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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! 

Bob

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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April 2019

April Meeting


Our spring season opens with a special guest artist, Marc Noelanders, from Belgium. Marc was a featured artist at the MidAtlantic Spring Festival.
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.
Marc's demo material will be raffled at the end of the meeting.
This will be a joint meeting with BSLV
Exhibit trees are welcome.
No double tickets this month.

Please note change of Date

Guest Artist - Marc Noelanders - Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, April 15
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Future Meetings

May 24 - Mark Arpag -Lecture/Demo
June 21 (Tentative) - Francois Jeker - Lecture/demo
August TBA -Annual Picnic & Auction

Flower Show Notes

This year's PBS Exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show was , as usual, beautifully done and very well received by the Public. Thanks to all the people who made this a success - the exhibitors, the setup/teardown crews, the exhibit sitters, Joanne Dhody, who hadled all the signage, and especially our Flower Show Chairman Bob Mahler. Excellent!!

Our sitter numbers declined slightly this year, due to illnesses and such. Here is a list of the great people who gave up their time to be there for PBS at the Exhibit.

David Adler Ed Austin Ted Barthold Ted Barthold
Linda Clark Jeff & April Clarke Mike Colibraro Jesse Cook Jr.
John Denick Joanne Dhody David Downey Howard Dunetz
Joe Egolf Jacqueline Flaherty Karen Harkaway Ann Hemmerich
Chih Ho Susan & Joe Jacovino Brian Keegan Phyllis Kinser
Greg Krause Tom & Connie Kruegl Kevin Lamond Mark Maher
Bob Mahler Barry McDonnell Lance Ohrberg Bob Petrilli
Joe & Diann Sauer Karin Simmat Sharee Solow Dave & Maya Tettemer
Jim Troyer Craig & Kathy Turner Cheryl & Fred Veith

Linda and I would like to give special shout-out to those who did multiple sitting and covered for us and others due to illnesses.

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 Jennifer Price.
It is no surprise that movement is one of the key elements when styling a tree to Jennifer; as a retired professional ballerina, she is an expert in movement. Jennifer began her journey in bonsai as many of us did, with a small tree from a local garden center. She became involved with the Prairie State Bonsai Society (Chicago) and quickly her hobby blossomed into a passion. For the last several years she has been apprentice to Walter Pall, and has traveled to Germany to assist him on his personal collection. Jennifer has taught workshops and traveled across the world to give demonstrations representing the United States. Jennifer is one of the rising stars in 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.
. Online registration is 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. See you at MABS!

PBS Notes

As we move into our Spring programs, PBS is undergoing some changes. David Spirt, our treasurer for many, many years, has retired from that position, and Jim Troyer has stepped up to take his place. David has done an outstanding job of keeping our finances from going astray, and not words can express our gratitude and good wishes going forward.
Our mailing address for PBS will be changing as well, so watch for a notice of that change.
Another change coming will be a much needed refreshing of the PBS web site, which has been handle by me since 1997. Jim Troyer will be handling the web site as well, and again, watch for an announcement of that change. The URL will remain the same - PAbonsai.org.
One thing that is lacking in the current site is up-to-date quality photos of our trees. Jim would very much like to begin collecting your bonsai photos for display on the site, No name will be attached to the photos, only tree information. Photos should be of higher resolution. iPhone photos are good to go. Jim's email is jim.troyer[at]icloud.com. Once the site is up, Jim will be able to give more photo suggestions and guidelines. As they say, "stay tuned"!

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 2019

May Meeting


Our May meeting will feature n artist who is well known in the Norteast, Mark Arpag. Mark Arpag is an award winning Bonsai Artist from Upstate New York and current President of the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York. He has presented many lectures, demonstrations and workshops and enjoys sharing his knowledge & passion of Bonsai. Mark is best known for his East Coast Native Bonsai as well as Shohin Bonsai and Suiseki.
Mark's demo material for the evening will be Eastern White Cedar, and Mark has requested that members bring their Eastern White Cedar bonsai for comments and suggestions from Mark.

Mark's demo material will be raffled at the end of the meeting.

Exhibit trees are welcome. Double tickets are back!


Guest Artist - Mark Arpag - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, May 24
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Future Meetings

June 20 (Thursday) - Pauline Muth - Lecture/demo
August 17 (Saturday)-Annual Picnic & Auction

MidAtlantic Notes

Hard to believe that MABS has come and gone already! The weekend literally flew by, but we got the chance to see some great demonstrations, spend a few (?) dollars at the vendor area, and view an impressive bonsai exhibit.
PBS had four bonsai exhibited by Joanne Dhody, John Berna, Karen Harkaway, and Bob Mahler. Each exhibit was very impressive!
As a member club of MABS, PBS' responsibility is the Silent and Banquet auctions. Both went very well. The Banquet auction needs lots of support to run smoothly and that support is most appreciated. Auctioneers Jim Gillespie and Jim Doyle both lent humor and information to the bidders, while Dave Downey, Dave Tettemer, and Brian Keegan kept auction items moving. Recording bids tends to require lots of careful notation, and was done to perfection by, Linda Brant, Phyllis Kinser, John Berna, and Joanne Dhody.
Many thanks to all these PBS members for their assistance and support!

