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The Return of Mauro Stemberger

No, it’s not a new motion picture, it’s the real deal. On May 13 and 14, Mauro Stemberger will spend two days in workshop mode at pfm bonsai as MHBS hosts the Italian Stallion of bonsai. Bring your own trees to this weekend workshop and Mauro will help you transform them. Though he especially enjoys working with pines, junipers and larch, Mauro is happy to add his expertise to any of your trees. You may even survive his wiring instruction.

The workshop is all day Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, starting at 9 AM each day. We will order in lunch on Saturday and take Mauro out for dinner on Saturday evening. Let Pauline know if you want to come out with us.

The workshop fee is $60 for both days, and Mauro’s Sunday afternoon demo tree will be raffled. Register today while space remains by contacting Pauline at 518-882-1039 or 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.

 

 

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.

May TWIG Newsletter

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Download the May TWIG newsletter to catch up on summer activities with the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society, including a can’t miss weekend, May 21-22, with truckloads of bonsai stock from Mark Comstock and design assistance from bonsai master Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery. Jim will work with you and your trees on one or both days for a $50 fee, so register now.

Need new trees? Who doesn’t? Mark Comstock’s truck brings plenty of good new material and it’s first come, first served, so arrive early (but not before me). Club members may also bring trees, pots or whatever to sell. You never know when you’ll find the perfect pot.

This special weekend event is open to all, club members and curious newcomers alike, at pfm Bonsai in West Charlton, NY, May 21-22 from 9am to 5pm. Lunch both days is pot luck depending on what our members bring. For directions to pfm Bonsai, or to register for Jim Doyle design help, email Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

April TWIG and New Events

MARK-ARPAGDownload the April TWIG newsletter to learn about events like:

April 24: Our 3rd annual Eastern White Cedar day with Mark Arpag. Sign up for the 9:00 AM workshop and bring your cedars or purchase one. In the afternoon Mark will do a demo on Eastern White Cedar and we’ll raffle the tree.

May 21-22: Jim Doyle and Mark Comstock Weekend. Purchase great material from Mark and get expert design assistance from Jim. Don’t let your dream tree get away.