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January 2016

January Meeting

Soon the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show (March 5-13) will be upon us. January’s workshop meeting will provide members with an opportunity to learn exactly what is involved in preparing a tree for exhibit, evaluating exhibit quality of a bonsai, and the finer points of exhibit preparation, as well as preparing their own tree for the Show.
If you're not planning to exhibit a tree in the PBS Flower Show exhibit, but you wish to just get some hints or help on a tree, please bring it - there will be lots of help available. If you want an evaluation of a tree, this is a great time to have it done. We need exhibit trees for the show, and this is an excellent time to see what is involved with showing. We need to look at trees for future exhibits, also, so if your tree isn't quite ready, you'll get help and advice on steps to make it to exhibit quality.

From our Flower Show Chairman:
Happy New Year Members,
The Flower Show Workshop is coming up this month (fast year) and it's time to review trees for the flower show. We need 10 trees to display and there are nine spots open. The show this year is celebrating 100 years of our National Parks and the parks departments from the whole country are participating. If you have a forest planting you would like to display, this would be a good time. If not, no worries.
If you have a tree you would like to display in the future, bring it for advice, suggestions or just to work on.
I look forward to seeing you at the workshop. 
Randall

Flower Show Workshop
Date: Saturday, January 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Future Meetings

February 19 - Pauline Muth - Lecture/Demo
February 20 - Possible Workshop (see Flyer)
March 5-13 - Flower Show Exhibit and Sitting
April 15-17 - MidAtlantic Spring Festival
April 19 - Francois Jeker - Lecture/Demo (note date change)

December Meeting

Our annual holiday social and raffle was well attended, with lots of delicious treats for all to share. Following our social hour, we viewed two short videos - The 4th US National Exhibition and The Noelander Trophy exhibition. Both videos featured some truly exceptional bonsai.
When everyone had their raffle tickets and dropped tickets in the jar of their choice, we began the process of drawing winners, opening gifts, hoping to find a treasure. The main quest for treasure was the Full Registration Certificate for the 2016 MABS Festival. Eventually the gifts were opened (after a battle or two with some really tough tape!) and the MABS Certificate surfaced ..... the winner?...our treasurer David Spirt! Congratulations, David!
Many thanks to all who brought and shared goodies! Special thanks to Chase and Soli Rosade, who provided great gifts for the raffle.

President's Notes

January 2016

Happy New Year everybody!
Well it looks like winter has finally arrived…for real this time. Hopefully everybody’s tress are tucked away nice and snug. Remember it’s the time of year when we get ready for The Flower Show. This month we will have the Flower Show workshop and next month will feature Pauline Muth. The Executive Board is attempting to put together the schedule for the rest of the year and we hope again to have a great lineup!
Remember we have one more chance to win a free registration to MABS via a raffle which will be drawn at February’s meeting. See you there.
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!! 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.

Be sure to check the attached flyer for information about February's workshop -
we need at least six participants to move forward with scheduling.

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 Bjorn Bjorholm, who will be making his first MABS appearance.
Bjorn Bjorholm is the owner of Bjorvala Bonsai Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee and a former apprentice of contemporary Japanese bonsai master Keiichi Fujikawa. Bjorn spent nearly six years working at Mr. Fujikawa’s nursery, Kouka-en (located in Ikeda City just north of Osaka).
In 2015, he became a certified bonsai professional by the Japanese Bonsai Association, having completed his formal apprenticeship. Bjorn's experiences working with Fujikawa-san have necessarily shaped his approach to bonsai and furthered his never ceasing desire to improve the quality of western bonsai art.
Bjorn has produced an outstanding video series, "The Bonsai Art of Japan", which features some outstanding bonsai, techniques, tours, and exhibits. The 46th video of the series has been posted just recently. Videos may be viewed on Bjorn's blog at his web site - http://www.bjorvalabonsaistudio.com.
MABS Registration forms are available online. Online 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. MABS attendance directly affects PBS, as excess monies from the Festival are returned to member clubs. Although we will have to travel a greater distance than in previous years, the 2016 program is worth the drive, in fact, this year's lineup is among the very best to appear at MABS.

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 2016

February Meeting

Soon our thoughts will be turning to spring with all the flowers and bonsai beginning to grow and bloom. In the meanwhile, though, we have to tolerate more cold and snow, at least for several more weeks.
Our program for February will give us a bit of a jump on Spring and we're starting out with a lecture/demonstration by Pauline Muth.
She is the proprietor of PFM Bonsai Studio located in West Charlton, NY. Pauline is a Past President of the American Bonsai Society and has served as Recording Secretary and Executive Director for Bonsai Clubs International. She is past-President of MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies. Pauline has appeared at many conventions, both in the US and abroad. She has been actively involved in bonsai for over thirty years, a member of her original club (Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society in the capital district area of New York State) for over 25 years where she now serves on the board of directors, and she has studied with some of the greatest masters in bonsai, such as John Naka, over the years. She is just returning from the California Shohin Convention, where she was a workshop leader.
Pauline's focus for the evening will be on a Chinese influenced bonsai (or Penjing), a land and water planting. These plantings can take the form of a mountainous scene, or a coastal scene, depending on the placement of rocks and plant material. If the plant material chosen is appropriate, these may be kept indoors in a bright location.
Pauline's presentations are always enjoyable as well as informational, so please get a jump on Spring and join us for a great evening. Demo material will be raffled.
Also, don't forget the MABS registration raffle - a real value!!


