Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

Dedicated to the art of bonsai

July 28 MHBS meeting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA reminder that July 28th’s MHBS meeting at pfm bonsai in West Charlton will feature visiting master Martin Schmalenberg and an after-lunch program on suiseki. Visitors are always welcome too. If you have suiseki to share, bring them. And don’t forget to bring some food to contribute to lunch. Martin will also be bringing a display from his personal collection and some stones that will be available for sale. Any questions, call Pauline at (518) 882-1039.

Suiseki (⽔⽯) are small, naturally occurring rocks, similar to Chinese scholar’s rocks. They are displayed either in a wooden base (Daiza), or in a waterproof tray or bowl of ceramic (suiban) or bronze (Doban). The best Suiseki are expressive stones with a shape, color and texture to suggest landscapes or objects. Other than cutting flat bases on some stones to allow for stable display, suiseki stones are not cut or reshaped. The stones are natural and are found in rivers, oceans and karst areas. Typical landscapes are mountains, lakes or rivers, while object stones might include animals or sculptures.

Club members should also mark their calendars for the annual President’s Picnic at the Kiszkiel’s on August 25, and for the MHBS Club Show, September 21-22, for which member trees should already be in preparation.

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The Return of Young Choe

Young ChoeSome MHBS club members were lucky enough to create a kusamomo last year under the guiding hand of Young Choe. If you weren’t among them, or even if you were, you’ve got another chance. Young returns on Sunday, June 9, for an all-day workshop beginning at  9:00 AM, prior to the monthly MHBS club meeting at noon. In the morning we will create calligraphy, and in the afternoon we will again build a kusamono with Young Choe.

The all-day workshop is only $35 and a few spots remain. Register with Pauline at pfm bonsai. Our last Young Choe event was sold out so don’t delay. Bring tools and a deepish bonsai container for your kusamono. Everything else is provided. Don’t forget something for the pot luck lunch. 

Upcoming Bonsai Events

Upcoming events at MHBS include:

June 9: Young Choe and Kusomono

July 28: Martin Schmalenberg and Suseiki

September 21-22: MHBS Annual Club Show

October 20: Fertilizing and Winter Care of Bonsai

November 24: Jim Doyle and Pines

Bonsai on the Rocks

stoen-mainClub members, create your own bonsai rock planting on Sunday morning, May 19th beginning at 9:00 AM at pfm bonsai in West Charlton, with guidance from Pauline Muth and Dave Hodgetts. All you need is a tree (or trees), a suitable rock with pockets for soil and drainage (both trees and a few rocks are available at pfm bonsai), plus tools, wire, muck, moss and soil. Pot luck lunch at noon so bring food to share. There is no fee for the workshop and materials needed to fasten your trees on the rock will be available at cost. There’s still time to register by email: pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

Mark Arpag Visits MHBS

Mark Arpag’s recent visit to MHBS included a bring-your-own workshop and a lecture and demo on shohin material. Both were well-attended and here are some photos.

Mark Comstock: Bonsai Repotting

ComstockOn March 31, bonsai expert Mark Comstock will help MHBS club members repot trees. Mark says to bring plenty of trees and learn the best way to repot and transplant safely. The day starts early at 7 AM. “I will repot from 7 to 10,” says Mark. Then comes a demo and more repotting of club member trees until 5 PM.

Mark will also demo nursery container trees into pre-bonsai configuration, demo a finished tree, and go over soil sizes, watering practices and bacteria/fungal issues.

Bring trees that need transplanting this spring, plus your tools and soil, or just come to observe. Soil will also be available for purchase. And don’t forget to bring some food to share at our usual pot luck lunch. The timing is great for spring repotting. Please email Pauline to register for this FREE-to-members event.

Mark is starting early, but you needn’t come at 7 AM. If you are interested in coming that early, just let Pauline know when you register.

Spring and Bonsai at MHBS

Yup, you’ve done all your winter wiring and hopefully haven’t lost any trees. Spring is ready to pounce. At MHBS, we have a busy spring planned.

On February 24, club member Carl Taeubner will lead an Ikebana worksho. On March 31, Mark Comstock will show us how to properly transplant trees. On April 28, Mark Arpag will hold a bring-your-own workshop and demo. On May 19, Pauline Muth and Dave Hodgetts will lead a rock planting lesson and workshop.

And there are the April 11-14 ABS Seminars in Houston:

http://absbonsai.org/event/american-bonsaisociety- 2019-national-convention

And the April 12-14 MABS in Harrisburg PA:

http://www.midatlanticbonsai.org