June's meeting heralds the return of Bob Mahler. Bob discovered his passion for bonsai at an early age. As a teen, he was fortunate enough to apprentice under the direction of Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania. From there he traveled to Tochigi-Ken Japan where he would spend the next 4 years under the exclusive direction of world renowned bonsai artist Susumo Sudo. He returned to the States and became the curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. He left Brooklyn in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with individual collectors via lectures, classes, private collection maintenance, and tours abroad. Bob opened Kifu Bonsai (studio) in 2017. His personal favorites are Japanese White Pines, Satsuki Azaleas, and Japanese Flowering Apricots. Bob resides in a small farming community north of Philadelphia with his wife Jesseca and their dogs.
Bob has been very busy this year, chairing the Flower Show Exhibit, doing demos daily at the Flower Show, opening Kifu Bonsai Studio, teaching classes, maintaining clients' trees, consulting with Brooklyn Botanical Garden, doing lecture-demos for bonsai clubs, and maintaining his own bonsai.....so we are very pleased that Bob can take some time to present a lecture-demonstration for PBS.
Guest Speaker - Robert Mahler - Lecture/Demo
Date: Friday, June 15
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
PS - Double your raffle chances - display a bonsai! Demo material will be raffled.
Our May meeting focused on our members' trees with the added plus of having our resident bonsai pros' evaluations and suggestions for the trees that were presented. Tunout was very good and some very nice trees were brought for our TreeTalk. Thanks to Bob Mahler and Jim Gillespie for sharing their knowledge.
Below are some members' contributions to the evening's discussions.
July - No meeting
August 19 - Annual Picnic & Auction
September 21 - TBA
Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 17/18 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, 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 mailing address is:
The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Spring House, PA 19477
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.