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January 2018

January Meeting

Last month, we were cursed by the weather! While we didn't cancel the meeting, only a few brave souls made it to the community center. As a result the Board members present decided to postpone the Holiday Raffle. Those gifts, along with a hidden free MABS registration will be raffled off this month as part of our make-up meeting.
Added to this extra meeting will be BYO workshop, which is a chance to get some help on a tree, or do some early trimming and wiring. It's too early to repot, so let's hold off on that until later in the spring (which IS coming!).
Finally, Bob Mahler will be outlining details of the Flower Show exhibit, in terms of times needed and options at the "teaching" table, the general display arrangement, and other details.
Check in for a good time, some good information, and some good raffle prizes! Coffee and snacks will be available.

BYO Workshop/Flower Show planning/Holiday raffle
Date: Saturday, January 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10:00 - 1:00
Raffle Drawings at 11:30

February Meeting

Next month's meeting will give us the lowdown (the dirt if you must say), on bonsai soils. Jim Gillespie and Mike Wigginton have all the information that you could ever want regarding bonsai soils (actually, no soil is involved, but you knew that!). What is the ideal mix for our trees? You may be surprised at the answers!
Bring a small sample of your mix to add to the discussion.

Don't forget - the second MABS raffle will be held this month!

Guest Speakers: Jim Gillespie & Mike Wigginton
Date: Friday, February 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Flower Show Notes

The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Wonders of Water" will be held from March 3rd to the 11th. PBS will again be displaying bonsai, and providing information to show attendees.
Since PBS is now going solo at the Flower Show, Bob has asked that any member interested in working on the demo side of the exhibit can sign up to do so. Members can work on a tree or just meet and greet show attendees.
Linda Brant will be glad to sign you up for one or more exhibit sitting spots. 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.

Seasonal Notes

Several possible problems can arise should this extreme cold persist (writing this with the temp at 12º). Trees in outdoor storage can actually dry out due to the very low humidity and wind resulting in loss. If you have a few consecutive days above freezing, try to water. Trees in indoor storage (unheated garage or such) tend to fare a bit better, but still you're faced with the possibility of drying out.
We tend to keep a regular schedule of watering bonsai stored in the garage, usually every 10 days to two weeks, provided things aren't frozen.
What to do on these winter days?? Sharpen tools - Inventory supplies (wire, fertilizer, screens, bonsai soil, etc.) - Read a bonsai book - Check the web for new bonsai sites or visit favorites - Do some wiring (be sure branches are thawed) - Do some pruning - Build some bonsai benches - Go shopping for display items - Take some photos of winter silhouettes - Visit a bonsai studio - Get your bonsai records up to date - Organize for repotting - Watch some bonsai videos - Register for MidAtlantic -
Have some bonsai fun!!!

Weather Related Meeting Notifications

Over the years, we have had very few cancellations due to the weather, but sometimes we get caught in a storm. If we are faced with a cancellation, the following procedures will take place.
A. If you are on the email list for newsletters - you will receive cancellation notice by email.
B. If you are not on the email list, then check the web site. Cancellation notice will be posted prominently on the home page.
C. If you do not have computer access, a board member will attempt to contact you by phone.
D. We will also try to place a notice on KYW radio.
E. We will attempt to notify the Community Center.

If you are in doubt about a meeting taking place, be sure to check with any Board member or the Community Center (610-277-4312) before leaving home.

MidAtlantic Festival

Dates for the 2018 MABS Spring Festival - April 13-15 to be held at the Raddison Cromwell Hotel, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, Connecticut.
This month's artist's feature will focus on Tony Tickle
Tony Tickle has been working with bonsai for over 35 years. He teaches and demonstrates at major conferences, clubs, societies and organizations throughout the world. Tony is a member of numerous bonsai organizations throughout the UK and has a regular column in Bonsai Focus magazine. Tony specializes in native European trees, in particular hawthorn, pine and yew and has been nominated and won many awards for his trees. He has served on the Board of Director for Bonsai Clubs International from 2003-2005 and is a member of Association of British Bonsai Artists, Tony is a founding member of ‘Black Scissors’ the global creative brotherhood of bonsai artists. An event planner, in 2015 Tony organized Bonsai Europa the biggest bonsai event to take place in the UK since 1991. Recently Tony won the prestigious “Best Deciduous Bonsai” award at the 2017 Noelanders Trophy in Belgium for a raft-style hawthorn he collected from a hillside in 1991.
Not afraid to speak his mind Tony seeks to promoted Bonsai as an art form in its own right, hosting exhibitions in Museums and Art Galleries along with unusual locations that capture the public imagination. He has presented bonsai in creative and dynamic way courting controversy and praise in equal measure.
Some yews (taxus baccata), one of Tony’s specialty, grown by Mark Comstock have been selected for this workshop.
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 added workshop with John Romano featuring material specially grown for shohin. Special motel rates of $99/night are available for registrants.
We would like to have four trees from our members for Exhibit at the Festival. Please contact Jim Brant, Jim Gillespie, or John Berna if you are interested - transportation can be arranged.

