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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.

Bonsai on slate slabs to be showcased

Inviting everyone to the Slate Valley Museum’s First Friday Night celebration this Friday the 5th from 7 to 9 pm. The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society will be exhibiting the bonsai members planted this year on the slate slabs we found in the Mettowee River by the museum. There will be some exceptional pieces on display so don’t miss it! The museum’s website is

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

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.

What’s new at Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society?

ButtonThe year may be winding down, but already the gears are grinding on 2014 happenings at MHBS. Join the club in coming months to learn about bonsai, improve your existing skills, or simply find fellowship among bonsai lovers.

Events and subjects under discussion for 2014 include slab planting, Potentilla and stand building workshops, a guest lecture by “Buttonwood Queen” Mary Madison, a visit from mountain man Andy Smith of Deadwood’s Golden Arrow Bonsai (with luck he’ll bring a few of his amazing collected trees), picnics, field trips and shows. And we’re still building the calendar so ideas are welcome. Make a New Year’s resolution to build better bonsai in 2014 and start filling your calendar.

mhbslogoDownload the September TWIG MHBS newsletter here.


This edition is packed with timely information about the 2013 ABS event in Saratoga Springs that our club is sponsoring. There’s still time to register for seminars, and important information for club volunteers is contained herein. Roll up your sleeves.

Upcoming MHBS events


Ted Matson styles a Black Pine.

Some great events are coming up at MHBS, below are a few highlights. Guests are welcome at club meetings so if you’re not a member, these are great opportunities to see what our club is all about. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, get in touch.

March 24 – Poo Balls
Poo Balls are a natural, slow release fertilizer for containerized trees and plants. We make our own at this workshop. Messy but fun and no actual poo is used. We’ll also be repotting trees.

May 12 – Ted Matson Workshop
A bonsai instructor for 25 years, Ted Matson is an award-winning bonsai master. We are lucky to have him for this morning lecture and demonstration, followed by an afternoon workshop by reservation where he’ll help us style selected material.

June 30 – John Romano Workshop
John Romano learned Bonsai from masters including Kenji Miyata at New England Bonsai Gardens and Nobuichi Urushibata at Taisho en in Shizuoka, Japan. This is a great opportunity to work with a master. Workshop by reservation.

August 25 – Rock Collecting
Find your own slabs and rocks at a great secret club location. It’s a stream bed so bring your boots.

Sept. 12-15 – ABS Learning seminars
Our most exciting club event of the year. MHBS is the local host club for the national American Bonsai Society event, which will be held this year in Saratoga Springs, New York. Sign up for classes or just come and browse. If you are curious about bonsai, you will not want to miss this rare opportunity to see national level bonsai tree displays, shop vendors, or learn from bonsai’s top masters. Learn more at For the Love of Bonsai.

August TWIG and Upcoming Events

Download the August Twig newsletter here. Upcoming club events include:

August 26: The Club’s Annual Picnic plus an open workshop with David Easterbrook at PFM Bonsai. PLUS a big fundraiser Lawn Sale and Silent Auction.

Sept 29-30: A David Knittle double event: Build a Tokonoma / Sharpening Bonsai Tools.

October 4-7: International Stone Appreciation Symposium, Granville PA.

October 20: Nature’s Way Fall Open House in Harrisburg PA. See for more information.

November 18: Mame workshop with Tom K., place TBD depending on the weather.

December 2: The Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner at Charlton Village Tavern.

MHBS 44th Annual Bonsai Show is this weekend

Everybody is invited to come share the exciting world of bonsai with the friendly members of the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Club. Read the rest of this entry »

David Hodgetts wins ABS-MABS New Talent Regional

MHBS is extremely proud of one of our own. David Hodgetts competed for the rights to represent the MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies at the ABS BCI World Convention in Denver this June. Contestants were given San Jose Junipers and 9 hours in which to create their bonsai. David’s design was the unanimous top choice of the three judges. Masters Omachi, Chase and Thompson all commented on his fine work. Ask David to show you the evaluations that the judges gave him. Read the rest of this entry »