This month's meeting will be a combination of two (or three) themes. At our planning meeting last spring, Chase suggested that we need to talk about our own trees more, so why not have a "show and tell" meeting, where a member brings a tree that they are working on and tells a few things about the tree. This is not intended as a critique, but rather an informative discussion. Most likely someone in the group has a similar tree but needs more information about it.
As we view members' trees and hear descriptions and comments, we can also keep an eye out for possible display trees for the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you have a tree that you would like considered, please bring it.
Board members will also go over procedural changes in the Flower Show so that all members are informed. Things will be different going forward.
We will most likely have some time remaining, so plan on some workshop time, either for help, ideas, or just to get some work done.
This should be a great meeting, provided we have your attendance and participation! If you need carts, check inside the lobby doors or with a member in the meeting room.
Flower Show Preview - Bonsai "Show & Tell"
Date: Friday, October 20
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
No raffle this month, but there will be Silent Auctions.
November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No meeting
Last month our visiting artist was Francois Jeker, who despite a very warm room, worked his magic on a large juniper provided by Chase.
After his initial analysis of the tree, and a quick ink sketch, he removed two large branches, leaving the branches he wanted to wire and shape. He also spend a good deal of time exposing deadwood and carving it in an artistic manner, both with hand tools and a rotary tool. Some major wiring was needed, and, ably assisted by Joe Jacovino, Francois wired the remaining branches.
Raffle tickets were a hot item this evening, and when the winning ticket was drawn, the lucky winner was yours truly! Now to develop the tree according to Francois' plan.
Attendance for this meeting was great, and we learned quite a few tricks and techniques for Francois. Thank you for a great program, Francois!!
Rumor has it that Autumn has started, I’m not entirely sure that's true! In addition to being extra warm in my part of Montgomery County it has been extremely dry. I have found myself having to water twice a day sometimes. Remember to keep up your maintenance program on your trees so that they are as healthy as can be when putting them away soon for winter storage.
The month’s meeting we will be looking for trees for our display at The Flower Show. We have a new committee that has formed to work on addressing any concerns and making sure we have the best display possible. Even if you are not planning to display a tree in the show bring one in to show the club and we can talk about the history and maybe make some suggestions for the future.
Next month will have our November Auction, so keep an eye out for some bonsai related items that you don’t need anymore and bring them out to sell. The club gets 20% of the sale prices and we use that money to keep bringing top level speakers and material for our meetings. I look forward to seeing everyone the meeting!
Speakers have been selected and lined up for the 2018 MidAtlantic Spring Festival. Well-known bonsai artists headlining the weekend are Daisaku Nomoto representing Japan, Tony Tickle representing the United Kingdom, and Matt Reel and Tyler Sherrod (Combined demonstrations representing the United States.
Registrants have a choice of optional workshops on Friday utilizing some very desirable material, and demonstrations from Friday evening through Sunday morning. A great bonsai exhibit is one of the weekend attractions with trees from each of the member clubs. A broad 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 coming out very shortly, and online registration is available. Dates for the MABS Spring Festival are April 13-15, 2018 at the Raddison Hotel in Cromwell, CT. Room rates are discounted for registrants, so be sure to mentions MABS when making your hotel reservations.
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.