Newsletter....April 2019
PBS Newsletter Archives

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
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 -
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} 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.

top of page