Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

Dedicated to the art of bonsai

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

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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

Knittle Bonsai Stand Workshop

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One of our favorite teachers, David Knittle, will be constructing two-level shohin stands with us on Januray 27 in this workshop that is currently filled, but observers are welcome. It’s a morning workshop, before the monthly meeting of MHBS. Guests are always welcome to attend.

Suthin Sukosolvisit Workshop Saturday November 17

suthin_29On Saturday, November 17, Suthin Sukosolvisit will host a bring-your-own workshop at pfm bonsai in West Charlton, the home of MHBS. There are still a few openings in the workshop and this event is open to sister clubs so sign up while there’s still room. The workshop is Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and only three spots are open. The fee is $100 cash for the workshop.

You may also wish to order in dinner from the Charlton Tavern with Suthin that evening. We will eat in the studio where we can actually have a conversation over dinner. BYO wine or other drink. Register by phone at 518-882-1039 or email pauline@pfmbonsai.com immediately. Bring tools, wire and tree(s). Please bring cash for dinner payment also.

On Sunday, Suthin will do a refinement demo on material he is bringing. The result will be raffled among MHBS club members. BYO and share lunch at noon, followed by the demo.

Born in Thailand, Suthin has extensive experience with tropical bonsai. His expertise also includes Japanese maple, Juniper, Azalea, Black Pine and many other species. Suthin has won many National Bonsai Awards in Thailand and the United States. He lectures all around the world and at some of the most important bonsai conventions in the United States. Suthin’s bonsai are famed for their proportion, refinement and detail.