PBS Newsletter






January 2019

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February 2019

February Meeting

This is the time of the year that is probably the most critical, the most intensive and the most stressful for our bonsai. This month's panel discussion "Waking Up Trees", led by members of our Board, will endeavor to give some hints, guidelines, procedures, pitfalls, and general advice and answers to make this transition from dormancy to resumption of active growth of our bonsai. This is an open discussion and participation by all is encouraged.

February's meeting also will feature our second raffle for a free, full registration to April's 2019 MABS Spring Festival.

We're looking for a great turnout, lots of discussion and questions - hope to see you there!

Remember to bring any tree that you want to discuss prior to the start of the meeting. Advice on styling, care, horticultural problems, pot selection, etc. can be obtained from other members before the start of the program.
Exhibit trees are welcome.

Panel Discussion: Waking Up Trees
Date: Friday, February 15
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Remember to bring any tree that you want to discuss prior to the start of the meeting. Advice on styling, care, horticultural problems, pot selection, etc. can be obtained from other members before the start of the program.
Exhibit trees are welcome.

Future Meetings

March 2-10 - Philadelphia Flower Show
***April 15 (Monday) - Marc Noelanders - Lecture Demo
May 17 - TBA
June 21 - TBA

December Meeting

December's Holiday Social and Raffle generated a very good turnout. The tables were loaded with tasty goodies shared by all. Raffle gifts were provided by Bob Mahler and his Kifu Bonsai studio and ranged from a "zonk" to some really nice items. Thanks goes to Bob for providing such nice gifts, and also wrapping them. Our MABS raffle, as usual, was a highly sought item, and Brian Keegan was the lucky searcher to find it. (February's meeting will also feature a second MABS raffle).

Flower Show Notes

The 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Flower Power" will be held from March 2nd to the 10th. PBS will again be displaying bonsai, and providing information to show attendees.
Exhibit trees are needed!! You can contact our Flower Show Chair, Bob Mahler - bonsaipro@gmail.com or 215-432-4982, for more information about exhibiting. Please consider exhibiting.
Our contact side of the exhibit - the demo table will again be part of our display. Members can work on a tree or just meet and greet show attendees. A signup sheet will be available.
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 this meeting.

President's Notes

Hello All,

I'm currently prepping for the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show.  The deadline has passed, so if you have anything you would like to submit please email me ASAP.  My email address is Bob@KifuBonsai.com. This month's meeting will focus on board members trees for discussion.  Stay Warm! 


MidAtlantic Notes

Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 12-14, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Harrisburg/Hershey/Grantville PA, just a short drive for most PBS members.
This month's feature focuses on Marc Noelanders, from Belgium.
From an early age Marc Noelanders was competing internationally in karate. These competitions brought him to Japan, where he was introduced to bonsai. His sensei encouraged supplementing his karate studies with bonsai and his passion began. He studied with Masters such as Masahiko Kimura, Saburo Kato, and John Naka. He started the Noelanders trophy in 2000 which is celebrating its 20th show and has grown to become the largest show in Europe. Marc runs ten schools in Europe, the UK, the USA, India and Israel. Marc is currently the president of the European Bonsai Association and travels regularly all over the world to teach, and demonstrate bonsai.

Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material. Lecture demonstrations run from Friday evening through Sunday morning. All Demonstration trees will be raffled.

A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs. We sincerely hope that PBS will be well represented as in past years.
A wide variety of bonsai vendors will have lots of great material both bonsai and prebonsai, tools, pots, etc. for shoppers.
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 have been sent out - if you didn't receive one, you can download it from the MABS site. Online registration is also available on the site -www.midatlanticbonsai.org.
Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations. Be sure to make your reservation as early as possible, as previous MABS Festivals have been solidly booked well in advance.

National Bonsai Foundation News

The National Arboretum and the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum are, as of this writing in late January, closed due to the government shutdown. Both will reopen when the shutdown ends. Be assured that curators and volunteers are seeing to watering and care during the shutdown.
On a brighter note, NBF has completely revised its website, www.bonsai-nbf.org. Photos of many of the bonsai in the three collections (Japanese, Chinese, and North American) can be viewed on the site. Descriptions and histories of the trees are also viewable.

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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