Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

Dedicated to the art of bonsai

Bonsai Summer Camp

Summer is coming, and what’s summer without summer camp? Club members and newcomers alike can join a weekend of campfires, pup tents and bonsai fun, July 8-9 at pfm bonsai in West Charlton. A summer camp T-shirt is even included in the modest registration fee and you’ll have access to great tree material, supplies, expert guidance, and more opinions than you probably want.

Bring your camping gear. Feel free to pass this information onto your bonsai friends and clubs. Questions? Call 518-882-1039 or email Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

February TWIG Newsletter

From the Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Alliance website, some borrowed poetry:

safe beneath the ground
my bonsai hide from winter
resting until spring

If poetry doesn’t bend your twig, The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society has plenty to keep your fingers warm until spring, including:

FEB 26 at 12:00 noon – Cotoneaster with Pauline Muth
Learn how to use this versatile species for bonsai and, if you wish, participate in a shohin sized cotoneaster thymifolia workshop after the lesson. The cost of the material is $45. Please call or email Pauline to reserve a place and bring tools and wire. Club members, bring something to share for lunch at noon. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

MARCH 25 – Collected larch and cedar
Kris Springer, well-known for his superior collected material, will bring larch and eastern white cedars to sell on this Saturday. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

MARCH 26 – Learning larch
Colin Lewis and Maliea Chiem will consult on larch. Get ready for spring potting, larch give you a slim window. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

Download the MHBS TWIG for February.

 

 

Bonsai Introductory Course Jan. 14

Bonsai admirers who want to learn the art of bonsai have a great opportunity as Dave Hodgetts begins a new Bonsai Introductory Course at pfm bonsai, January 14 at 10:00 AM. Designed for beginners and those in need of refreshing their bonsai skills, this multi-session course will cover in detail:

• Classic structuring and designing of bonsai
• Styling and the basic styles
• Bonsai tools and usage
• Selecting bonsai stock
• Pruning, wiring and shaping techniques
• Containers, potting and transplanting
• Care and maintenance

The course typically meets for ten sessions but the number of days needed to cover the material will be determined by participants at the first session, so bring your calendar.

The course is $250 (plus tax). Additional costs are modest and include nursery trees, pots and wire. Each student will receive a copy of the ABS Introduction to Bonsai Note Book and will create at least one bonsai. Students may use studio tools. If you wish to purchase your own, the studio has tools and supplies available.

Classes will be taught by David Hodgetts and held at pfm bonsai studio, 7 Western Avenue in West Charlton, NY. To register or learn more, contact Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

Schmalenberg Returns

martin-s-sketch

It’s a great time to style certain trees and with perfect timing, Martin Schmalenberg is dropping in to help. On Sunday, November 13, Martin will be on hand to work with you on designing your trees, $50 for the day-long workshop that begins at 9:00 AM.

A noted bonsai teacher, Martin studied in Japan with Hiroyoshi Yamaji and Mikio Oshima, and in the states with Nick Lenz, Boon Manakantivipart and many others. We are fortunate to host him regularly at pfm bonsai.

Bring your trees,tools, wire and lunch. RSVP while space remains to pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039.

October and November TWIG

Download the TWIG newsletters for October and November here and keep updated on the club’s activities for fall.

MHBS Annual Show This Weekend

Bonsai-silhouette-sonneSaturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street. Stop by for trees and talk!

August TWIG and Fall Show

Bonsai-silhouette-sonneDownload the August TWIG newsletter HERE to learn about MHBS’s upcoming annual bonsai show in Saratoga Springs, plus a workshop YEW won’t want to miss (okay, I couldn’t help it).

On August 28, David Hodgetts—who some years ago visited America from across the pond and refuses to go back—will hold a demo and workshop with some well-trunked yews selected from Mark Comstock’s fabulous nursery. The demo and lesson starts at 10:00, followed by a pot luck lunch and afternoon workshop, nicely priced at $100 per person. The workshop is limited to six people and one lucky person will have their workshop fee refunded in a raffle. Register now with Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039. Observers are welcome to watch and learn.

Then comes our really big annual bonsai show, September 24-25 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saturday from 10:00 to 4:45 and Sunday from noon to 4:00. All are welcome to browse aisle after aisle of MHBS club bonsai trees in every stage of development. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and generally chat about bonsai. If you’re curious about bonsai, this is the place to be.

Reminder: club members should start choosing and prepping trees now for the show.