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January 2017

No meeting this month.

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February 2017

February Meeting

This month we welcome back David Knittle, who last joined us in 2015.
This year, David has expanded his bonsai programs to include our evening's topic, Collecting in northern New England.
From David:
"While living in northern Vermont my wife and I have been collecting larch, red spruce, black spruce, white spruce, birch, blueberry, and cedar to use to create bonsai. The range of shapes and quality of the material is amazing. I look forward to sharing our experiences during the presentation.
I will bring examples of various species in different stages of development to examine. We will discuss collection techniques and aftercare. Both are extremely important to getting the trees off to a good start and beginning the process of turning them into finished bonsai. We will also discuss how each species reacts to bonsai development techniques."
This sounds like a very entertaining and informative program, one that can get us started on working with native trees to a greater degree.
David always has good information and an excellent overview of his subject. Please join us for a great evening!
We will have a raffle for demo material as well as a special raffle for a full MABS registration - no double coupons this month.

Guest Speaker: David Knittle - Lecture -Demo
Date: Friday, February 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Future Meetings

March 11-19 - Flower Show Exhibit sitting
April 13 (Thursday) - Will Baddeley - Lecture/Demo
May 17 - TBA

December Meeting

We enjoyed a great turnout for our Holiday Social & Raffle, with gobs of great goodies, a short video program, and lots of raffle gifts, provided by Jim Gillespie (lots of paper cuts from wrapping, eh, Jim?) There were lots of surprises and an extended air of suspense as the prize of the evening, the free, full registration for the 2017 MABS Spring Festival, was searched for. At last it was found, and our winner was David Downey. Congratulations David, and thanks to all our members who made the evening a success!

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 the USA, Boon Manakitivipart.
Boon’s passion is bonsai education- both learning and teaching. He had the privilege to study with one of the most famous bonsai masters in Japan, Kihachiro Kamiya. As part of his training, Boon helped set up and work every major Japanese bonsai show. His goal today is to share his bonsai expertise and knowledge with other bonsai enthusiasts. Boon sponsors study groups and workshops throughout the US and abroad and has a successful line of instructional DVDs. Rather than operate a retail bonsai business, Boon prefers to work directly with students, customers, and private collections around the world.
Boon has won numerous national and international awards for his work on bonsai, most recently the Best Medium Size Bonsai in the 2016 US National Exhibit. He is known for his innovative techniques, unique bonsai styling, and creative teaching methods.
Boon gets his greatest satisfaction when his students attain success: Several have won awards in major exhibitions, and the 2016 National Exhibition showcased over 30 trees from twenty of his students. Several of Boon’s students have become acclaimed bonsai artists and teachers in their own right.
The MABS weekend is well worth the investment of time and money, and the drive is doable. There will be, as usual, workshops, a great variety of vendors, an excellent bonsai exhibit, great demos, raffles, as well as silent and live auctions. 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.

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

No Meeting in March

March is typically the month that we dedicate ourselves to manning the PBS exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This year is no exception, but this year
we find ourselves with a totally new exhibit. Gone are the moon gates which have been with us for the last 30 or so years in one form or another, replaced by display
pedestals, resulting in a much more open exhibit. Additionally, our exhibit has been combined with that of the Rosade Bonsai Studio.

PBS Updates

We'd like to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. They are Jesse Cook, Joe Jacovino, and Robert Mahler. We look forward to their input helping PBS
to continue to be relevant and growing. Many thanks for joining the Board!

Our April program will be held on a Thursday, due to our speaker's schedule. Since only a few dates were available, we will be joined by BSLV for the evening's program.

Meeting programs for May and June have yet to be determined. If you have a suggestion for a particular program, speaker, or topic, please let one of the Board members know of it.

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.

The MABS weekend is well worth the investment of time and money, and the drive is doable. There will be, as usual, workshops, a great variety of vendors,
an excellent bonsai exhibit, great demos, raffl es, as well as silent and live auctions. 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.

We need exhibit trees for the MABS exhibit. Each club is allowed four trees. If you wish to exhibit, please contact Mike Wigginton or Jim Brant. Transportation can be arranged.

