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January 2015

January Meeting


From our Flower Show Chairman Randall Naftal:

Hello PBS members, hard to believe the Flower Show is approaching. We need 10 trees again this year. I know your trees are in storage, and if you are planning to put a tree in the show, please bring it to the workshop on the 17th to prepare for displaying.
Please bring the stand and scroll you plan on using so we can determine the location of the tree in the show.
If you are not putting a tree in the show this year but want to get opinions on a tree you have for future shows, please bring it to the workshop. There will be plenty of good advice and fun.
Thank you,
Randall 

Soon the Philadelphia Flower Show (Feb. 28- March 8) 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.

Flower Show Workshop
Date: Saturday, January 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

December Meeting

Great fun, a great turnout,, scrumptious goodies, and lots of great raffle gifts - that's a good description of December's Holiday Meeting. We were entertained viewing Sharee Solow's photos of Vietnamese bonsai - many of which were very large with unique cement pots.
The evening went quickly, as the raffle gifts were opened, zonks and great wins alike. The suspense built as the hoped-for MABS certificate remained undiscovered until near the end of raffle draws. Our lucky winner was Jesse Cook!!
Many thanks to all who shared wonderful treats to eat, to Sharee for her great program, and Jim Gillespie for furnishing the raffle gifts.

President's Notes

January 2015

Happy New Year everybody! I hope this year brings everyone happiness, success and health.
Last month’s meeting went very well! Thanks to Sharee for sharing some awesome pictures of her trip to Vietnam. As always the gift raffle was a ton of fun and thank you to Jim Gillespie for stepping in and delivering the presents. Congratulations to Jesse for winning a trip to MABS!
With the January meeting we begin our preparation for The Philadelphia Flower Show. Even if you won’t be showing a tree in the show, come on out and work on one of your trees or assist others working on their trees.
We have a good line-up of speakers this spring, so mark your calendars and make it a point to come out increase your knowledge of all things bonsai!
Even though your trees are tucked away for their long winters nap, they still need some care. Make sure you check them several times a week. They still need to be watered, just less frequently. In just a couple days time rodents can ruin those trunks by chewing on them. I already know which trees I am going to repot in late March and have them easily accessible. You should always plan ahead, it will keep your trees happy and healthy! See you at the meeting.

Mike

Future Meetings

February 20 - David Knittle - Lecture/Demo
February 28 -March 8 - Flower Show sitting
April 17-19 -MidAtlantic Bonsai Spring Festival
April 28 - Mauro Stemberger - Lecture/Demo

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.

Seasonal Notes

Our fingers are crossed that we don't see a repeat of last winter - there were a lot of losses, either bonsai dying or parts of bonsai dying. Several of my trees lost their tops, I believe due to the soil being covered by a layer of ice, which due to the low temperatures, kept the snow melt from reaching the soil, causing the apex of the trees to die back from lack of water. Hopefully this was a once in a lifetime occurrence.
Snow on our trees is wonderful - it insulates the roots, its slow melting provides needed moisture.
Ice, on the other hand, is unwelcome.
Be aware of conditions in your storage areas - either indoor or outdoor storage requires close attention.

MidAtlantic Festival

It's getting closer!! This year's MABS Spring Festival - April 17-19, 2015.

This month's focus features Budi Sulistyo from Indonesia. Budi Sulistyo of Jakarta, Indonesia first began bonsai in 1976 and began to teach the art in 1984. He is now  considered as one of the bonsai pioneers in Indonesia. He gives seminars and teaches in classes and workshops throughout his country. He gave television presentations on bonsai from 1980 until 1990. He has studied civil engineering and English teaching.

As the first Indonesian to win an international award (International Bonsai Exhibition in Osaka, Japan) and as the author of the Indonesian language book "Bonsai", he is well known and respected in the bonsai community. He has been invited to many countries to demonstrate and/or judge bonsai.
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.


******A special notice from MABS president Pauline Muth:

Dear Bonsai Buddies,
When getting your room for MABS this year please use this number to call for reservations for the hotel:
973 386 5622 -- NOT the 888 number on the registration forms and use group code
MABS Bonsai Festival.
Apparently the group that took over the hotel is having issues with its central reservations.
Sorry for the confusion.