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 2018

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March

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April 2018

To pluck it is a pity,
To leave it is a pity,
Ah, this violet.
Naojo

April Meeting


Our April meeting will follow right of the heels of the MidAtlantic Festival, and will feature one of MidAtlantic's key speakers, Mr. Tony Tickle from the United Kingdom.
Tony Tickle has been working with bonsai for over 35 years. He teaches and demonstrates at major conferences, clubs, societies and organizations throughout the world. Tony is a member of numerous bonsai organizations throughout the UK and has a regular column in Bonsai Focus magazine. Tony specializes in native European trees, in particular hawthorn, pine and yew and has been nominated and won many awards for his trees. He has served on the Board of Director for Bonsai Clubs International from 2003-2005 and is a member of Association of British Bonsai Artists, Tony is a founding member of ‘Black Scissors’ the global creative brotherhood of bonsai artists. An event planner, in 2015 Tony organized Bonsai Europa the biggest bonsai event to take place in the UK since 1991. Recently Tony won the prestigious “Best Deciduous Bonsai” award at the 2017 Noelanders Trophy in Belgium for a raft-style hawthorn he collected from a hillside in 1991.
Not afraid to speak his mind Tony seeks to promoted Bonsai as an art form in its own right, hosting exhibitions in Museums and Art Galleries along with unusual locations that capture the public imagination. He has presented bonsai in creative and dynamic way courting controversy and praise in equal measure.
Tony will be styling an Eastern White Cedar, while giving us lots of information and tips. The material will be raffled.
This will be a joint meeting with BSLV, so no double tickets this month. If you wish to show a tree, we may have time near the end of the meeting for Tony to say a few words about it.
Please note change of meeting date.

Guest Speaker: Tony Tickle - Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, April 16
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Flower Show Notes

The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Wonders of Water" marked a big change for the PBS exhibit. For the last few years our exhibit and Rosade Bonsai Studio shared floor space. This year PBS was on its own, as Chase decided to retire from the Flower Show.
With Bob Mahler, our Flower Show Chairman, coordinating all went smoothly. Bob manned the demo table for the majority of the time assisted by a number of members. Thanks go to Bob along with Conor Bauer, Jesse Cook, Joanne Dhody, Karen Harkaway, Mark Maher, Barry McDonnell, John McGowen, and Bob Petrilli. These members provided demonstrations and information in the spotlight to show attendees.
The PBS exhibit would not be a success without our exhibit sitters. These are the people who answer the everpopular questions such as "is it alive?", "what does years in training mean?" and the ever popular "I had a bonsai once, but it died. Why?" In addition to answering these questions and many others, our sitters keep a careful eye on the exhibit trees, hand out brochures, and provide a public face for PBS.
Covering the entire show takes lots of help, and these people gave of their time to assist (please forgive any omissions, ed.): David Adler, Ed Austin, Ted Barthold, Conor Bauer, John Berna, Jim & Linda Brant, Linda Clark, Jeff & April Clarke, Mike Colibraro, Jesse Cook Jr., John Denick, Joanne Dhody, David Downey, Howard Dunetz, Jacqueline Flaherty, Jim & Alice Gillespie, Karen Harkaway, Ann Hemmerich, Chih Ho. Susan & Joe Jacovino, Brian Keegan, Jerry Kerner, Phyllis Kinser, Greg Krause, Tom & Connie Kruegl, Kevin Lamond, Mark Maher, Bob Mahler, Barry McDonnell, John McGowan, Lance Ohrberg, Bob Petrilli, Joe Sauer, Walter Scott, Ann-Marie Shenk, Karin Simmat, Sharee Solow, David Spirt, Dave & Mary Ann Tettemer, Lauren Tierney, Craig & Kathy Turner, Cheryl & Fred Veith.
Finally, thanks to the exhibitors who shared their trees for the show.

