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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.

Dave Knittle Workshop and January TWIG

KnittleDownload the January MHBS TWIG newsletter here.

We’re staying busy this winter. At our January 25 club meeting, Dave Knittle will return with a 10:00am carving workshop to sharpen our shari skills, and it’s FREE so the price is right—even the band aids are free. Bring your carving tools or borrow some. Lunch is BYO with a brief club meeting. In the afternoon you are welcome to stick around and practice your deadwood creations, so carve out some time for this one.

On February 22 we will try our hands at scroll making, and on March 29 Pauline will be leading a land and water penjing workshop.

December TWIG newsletter and news


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 TWIG newsletter

IMG_3772Pictured is a rare variety of Icicle Buttonwood that looks pretty when frozen but dies immediately. I understand this tree survived though I can’t imagine why.

Click HERE to download the November TWIG newsletter of the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. Our next meeting is November 23 (a bit earlier thanks to Thanksgiving) and PFM Bonsai will hold an open workshop all day from 9am to 5pm. Members and guests (and that means first time visitors) can stop by any time during the workshop to work on trees, get advice, learn about MHBS and bonsai gardening, or just meet some nice people. It’s also a great time to share tips and get advice on the always sticky subject of wintering trees. See you there.

Frank Mihalic workshops top TWIG October newsletter

Yeah, you never got around to your styling chores this summer. Despair not, on both Friday October 24 and Sunday October 26 Frank Mihalic hosts design workshops for club members at PFM Bonsai. Bring armloads of your trees for styling and consults before bedding them down for winter. Register at

Following Sunday morning’s workshop, Frank will do a rock planting demo and raffle the planting.

If you can’t make the October workshops, come by PFM Bonsai on November 23 for an open workshop. Read more in the TWIG October newsletter HERE.

August TWIG and upcoming events

mhbslogoSummer is still sizzling at MHBS with our big Comstock Sales Weekend August 23, plus more great events right through fall. Download the August TWIG to learn more.

Aug. 23 • Comstock Sales Weekend with Jim Doyle

Sept 5 • 1st Friday Art Show at the Granite Museum in Granville, NY

Sept. 19-21 • Club show in Saratoga (19th is set up only)

Oct. 26 • Frank Mihalic Open Workshop for members with demo by Frank

Nov. 23 • Open Workshop

Dec. 6 • MHBS Holiday Party, Saturday at the Charlton Tavern, Charlton NY 6 PM


mhbslogoBig news in this month’s TWIG newsletter, including bench building, material and pot sales (bonsai pots, not the other kind). Download the July TWIG.

June TWIG and upcoming stuff

PotentillaA June 29 Potentilla Workshop at PFM Bonsai is just one of the ways to get your bonsai on as we head toward summer. Spaces are very limited so reserve your spot now and nab one of these sweet Potentillas, styled with lesson and assistance by Pauline.

Click to download the MHBS June TWIG newsletter and learn about more upcoming events, including an outdoor stand building project on July 27 mentored by Myron, fall shows, and an October workshop with Frank Mihalic.


mhbslogoDownload the MHBS newsletter here: May 2014 TWIG.


mhbslogoThe March newsletter of the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society can be downloaded here. It contains a heads-up for upcoming club events like slab planting on March 30, tropicals with Mary Madison on May 18, a potentilla workshop on June 29 and outdoor stand building on July 27. Winter WILL eventually go away so plan for a busy spring.