Happy New Year,
Pauline Muth
MABS President


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 2015

February Meeting

February's meeting features David Knittle, a master woodworker/bonsai artist.
From David:
"My interest in woodworking began 35 years ago building doors and cabinets for custom log homes in Colorado. In 1980 I attend classes by Sam Maloof, a renowned furniture maker. I moved to the Philadelphia area shortly after to pursue the design and building of gallery furniture. My interest in Oriental design led to attending a seminar on traditional Japanese woodworking tools and techniques conducted by a master temple builder. My philosophy of combining traditional design with modern techniques began forming during that time.
In 1985 I moved with my family to Erie, Pennsylvania and founded Tansu Woodworking. The focus was to design and build tansu, shoji, tokonoma, and oriental style furniture. I became interested in bonsai after being introduced to Lynn Perry, who introduced me to William Valavanis who has had a tremendous influence on my bonsai and work, teaching me much about refining and displaying bonsai which led me to building tables, stands, and items used in displaying bonsai, suiseki, and other art objects.
My interest in bonsai led me to found and operate Tansu Unique Horticulture along with Tansu Woodworking, which developed and imported bonsai and related products. I conducted classes and workshops along with founding the Great Lakes Bonsai Society. During this time as a bonsai professional I learned a great deal about bonsai and growing the plants we use to create them.
From 2003 thru 2008 I took a hiatus from woodworking to be the operations manager of Flexcut Carving Tools. This was a great opportunity to learn more about edge tools and carving. In 2009 I resumed woodworking doing business as Knittle Studio.
My focus today is working with artists to design and build custom pieces to display their art. It is most important that the display table or stand should enhance, not distract from the object being displayed. I also continue to design and build gallery furniture which along with bonsai allows me to keep artistically creative."
David's emphasis for the evening's program will be creating and enhancing deadwood carving on bonsai. This is an excellent program with lots of participation and exchange of information.

Guest Artist: David Knittle -Lecture/Demo
Date: February 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

MABS raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of our meeting

President's Notes

February 2015
It’s hard to believe we are gearing up for this year’s Flower Show! If you haven’t already signed up to help watch the exhibit please see Linda for whatever vacancies she has left.
January’s workshop meeting was well attended and Randy was able to fill most if not all of the spots he needed to fill. We were also pleasantly surprised to have our own Howard McNeal drop by! It is always good to see him and hear his input on the trees brought to the workshop.
This month we resume with guest speaker Dave Knittle. Some come on out and enjoy another great guest speaker! To add a little more incentive we will be holding a raffle for a free registration to MABS at the meeting.
Mike

Future Meetings

February 28 -March 8 - Flower Show sitting
April 17-19 -MidAtlantic Bonsai Spring Festival
April 28 (Tue.) - Mauro Stemberger - Lecture/Demo
May 8 - Ted Matson - Lecture/Demo

Flower Show Notes

Volunteers needed !!- 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. Evening slots are difficult to cover - please consider helping to fill these slots!
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 the next meeting.
Show dates February 28 - March 8.

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.

Seasonal Notes

Very soon we'll be into repotting season. Now is a great time to get everything ready for repotting your trees. Check your tools - sharpen those in need. Do you need any tools for repotting? Look over your notes from the previous growing season (you did make some notes, didn't you?). What trees need repotting? Any tree problems areas that need to be dealt with this spring? Are pots available for those trees? Is your supply of bonsai soil adequate? Do you need to mix some soil ingredients, or buy some soil? How about screening to cover drainage holes? How is the wire supply?
Really check the root system carefully when you repot. Look for any problem areas or voids in the soil which indicate a root problem. Be sure to use proper tie-down methods - the tree should be very secure in the pot, otherwise movement will break the fine hair roots which the tree needs for survival.
Remember that trees that have been repotted need protection from freezing temperatures. A cool garage is safe for storing repotted trees overnight. If daytime temperatures are safely above freezing, then trees can be placed outdoors, BUT bring them in if there's even a remote chance of freezing, otherwise the tree may be killed or portions die out (ask me how I know).

MidAtlantic Festival

It's getting closer!! This year's MABS Spring Festival - April 17-19, 2015.

This month's focus features Mauro Stemberger, from Italy. Mauro was born in 1978 in Feltre, Italy. At 14 and fascinated by Bonsai, he joined the Feltre Bonsai club. From 1994 to 2000 he attended workshops given by important European artists like Hotsumi Terekawa, Marc Noelander, Horst Krekler, Edoardo Rossi, Salvatore Liporace, and many others. In 2002, he met Alfiero Suardi and Enrico Savini, and who helped him hone his technique. At the same time, Mauro was studying architecture at IUAV University in Venice. In 2005, he and several other Bonsai enthusiasts founded the Italian Bonsai Dream Workshop Place where they and others could work and enjoy Bonsai (http://www.italianbonsaidream.com/). In 2006, Mauro graduated as an Architect and began work in his hometown. Since 2007 he has been writing and publishing articles in numerous Bonsai magazines such as Bonsai Focus, UBI Bonsai, BCI Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine (http://www.bonsai-bci.com/bci-artists/180-mauro-stemberger-italy). From 2008 to 2010 Mauro was President of UBI (Italian Bonsai Association) and Director of the UBI Bonsai Magazine. In 2011 he, along with a group of students, founded the Italian Bonsai Dream School at Garden Verde – Marostica.

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When getting your room for MABS this year please use this number to call for reservations for the hotel: 973 386 5622 -- NOT the 888 number on the registration forms and use group code
MABS Bonsai Festival.