Future Meetings

April 13 (Thursday) - Will Baddeley - Lecture/Demo
May 19 - TBA
June 16 - 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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April 2017

April Meeting

Our April meeting will feature one of the headliners from this year's MidAtlantic Spring Festival, Will Baddeley, from the United Kingdom. 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."
Our meeting will be a joint meeting with BSLV to accommodate our speaker's schedule. Please bring a tree to exhibit, but there will be no double tickets for the demo raffle. Please note change of date.

Guest Speaker: Will Baddeley-Lecture-Demo
Date: Thursday, April 13
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Flower Show 2017

This year's Flower Show was a big change for PBS. Gone were the moongates that had been a fixture of the exhibit for many, many years, to be replaced by an open pedestal-style display. Thirteen trees were shown on pedestals with a fourteenth tree shown in a tokanoma-style area. As the photos show, the pedestal tops were especially nice. We also were paired with Rosade Bonsai Studio, sharing exhibit space. The show with not without its problems this year, with a major storm midweek causing travel problems into the city.
A huge round of thanks to all the members who volunteered their time to act as exhibit sitters, some who assumed extra slots or stayed well beyond their assigned times.
This year's exhibit was chaired by Randy Naftal, with much help from Chase Rosade, Bob Mahler, and Karen Harkaway in coordinating exhibit trees. Special thanks to Chase for coordinating transport of trees to and from the show.
From Randy:
This year's Flower Show exhibit was a huge hit amongst visitors and I must say, the layout was nicely designed. Next year we will have a background for the trees.
The combined exhibit with Rosade Bonsai Studio worked well and the collaboration proved to be very successful. The trees were really special, with the addition of some folks who haven't displayed in a long time, and a few new, the show was outstanding. 
Thank you all for your help, and thank you to the sitters who every year donate time to answer questions from the crowd ("what does training mean?") and take special care of the collection.
On a sad note, sorry to hear of Howard McNeal's passing. He handed the reins of Exhibit Chairman over to me in 1995 and assisted me every year until the last two. Howard was a friend and bonsai mentor, he will be missed.


Seasonal Notes

What a wacky Winter/Spring this year has provided!! February warmth, March snowstorms and frigid temperatures have totally confused our bonsai. While some landscape maples are pushing hard, maple bonsai in outdoor storage are barely moving.
Now is the time for repotting most bonsai. The need for protection from freezing after repotting is paramount. Tender roots that have been trimmed in the repotting process will die off if frozen, likely killing the tree. The result of this goofy weather is what we joking refer to as "the bonsai shuffle", moving trees from the garage shelter on warm days and moving them back into shelter in the evening if the temperatures are going to drop. Keeping trees in the garage too long ends up causing long internodes to form along with larger leaves. Additional work is then needed to correct these faults.
Have fun with your trees, keeping learning and growing in your knowledge - there's always something new to learn. Just ask Chase Rosade!!

Meet & Greet Exhibit at Morris Arboretum

On April 15th 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
mwigginton@hotmail.com or lbrant@comcast.net.

Falling Leaves

We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of our good friend, Howard McNeal on March 26. Howard had been battling declining health over the past months.
Howard was a lifetime member of PBS, chairing the Flower Show exhibits for many, many years, as well as acting as a PBS president from 1990-92.
Howard was especially proud of his studio, Old Mill Bonsai Studio, as well as his impressive bonsai collection. Many people, bonsaists and general public visited his collection. Howard was a generous and giving person, more than willing to share his knowledge, his time, and enthusiasm for bonsai. Often a bonsai beginner left his studio with a gift of a bonsai, in order to further bonsai interest.
Howard loved to teach, to see that gleam of understanding in his students' eyes.
For many years Howard's beautiful home in Honeybrook was the site of our club picnic. He was always the gracious host, not only sharing his home, but also in cooking for club members. Many of us were also lucky enough to share lunch or a formal dinner with Howard. His coffee pot was always going.
He was a great ambassador for bonsai and will be sorely missed by all.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

Ongoing - May 7 - Suiseki Exhibit - National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, Washington
April 15 - Morris Arboretum - PBS Meet & Greet - Cherry Blossom Festival
April 27-30 - 8th World Bonsai Convention - Saitama City, Japan
May 13 -Open House - World Bonsai Day - Rosade Bonsai Studio - New Hope
May 13 - Bonsai Festival - Nature's Way Nursery - Linglestown
May 26-29 - American Bonsai Society Convention - Orlando
June 23-25 - National Shohim Exhibition - Kannapolis, NC