Guest Speaker: Pauline Muth - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, February 19
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

There will be a follow-up workshop on Saturday, February 20.
Details on flyer. There are two spaces available at press time.

January Workshop

Our January workshop benefitted from a beautiful, sunny morning which unfortunately, did nothing to raise the temperature outdoors. Indoors, however, there was plenty of warmth in the smiles of the members attending the workshop, equal to the sunlight streaming in the windows. Quite a few very nice trees were brought in to be groomed, refined, wired and discussed. Fine details, branch placement, soil surface, jin treatment, and pot selection were all part of the day's topics. Lots of help and advice were given throughout the session. While not all of the trees were ready for the Flower Show exhibit this year, those not selected showed great potential for future exhibits.
We had a great turnout, and the three hour session literally flew by!

Don't Forget!!

At this month's meeting we'll have our final raffle for a free, full 2016 MidAtlantic Registration!

Drawing will be held at the end of the meeting. Odds of winning are much better than Powerball!

Future Meetings

March 5-13 - Flower Show Exhibit and Sitting
April 15-17 - MidAtlantic Spring Festival
April 19 - Francois Jeker - Lecture/Demo (note date change)

President's Notes

February 2016

I hope everybody came through the Blizzard of 2016 ok! Even though we have had some snow and cold weather, Punxsutawney Phil has assured us of an early spring!
This year’s Flower Show looks to be a good one. I hope everybody who is able has volunteered, see Linda if you are interested.
This month we have Pauline Muth coming in with a lecture/demo and a workshop! We also have MABS right around the corner and this year will be the 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester. I encourage you to take the trip to The National. The trees are amazing and the vendor area is unparalleled.
We are working on putting together a lineup for the remainder of this year and have a chance to have some really good speakers. see you at the meeting! Remember we will have a raffle for a free MABS registration.

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!! 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 snet a reminder 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). We need to cover the entire week, so please lend a hand if you can. Contact Linda - lbrant@comcast.net or 610-416-3216 - or sign up at an upcoming meeting.

MidAtlantic Festival

I'm sensing Spring in the air and the Big event will be here before you know it.
The MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies' Spring Festival.
The Festival takes place in Cromwell CT this year - a longer drive than past years - but - one of the best lineups of bonsai artists to appear at MABS.
Be warned the Discounted Rate Early Bird Registration Closes on March 1.
Also some of the workshops and Critiques are filling up so register early and reserve you space and save some on your registration costs
Mail in your registration form, or register online at www.MidAtlanticBonsai.org. Be sure to list PBS as your club affiliation.
We hope you will be able to attend this fun and educational Bonsai Festival as it is the argueably Biggest Bonsai Event to ever take place in New England. If you're a Facebook member please; visit, like, share and Invite your Friends to MABS Facebook Page.
http://www.facebook.com/midatlanticbonsai/
The Festival Features:
o A Bonsai Exhibition of the Best Bonsai specimens the 12 member clubs can present.
o A very well stocked vendor room selling Bonsai and all the supplies needed.
o An updated list of Vendors and links to their web sites is available on the MABS web site. May I suggest a little online shopping or pre-orders to be picked up at the festival. www.MidAtlanticBonsai.org
o Three world Renowned Bonsai Masters Leading workshops and on-stage Bonsai Lectures and Demonstrations on hand selected pre-bonsai trees which will be raffled off at the completion of the artist styling session.
o Silent Auctions of donated Bonsai Items, during the lecture Demonstrations.
o Four Artist-led teaching critiques of the Member Clubs Bonsai Exhibit.
o A fun filled Saturday Night Awards Banquet and Live Auction and so much more…..
Our world Renowned guest Artists will be: Kunio Kobayashi, Walter Pall, Bjorn Bjorholm, Jim Doyle, and Frank Mihalic.
Participation in MABS directly benefits member clubs, enabling them to maintain a high level of local programs.


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 2016

April Meeting

The Flower Show is now history, and Spring seems to be really here, and we're rarin' to go with our April meeting with special guest, Francois Jeker, from France.
Francois is a leading master of bonsai design and carving in the Western Hemisphere.  As a graduate of École des Beaux Arts de Mulhouse, he finds his education in illustration, photography, and publicity useful to his Bonsai endeavors. Meeting Pius Notter turned his Bonsai interests to Yamadori. He visited Japan many times where he met with and worked with many renowned Bonsai masters. Mr. Jeker has performed lecture/demonstrations and workshops at FELAB (Federación Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Bonsai Federation), ARCO’s Bonsai convention in Italy, the national Bonsai exposition in Belgium, MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies, and at the Montréal Canada Bonsai Convention. He is also the 2003 recipient of the Ginkgo Award in Belgium. He has been creating bonsai for over 30 years and has travelled all over the world to share his knowledge and skills at lectures, workshops and demonstrations.  Francois is the organizer of Bonsai Euro Top 30 which, in the past, has attracted 135,000 visitors. Francois works mainly with European yamadori collected in the mountains.  His trees have received numerous international awards and he received the Ken Olander Award (2006) for contributions to development of carving and the quality of his work. Besides working with several specialized magazines, Francois has authored four books about bonsai books which have been translated into several languages.  His two books on Bonsai Aesthetics are likely to become significant reference works in the years to come.