From Bob:

"The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society should be incredibly proud of what we do year in and year out at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  We literally expose thousands to the magical world of bonsai! Our presence was strong at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make it happen.  I’d like to give a special shout-out to the Brants as they were instrumental in recruiting and coordinating sitters and demo people. I’d also like to thank all the members that made the time to help at the show: Conor B, Jesse C., Barry M., Mark M., Karen H., Bruce A., Joanne D., Bob P., Dave T., Lance O., Dave A., Jerry K., Fred & Cheryl V, Jim & Alice G., David D., Anne-Marie S, Chih Ho, Karin S, Joe S., Howard D., April & Jeff C., Linda C., Jackie F., Ann H., Brian K., Lauren T., Michael C., Sharee S., Ted B., Walter S., John B.,  Joe & Susan J., Ed A., Greg K., Mark & Jeanne M., Tom K., Phyllis K., Craig T., John D., Karen & Mike, Ann H., Kevin L., and John M..
As a 1st year chairperson, I’m learning as I go.  Please reach out if you have ideas on how we can make 2019 even better. Your support is appreciated and needed. " 
Bob Mahler

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 2018

May Meeting

For our May meeting, we're revisiting a program that proved very popular - Tree Talk, in which we brought one of our trees in and described its history as well as future plans for the bonsai.
This month's program will add something that should prove quite valuable - guidelines for improvement or design suggests from our three professional members, Chase Rosade, Jim Gillespie, and Bob Mahler. There's a broad range of experiences residing in these three - the experience of taking a tree from rough stock all the way to show-quality bonsai. All are known for their critical eye and ability to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely. Suggestions are just that, suggestions, and members showing their trees will get suggestions from one or all. (If you remember our last Tree Talk, many members had suggestions - this time we're getting the best of all possible worlds, professional advice.
Let's make this meeting as successful as the last Tree Talk. Bring in one of your trees. The level doesn't matter . Whether it's an early attempt at bonsai, or one you've spent a great deal of time developing - there's always something that can be done differently or some techniques that you can share. You might find a different planting angle could be utilized, or a different pot more appropriate. Perhaps a branch could be repositioned or even removed, or the tree could be rotated to present a different front.
Our three sensei promise to gently guide us to better trees!

"Tree Talk"
Date: Friday, May 18
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00


Future Meetings

June 15 - TBA
July - No meeting
August 19 - Annual Picnic & Auction

April Meeting

April's meeting featured Tony Tickle, who hails from the UK, and who had just appeared at the MABS Spring Festival.
Tony's demo material was a hinoki cypress on which he had the opportunity to do some wiring in advance of our meeting. Tony got to work on the demo tree. Since some prewiring was done, Tony could concentrate on some finer finish wiring and trimming.
The transition from rough stock to a finished profile was interesting and informative to watch. Tony stressed that if one can locate rough material that has been grown with a future bonsai in mind, you are much further ahead in the long run.

The evening continued with a presentation by Tony showing his approach to developing collected hawthorns. His "black bag" technique was very interesting, wrapping the collected and pruned tree in a black plastic bag, then placing it in a warm greenhouse. In a short time the tree shows explosive new growth.
Tony also presented a short program on developing yews for bonsai. Many of the examples he showed were much more weather-beaten and rugged than most of the yews we are familiar in the US.
Turnout for the meeting was really great, and raffle ticket sales were brisk. Our winner for the evening was............ta da............Bob Mahler!! Congratulations!

MidAtlantic Notes

This year's MABS Spring Festival was a great success with a superb exhibit, talented bonsai artists from Japan, The UK, and the US providing stimulating and informative demonstrations, a great vendor area, and a very lively banquet auction.
PBS' responsibilities for the convention are the silent auctions and the banquet auction. A good deal of help is needed to manage and record all the sales at the evening auction. Recorders Karen Harkaway and Linda Brant along with help from Pauline Muth, kept track of all the sales for the evening. Dave Tettemer, Dave Downy, Jesse Cook, and Brian Keegan kept the auction moving acting as runners. The success of the auction relies greatly on the skill of the auctioneers, and our two auctioneers, Jim Gillespie and Jim Doyle, demonstrated finely honed skills that enabled the auction to set a new record for MABS banquet auctions. Thanks to all who give of their time to assist.
The MABS exhibit was one of the best in recent history, and our thanks go to Chase Rosade, Jesse Cook, Karen Harkaway, and Linda Brant for exhibiting their bonsai representing PBS.