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Our second MABS raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of our February 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 2015

April Meeting


Our April meeting, following on the heels of MABS, will feature Mauro Stemberger, from Italy.
Mauro is very well known in Europe as one of the rising stars of bonsai artists. He has won numerous prizes and awards for his work.
We're privileged to have Mauro visit with us and are looking forward to hearing his approach to bonsai and the results of his bonsai styling.
Our meeting will be a joint meeting with the Bonsai Society of Lehigh Valley. Demo material will be raffled - no double tickets this month.
Please note change of meeting date.

Guest Artist: Mauro Stemberger -Lecture/Demo
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

June 19 - Members' Workshop
July - No meeting
Aucust TBA - Annual Picnic & Auction

May Meeting

This May Ted Matson returns as our featured artist. Ted's last visit was in May of 2013, so his return is one we have been looking forward to. Ted is widely respected in the bonsai world as a gifted teacher and artist.
Ted began studying bonsai in 1979 in San Francisco, where he learned the basics under John Boyce. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he became involved in a number of clubs and began a serious pursuit of the art, taking class from leading masters in Southern California, including Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill and John Naka.
Ted started offering classes at his home in Pasadena in 1988. An in-demand demonstrator, Ted has conducted numerous programs (as well as workshops) at several bonsai conventions and conferences, and has been appearing more as a headliner/ featured artist for major bonsai events.
Although Ted is a lover of shohin bonsai, his collection includes trees of all sizes, styles and a range of species. They are known for their proportion, refinement and detail.
Ted says one of his strengths is having a good eye for selecting material. A primary goal in his lectures and demonstrations is to help others improve their own abilities to recognize potential bonsai stock. And, he works to help people understand how to realize that potential through creative design and proper styling techniques. When not doing bonsai, Ted is a freelance writer.

Please note that we are meeting earlier in the month than usual to accommodate Ted's schedule.

Guest Artist: Ted Matson -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, May 8
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

Flower Show Notes

Thank you to Flower Show sitters.
Another tough year at the Flower Show. Thank you to all the sitters - especially Susan and Joe Jacovino, who took it upon themselves to stay in a hotel in the city and to be there on the snowy Thursday morning. We also had several sitters who covered multiple shifts. Thanks to all who covered watering as Randy was sick with pneumonia and could not be there every day, as he usually is. Hopefully this snow will be the last of season and we can get on to more enjoyable tasks such as repotting, styling and just seeing our trees. Again, many thanks from Linda.

MidAtlantic Festival

It's almost here!! This year's MABS Spring Festival - April 17-19, 2015.

This month's focus features Peter Tea, who started learning about Bonsai in 2001. As he got more interested and deeper into Bonsai, he found himself thinking about it all the time. He joined the Midori Bonsai Club in 2002 and served as President in 2007 and 2008. Most of his formal Bonsai training began in 2003 when he met Boon Manakitivitpart of BonsaiBoon.com. After attending a demonstration at a Sei Boku Kai Bonsai Club meeting in San Mateo, California, he signed up for Boon’s Bonsai Intensive Program. Once he had visited Boon’s garden, he knew that Boon was the person with whom he wished to study in the United States. After finishing his three-year intensive program he joined Bay Island Bonsai in 2007. In 2008 he started his own Bonsai business, “Peter Tea Bonsai,” as a way to help educate the Bonsai community, hone his own teaching skills, and make some extra money to fund his Bonsai passion. He ran workshops and study groups, conducted demonstrations, and sold Bonsai related items. In 2011 he decided to change career paths and traveled to Japan to study Bonsai full time under Mr. Junichiro Tanaka at Aichien Bonsai Garden. He was an apprentice for over two years and was released in 2013, having completed his 5-year apprenticeship early. With Mr. Tanaka’s blessing he returned to the United States in 2013 ready to continue his business and his work.


The lineup of bonsai artists for this year's Festival is outstanding! There is a tremendous amount of knowledge shared at this event - always a new perspective or innovation to be discovered.
Don't forget a great variety of wares for sale in the vending area, as well as an outstanding bonsai exhibit, critiques of the bonsai exhibit, a banquet followed by a live bonsai auction, silent auctions on Saturday, and raffles for all of the demonstration trees. Best of all, your attendance benefits PBS directly, as all excess monies are returned to the participating clubs.

We hope to see lots of PBS members at MABS!!
Some help with the live auction is needed - Contact Jim Brant or Mike Wigginton to volunteer your services.