April Meeting

April's guest artist, Marc Noelanders, worked with a Colorado spruce as his demo material. Marc stressed the keys to styling, movement, open space, and appropriate design. He also stressed the importance of proper wiring, giving the members a demonstration of wiring techniques.
The finished tree showed Marc's skill in wiring and design, looking ancient and elegant. Our raffle winner for the evening was "Lucky" Walter Scott!


Falling Leaves

We are greatly saddened to report that David Spirt, a long time member and former PBS Treasurer passed away on May 9. David was a strong supporter of PBS and had broad horticultural and bonsai interests. David loved to tell a story which invariably would pop into his head during a conversation. We will miss his humor, his intelligence, and his generosity greatly. Our condolences to his wife, Ann, and to his family.

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 2019

June Meeting

Our program for June will give us a bit of a jump on Summer (think by the shore or at the lake) with a lecture/demonstration by Pauline Muth.
She is the proprietor of PFM Bonsai Studio located in West Charlton, NY. Pauline is a Past President of the American Bonsai Society and has served as Recording Secretary and Executive Director for Bonsai Clubs International. She is a past President of MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies. Pauline has appeared at many conventions, both in the US and abroad. She has been actively involved in bonsai for over thirty years, a member of her original club (Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society in the capital district area of New York State) for over 25 years where she now serves on the board of directors, and she has studied with some of the greatest masters in bonsai, such as John Naka, over the years.
Pauline's focus for the evening will be on a Chinese influenced bonsai (or Penjing), a land and water planting. These plantings can take the form of a mountainous scene, or a coastal scene, depending on the placement of rocks and plant material. If the plant material chosen is appropriate, these may be kept indoors in a bright location.
Pauline's presentations are always enjoyable as well as informational, so please get a jump on the Summer season and join us for a great evening. Demo material will be raffled.

Guest Artist - Pauline Muth - Lecture/Demo
Date: Thursday, June 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

Exhibit a bonsai and double your raffle ticket purchase!

May Meeting

May's guest speaker was Mark Arpag, who gave a great presentation on Eastern White Cedar (EWC). Mark delivered a great deal of information to the group. One significant fact contrasted the difference between collected EWC (yamadori) and nursery raised arborvitae - that the wood of nursery raised arborvitae is much soft and far less compact that those collected from the wild.
Mark determined which branches stayed and which needed to be removed, proceeded wiring, and in fairly short order presented his styling interpretation. Along the way, many members had an opportunity to get their questions on styling or on Eastern White Cedar answered.
Winner of the evening's raffle was "Hot Ticket" Joe Sauer - congratulations, Joe!

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. Please send your dues check to our treasurer, Jim Troyer, 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 new mailing address is:
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 852
Drexel Hill, PA 19020


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 2019

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 the "main course" along with soft drinks and water for the picnic*****. Members are requested to bring an appetizer, side dish, 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 2019-20 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash. We will have a large number of very nice items left to the Society by David Spirt - prebonsai, bonsai, tools, a turntable, pots etc.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: Saturday, August 17 (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 (at) comcast.net

Future Meetings

September 26 -Thursday - Mauro Stemberger - Lecture/Demo
October 19 - Saturday - Flower Show prep
November 15 - Members' Auction

June Meeting

Our June meeting with Pauline Muth, was not to be. Pauline was dealing with an illness and regrettably had to cancel at the last minute. Not to worry!! Our President Bob Mahler, stepped right in and presented a tremendous program..
Bob's program and demonstration was on azaleas, specifically satsuki azaleas. Bob worked with a recently imported piece, showing the group the proper methods of wiring azaleas. Bob exploded a number of azalea myths - primarily that they are a fragile plant. He strongly recommended a rather severe pruning following bloom. He also pointed out that the deadheading of blooms (cutting off the spent flowers) spared the plant the energy that would have gone into producing seeds.
Bob is a strong proponent of growing satsuki azaleas in kanuma (a soft clay, with acidic properties imported from Japan).
Bob's program was well received, with lots of questions from the group.
This was in all probability, one of the best programs of recent years, done with little time for preparation, but drawn on a wealth of knowledge. Excellent. Bob, and our thanks!!
Raffle winner for the evening was "Mr. Winning" - Jesse Cook! Congratulations.


Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. Please send your dues check to our treasurer, Jim Troyer, as soon as possible, or rejoin at thepicnic. Labels displaying an 19/20 indicate dues are paid for the 2019-2020 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sentlater this summer. Dues remain at $40.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The new mailing address is:
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 852
Drexel Hill, PA 19020


September 2019

September Meeting

Our first meeting of the 2019-2020 year will feature Mauro Stemberger, from Italy.
Mauro is very well known in Europe as one of the rising stars of bonsai artists.
He was born in Italy in 1978. He is member of UBI Unione Bonsaisti Italiani [the Italian Bonsai 'Union'], serves as one of the instructors of the Progetto Futuro Bonsai School with headquarters in Monteveglio, Italy, and serves as the president of the bonsai club of Feltre. His interest in bonsai began in 1993 while reading books on bonsai. Mauro maintains a good friendship with his teacher and mentor Enrico Savini, the director of Progetto Futuro Bonsai School. The passion for bonsai art is very much alive in him, and he envisions a future of always learning something new.
From Mauro: " My interest in “that fascinating Bonsai World” started in 1993. I was very curious about the intrinsic beauty of these small-large works of art. A beauty that harmoniously interacts nature and man. The continuous research of an aesthetic perfection, which we will never succeed to catch up in the course of our short life. That makes us appreciate these small creatures day by day, having the honour to see them on the stands in our garden. Therefore the passion for this particular art holds alive in me and in the time coming. In a particular way I’m stimulated to always learn something new, thanks to the dialogue and the continuous exchange of experiences with bonsai friends around the world.
We are looking forward to our evening with Mauro for new styling ideas and techniques.
Demo material will be raffled off.
Bring a bonsai for display and earn double raffle tickets!

Please note change of meeting date.

Guest Artist: Mauro Stemberger -Lecture/Demo
Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center

Future Meetings

October 12 - Saturday - Flower Show prep
November 15 - Members' Auction
December 13 - Holiday Social & Raffle

Annual Picnic and Auction

Our annual Picnic & Auction made a quick change of location, but everyone seemed to find it!
The usual picnic fare of burgers & dogs was supplemented with some really great side dishes and desserts!
The Auction portion of the event went smoothly, with Jim Gillespie auctioneering and runners Dave Downey, John Berna, and Joe Jacovino moving items to high bidders. Thanks to the donations from our members and the items from Dave Spirt's estate, over $2000 was raised for PBS, which will be applied to future programs.

Many thanks to all who made the day profitable and enjoyable - even the occasional Spotted Lanternfly failed to disrupt the day!

Falling Leaves

We were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Solita Rosade, losing her battle with cancer.
Soli was known worldwide for her enthusiasm, her leadership, and promotion of bonsai. She had served as President of FELAB, Bonsai Clubs International, and World Bonsai Friendship Federation, as well as serving as bonsai's unofficial ambassador worldwide. Her contributions to the bonsai community are far reaching. PBS was privileged to count Soli as a member, a mentor and a friend to us all.
Our condolences to Chase and to her children, Victor and Nai.

Dues Reminder


Our membership year ended with the last day of May. Please send your dues check to our treasurer, Jim Troyer, as soon as possible, or rejoin at thepicnic. Labels displaying an 19/20 indicate dues are paid for the 2019-2020 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sentlater this summer. Dues remain at $40.00. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The new mailing address is:
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 852
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

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 2019

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/ Open Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 10 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center


Future Meetings

November 15 - Members' Auction
December 13 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No Meeting

September Meeting

We had a great turnout for our opening program for the 2019-2020 PBS series. Mauro Stemberger presented an in-depth program, covering pine species, yamadori (collected) material care, and styling considerations. The highlight of Mauro's program was a stellar course in the where, why, and how of bonsai wiring, and he then proceeded to teach by example, showing step by step proper wiring techniques.
Mauro's material for the evening was a challenging pitch pine with a less than ideal natural placement A good deal of manipulation was necessary to achieve a pleasant design, and Mauro explained why the use of raffia and plastic tape was necessary to ensure the health of the tree when so much branch bending is necessary for the design. In the end Mauro created a outstanding pine, only needing time to further develop.
Throughout the evening, Mauro's passion for bonsai and his dedication to teaching about bonsai were exhibited. Thank you Mauro for a great beginning to our program year!
Our raffle winner this month was John Berna.

MidAtlantic Notes

Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 17-19, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Grantville PA, just a short drive for most PBS members.
In a break from MABS traditions, all three featured speakers will be well-known US bonsai artists. They are Kathy Shaner, Suthin Sukosolvisit, and Bjorn Bjorholm.
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.
A wide 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 sent as soon as they are available. If you don't receive one, check the MABS web site for a download. 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.

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. Of course, donations will be gladly accepted!
We will have a few more items from Dave Spirt's estate materials for this auction.

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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