Bonsai on the Web

Here are some of the popular bonsai blogs:
Bonsai Bark - bonsaibark.com
Valavanis Bonsai Blog - valavanisbonsaiblog.com
Walter Pall - walter-pall-bonsai.blogspot.com
Bonsai Tonight - bonsaitonight.com/bonsai-blog
Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle - yamadori.co.uk/blog
Bjorn Bjorholm - bjornbjorholm.com/blog
Crataegus - crataegus.com/blog

A listing of Seventy-five blogs can be found here: https://blog.feedspot.com/bonsai_blogs/

Videos are also popular, and there is a huge collection of them on YouTube. Here are a select few:
Bonsai Empire - www.youtube.com/user/bonsaimovie
Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai - www.youtube.com/user/bjorvalabonsai/videos
Bonsai Mirai - www.youtube.com/user/BonsaiMirai/videos
Tony Tickle - youtube.com/user/tonyticklebonsai/videos

A list of the most popular YouTube videos:https://blog.feedspot.com/bonsai_youtube_channels/

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 2018

June Meeting

June's meeting heralds the return of Bob Mahler. Bob discovered his passion for bonsai at an early age.  As a teen, he was fortunate enough to apprentice under the direction of Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  From there he traveled to Tochigi-Ken Japan where he would spend the next 4 years under the exclusive direction of world renowned bonsai artist Susumo Sudo. He returned to the States and became the curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York.   He left Brooklyn in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with individual collectors via lectures, classes, private collection maintenance, and tours abroad. Bob opened Kifu Bonsai (studio) in 2017.  His personal favorites are Japanese White Pines, Satsuki Azaleas, and Japanese Flowering Apricots. Bob resides in a small farming community north of Philadelphia with his wife Jesseca and their dogs.
Bob has been very busy this year, chairing the Flower Show Exhibit, doing demos daily at the Flower Show, opening Kifu Bonsai Studio, teaching classes, maintaining clients' trees, consulting with Brooklyn Botanical Garden, doing lecture-demos for bonsai clubs, and maintaining his own bonsai.....so we are very pleased that Bob can take some time to present a lecture-demonstration for PBS.


Guest Speaker - Robert Mahler - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, June 15
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

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

May Meeting

Our May meeting focused on our members' trees with the added plus of having our resident bonsai pros' evaluations and suggestions for the trees that were presented. Tunout was very good and some very nice trees were brought for our TreeTalk. Thanks to Bob Mahler and Jim Gillespie for sharing their knowledge.
Below are some members' contributions to the evening's discussions.


Future Meetings

July - No meeting
August 19 - Annual Picnic & Auction
September 21 - TBA

Dues Reminder


Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 17/18 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 18/19 indicate dues are paid for the 2018-19 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent. Dues remain at $40.00. 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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August 2018

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 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 2018-19 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 the same location as last year for our picnic & auction. Once more, 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 19 (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 Linda Brant if you plan to attend, so we have an accurate head count for picnic supplies.
Email: lbrant@comcast(dot)net

***Although this month's newsletter is a bit on the short side, we do have an slate of officers to present at the picnic for your approval and plenty of more complete newsletters to follow through the year.

***Don't forget the upcoming 6th National Bonsai Exhibition, September 8-9 in Rochester, NY. Over 200 of the finest Bonsai in the country will be on display.


Future Meetings

September 28 -Jim Doyle - lecture/Demo
October 27 (Saturday) - Member's Flower Show Workshop
November 16 - Fall Auction
December 14 - Holiday Socieal & Raffle

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 17/18 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 18/19 indicate dues are paid for the 2018-19 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent.
Dues are $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 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. Continue a 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.


September 2018

September Meeting

Our first program of the new meeting year will feature Jim Doyle. Jim is well known to many of us, having appreared at PBS several times, last in 2014.
In 1973, with a B.S. degree in horticulture from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Jim started Nature`s Way Nursery and developed an early interest in Asian culture and plants. By 1980, through the influence of Chase Rosade, bonsai passed from being a hobby to a business/life-style. Jim attends many symposia, teaches year-round to both adults and children at his studio and travels extensively, teaching and demonstrating in the US as well as Europe and Canada. 
After a brief visit to Japan, Jim started a quest for new information. He was involved in founding the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, boasting membership of over 100, and co-chaired the 1992 ABS Convention in Hershey. He has written articles for national publications and has consulted regionally in Japanese garden design.
Today, along with his teaching, Jim continues to import bonsai, pots, tools and related garden items. Jim`s favorite tree is, of course, the one he is working on.
As time goes by, Jim continues to enjoy the benefits of knowledge through bonsai. He has discovered a caring and understanding friendship with plants and with people.
Jim is an excellent artist and presenter, and the evening should be most entertaining and informational.