Guest Speaker: Francois Jeker- Lecture/Demo
Date: Tuesday, April 19
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

**Please note change of meeting day. **
Due to Mr. Jeker's busy schedule, this will be a joint meeting with BSLV.
Demo material will be raffled. No double tickets this month - sorry.

February Meeting

February's meeting and an accompanying Saturday workshop, led by Pauline Muth, gave us some real insight into an area of bonsai, that of land and water (penjing) bonsai. Pauline's demonstration in the evening program focused on design elements of land and water plantings, illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation. Following the slide show, a land and water planting took shape - rocks cemented to a marble slab in an artistic manner, trees selected, placed, and wired in, soil added, and moss placed to prevent drying out of the root ball.
A most impressive result! A lively raffle , and our winner for the evenings demo piece was Jesse Cook!!
Saturday's workshop proved an excellent follow-up, with participants following Pauline's directions, having a ball making their own creations!

Flower Show 2016

This year's Philadelphia Flower Show, "Explore America - 100 Years of The National Park Service" was held from March 5th to the 13th. PBS again exhibited bonsai, displaying members' trees in the setting of moongates. Members exhibiting trees were, Mike Colibraro, Jesse Cook, Karen Harkaway, Andrew Klein, Mark Maher, Patrick McCole, Chase Rosade, and Solita Rosade. Special thanks to these members for sharing their work with the estimated 250,000 visitors.
Special thanks also to those members who gave up a few hours of their show time to act as sitters for the exhibit, answering questions, and giving PBS a presence at the show.

Falling Leaves

We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Carmela Koussis last January following a long battle with cancer. Carmela was an enthusiastic person, delighting in new knowledge, and always there with a ready smile or kind word. She was an avid supporter of PBS and the bonsai community. Our sympathies are extended to her family.

We also learned of the unexpected passing of Arthur Skolnik, of Toronto, Canada. Arthur was very well know here on the east coast and in Canada. He had a great sense of humor and a ready joke at all times. Arthur had presented programs for PBS that were very well received and was owner of Shubui Bonsai.

President's Notes

March/April 2016

Well it looks like Spring is here to stay! Hopefully everybody’s trees have come through winter storage unscathed!
I want to thank everybody who helped out with the Flower Show this year. We can’t do it without all of the volunteers. I would also like to thank Randy for another great show!
Hopefully everyone will make it to the meeting this month. This month we have Francois Jeker from France. He is an amazing artist! If you haven’t read his books, you should, they are fantastic.
PBS will be setting up a table again at The Morris Arboretum during their Cherry Blossom Festival again this year on April 9th. We need a couple people to come and bring a few trees to work on and answer questions from the visitors. It is always a nice day and turnout has been excellent.
I look forward to seeing everybody at the April meeting.

Mike

Seasonal Notes

We're almost there!! Working on our trees, repotting, wiring, fertilizing, watering, and so much more --but wait!
Keep an eye on each night's weather forecast. Freezing weather is still possible.
Trees that have been repotted need to be protected from a freeze. Trees with buds just opening also need protection. We jokingly call this time of year "the bonsai shuffle" - bringing trees from afternoon sun back into shelter for the evening. Not a lot of fun, but necessary. Later on just covering the trees to protect from frost is sufficient.
For trees still in winter storage, be especially aware of soil conditions. Most bonsai stored outside are now very well thawed out. Low humidity and drying winds can cause them to dry out rapidly. If your soil mix drains well (as it should) be sure to water well.
Trees still in indoor storage will be pushing new growth very soon, if not already. These are bonsai eligible for the "shuffle". Be careful of sunburn on very tender leaves. Keep an eye on moisture.

MidAtlantic Festival

One of the best lineups of any regional conventions will be presenting a great weekend of bonsai art, knowledge, and horticulture. Kunio Kobayashi, Walter Pall, Bjorn Bjorholm, Frank Mihalic, and Jim Doyle will present lecture/demos, workshops and critiques at this year's MABS Spring Festival.
MABS may be unique among bonsai conventions in that any excess monies, after seed money for the next year's convention is earmarked, are divided among the participating clubs based on attendance. This means that your participation directly benefits PBS, providing funds for our programs.
Yes, it's a bit of a drive, and the vendors and exhibits alone are worth the drive, but don't miss out on a wonderful program, rich in experience and bonsai knowledge presented by some of the world's top bonsai artists.
Dates for the festival are April 17-19 - you can register online at midatlanticbonsai.org.

Meet & Greet Exhibit at Morris Arboretum

On April 9th 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.

Future Meetings

April 9 - Meet & Greet - Morris Arboretum
April 15-17 - MidAtlantic Spring Festival
May 20 - TBA
June 17 -TBA

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 2016

May Meeting

Finally, the weather gods seem to have received the message that it's time for Spring! As I'm writing this newsletter, the sun is shining for the first time in two weeks, and like everyone else, I'm anxious to get working on the bonsai!
This month's PBS meeting will be a BYO workshop. Bring in some trees to work on, or to get advice and help on. There will be lots of help available if you need some guidance or questions answered. Be sure to bring tools, wire, or whatever else you might need.
If you need a cart, check with the lobby desk, or in the meeting room.
This is a fun evening - a great chance to gain some knowledge and improve your trees. Hope to see you there!

BYO Workshop
Date: Friday, May 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

No raffles this month, but there will be a number of Silent Auction items.

