamed as the Fairbridge Inn. Room rates remain reasonable. Dates for the event - April 17-19, 2015.
PBS, participating as a member club, is allotted space in the bonsai exhibit - we need some volunteers to exhibit their trees. Please contact Jim Brant or Jim Gillespie if you're interested.

Seasonal Notes

At this point of the year, we should concern ourselves with winter storage - hopefully you’ve begun to put the trees into storage. Temperatures here have been lower than normal, as low as 16 degrees, so there is some concern about trees still out on benches. Hopefully all will be OK come spring. Last year our trees suffered from one of the worst winters on record. We think that an ice storm followed closely by a heavy snowfall caused the bonsai to not absorb the snowmelt. The ice layer prevented the water from getting to the bonsai
Moss should be removed, trees checked for wire that is binding, and winter shelter should be readied. Wind is the primary enemy of winter survival, so be sure that adequate protection is given. Direct sunlight can also cause problems, so try to site your storage so the trees aren’t exposed to direct southern light. Be sure that bonsai are thoroughly watered before being put into outside winter storage - water on a warmer day to ensure proper soaking. Once the soil is frozen, little water can be absorbed. On warmer winter days, check to see if watering is necessary.
Bonsai kept in an warmer enclosed space require more frequent checking - trees can dry out very rapidly in an unheated garage or shed. Be sure to have adequate air circulation when storing trees inside. It’s OK if soil freezes in inside storage, then water requirements are lessened. If any repotting is done over the winter, it is imperative that the tree be kept from freezing. If it does, the tender roots will be damaged and the tree could die.

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