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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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June 2017

June Meeting

Japanese Black Pines are considered, along with several other species, as the royalty of bonsai. Opening a bonsai magazine or album and there you will find great examples of Japanese Black Pines.
Our program this month, presented by President Mike Wigginton will focus on Japanese Black Pines. Mike has been a member of PBS since 2003, is a graduate of Kaikou School of Bonsai (2013, a member of Delval study group, and has served as PBS President from 2013 to the present.. Mike has worked with both Howard McNeal and Chase Rosade over the years.
Mike will walk us through an A-Z look at the care and feeding of these trees. Japanese Black Pines aren't the most difficult trees to grow as bonsai, but there are some considerations specific to this species that need to be addressed if success is desired. Mike will provide this information and provide some bonsai for demonstration purposes.
Bring your notebooks, as lots of information will be forthcoming, and bring a bonsai for display - no raffle this month, but we'd like to see some trees , especially your pines!!

Guest Speaker: Mike Wigginton - Japanese Black Pine Program
Date: Tuesday, June 27 - Please note - TUESDAY!
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Future Meetings

July - No Meeting
August 20 - Picnic & Auction - Host: Mark Maher
Langhorne, PA - directions in Aug. Newsletter
September - TBA

The PBS Picnic and Auction is coming - August 20!!

Seasonal Notes

We have just finished a very hot mid-June, fortunately the high temperatures only lasted a few days. As we move into summer, we need to keep a close eye on our trees when days get so very hot. Frequently during these hot spells the trees will need watering several times a day, especially when there is low humidity, Larch are very susceptible to damage from high temps - while they like full sun, on these really hot days they need extra cooling. Avoid watering just before dark if possible - fungus can take hold. We try to water early in the morning, and if the day is very hot, another watering in mid afternoon.
Most bonsai will become less active growers during mid-summer, so slow down on fertilizing or go with organics rather than chemical fertilizers. Fish emulsion, liquid seaweed, liquid kelp, rape seed cakes all provide slow even nutrients without the possibility of chemical burns. Later this season you can pick up the rate of fertilization.
Finally -bonsai pests & what to do about them - a short discussion:
Aphids - Sometimes known as plant lice, aphids are one of the most common enemies of bonsai. They appear as green (occasionally black or gray) and can be found under the leaves or on stems. They suck the sap and can spread disease to your plant. It is possible to remove them by spraying the plant with water, but you can use systemic insecticide if preferred.
Red spider mite - These nearly invisible little pests can destroy a bonsai fast and are hard to see, sometimes making it necessary to shake the plant over a piece of paper. Found more often on indoor bonsai, the mites feed on the tree, causing the leaves to turn yellow and brown.
Spray the bottom side of the leaves with an organic soap mixture or use systemic miticide.
Mealy bugs - These look like tiny balls of cotton on the branches and leaves and frequently gather in clumps. The insects are actually inside the balls, and can cause yellow leaves and slow growth. Not only do they feed on the juices from your bonsai, they also introduce a spectrum of diseases. Insecticide should be used to rid your bonsai of these pests.
Scale - These insects look like they sound, small scale-like bumps on the leaves, branches, and trunk. A scale infestation will cause wilted, yellowed foliage. They can be removed manually, as they have a shell that can protect them from chemical insecticides. If there aren’t too many bugs you can brush alcohol onto them to kill them.
Caterpillars - These ugly little guys can unfortunately wreak a lot of havoc on a bonsai, devouring the leaves. The good thing is they’re easy to see and you can pick them right off.


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

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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August 2017

Annual Picnic and Auction

It's that time of the year!! Time for the annual PBS picnic and auction. Hopefully, no cancellation due to excessive heat this year!
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 burgers & dogs along with 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 2017-18 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!!

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 20 (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, social time
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 meeting was presented by President Mike Wigginton, who gave us a very comprehensive program focusing on Japanese Black Pines. Mike presented a point by point guide for growing and maintaining these trees, which are considered by many, the apex of bonsai culture. Timing is everything, as Mike pointed out, when dealing with the tree's annual growth. Dealing with the candles (new growth on the pine) requires a good handle on the characteristics of the black pine.
Quite a few members brought in their pines, so we had good hands on examples of black pines in various stages of growth and development.
Overall, an excellent and informative program! Many thanks Mike, for your efforts!

Future Meetings

September 18 (MONDAY)- Francois Jeker - lecture/Demo
October 20 - Member's Flower Show Preview and Bonsai Show & Tell
November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Socieal & Raffle

1st National Shohin Exhibit

A number of us were able to attend the First National Shohin Exhibit, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. It was a long drive, but the exhibit made the trip worthwhile. Each exhibit was absolutely outstanding, with shohin trees to die for!