April Meeting

April's meeting featured a great bonsai artist, Francois Jeker, working on a collected spruce. Francois had the opportunity to preview the tree for several days, and used that time to come up with a final design. He also did some preliminary wiring, applying some of the thicker wire on the main branches.
As he started his presentation Francois stressed that "the tree should tell the story". You should find the style appropriate for the tree in its basic form. He felt that the evening's material would be an excellent bonsai in 5-6 years with proper care.
Some points to remember:
Spruce is one of the best conifers for bonsai along with Scots pine.
Remove surface soil each year and replenish.
Watch out for crossing roots - he suggests that each year one should work a chopstick or dull knife from the trunk outward to encourage radial roots and eliminate crossing ones.
Don't pluck spruce buds in the spring - cut back later - after 3-4 years the branch will be strong
Do not overpot - smaller pots are better, make for a stronger tree that is more vigorous.
Always be aware of the health of the tree - learn proper techniques for each species.
Francois is a master of deadwood, as evidenced in his books, and on this tree, he created some nice jins as well as carved some details. His power tool was similar to a Dremel, but with much more power.
The evening went by very quickly, and everyone had a chance during the break to visit with Mr. Jeker and observe his work up close.
Our thanks to Mr. Jeker for a tremendous program!
Our winning raffle ticket was held by Steve Olex, from BSLV.

President's Notes

May 2016
It was great to see everybody last month. It is nice to have a world class master as a guest lecturer. I want to mention the three books written by François again. They are fantastic and you will learn a lot. I have read the aesthetic and artistic ones several times and plan to read them again.
I hope everyone came through our little monsoon season unscathed, I haven’t had to water my trees in over a week! Remember to pre-treat for fungus as wet weather makes it more likely to happen.
One more reminder, this upcoming September is the 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, NY. It is a great show with world class bonsai being displayed and a great vendor area. If you are able you should go! I hope to see everybody at the May meeting.

Mike

MidAtlantic Festival

What a phenomenal weekend! Kunio Kobayashi, Walter Pall, Bjorn Bjorholm, Frank Mihalic, and Jim Doyle really outdid themselves, presenting workshops, demos, and critiques.
PBS made a good showing with lots of (Thank you!!!) help with the auctions. Exhibiting trees were Karen Harkaway (Best of Show!! - Congrats!!),
John Berna, and Jim Brant. The entire exhibit was excellent - photos will be online very soon.
Next year's festival is being finalized, with speakers from Japan, the United Kingdom, and USA. Dates may differ from those previously announced, so be sure to check later.
Our venue remains the same, Cromwell, CT.

Seasonal Notes

This is a great time of year for bonsai growers!! The azaleas are in bloom, the deciduous trees are pushing out new growth, and the conifers' candles are sprouting. We can stand back for a moment and admire Nature at its finest, but only for a moment. We have much work to do in the following weeks.....trimming deciduous growth, removing spent azalea flowers, and candle pruning on the pines. It’s also time to think about fertilizing. Once temperatures are in the sixties, your trees can take in the nourishment you provide. Organics seem to be preferred more and more by our guest lecturers. Some choices are fertilizer cakes, OOF (Odorless Organic Fertilizer), fish emulsion, liquid kelp, and liquid seaweed. All of these do a good job of providing a slow, steady rate of feeding. Chemical fertilizers such as Miracle-Gro, Miracid, Peter's, and others are also beneficial, as long as precautions are taken not to cause fertilizer burn. Half strength dilution is the way to go. Additional supplements - SuperThrive, Pro-TeKt, micro nutrient solutions, mycorrhiza, chelated iron, and others can be helpful solving particular health problems in bonsai or maintaining a healthy state.

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 15/16 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the next meeting. Labels displaying an 16/17 indicate dues are paid for the 2016-17 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder 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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June 2016

June Meeting

No it's not deja-vu! Our guest artist for our June meeting will be Bob Mahler, who started out our meeting year in September with an excellent program.
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 fir. We look forward to a great program, with lots of great information from Bob. Be sure to attend!

Guest Speaker: Bob Mahler -Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, June 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

PS - Double your raffle chances - display a bonsai! Demo material will be raffled.
There will be a number of silent auction items again this month.

President's Notes

June 2016
I hope everybody's trees are doing well, now that our weather has somewhat stabilized. As I write this we have a severe thunderstorm warning with potential hail, always great for our trees.
This month we finish out our year's meetings before we take a little break for the summer. Over the summer the board will meet to plan out next year. As always we will strive to bring in the best speakers and topics we can find. We should have that information to you in the newsletter before our annual picnic.
I hope everybody has a safe and healthy summer and I hope to see you at the June 17th meeting.
One final note remember the 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition is this coming September 10-11th in Rochester, NY. It is a great show and the vendors go on for miles. Come out and enjoy the show!
Mike

Future Meetings

July - No Meeting
August 14 - Picnic & Auction - Host: Mark Maher
Langhorne, PA - directions in Aug. Newsletter

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 15/16 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the next meeting. Labels displaying an 16/17 indicate dues are paid for the 2016-17 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder 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 strongly 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 and water 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 2016-17 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!!
We'll have quite a few estate items for the auction.
Please join us and share a great day. We're at a new location for our picnic & auction this year. We'll be hosted by Mark and Jeanne Maher.

