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2020 Happenings

2020-logo2The events are tentative but MHBS members have these things and guests to look for in 2020:

  • Tree insect pests and diseases
  • Finding the tree within with Martin Schmalenberg
  • Forest and root over rock plantings
  • Kathy Shaner and bonsai display
  • Air layering and shohin with Frank Mihalic
  • Jim Doyle and pines
  • A Mark Arpag workshop
  • Rock collecting in the river
  • Turntable building
  • Pottery making
  • Choosing the right pot for your bonsai
  • And don’t forget the 2020 US National Exhibition

It’s going to be a great 2020. Enjoy your holidays and a Happy New Year!

Jim Doyle Does Pines

Dsc_5924v1Coming in November: Pines with Jim Doyle Jim Doyle will spend the weekend of November 23-24 teaching us pines. Register now for the Saturday BYO workshop with Jim, 9:00 until done. Bring your lunch. To register, email Pauline at

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

Martin Schmalenburg Does Pines

A packed house last weekend at PFM Bonsai for Martin Schmalenburg’s Pine Immersion Workshop wherein we learned the zen of pines from a recognized master. A thorough lesson on both the practical and spiritual sides of the species was followed by hands-on styling that went the whole day. Much lively discussion and debate. If you weren’t there, you missed it.

Martin Schmalenberg Pine Immersion Workshop Nov. 4

Fall and winter are the time to work on pines and we know these trees demand a special skill set. Who better to learn from than a guy whose pines keep winning awards? Martin Schmalenberg’s pines win lots of them and during his all-day Pine Immersion Workshop on November 4, he’ll show us how he does it.

The day begins with Marty’s comprehensive lesson on pines, followed by personal consulting and help with your trees. Bring a lunch, tools and wire, and one or more of your pines to work on, or select one from PFM Bonsai or Marty’s workshop trees. The Pine Immersion Workshop is $90 and runs from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, November 4 at PFM Bonsai in Charlton.

To register, call 518 882 1039 or email Pauline Muth at Checks should be made out to Martin Schmalenberg.

Upcoming meeting days

Mark your calendar for these upcoming meeting days:

• October 30: Conifers workshop with member leaders at PFM Bonsai
• November 20: Literati workshop with Pauline in Voorheesville
• December 4: Annual Holiday Party/Dinner/Auction at the Charlton Tavern

Meetings start at Noon with BYO lunches and socialization. Programs begin at 1 PM unless otherwise noted.