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended 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 auction & picnic. 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 substantial 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


September 2017

September Meeting

Our new meeting year starts out with a very special returning 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 including Bonsai Focus, Francois has authored four books about bonsai which have been translated into several languages.  His books on Bonsai Aesthetics are likely to become significant reference works in the years to come.
Guest Speaker: Francois Jeker- Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, September 18***
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, but bring a tree to exhibit anyway.

Annual Picnic and Auction

Last year, our annual picnic & auction had to be cancelled due to extremely hot weather. This year's event saw gorgeous weather, clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and low humidity, all the better to enjoy our host's hospitality. Jeanne and Mark Maher own a beautiful property and welcomed the members with a very organized event. Our turnout was great and we enjoyed the cookout and social time.
Things got very busy once the auction began. Jim Gillespie offered item after item for bids, doing a great job of moving things along with a sense of humor. Thanks Jim for your dedication! Thanks too, to the runners, Mike Wigginton and Brian Keegan - they were kept very busy!
A very special thanks to our members, who graciously donated so many items for the auction. Thanks to them, our auction was a big success!!
Finally, thanks to Jeanne and Mark for their generous hospitality!!

Future Meetings

October 20 - Member's Flower Show Preview and Bonsai Show & Tell
November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Socieal & Raffle
January - No meeting

President's Notes

September 2017

I would like to start off by thanking our very generous hosts The Maher’s for our annual picnic this past month. The location was great and I think we all had a blast. We had a great turnout and a very successful auction with many donations. The money we raised will go directly to funding speakers, buying material and paying for the use of the room. As a club we rely on the proceeds of our auctions and dues to have our meetings and speakers. Without them we would have to raise dues substantially to cover our costs. So thank you again for your donations and your many bids at the auctions.
This month we have the incredible opportunity to have for a second year in a row to host Francois Jeker. I cant say enough about how great of a teacher he is. This is a meeting you don't want to miss. I also recommend buying his books, they are invaluable tools and can be purchased from The ABS Online Shop for a great price.
In October we will be screening potential trees for The Flower Show. Even if you aren't planning to show a tree in March, bring one in to share with the club. Each person who brings a tree can take a few minutes to talk about the tree with the club and we can discuss together our thoughts and ideas for the future of the tree. It is always nice to share with other folks your hard work. Sometimes someone will point out something you never thought of and give you some new direction.
November will be our other auction and 20% of the proceeds will go to the club. You can still donate items and they are happily accepted. Finally December will be our annual Holiday Social. We are still looking for someone to do a 15 minute presentation on a bonsai related topic, if you have one please let a board member know. I hope to see everyone at the meeting!
Mike

Bonsai News

PBS member, Bob Mahler, recently opened a bonsai studio in East Greenville, PA. The location is less than 10 minutes from the Quakertown exit on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. Bob is familiar to PBS members as he has done several demos for us, including the infamous Bonsai in the (dark) Pavillion demo a couple of years ago. He began his bonsai career with Chase Rosade and then studied in Japan under Susumo Sudo. You can read his complete bio, as well as directions on his website which is Kifubonsai.com. His studio provides workshops, private sessions, bonsai, soil and tools. Visit his website and check out the upcoming classes or take a trip to East Greenville and treat yourself to a new tree!


Seasonal Notes

Our bonsai have had a very good summer - not a huge number of extremely hot days, and plenty of rain. We've been able to skip watering on quite a few days due to the rain. We have noticed that both the weeds and the moss have really thrived, necessitating extra weeding and moss removal (growing up trunks).
We plan on fertilizing well into October, but cutting down on the Nitrogen, going to a 0-10-10 at the end of September.
All of the trees have shown remarkable growth this year, creating the need for additional pruning. Hopefully, this mild weather we're now experiencing will continue through the fall, allowing our trees to acclimate toward winter. We're curious as to whether or not we'll have good fall color. Conventional wisdom is that a dry season leads to better fall color - we'll see.

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 2017

October Meeting

This month's meeting will be a combination of two (or three) themes. At our planning meeting last spring, Chase suggested that we need to talk about our own trees more, so why not have a "show and tell" meeting, where a member brings a tree that they are working on and tells a few things about the tree. This is not intended as a critique, but rather an informative discussion. Most likely someone in the group has a similar tree but needs more information about it.
As we view members' trees and hear descriptions and comments, we can also keep an eye out for possible display trees for the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you have a tree that you would like considered, please bring it.
Board members will also go over procedural changes in the Flower Show so that all members are informed. Things will be different going forward.
We will most likely have some time remaining, so plan on some workshop time, either for help, ideas, or just to get some work done.

