Newsletter....September 2017
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September Meeting

Our new meeting year starts out with a very special returning guest, Francois Jeker, from France.
Francois is a leading master of bonsai design and carving in the Western Hemisphere.  As a graduate of École des Beaux Arts de Mulhouse, he finds his education in illustration, photography, and publicity useful to his Bonsai endeavors. Meeting Pius Notter turned his Bonsai interests to Yamadori. He visited Japan many times where he met with and worked with many renowned Bonsai masters. Mr. Jeker has performed lecture/demonstrations and workshops at FELAB (Federación Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Bonsai Federation), ARCO’s Bonsai convention in Italy, the national Bonsai exposition in Belgium, MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies, and at the Montréal Canada Bonsai Convention. He is also the 2003 recipient of the Ginkgo Award in Belgium. He has been creating bonsai for over 30 years and has travelled all over the world to share his knowledge and skills at lectures, workshops and demonstrations.  Francois is the organizer of Bonsai Euro Top 30 which, in the past, has attracted 135,000 visitors. Francois works mainly with European yamadori collected in the mountains.  His trees have received numerous international awards and he received the Ken Olander Award (2006) for contributions to development of carving and the quality of his work. Besides working with several specialized magazines including Bonsai Focus, Francois has authored four books about bonsai which have been translated into several languages.  His books on Bonsai Aesthetics are likely to become significant reference works in the years to come.
Guest Speaker: Francois Jeker- Lecture/Demo
Date: Monday, September 18***
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 7:00
***Please note change of meeting day. ***
Due to Mr. Jeker's busy schedule, this will be a joint meeting with BSLV.
Demo material will be raffled.
No double tickets this month - sorry, but bring a tree to exhibit anyway.

Annual Picnic and Auction

Last year, our annual picnic & auction had to be cancelled due to extremely hot weather. This year's event saw gorgeous weather, clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and low humidity, all the better to enjoy our host's hospitality. Jeanne and Mark Maher own a beautiful property and welcomed the members with a very organized event. Our turnout was great and we enjoyed the cookout and social time.
Things got very busy once the auction began. Jim Gillespie offered item after item for bids, doing a great job of moving things along with a sense of humor. Thanks Jim for your dedication! Thanks too, to the runners, Mike Wigginton and Brian Keegan - they were kept very busy!
A very special thanks to our members, who graciously donated so many items for the auction. Thanks to them, our auction was a big success!!
Finally, thanks to Jeanne and Mark for their generous hospitality!!

Future Meetings

October 20 - Member's Flower Show Preview and Bonsai Show & Tell
November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Socieal & Raffle
January - No meeting

President's Notes

September 2017

I would like to start off by thanking our very generous hosts The Maher’s for our annual picnic this past month. The location was great and I think we all had a blast. We had a great turnout and a very successful auction with many donations. The money we raised will go directly to funding speakers, buying material and paying for the use of the room. As a club we rely on the proceeds of our auctions and dues to have our meetings and speakers. Without them we would have to raise dues substantially to cover our costs. So thank you again for your donations and your many bids at the auctions.
This month we have the incredible opportunity to have for a second year in a row to host Francois Jeker. I cant say enough about how great of a teacher he is. This is a meeting you don't want to miss. I also recommend buying his books, they are invaluable tools and can be purchased from The ABS Online Shop for a great price.
In October we will be screening potential trees for The Flower Show. Even if you aren't planning to show a tree in March, bring one in to share with the club. Each person who brings a tree can take a few minutes to talk about the tree with the club and we can discuss together our thoughts and ideas for the future of the tree. It is always nice to share with other folks your hard work. Sometimes someone will point out something you never thought of and give you some new direction.
November will be our other auction and 20% of the proceeds will go to the club. You can still donate items and they are happily accepted. Finally December will be our annual Holiday Social. We are still looking for someone to do a 15 minute presentation on a bonsai related topic, if you have one please let a board member know. I hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Bonsai News

PBS member, Bob Mahler, recently opened a bonsai studio in East Greenville, PA. The location is less than 10 minutes from the Quakertown exit on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike. Bob is familiar to PBS members as he has done several demos for us, including the infamous Bonsai in the (dark) Pavillion demo a couple of years ago. He began his bonsai career with Chase Rosade and then studied in Japan under Susumo Sudo. You can read his complete bio, as well as directions on his website which is His studio provides workshops, private sessions, bonsai, soil and tools. Visit his website and check out the upcoming classes or take a trip to East Greenville and treat yourself to a new tree!

Seasonal Notes

Our bonsai have had a very good summer - not a huge number of extremely hot days, and plenty of rain. We've been able to skip watering on quite a few days due to the rain. We have noticed that both the weeds and the moss have really thrived, necessitating extra weeding and moss removal (growing up trunks).
We plan on fertilizing well into October, but cutting down on the Nitrogen, going to a 0-10-10 at the end of September.
All of the trees have shown remarkable growth this year, creating the need for additional pruning. Hopefully, this mild weather we're now experiencing will continue through the fall, allowing our trees to acclimate toward winter. We're curious as to whether or not we'll have good fall color. Conventional wisdom is that a dry season leads to better fall color - we'll see.

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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