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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.

 

 

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events and the April TWIG

Budi Sulistyo and not your tree.

Download the April TWIG here. This month’s MHBS newsletter includes some great advice for potting season from Pauline, plus reminders of upcoming events including a special April 25 demo and workshop with our fresh-from-MABS guest Budi Sulistyo. Mr. Sulistyo will demonstrate on material chosen at MABS and offer the tree in a club raffle. His bring-your-own-tree workshop starts at 10 AM and space is limited so register now.

On Monday evening, May 4, Ted Matson returns to work with members on their own trees, one or several. Register in advance.

There’s still time to register for MABS in East Hanover NJ, April 18-20. Meanwhile get back to wiring because potting season will shoot by fast.

February TWIG

TedMatsonInstructingonBlackPineDownload the February TWIG newsletter to learn about coming events with superstars like David Knittle, Ted Matson and Budi Sulistyos. Sign up for the FREE (to members) scroll-making workshop on February 22 with Molly and Sandy. Design club trees with David Hodgetts, land and water pending with Pauline, and much more.

December TWIG newsletter and news

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Don’t try this in Japan.

Download the MHBS December newsletter HERE to get a sneak preview of 2015 club events like a David Knittle carving lesson, Budi Sulistyos BYO workshop and Hinoki with Dave Hodgetts, white cedars with Mark Arpag, a Cheryl Manning workshop, and much, much more. Details on the December 6 annual Holiday Dinner and Auction are also included in the December newsletter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from MHBS!

 

November Bonsai Heats Up

LAH_Bonsai_MG_1976The nights may be chillier but Bonsai goes on. Club members and newcomers alike can still register for Introductory and Intermediate Bonsai courses at PFM Bonsai starting November 8. David Hodgetts will be teaching the Introductory Course and Pauline Muth the Intermediate course. You won’t find better teachers for these comprehensive ten-session courses.

Still itching to stay hands-on? Sign up for the November 9 Pine Workshop. Curious about our club? You are welcome to attend our next meeting at PFM Bonsai at 12 noon on Sunday, November 23, followed by an open workshop.

To learn more about these events, call 518-882-1029 or email Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.