Newsletter....December 2018
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December Meeting

2018 seems to have flown by, or so it seems, and we've arrived at one of our members' favorite programs, that of our Holiday Social. Each year we have a bunch of raffle surprises - pots, tools, wire, trees, whatever...- and lots of fun trying to separate the great items from the "zonks". There's even somewhat of a treasure hunt - which is trying to find the package containing the free MidAtlantic registration. That's right, one of the beautifully wrapped packages will contain a free, full registration to the 2019 MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies Spring Festival, but be careful, packages can be deceiving.
Our short program for the evening will be a video presentation of the BCI convention and tour in France. Time permitting, we can also view a presentation of the 2018 Noelanders Cup.
Please bring a goodie to share with the group - cookies, crackers, cheeses, dips, veggies, cakes, pies, or whatever. PBS will furnish soft drinks. Our Holiday Celebration is a wonderful tradition for all of our PBS members. Please join us and enjoy. We promise you’ll have a good time!
This is a great evening and loads of fun, so add to the enjoyment with your participation.

Annual Holiday Social and Raffle
Date: Friday, December 14
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00

No display trees or double tickets this month, please. We need room for all the gifts!!

Future Meetings

January - No Meeting
February 15 - Panel Discussion - "Waking Up Trees"
March 2-10 - Philadelphia Flower Show

November Meeting

This year's Members' Auction was a great success. We had a good turnout of sellers and buyers, as well as a good number of donated items from former member Chuck Omer.
Our auction was directed by auctioneer Jim Gillespie, assisted by Joe Jacovino, Dave Tettemer, and Bob Mahler.
Figures for the evening look like this:
Donations netted ------ $613
Gross sales ----------- $2370
Distributed to sellers - $1410
Net profit to PBS ------- $965 (donations + 20% of adjusted gross)
Everyone had a good time, some very nice pieces came up for auction, and there was some spirited bidding. Thanks to all for making the evening a success!

President's Notes

Hello PBS Members,

We are still looking for Bonsai for the 2019 Flower Show! Please send me an image of your bonsai. At this time we have 6 Bonsai entered. I would to see some more from our club. If you have any questions or concerns about your Bonsai call or email me.
Happy Holidays,

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 - 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 will be available.
Also, 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 at or 610-416-3216 - or sign up at an upcoming meeting.


Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 12-14, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Grantville PA, just a short drive for most PBS members.
This month's feature focuses on Taiga Urushibata from Japan. Growing up in the shadow of Mt Fuji Taiga, the son of Nobuichi Urushibata, was introduced to bonsai at an early age. A bonsai master in his own right, Nobuichi was renown as a shohin specialist and his garden Taisho-en became famous for his diminutive-sized trees. After studying with his father, Taiga began a formal apprenticeship with Masahiko Kimura and further developed his skill and philosophy towards bonsai. In 2006 Taiga returned to Shizuoka City help his father run Taisho-en. While originally renown for its shohin, you will find many larger masterpieces on the benches of Taiga’s garden. Taiga tours the world demonstrating and teaching bonsai, and also offers a short-term study program at Taisho-en. MABS has some wonderful shohin-sized shimpaku junipers grown by the Ishii’s of Chikugo-en earmarked for Taiga’s workshop.
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 with this newsletter. Online registration is also 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.

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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