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When getting your room for MABS this year please use this number to call for reservations for the hotel: 973 386 5622 -- NOT the 888 number on the registration forms and give the group code
MABS Bonsai Festival.
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President's Notes

Last month’s meeting featuring David Knittle was very informative. Many of us don’t pay enough attention to our tools. If you properly care for them they can last forever. With the prices of tools now, it is in your best interest to take care of them. Growing up my Dad taught me to maintain tools always, there is always two minutes to clean them and put them away. If you take care of them, they will make care of you.
Well I hope the snow is finally over! But you never know. I have been repotting trees for the last week or so to get ready for spring. Just remember not to let them freeze after you repot them, which is a risk for many weeks to come. In a couple of weeks we have an event at The Morris Arboretum and of course, MABS. We go to the Arboretum every year during their Japanese festival and set up a table to get he word out about our club. If anyone is interested let me know, we have room for you to come out.
I hope to see all of you at MABS in New Hanover this spring. It is always a good time and there are plenty of vendors selling goodies. Even if you can only come for a day PBS will benefit, so come on out.
Thank you to everyone for helping with the Flower Show. Even with the snow it looks like they had great attendance! See everybody soon!
Mike

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 14/15on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the April or May meeting. Labels displaying an 15/16 indicate dues are paid for the 2015-16 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 - 2015-2016 - Annual Membership.......June 1 to May 31................$30.00

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PLEASE PRINT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CLEARLY -NEWSLETTERS ARE SENT VIA EMAIL
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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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May 2015

See March/April

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June 2015

June Meeting

Our June meeting will be a BYO workshop, which will give members the opportunity to work on their trees with some help or guidance from other members, or independently. Wiring, styling, pruning, or trimming are all fair game for the evening. Be sure to bring whatever tools or supplies you may need.
This is usually a great time for discussion, information exchange, and guidance as well as an overall good time.
Carts, if needed are located at the lobby desk.

Members' BYO Workshop
Date: Friday, June 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

President's Notes

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed our last two speakers! I found them really knowledgeable and learned a lot. It is great to be able to learn from such renowned teachers.
This month is our last meeting until our the end of summer when we have our annual picnic.This month we will have a member’s workshop, so bring a tree to work on and get some help from one the many experienced members. June is a great time do some pruning, especially of the candles on our JBP’s. The larger the tree the sooner you do it.
Once again we are experiencing crazy weather. Believe it or not we are really behind on rainfall and are now in danger of a drought this summer. Hopefully the rain we are getting now will make up for what we have been missing. Always be diligent in caring for your trees, what you do now will help them through the long cold winters we have been having.
I look forward to seeing everybody at the meeting and helping you to work on your trees.

Mike

April and May Meetings

Our April and May meetings fell very close to one another, so we were really immersed in bonsai demonstrations. Mauro Stemberger gave us some great information on both styling and wiring, with a great demo yew, won by Andrew Klein. In early May, Ted Matson followed up with another great demo, styling a juniper. Ted stressed his "Five Elements of Design". Ted's piece was won by John Berna. Both meetings were well attended. Thanks to both artists for great programs!

MidAtlantic Festival

This year's Festival was, again, a great success. The bonsai artists did a fantastic job, attendance was very good, and lots of information was given.
Thanks goes to all the PBS members who attended the weekend - their participation will benefit all members of PBS.
Thanks also, to Karen Harkaway, Mike Wigginton, and John Berna for exhibiting trees.
Special thanks to John, Karen, Mike, Jesse Cook, and Linda Brant for help with the auction. Finally no auction would be successful without great auctioneers. Jim Gillespie and Jim Doyle did an excellent job - Many Thanks!!

Future Meetings

July - No meeting
August 16 - Annual Picnic & Auction - Rosade Bonsai Studio
September 18 - TBA

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 14/15 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 15/16 indicate dues are paid for the 2015-16 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

It's that time of the year!! Time for the annual PBS picnic and auction.
This is a great opportunity to relax and chat about bonsai, have some great food, and participate in a spirited auction in a beautiful setting.
Traditionally, Summer auctions have been conducted on a purely donation basis. While we still encourage donations, for the past few years, 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 hoagies*** and soft drinks for the picnic. Members are requested to bring an 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 at no reserve. Finished bonsai, prebonsai, nursery stock, pots, tools, books, magazines, or any other bonsai related items are requested from members to help make our 2015-16 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash. The rule of the day is to take home more than you brought!!
There will be a special door prize, a drawing for a Gift Certificate from Rosade Bonsai Studio.
Please join us and share a great day. Take some time to stroll though Chase and Soli's bonsai collections- you won't find too many that are displayed as well or as well done. Come rain or shine - we'll have a shelter, just in case.
Be sure to bring a lawn chair along with your items for the auction!!

Annual Picnic and Auction
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Location: Rosade Bonsai Studio (directions on the last page)
Time(s):
Picnic - 1:00
Auction - 2:00

*****Please contact Mike Wigginton if you plan to attend, so we can plan for the number of hoagie trays to order.
Email: mwigginton@hotmail.com