Be sure to bring a lawn chair along with your items for the auction!!

Annual Picnic and Auction
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2015 (rain or shine)
Location: The Home of Mark & Jeanne Maher
1573 Highland Ave.
Langhorne, PA (directions on last page)
215-752-2640
12:00 - 1:00 -Arrival, check in auction items, socialize
Picnic - 1:00
Auction - 2:00

*****Please contact Mike Wigginton if you plan to attend, so we have an accurate head count for picnic supplies.
Email: mwigginton@hotmail.com

June Meeting

Our June program, presented by Robert Mahler, demonstrated the intial styling of a piece of collected material - an Alpine Fir. The material had some interesting features, principally a large sweeping bend in the trunk.
Bob used a process he learned as a student in Japan to pull that trunk curve into a tighter one. He used a combination of vet tape (quite colorful!) and electrician's tape in place of the normal raffia to protect the trunk during the bend. Bob felt the substitute materials performed better over a period of time than the raffia. Large copper wire was used to create the tighter bend. No cracking occured.
Bob spent a bit of time plucking out the old needles before beginning to wire, explaining that the old needles would likely get trapped under the wire which would be unsightly.
Once Bob began wiring branches, the group was invited to stand and observe closely bob's technique as well as answer questions.
Bob gave lots of care guidelines and design ideas throughout the program.
All in all, a great evening, good turnout, lots of information, and a good bonsai display from our members.
Thanks Bob, for a great program!!

President's Notes

August 2016
I hope everyone had had a good summer and that your trees are doing well. I don't know about you but I have had to water a lot more this summer due the extended time we went without rain, and now we had several inches in one day.
I have already planned out which trees I will repot next spring and of course what fall maintenance projects I will be doing. It is imperative to have a long term plan for all trees in your care. Without planning ahead you will have trouble being successful with your trees.
Next up we have our annual picnic, which is also our largest fundraiser during the year. I encourage everyone to donate a bonsai related item to the auction. The proceeds are used to fund our meetings and speakers, so every donation helps!
I look forward to seeing everybody at the picnic!
Thanks,
Mike

Future Meetings

September 17 (Saturday) - Member's workshop
October 21 - Guest Speaker TBA
November 18 - Fall Auction

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 15/16 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the picnic. Labels displaying an 16/17 indicate dues are paid for the 2016-17 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder 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 PBS Picnic & Auction


From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)- Get off at Rt#1 exit then go North on Rt#1 about 1/2 mile. Stay straight - do not follow business Rt#1 which goes to the right. Continue past the business US#1 exit, stay in the right lane and get off onto the service road. Continuea short distance to the next street on the right (not marked). Make a right there and go to the stop sign (Highland Ave). Make a left, go down hill. As you are approaching the top of the hill look on the left for split-rail fence.
Entrance is there - flag lot. Please watch for signs directing you to parking.

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September 2016

September Meeting

Here we are at the beginning of a new meeting year!! There are some significant changes coming in the new year, mainly regarding the Philadelphia Flower Show. We will have a new exhibit (details in future newsletters) and we hope, lots more members willing to exhibit.
This month's meeting refl ects the first change - we've moved our Flower show workshop to the fall. Several factors prompted this change. First, the weather - trees are not frozen in winter storage. Transporting frozen material and working in a warm area can have some challenges. Secondly, this is a far better time to evaluate and prepare trees for Spring exhibiting.

We really would like our members to bring in a tree they are proud of - their "better" trees, so they can be shown, commented upon and a working plan developed. Not all trees may be "show-ready" but have the potential for future exhibits. We know there are lots of good trees out there (Hint!).

Even if you are not currently preparing a tree for exhibit, this workshop provides an opportunity to learn exactly what goes into such preparation. If you have a tree you'd like to work on or get some advice on, please bring it.

We'll have a fairly large number of pots for silent auctions at this meeting from the Koussis and Haigh estates due to the cancellation of the August auction.

Flower Show/ Member's Workshop
Date: Saturday, September 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Future Meetings

October 21 - Guest Speaker TBA
November 18 - Fall Auction
December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle


President's Notes

September 2016

I hope everybody has had a great summer! Now it’s time to get back to our regular meeting schedule. We have changed things up a bit this year in order to help us better plan the Flower Show exhibit. We will have a workshop in September so that we can see potential trees further ahead of the show. For those that don't know when you show trees you have to plan at least a year or more in advance to allow for things like leaf reduction and having little to no wire on a show tree. There are many minor details that go into the preparation of a show tree, which is complicated by the early time of year we show trees at the Flower Show. Anybody that wants to show a tree at the Flower Show should bring that tree to the meeting. Even if you don't plan to show it this time its never too early to start. With more planning and attention we hope to improve our show trees even more than they already are. Even if you don't plan to show a tree, bring a tree to work on.

In a little over a week many of us will be traveling to Rochester, NYfor The 5th National Bonsai Exhibit. It is well worth your time to see this fantastic show. In addition to world class bonsai on display there is also an enormous vendor area. I hope to see many of you there!
Mike


Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 15/16 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the next meeting. Labels displaying an 16/17 indicate dues are paid for the 2016-17 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder 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 fi ve (5) traffi c lights. At
the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910
Jolly Road.

From Blue Route (I-476)-Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue
on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffi c lights. At
the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910
Jolly Road.