Guest Artist: Jim Doyle - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, September 28
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7 pm

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

Annual Picnic and Auction

The weather wasn't the greatest, but the rain held off for our annual picnic and auction. Our agenda for the day was: chat with friends, eat a picnic lunch, and have a great auction. Thanks to a great attendance, lots of shared goodies, and a wealth of donated material, everything was a great success!
Our business for the day, election of officers went as follows: Moving from President to Past President - Mike Wigginton, who served for two terms (many thanks, Mike!). Assuming the President's role will be Robert Mahler - (good luck ,Bob!). John Berna continues as Vice President. David Spirt continues on as Treasurer (he's looking for someone to assume the Treasurer's duties - any volunteers?). Linda Brant will act as Secretary.
Also, there is a need for members to step up to assist with some of the recurring events - Volunteers needed for Flower Show committee, Morris Arboretum meet & Greet,, Web site revision, etc. Some members have already stepped up to lend a hand - without your help the club can't thrive as it has.
Our hosts for the day, the Mahers, went above and beyond, making sure everyone was comfortable and needing nothing. Thank you Mark and Jeanne from all of us at PBS!!
Lots of material made for a long auction, but our auctioneer Jim Gillespie persevered until the sales tables were clear. Thanks Jim, for your usual outstanding job as auctioneer!! Thanks too, to our auction helpers, Brian, John, and Mike - they kept things moving along!

President's Notes

Hello all, 

As the new President of PBS I'm excited to get started on planning for the Philadelphia Flower Show.  I'll be providing forms to anyone interested in placing a tree in the 2019 show.  Please keep an ear and eye out for amazing trees to display! 
Jim Doyle will be presenting at our next meeting on September 28.  I look forward to seeing you there.  

Sincerely, 
Bob

Future Meetings

October 27 (Saturday) - Member's Flower Show Workshop
November 16 - Fall Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No Meeting

The 6th National Bonsai Exhibit

The one word to describe September's National Bonsai Exhibit just doesn't exist. Over 200 exceptional quality trees were shown. One could (and did) spend hours studying each arrangement, accent plants, stands, and bonsai, individually and as a composition.
Two of our fellow PBS members were chosen to be exhibitors; Karen Harkaway and Jim Doyle. Both displays were outstanding, and Karen's accent was awarded "Best Bonsai & Accent Combination" (thanks Connie!)
Over 600 registrants viewed these exceptional exhibits, and critiques by noted bonsai artists were well received. A large vending area tempted one to buy "just one more tree" although some prices were well up there (a very large chojubai quince had a $14,000+ price tag!). Lecture/demonstrations on bonsai pots, suiseki, and bonsai filled time between exhibit viewing. The awards banquet Saturday evening was attended by over 450 attendees.
It was a busy weekend, but highly enjoyable. The venue was perfect, with plenty of room for everything. It is a real credit to Bill Valavanis and his crew that the 6th National Bonsai Exhibit was such a success.