Seasonal Notes

This summer has been a trying time so far for our bonsai. We've had several long stretches of 90º + heat with accompanying high humidity which has caused a good deal of stress in our trees.
We have been very concerned about our larches, as they like full sun, but not high heat, so we've been watering early in the morning, then trying to cool the pots off during the hotter afternoons. Some people shade the pots in an attempt to keep them cool, while others like Linda and me, spray water on the pots several times to cool them. Roots will withdraw or die back from a pot that's too hot.
Maples have been another concern. The Japanese maples are beginning to show signs of leaf burn. Our maples are in open shade, but get some direct sun for several hours. The only way to prevent leaf burn would be to provide more shade. Howard McNeal has gone so far as to erect a shade house for his maples. His maples do look much better without the leaf burn.
There is a theory often stated that water on maple leaves beads up and focuses the sunlight causing leaf burn. This falls in the category of urban legends or wive's tales - there is no truth to water on leaves causing leaf burn.
There are two possible causes of leaf burn; too much direct afternoon sun, or fertilizer burn. The latter can be very detrimental to a bonsai, so most bonsaists recommend use of organic fertilizers during these hotter months.
Our trees aren't showing a lot of growth right now, but will begin pushing again in a few weeks. Now is a great time to check for wire cutting into branches, make plans for fall pruning, check for insect damage, and double check that drainage is good in each pot. If you've made any air layers, check for root development. Hold off any fertilization until we get back to some cooler temperatures, most likely in September. Cooler days and nights are on the way!
Mike Wigginton has made several references in his President's Notes to the fact that many problems that arose this spring as far as losses or dieback, could be traced back to problems during the previous growing season, such as lack of repotting, poor drainage, or general weaknesses due to under or over watering or fertilization. Get to know your trees and you'll learn what signals they are displaying regarding their health. Keep your trees healthy and happy!

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2016 MABS Spring Festival will feature what is arguably the best lineup of bonsai artists in recent memory. Each artist brings to the convention a unique outlook on bonsai, as well as a varied background.
Featured for 2016 are; Kunio Kobayashi, from Japan, Walter Pall from Germany, and Bjorn Bjorholm from the US. Future newsletters will focus on each artist.
The convention will be moving from its New Jersey venue to the Hartford, Connecticut at the Hartford-Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel.
More information will be coming in future newsletters - The dates for the 2016 MABS Spring Festival - April 15-17 - please mark that date on your calendars.

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 14/15 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the picnic. Labels displaying an 15/16 indicate dues are paid for the 2015-16 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

Future Meetings

September 18 - Bob Mahler - Lecture/Demo
October 15 (Thursday) - Colin Lewis - Lecture/Demo
November 20 - Members' Auction

Directions to Rosade Bonsai Studio

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

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

215-862-5925
rosadebonsai.com

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September 2015

September Meeting

Where has the summer gone?!? Here we are starting our 52nd year - simply amazing how quickly time passes.
Our 2015-2016 program year promises to be an exciting one, and we will start off with a return appearance by Bob Mahler.
Bob apprenticed under Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania from 1985-1989. In 1989 he left for Japan to study privately with world renowned bonsai master Susumo Sudo in Tochigi-Ken Japan. He returned to the states in 1993. In 1994 he became the curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn NY. He left Brooklyn in November 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with individual collectors via lectures, classes, private collection maintenance, and tours abroad. Bob was a contributing technical editor to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's esteemed Gardener's Desk Reference. He also collaborated with the BBG on Growing Bonsai Indoors. Martha gave Bob a shout via the September 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Bob's personal bonsai favorites are Japanese White Pines, Satsuki Azaleas, and Japanese Flowering Apricots. Bob resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife Jess and their dogs.
Bob's demonstration material for the evening will be a boxwood. We look forward to a great program, with lots of great information from Bob. Be sure to attend - and YES we'll be indoors!

Guest Speaker: Bob Mahler -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, September 18
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

PS - Double your raffle chances - display a bonsai! Demo material will be raffled.

Future Meetings

October 15 (Thursday) Colin Lewis - Lecture/Demo
November 20 - Members' Auction
December 11 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January 16 - Flower Show Worshop

President's Notes

September 2015

Well after a long dry summer it’s great to be back to our regular meetings!
With Fall approaching it is the perfect time to plan which trees will be repotted in the Spring. While you are doing fall clean-up and chores on your trees take the time to check each tree for health etc.
We have a good line-up of meetings through until March. All we need is someone to do a short presentation during out Holiday Party, if you have something bonsai related you would like to share let us know at the meeting so we can finalize the Fall schedule. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Mike

Annual Picnic and Auction

Perhaps due to the heat, attendance for this year's picnic and auction was not as great as hoped, but for those attending, it was a great opportunity to pick up some excellent material, bonsai pots and other goodies, as well as share some social time to discuss bonsai.
Our auctioneer, Jim Gillespie performed his usual excellent job, jokes aside, and kept things moving right along. Thanks, Jim, and thanks to all who donated to the auction.
Hosts Soli and Chase Rosade made everyone feel welcome. All were impressed by their bonsai garden. Many thanks Chase & Soli for your hospitality!
Some great dishes brought to share helped to make a great buffet along with the hoagie tray furnished by PBS.