From Route 202-Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown
Pike, through fi ve (5) traffi c lights. At the next traffi c light, approximately half a mile,
turn left on Jolly Road.


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October 2016

October Meeting


This month, PBS welcomes back a great bonsai artist from Montreal, Canada, David Easterbrook.
David began growing bonsai in 1970 and is owner of a bonsai nursery in Montreal. He studied bonsai in Japan in 1981 and teaches regular bonsai classes as well as being a well-known lecturer and demonstrator in northeastern US and Canada and also France. He served as president of the Montreal Bonsai Society and was chairman of the American Bonsai Society convention which was held in Montreal in 1988. He has also authored two books on bonsai and bonsai care and techniques. David was curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection from 1982 up to his recent retirement.
This is David's fourth visit to PBS (2006, 2009, and 2012), and each time we have been treated to a great demonstration full of styling techniques, horticultural expertise, and great bonsai tips. Demonstration material for this month's program will be material furnished by David. The tree will be raffled at the conclusion of David's lecture/demonstration - double your raffle chances by exhibiting one of your bonsai.


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

Future Meetings

November 18 - Fall Auction
December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - Winter Break - No Meeting
February 17 - David Knittle - Lecture/demo

President's Notes

October 2016
I hope everybody is enjoying the arrival of Fall weather! It won’t be long until it’s time for our trees to take a nice long nap. This month we are very fortunate to have one of the best guest speakers around. It makes for a must see event!
Remember next month is our auction so take a look and see if you have some bonsai related items that you want to get rid of. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. We are also looking for a guest speaker for our annual holiday party, so if anybody has some pictures etc. they want to share let one of the board members know.
I hope to see everybody at the meeting.
Mike

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2017 MidAtlantic festival will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Raddison Cromwell, Cromwell, CT. A great lineup of bonsai artist is again scheduled. From Japan, Akio Kondo, from the U.K., Will Baddeley, and from the US, Boon Manakivipart, with the addition of kusamono artist Young Choe.
Each artist will be presenting lecture/demonstrations as well as workshops and critiques. Details are posted online, and in the attached registration form. Last year, online registration was initiated and was a big success, and as a result, will continue into the future.
Workshops and critiques tend to fill up very quickly, so take advantage of early registration to guarantee your spot. Speaking of workshops, this year's festival will provide some absolutely great workshop material, so much so that Mr. Kondo's workshop will run the entire day from 9-5.
Last year's participation netted PBS a significant return of over $700 which helps to support our programs. Hopefully, this year's participation will be even better.
The facility is great, the drive is not too terrible, and the weekend is well worth the investment of time and money. Make your plans soon for April 7-9, 2017 MidAtlantic Spring Festival.

Auction Reminder

Don't forget, the Members' Auction is coming up this November! While you're getting things ready for winter storage, look over your plant material. Perhaps your collection is getting out of hand and it's time to part with some trees. Perhaps you're "downsizing" - either reducing the number of trees or moving into shohin bonsai. How about those prebonsai you've been meaning to do something with? Maybe you have a super pot collection, but can never find a pot and tree match (sound familiar?). Whatever you're doing, think about putting those items in the November Auction. You'll receive 80% of the selling price, with 20% going to the club.
This year, there will be quite a few items that didn't make it to the August auction, as well as a number of estate items.

Seasonal Notes


As this newsletter is being written, there are frost warnings posted for the next morning. That serves as a reminder to us that winter isn't that far off, and we need to start making plans for winter storage.
Before going into storage we want to make sure our trees are healthy. We also should plan on removing any surface moss or moss clinging to trunks. Both can harbor moisture, insect eggs, and fungi. Prevention sure beats losing a tree to disease or root rot.
Our trees will receive their last fertilization this week. We've been using a 0-10-10 fertilizer for the past month or so, with the idea of not encouraging new leaf growth and encouraging rooting and winter hardiness. Watering will continue on an as-needed basis.
Where to store trees for the winter brings up the question of winter hardiness. Most native trees have no problem with winter conditions in our area, but those that are "imports" might need more shelter.
Larches, most pines, hornbeams, and native azaleas have no problems coping with our winters, so outside storage with wind and sun protection usually works well. Some japanese maples and trident maples and Japanese azaleas require more protection, so a cold greenhouse or unheated garage may be best. Trees kept inside must be monitored carefully to avoid drying out. Trees in our garage are watered every 7-14 days provided the rootball is not frozen. Growth will begin earlier in the spring than outside trees , so the "bonsai shuffle" usually commences, trees out during the day, trees in at night.

National Bonsai Foundation Update

The reopening of the Japanese Exhibit at the Nation Bonsai Museum has been postponed until a future date. The reconstruction of the exhibit was moving along on schedule until a problem arose with warping of the display benches. This problem has to be resolved with the contractor, and new benches constructed. Further updates as they become available.