This should be a great meeting, provided we have your attendance and participation! If you need carts, check inside the lobby doors or with a member in the meeting room.

Flower Show Preview - Bonsai "Show & Tell"
Date: Friday, October 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

No raffle this month, but there will be Silent Auctions.

Future Meetings

November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No meeting

September Meeting

Last month our visiting artist was Francois Jeker, who despite a very warm room, worked his magic on a large juniper provided by Chase.
After his initial analysis of the tree, and a quick ink sketch, he removed two large branches, leaving the branches he wanted to wire and shape. He also spend a good deal of time exposing deadwood and carving it in an artistic manner, both with hand tools and a rotary tool. Some major wiring was needed, and, ably assisted by Joe Jacovino, Francois wired the remaining branches.
Raffle tickets were a hot item this evening, and when the winning ticket was drawn, the lucky winner was yours truly! Now to develop the tree according to Francois' plan.
Attendance for this meeting was great, and we learned quite a few tricks and techniques for Francois. Thank you for a great program, Francois!!

President's Notes


October 2017

Rumor has it that Autumn has started, I’m not entirely sure that's true! In addition to being extra warm in my part of Montgomery County it has been extremely dry. I have found myself having to water twice a day sometimes. Remember to keep up your maintenance program on your trees so that they are as healthy as can be when putting them away soon for winter storage.
The month’s meeting we will be looking for trees for our display at The Flower Show. We have a new committee that has formed to work on addressing any concerns and making sure we have the best display possible. Even if you are not planning to display a tree in the show bring one in to show the club and we can talk about the history and maybe make some suggestions for the future.
Next month will have our November Auction, so keep an eye out for some bonsai related items that you don’t need anymore and bring them out to sell. The club gets 20% of the sale prices and we use that money to keep bringing top level speakers and material for our meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone the meeting!
Mike

MidAtlantic Notes

Speakers have been selected and lined up for the 2018 MidAtlantic Spring Festival. Well-known bonsai artists headlining the weekend are Daisaku Nomoto representing Japan, Tony Tickle representing the United Kingdom, and Matt Reel and Tyler Sherrod (Combined demonstrations representing the United States.
Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material, and demonstrations from Friday evening through Sunday morning. A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs. A broad variety of bonsai vendors will have lots of great material, tools, pots, etc. for attendees. Silent auctions will run all day Saturday, with a spirited live auction following Saturday evening's banquet. Sandwiched between Saturday's demonstrations and the banquet are the very popular exhibit critiques, which generally sell out very quickly.
Registration forms will be coming out very shortly, and online registration is available. Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 13-15, 2018 at the Raddison Hotel in Cromwell, CT. Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations.

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 2017 

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 to 3 items. 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 17
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time(s): (Check-in) - 7:00 - (Auction begins) - 7:30


Future Meetings

December 15 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No meeting
February 16 - Soil Program

October Meeting

October's program was an experiment that proved very successful. Turnout was very good. Twelve members talked about their trees before the assembled group.
We learned a great deal about various methods of training, of growing, of maintenance, and of successes. We saw trees grown from seed, collected trees, all labors of love.
Bob Mahler also outlined changes in the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit. We will need volunteers to work the demo side of the exhibit. Bob has committed a great deal of time at the demo table, but we will need some people to fill in during his absence. Volunteers can work on a tree or just be a presence to answer questions. Of course we'll also need a number of sitters for the other side of the exhibit.

MidAtlantic Notes

Speakers headlining the weekend are Daisaku Nomoto from Japan, Tony Tickle from the United Kingdom, and Matt Reel and Tyler Sherrod (Combined demonstrations) from the US.
Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material. A special shohin workshop has been added this year conducted by John Romano.
Lecture demonstrations run from Friday evening through Sunday morning. A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs.
A broad variety of bonsai vendors will have lots of great material, tools, pots, etc. for attendees.
Silent auctions will run all day Saturday, with a spirited live auction following Saturday evening's banquet. Sandwiched between Saturday's demonstrations and the banquet are the very popular exhibit critiques, which generally sell out very quickly.
Registration forms were sent with the last newsletter. If you didn't receive one, you can download one from the MABS website. Online registration is available on the site, also -www.midatlanticbonsai.org. Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 13-15, 2018 at the Raddison Hotel in Cromwell, CT. Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations.

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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