Silent Auctions

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

MidAtlantic Festival

Yes, MABS is moving! The upcoming MABS Spring Festival will be held at the Hartford-Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel , near Hartford,Connecticut.
The Festival will feature the usual bonsai exhibit, critiques of exhibited trees, a large vendor area, silent and live auctions, raffles, and a great lineup of bonsai artists - Kunio Kobayashi, from Japan, Walter Pall, from Germany, and Bjorn Bjorholm, from the USA.
It is hoped that online registration and payment will be available this year, so check the site later on in the fall for the latest news.
http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org
Dates for the 2016 MABS Spring Festival - April 15-17 - please mark them on your calendars and make a real effort to attend.

Final Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 14/15 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the September meeting. Labels displaying an 15/16 indicate dues are paid for the 2015-16 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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October 2015

October Meeting

October has arrived with its usual unique weather, featuring a nor'easter and a near miss by hurricane Joaquin. Nevertheless, fair weather or foul, our PBS meeting for October features a well known bonsai artist, Colin Lewis.
Colin grew-up in southern England where he made his first attempt at bonsai at age eight. He received formal education in graphic design. This education had a strong influence in the development of the bonsai artist. Colin has been studying bonsai for over thirty years and has published several bonsai books and numerous bonsai articles.
In 1989, he Launched "Bonsai Magazine" in the UK and visited the first world convention in Omiya, Japan, to study bonsai in greater depth. He then began teaching in UK. Colin has acted as Consulting Editor for "Bonsai" magazine (UK), Board member of the European Bonsai Association, and member of the Bonsai Judging Panel at the Chelsea Flower Show, London.
In 2001, he relocated to the United States He now resides just north of Kennebunkport in Southern Maine and works full-time as a bonsai instructor for the Ho Yoku School of Bonsai, working with private clients, and he is a consultant to the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Colin is a great speaker with a wealth of bonsai knowledge and a great eye for design. This will be a joint meeting with BSLV, so no double tickets. The demo material will be raffled. Hope to see you there.

Guest Speaker: Colin Lewis -Lecture/Demo
Date: Thursday, October 15
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

Future Meetings

November 20 - Members' Auction
December 11 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January 16 - Flower Show Worshop
February 19 - Jim Gillespie - Lecture/Demo

President's Notes

October 2015

Well it has been feast or famine for rainfall the past few months. It was nice to not have water for the past couple of days.
Now is the time to start preparing to put your trees away for their winter rest. It pays to be ready ahead of time, as you never know when the temperature might suddenly drop.
As we finish out the lecture series for the season take a look at your collection and see if there is anything you might want to sell next month at the auction.
Finally, we are still looking for someone to present at the Holiday Party, if you have a bonsai related topic you can present let us know. See you at the meeting!
Mike

September Meeting

Our new program year began with a great program presented by Bob Mahler.
Bob's focus for the evening was on boxwood, with two demo pieces illustrating slightly different styles.
Bob said he enjoys working on boxwood as often the finished piece will remind one of an apple or oak in the landscape, one which he climbed as a child.
Boxwoods have several advantages as bonsai as well as a few areas of caution.
Boxwoods may be treated similarly to satski azaleas - they have a thin bark, may be cut back hard, and branches are brittle. Boxwoods have very fibrous roots that like very well-drained soil. Repotting can take place almost anytime during the growing season. They are acid loving plants.

Bob's demo focused on initial styling, with emphasis on some basic points;

Look for good rootage which will help to determine the front of the tree, assuming that the rest of the tree will fit that plan, otherwise look for a compromise between rootage (nebari) and trunk line.

Clean out the dead areas (if any) and those areas that appear weak. Open up dense areas to allow sunlight in to encourage breakback.

Create negative space. While a boxwood readily forms into a globular style, negative space is what define a bonsai.

Wire branches down (carefully!!) with aluminum wire. Again, boxwoods have thin bark and brittle branches, so care must be taken.

Both boxwoods ended up fitting Bob's vision - the meadow tree to climb in one's imagination. Many thanks, Bob for a great program.

Raffle winners for the evening were Charlie Gysi, and Linda Brant . Congrats!

Of note was a great display of members' bonsai.

MidAtlantic Festival

MABS is moving! The 2016 MABS Spring Festival will be held at the Hartford-Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel , near Hartford, Connecticut.
The Festival will feature the usual bonsai exhibit, critiques of exhibited trees, a large vendor area, silent and live auctions, raffles, and a great lineup of bonsai artists - Kunio Kobayashi, from Japan, Walter Pall, from Germany, and Bjorn Bjorholm, from the USA.
Registration forms are available online and will also be sent to members via e-mail very soon. On line registration and payment is also available, just go to http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org and click on Spring Festival > Digital Registration. Workshops and Critiques will fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The workshop material for this year's Festival is outstanding. Don't overlook the bonsai jewelry workshop, which will be led by Frank Mihalic.Dates for the 2016 MABS Spring Festival - April 15-17 - please mark them on your calendars and make a real effort to attend.