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 2016 

November Meeting

One of the most anticipated PBS events is slated for November, that of the Members' Auction. Auctions in past years have provided members with a tremendous selection of plant material;, bonsai, tools, pots, books, magazines and other bonsai-related items for purchase and the opportunity to put any of their items up for sale. Thanks to a some generous donors, there will be a nice selection of pots as well as a very nice bonsai.
This is an opportunity to thin your collection, or to add some material to it for winter and early spring work. Bonsai, pots, prebonsai stock, tools, magazines, books, stands, or any bonsai-related item may be offered for auction. We look forward to a good turnout, both of sellers and buyers. Be sure not to miss this tremendous bonsai opportunity. Bring some things to sell and take home something you’ve bought - (balance is important!).
We’re also going to continue the Silent Auction this year with selected items being offered. Check the lists as the evening goes on and make sure that yours is the winning bid when the close of that auction is announced. Only items designated for silent auction may have a reserve (minimum) price. Also, due to time restraints, please limit the number of items for silent auction. 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 with the same 80-20 split.
PBS reserves the right to limit items based upon available time - we must be out of the building by 10pm. In order to auction this in the fairest possible manner, you’ll be asked to label each item both for accounting purposes as well as selling priority . For example, if you have five items, you would label each with a number and a letter (which will give your priority). When the auction starts, all items with an A letter will be auctioned first, then those labeled B, and so on. This way, each seller will have an equal exposure.
This is a great evening and loads of fun, so add to the enjoyment with your participation.

Members' Auction
Date: Friday, November 18
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:00

October Meeting

Our October meeting featured David Easterbrook, who brought a rather large Japanese White pine as his demonstration material. David had dug the tree, removed much of the trunk, and planted it in a growing box.
Since the top two-thirds of the tree had been removed, David created a jinned top which will add to the feeling of age. Branches were wired, then placed, showing the future outline of the tree. Several years will be needed for the tree to fill out, but it will be spectacular when it does.
David also took a few moments at the beginning of the meeting to make some suggestions for a member's tree the was done in an Easterbrook workshop at an earlier date.
Turnout for the meeting was really great! Our thanks to David for a great program with lots of information and styling strategies.
Winner of the evening's raffle was Joanne Dhody - our congratulations!

National Bonsai Foundation Update

While attending the National Bonsai Foundation Board meeting, I had the opportunity during our lunch break to watch a very special bonsai repotting. The tree was a 240 year old black pine, styled by the grandfather, passed down two generations, and repotted that day by his grandson, Tohru Suzuki. The tree was a given as part of the Bicentennial Gift from Japan to the American people in 1976 (the bonsai was 200 years old at the time).

Also, a date has been set for the reopening of the Japanese Exhibit at the National Bonsai Museum - the weekend of June 9- 12, 2017.

Jim

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2017 MidAtlantic festival will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Raddison Cromwell, Cromwell, CT. A great lineup of bonsai artist is again scheduled. From Japan, Akio Kondo, from the U.K., Will Baddeley, and from the US, Boon Manakivipart, with the addition of kusamono artist Young Choe.
This month we focus on the artist from Japan, Akio Kondo.
Akio Kondo is a multiple award-winning artist from Japan, with over 25 years of experience working on world class bonsai. His work has been showcased in famous shows in Japan such as Kokufu-ten, Taikan-ten, and Sakufu-ten. His juniper won the coveted Prime Minister Award in the 2014 Sakufu-ten. Akio completed his apprenticeship under the late Kihachiro Kamiya of the famous Kihachi-en bonsai nursery located in the Aichi prefecture where he served as senior “sempai” to bonsai artist (and MABS 2017 co-headliner) Boon Manakitivipart, and they’ve continued to collaborate closely since Boon’s time in Japan. Akio first visited the United States in 1995 and continues to travel to the US to work on private collections and provide guidance to serious enthusiasts. In 2009 Akio sold his bonsai nursery allowing him the freedom to travel across Japan and abroad to work on his client’s trees.
The facility is great, the drive is not too terrible, and the weekend is well worth the investment of time and money. Make your plans soon for April 7-9, 2017 MidAtlantic Spring Festival. For more information, as well as online registration, go to http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org.


Future Meetings

December 9 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - Winter Break - No Meeting
February 17 - David Knittle - Lecture/demo


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 2016

December Meeting


2016 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 2017 MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies Spring Festival, but be careful, packages can be deceiving.
Our short program for the evening will be a video presentation of the 5th National Exhibition held in Fall of 2016 in Rochester. Time permitting, we can also view a presentation of the National Bonsai Foundation, showing the origins of the collection.
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 9
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:30

Future Meetings

January - Winter Break - No Meeting
February 17 - David Knittle - Lecture/demo
March 11-19 - Philadelphia Flower Show - Exhibit Sitting

November Meeting

November's members' auction was a great success this year. Since we missed our summer picnic & auction, we were concerned that funds for future events might fall short, but with a large influx of donated material, things are looking bright.
Thank you for Generous Donations! PBS would like to thank the families of Carmella Koussis and Dominic Haigh for their generous donations to the club. Through Silent Auctions and the November Members” Auction, these donations have helped PBS maintain financial stability.
Both Carmella and Dominic were long-time members of PBS. Their contribution during their active membership days were endless. Even with their passing, they continue to support the art of bonsai. We miss them both.
Everything (well, almost everything) 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, and hopefully, everyone had an profitable and enjoyable meeting!

Philadelphia Flower Show

Flower Show 2017

It is not too early to make plans for the Philadelphia Flower Show (March 11- 19, 2017). Notice that this date is later than usual. PBS will need sitters for our display. We try to have members available during all hours of the show to interact with the public. It is an excellent opportunity to promote the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society, to educate the public about bonsai, and hopefully, to increase membership, as well as provide security for the trees.