Seasonal Notes

Many trees are emerging from their mid-summer slow-down, and are beginning to prepare themselves for the coming winter. When to Fertilize? This is the subject of some controversy. The conventional wisdom is to fertilize when the plants are in active growth. This generally is after bud break in the spring until late summer. The contention is that feeding well into the fall and early winter with nitrogen will force new growth that will be killed by frost. It now appears that this is a myth.
Plants begin setting buds in mid to late summer. Nitrogen does fuel new growth, but plays no role in initiating bud break. This is related to day length only. Cold hardiness acquisition is related to lowered temperatures and can actually be enhanced by regular fertilization with balanced levels of nitrogen. Based on these findings there is no reason not to continue balanced fertilizer feeding well into the fall and early winter. As long as the soil temperature is above about 55ºF plants will continue to absorb and store nitrogen as well as phosphorus and potassium. This storage of fertilizer by the plant plays a very important role in fueling new growth in the early spring when soil temperatures are cold and nitrogen is hard to acquire.
The conventional wisdom also says fertilizing with high levels of phosphorus in the fall will prepare the plant for winter by increasing its cold hardiness acquisition. There is no credible evidence to support this contention.
Nitrogen is the first number given on the label, (ex. 5-10-10). The second number refers to Phosphorus, which enhances root and cell tissue development and regulates flowering and fruiting. A fertilizer with a high Phosphorus number is desirable at this time of year. The third number refers to Potassium, which promotes circulation and production of sap, and promotes flowering and fruiting.
Three large numbers will usually be prominent on the front of the package. This is the NPK analysis. . Numbers such as 15-15-15, 20-20-20, or 18-6-12 are common. These numbers are the percentage by weight of the N-P-K , nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium contained in the fertilizer. The more common fertilizers are 20-20-20, which should be diluted by 50% to avoid leaf burn. Harder to find are the 0-10-10 or 0-20-20 fertilizers best for this time of year. We've been able to locate gallon containers of 0-10-10 at our local garden store, Alaska brand.


Editorial Notes

A few quick items to bring to your attention.
First, if you'll check the sidebar on the first page, You'll find the new lineup of PBS officers. Also, we welcome the addition of Walter Scott to our Board of Directors.
Second, please take part in our ongoing Silent Auctions. At each meeting items may be put up for sale in a silent auction. The seller can determine the minimum starting (or reserve) price, and proceeds are divided between the seller and PBS (80% to the seller). The split is the same as the November auction, the difference being that November auction items are sold at no reserve. One Silent auction item that I'll list here is a set of Bonsai Today magazines from #1 - #106. This set as well as a number of pots and bonsai were donated by a former PBS member. The set is too heavy to lug to a meeting, so if you're interested, place a bid - the set is baing sold as one lot.
Third, our web site is showing it's age. I created it in 1997, so it's now eligible to by liquor! I was up with current trends when I created the site, but technology moves very quickly, faster than I did, so a revision is long overdue to present a more modern look. Interested in taking on the task?
Lastly, thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of PBS. You have welcomed and encouraged new members, been willing to share your knowledge and offer a helping hand. Let's keep doing great things!
Jim

Bug Alert!

This could impact our bonsai!
Nymph and adult spotted lanternflies cause extensive damage when they feed, sucking sap from stems and leaves and causing the plant to ooze and weep. Not only does the plant die but the "fermented odor" caused by the feeding, along with the fluid excreted by the insects themselves, promotes mold growth and draws even more insects, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
There is a serious threat of the lanternfly spreading due to the fact that it lays its egg masses on any flat surface, including vehicles and trailers.
Check the Penn State extension site for more information https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 17/18 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the September meeting. Labels displaying an 18/19 indicate dues are paid for the 2018-19 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent.
Dues are $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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October 2018

October Meeting


This month’s meeting focuses on (believe it or not) next year’s Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit trees. This much lead time is necessary to plan what our trees need for exhibit, and this is a far better time to evaluate and prepare trees for Spring exhibition.

Bring a tree or two that you’d like to submit for consideration. Alternatively, bring a tree or two that you feel you’d like some input from other members. Or just bring a tree you’d like to work on. OR just come and observe.

This is a great opportunity to get some input on preparing a tree for exhibit, as well as picking up some ideas for working with your trees.

Be sure to bring all that you'll need for the day; tools wire, etc.
Some refreshments will be provided
Flower Show/ Members' Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 27
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Future Meetings

November 16 - Fall Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No Meeting

September Meeting

We started our new 2018-19 meeting season with a lecture/demonstration featuring Jim Doyle.
Following a retrospect of JIm’s bonsai path and a short video of bonsai inspirations. Jim got to work on his material for the evening, a collected Engleman Spruce. Jim favors this spruce as it does well in bonsai cultivation and acclimates well to this area.
Jim worked on improving some jins and removed some of the branches that were not usable. With some able assistance,, the tree was wired, and members had the opportunity to walk up and get a close-up look at some of the wiring work. The finished demo tree showed some real potential for future refinement, and our raffle winner, Mark Maher left with a real winner of a tree!
Many thanks to Jim for an excellent and inspiring program - a great start to our year!
(Jim's able wiring assistant was Jim Egolf.)

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 some very nice prebonsai material, bonsai, and bonsai pots donated by a former PBS member, Chuck Omer.

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 received 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.

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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