Flower Show Notes

While the 2016 Flower Show is five months in the future, the next month is the ideal time to evaluate your bonsai in terms of exhibiting in the Flower Show. We need trees! If you're unsure of the quality of your tree, bring it to one of the next meetings and get some opinions on the tree. Doing so now will allow you to modify your winter stoage plans, if necessary, so the tree will be ready to display. If you have questions about displaying in the Flower Show, contact Randy Naftal, our show Chair via email at: rnaftal@gmail.com or 484-432-5847 for specifics.

Silent Auctions

Each month's meeting may have a Silent Auction in which any member may bring in an item or two he or she wishes to offer for that auction. Proceeds are split 80-20 (80% to the member, 20% to PBS), or you may donate the proceeds to PBS. We request that you limit the number of silent auction items to one or two to sell for each meeting.
Be sure to look for these Silent Auction items at each 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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November 2015 

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 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 check-in -- Auction begins 7:30

Future Meetings

December 11 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January 16 - Flower Show Worshop
February 19 - Jim Gillespie - Lecture/Demo

October Meeting

October's meeting with Colin Lewis had to be cancelled at the very last minute. There were some communication snafus between Colin and the airline, which led to him flying to Harrisburg, rather than deplaning at Philadelphia. This was very regretful, as we were really looking forward to seeing Colin's program. We'll try to arrange a date with Colin in the future
Hopefully, word of the cancellation made it to everyone.

For future reference, on the day of each meeting, before you leave for the meeting;
Check the PBS web site - http://www.PAbonsai.org
Check your answering machine
Check your voice mail on your cell phone

At the next few meetings, check the membership list to be sure all your contact information is up to date. Please provide a cell number, if possible. In case of an unexpected cancellation, that is the number we'll try to contact.

Seasonal Notes

The trees have dropped their leaves and now is a good time to do some of your pre-storage pruning. Needle plucking on pines may be done now, if you haven't done it already. Watering should continue, but only on an intermittent basis, enough to keep the soil from drying out completely.
The trees should be going into winter storage near the end of the month, before the first long freezing spell. Be sure that the trees go into storage with a thorough watering. Once the ground has frozen, watering need only be done on the warmer days, and only when the root ball has thawed. Wind and sun are the two big concerns during winter storage. Wind can cause desiccation, the loss of moisture in the twigs and branches, which the frozen roots cannot replace. Sunlight can cause the branches to break dormancy, but again, the frozen roots cannot supply food or water that is needed. Either situation can cause the tree to die.
Keeping the pot in contact with the soil (for outdoor storage) may help to moderate the freeze-thaw cycle, as the roots are kept near the temperature of the soil, rather than that of the air. Mulching in of the trees can be done with an number of materials - wood chips, sawdust, leaves, straw, or pine needles. Mulch should be deep enough to cover the pot and some of the trunk. The pot and the bonsai soil may be kept clean of mulch by covering them with panty hose (ask first!!), or with cheesecloth. Both will allow moisture to pass through.
An application of lime sulphur or horticultural oil will help prevent fungus problems during storage, and minimize insect problems in the spring. If you haven't done so already, remove moss from the soil surface and tree trunks. A brass brush or old toothbrush may be needed to get moss off trunks and roots - don't scrub too hard and damage or expose the cambium.

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2016 MABS Spring Festival will be held at the Hartford-Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel , near Hartford, Connecticut.
This month's artist feature will focus on Mr. Kunio Kobayashi, who last appeared at MABS in 2003.
Kobayashi-san has been gathering awards in Japan and the world since the mid eighties. His many awards have been garnered at Sakufuten (13 awards), Kokufuten ( 16 prize winners), Kojuten, and he has won the International Art and Culture Award twice. He is highly regarded as a teacher and demonstrator and has traveled widely throughout the world, To quote Kobayashi-San: "Through Bonsai I have been taught many things, they display the beauty of nature in all four seasons and the majesty, grace and power of trees surviving in the harshest of conditions; something which helps me in my life. I have been doing Bonsai for 30 years and love it so much that I have created a museum to display Bonsai. It is my wish to spread the beauty of Bonsai worldwide, to do so I try hard to teach the art to my apprentices from Japan and from the rest of the world."
Translator for Mr. Kobayashi will be Mrs. Hideko Metaxes, who is noted for her insightful commentary and bonsai knowledge.
Registration forms are available online and will also be sent with this newsletter. On line registration and payment are also available. Just go to http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org and click on Spring Festival > Digital Registration. Workshops and Critiques will fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The workshop material for this year's Festival is outstanding. Don't overlook the bonsai jewelry workshop, which will be led by Frank Mihalic.
Dates for the 2016 MABS Spring Festival - April 15-17 - please mark them on your calendars and make a real effort to attend.