Our exhibit is brand new for this show. PBS will be combined with Rosade Bonsai Studio to provide a “Courtyard” type of display. There will be one area for a formal display. Most trees will be exhibited on pedestals. This will make watering easier and eliminate most accent plants, stands, and scrolls. This means that the trees must be of excellent quality as they will stand alone. There will be a demonstration area for the Rosade Bonsai Studio as well as our members if they so choose. PBS will be printing up postcards with contact information to pass out. We will not be collecting email information as that has proven to be very ineffective in gaining new members. A Flower Show committee of Chase Rosade, Bob Mahler and Karen Harkaway will assist Randy Naftal in selecting and placing the trees within the exhibit.
Jim and I will have the schedule for sign up at the December meeting. If you can not make it to that meeting and wish to reserve a specific time, please call me (610-948-6380). You may sign up for multiple sittings if you so wish. Since we have no January meeting the only other opportunity to sign up at a meeting will be in February.
New members - if no one has explained the PBS participation in the Flower Show, please call or see me at the Dec. meeting so that I can explain it to you.
Thank you to all who will be willing to help.
Linda

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2017 MidAtlantic festival will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Raddison Cromwell, Cromwell, CT. A great lineup of bonsai artist is again scheduled. From Japan, Akio Kondo, from the U.K., Will Baddeley, and from the US, Boon Manakivipart, with the addition of kusamono artist Young Choe.
This month we focus on the bonsai artist from the UK, Will Baddeley.
Will Baddeley’s interest in bonsai started in 1997. His work has been exhibited in the European Ginko Awards, he won the UK New Talent contest in 2002, and two pieces of his work are on the register of important British Bonsai. He has been teaching bonsai, both novices and advanced students alike, for the last nine years.
From Bonsai Empire:
"As long as I remember, I have always had a huge appreciation of nature. My love affair with trees was there long before I came across Bonsai.
My first tree came from a Petrol station back in 1997. It didn't last long. But in the mean time I bought a book by Colin Lewis and was hooked by the idea of using native trees to make Bonsai. I then went about collecting as many different species of tree as possible, bought as many books as I could afford and joined a local club. In 2001 my club entered me in the New Talent Competition. I won the UK heats and represented my Country in Trevarez, France in 2002 and came third. I am self taught if there is such a thing. Observant and committed would be another way of putting it as I soak up information like a sponge. My main influences have come from the likes of Colin Lewis and his passion for natives and in particular Ulmus minor. Also Kevin Willson and his work with wild material and deadwood work with power tools."

National Bonsai Foundation News

If you have traveled to Washington to visit the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, you know that we have one of the finest collections in the world virtually next door. The Museum could not survive without the help and support of bonsai enthusiasts in the United States.
The end of the year is nearly upon us, and with it , time is running out for those charitable donations for tax purposes. The National Bonsai Foundation is one excellent recipient for those donations. Please do your best to support the National Bonsai Foundation through a tax-deductible contribution and membership. Budget concerns have not disappeared, only temporarily slipped into the future.
Your contribution and membership in NBF will help guarantee the Museum’s continuance. Basic membership is $35.00. You may join easily on the NBF web site: www.bonsai-nbf.org , or you may make your check payable to The National Bonsai Foundation, and mail to: The National Bonsai Foundation. 3501 New York Avenue N.E., Washington D.C. 20002

Seasonal Notes

Now is the time when our bonsai are ready to go into winter storage. Linda and I usually spend the weekend after Thanksgiving getting the trees into the storage area. We're a little late this year and we've had a few very cold nights, so fingers are crossed. We split storage between an unheated garage and an outdoor bed. The outdoor bed is open to the sky, but sheltered on three sides. Trees stored outdoors are set on the ground and the pots covered with mulch.
Preparation for storage includes removing weeds and leaves, brushing moss off roots and trunks, checking for insect damage or eggs, and a thorough watering. Check your trees for any hidden wire - wire that you forgot to remove after spring wiring. Don't try to unwrap embedded wire - you'll cause some real damage that way. Carefully cut each coil, then gently remove the embedded wire by lifting one end with a tweezer or pliers. Sometimes pushing the short length of wire back along the spiral will cause it to drop out or become easier to remove. If some of the cambium is exposed, cover the wound with cut paste. Wire that is too far embedded to remove safely should be left in place - severe scarring, however, could result.
There are a few things to keep in mind, no matter how you arrange your winter storage.
One, the wind is your worst enemy. Dessication occurs when the roots are frozen and water is evaporated from the branches or needles by the wind - the tree is likely a goner, so protection from the wind is a must.
Two, protection from the sun (for most trees) is ideal. Thawed branches and frozen roots are a poor combination. Dormant trees don't need light.
Three, you may have to water on occasion. The trees we store in the garage are watered about every week, unless the soil is frozen. We have to keep a close eye on moisture levels. The trees stored outdoors may need watering (soaking the covering mulch) once or twice over the winter. Snow cover is actually good to have, as the melt water provides moisture and the snow cover acts as insulation. We often will make snowballs to put on the trees stored in the garage as a slow watering system.
Lastly, be sure that critters won't be munching on your trees. Mouse traps or bait for indoor storage work well - just keep checking. Outdoors, we don't really have the ability to protect the trees 100%. We've used moth balls mixed into the mulch with some success against voles and field mice, but we've had deer lean over the enclosure and eat azalea buds. Irish setters work with some degree of success against the deer.

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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