Future Meetings

May 19 - TBA
June 16 - TBA
August - Picnic & Auction

MidAtlantic Festival

It's right around the corner! The 2017 MidAtlantic festival will be held on April 7-9, 2017 at the Raddison Cromwell, Cromwell, CT. A great lineup of bonsai artists from around the world 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, all to extend their extensive bonsai knowledge to those attending.
The MABS weekend is well worth the investment of time and money, and the drive is doable. There will be, as usual, workshops, a great variety of vendors, an excellent bonsai exhibit, great demos, raffles, as well as silent and live auctions. 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.

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 2017

May Meeting

This month's PBS meeting will be a BYO workshop. This is a great time to get some work done on your bonsai! 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!

PBS BYO Workshop
Date: Friday, May 19
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

April Meeting

Last month, we had an opportunity to watch a master carver (of bonsai), Will Baddeley. Will finished up his tour following MABS with a visit to PBS.
Material for the evening was a San Jose Juniper, which Will immediately decided to reduce the foliage mass by removing a large branch. The remaining branches were wired by Will's friend and assistant for the evening, Mike Humphrey, while Will attended to the carving of the trunk and shari.
The result was really great, with lots of movement and simulated age. Thanks, Will for a great program!

President's Notes

May 2017

Hopefully everybody’s trees have come through winter unscathed! The Executive Board met last week to map out the next year or so of programs for Pennsylvania Bonsai. Once we have everything finalized we will publish the schedule. We also discussed The Flower Show and some changes we want the Horticultural Society to make to better insure the safety and aesthetics of our display.
We have added a few new people to the board and are hoping to make a few changes to keep with our long tradition of hosting great programs and activities.
As most of you know running a club and having guest speakers etc. costs a significant amount of money. PBS is doing well financially but we are beginning to burn through money at a much faster rate than we are bringing it in. Our costs have gone up with room rentals, the supplies and trees used in demos and of course speaker’s fees. This is why we sometimes combine meetings with the Lehigh club (BSLV) and also we try to schedule a speaker at several of the local clubs so that we may share the transportation costs across all of the clubs. Unfortunately, even with cost sharing we still have to raise dues a little to maintain our financial health. Overall our dues are still very competitive among other clubs in the area. We are always looking for ways to save money and rely heavily upon donations from members especially when it comes to our auctions.
Keep an eye out for more updates on meetings etc. in future newsletters. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Mike

MidAtlantic Festival

The 2017 MABS Festival was, as usual, a great weekend of bonsai! PBS was well represented at the festival.
Exhibitors for the Bonsai exhibit representing PBS were Jesse Cook, Chih Ho, Robert Mahler, and Walter Scott.
A special thank-you goes to those members who lent a helping hand during the evening auction. Things went smoothly and quickly thanks to their help. A special note - Jim Gillespie served as the sole auctioneer and did a super job of keeping things light and moving along.
Next year's dates are April 13-15 at the Connecticut venue with another great lineup of bonsai artists.

Future Meetings

June 27 - Tuesday - (tentative) Hiroshi Yamaji - Lecture/Demo
July - No Meeting
August 20 - Picnic & Auction - Host: Mark Mahee Langhorne, PA - directions in Aug. Newsletter

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ends with the last day of May. If your address label has an 16/17 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 17/18 indicate dues are paid for the 2017-18 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent.
Our meeting site is ideal for most members, but we are charged a fee for each meeting, which is causing a drain on our checking account. Income from raffles, silent auction, and live auctions is helpful, but do not make up for rental expense as well as speaker and materials costs. As a result, the Board has reluctantly decided to increase dues. Dues are now at $40. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

Upcoming Bonsai Events

May 13 - Open House - World Bonsai Day - Rosade Bonsai Studio - New Hope
May 13 - Bonsai Festival - Nature's Way Nursery - Linglestown
May 26-29 - American Bonsai Society Convention - Orlando, FL
June 23 -25 - National Shohin Exhibition - Kannapolis, NC

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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