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 2015

December Meeting

This month’s meeting focuses on our annual Holiday Celebration, and one of the features of this meeting is the Holiday raffle, in which surprise after surprise awaits the lucky ticket holders. Who knows what terrific bonsai book, tool, pot, or accessory is hidden within the bright wrappings? Who will be the lucky recipient of the Free MidAtlantic full registration? Who can figure out what package it is hidden in?
Our short program for the evening will be a video presentation of the 4th National Exhibition held in Fall of 2014 in Rochester. Time permitting, we can also view a presentation of the Noelanders Trophy held in February in Belgium. Both videos feature some absolutely gorgeous trees and displays.
Please bring a goodie to share with the group - cookies crackers, cheeses, dips, veggies, cakes, pies, or whatever. Our Holiday Celebration is a wonderful tradition for all of our PBS members. Please join us and enjoy. We promise you’ll have a good time!
Holiday Social & Raffle
Date: Friday, December 11
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm

Remember to bring any tree that you want to discuss prior to the start of the meeting. Advice on styling, care, horticultural problems, pot selection, etc. can be obtained from other members before the start of the program.
No exhibit trees this month, please. We need room for all the gifts!! (No double tickets this month.)

Future Meetings

January 16 - Flower Show Worshop
February 19 - Pauline Muth - Lecture/Demo
March 5-13 - Flower Show Exhibit and Sitting

November Meeting

Our November members' auction was well attended, with lots and lots of great sale items in both the live and silent auctions. Lots and lots of pots and prebonsai material seemed to be the main items for sale. Sales totaled a tad over $1600, with 80% going to the sellers. The 20% that went to PBS will help defray costs for room rentals and program speakers and materials.
Our live auction went quite smoothly and quickly, thanks to auctioneer Jim Gillespie, assisted by Mike Wigginton and John Berna. Thanks to all the members for their support - hopefully, everyone had an profitable and enjoyable meeting!

President's Notes

December 2015

I want to thank everyone who participated in the auction last month. It is always a good time to get some bargains. Remember, next meeting we have our holiday party with the chance to win a full registration to MABS in April.
Hopefully everyone has put their trees away for their long winter’s nap. Just when it seems that winter is holding off it always seems to get cold around Thanksgiving. Look for more information about upcoming meetings in the newsletter as we put together a schedule for the club. We are looking forward to another great year of speakers!
I hope everybody has a safe and happy holidays and a prosperous new year! See you at the party!

Mike

Flower Show Notes

This year's Philadelphia Flower Show, "Explore America - 100 Years of The National Park Service" will be held from March 5th to the 13th. PBS will again be displaying bonsai, and providing information to show attendees.
Exhibit trees are needed!! As you are putting trees away for the winter, please look carefully for a tree you'd like to exhibit. You can contact our Flower Show Chair, Randy Naftal - rnaftal@gmail.com or 484-432-5847, for more information about exhibiting.
Also Linda Brant has asked that exhibit sitting spots need to be filled and that she will be glad to sign you up for one or more slots. Free admission to the Flower Show will be provided to sitters (in fact, sitters on the first morning shift can get into the Flower Show ahead of the general public). Contact Linda - lbrant@comcast.net or 610-416-3216 - or sign up at an upcoming meeting.

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2016 MABS Spring Festival will be held at the Hartford-Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel, near Hartford, Connecticut.
This month's artist's feature will focus on Walter Pall, who will be making his initial MABS appearance.
Mr. Pall was born in Austria in 1944 and now lives near Munich, Germany. He has been developing his bonsai talents since 1980. Today, Walter is one of the most popular bonsai artists and has performed on numerous international stages. His visits have taken him to most of the European countries as well as South Africa, Australia, Canada, the United States, Israel, Argentina, and Brazil. Walter has received dozens of national and international awards for his bonsai including the prestigious Crespi Cup Award of Italy for his well-known Rocky Mountain Juniper. He is respected for his work with both conifers and deciduous trees. As he has grown as a bonsai artist, Walter has moved away from traditional bonsai styling to his own concepts of design.
Walter was one of the first Europeans to work with indigenous species, which he collects in his beloved Alpine mountains He now owns a collection of about 1000 quality trees in varying stages of development and keeps a store reserve of about 1000 handmade pots to compliment the bonsai. Besides his famous conifers he is also well known for his beautiful deciduous trees. Walter's bonsai usually are strong, powerful trees which he frequently forms in natural shapes. The longer he has been involved with tree development, the more he has moved away from traditional bonsai styling to his own concepts of design. Only those who have actually visited his garden know that he also has an impressive collection of shohin bonsai.
It will surprise many that Walter considers himself an amateur, and he means it. While he apparently tries hard to work professionally with whatever he does, the aim is not commercial success. He does not style trees to sell them later. He does it for his own joy. This is the reason why he entertains one of the most comprehensive bonsai collections around. Visit http://walter-pall.de for more.
Registration forms are available online and will also be sent with this newsletter. On line registration and payment are also available. Just go to http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org and click on Spring Festival > Digital Registration. Workshops and Critiques will fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The workshop material for this year's Festival is outstanding. Don't overlook the bonsai jewelry workshop, which will be led by Frank Mihalic.
Dates for the 2016 MABS Spring Festival - April 15-17 - please mark them on your calendars and make a real effort to attend.

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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