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The annual MHBS Bonsai Show returns to the Albany Center Gallery, September 25-26, at 488 Broadway in Albany. The show will display bonsai trees in all stages of development. Come see these delightful small trees and chat with bonsai club members, Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. All are welcome and admission is FREE. If you enjoy bonsai trees, maybe even thought about acquiring some of your own, this show is a great opportunity to learn more.

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Coming Up at MHBS

Some upcoming events at MHBS.

MARCH 28: YEW TREE WORKSHOP AND DEMO WITH DAVID HODGETTS
APRIL 28: FOREST WORKSHOP
MAY 22-23: DEMO & WORKSHOPS WITH MARK ARPAG PLUS SPECIAL SALES FROM KRIS SPRINGER AND SOME USA POTTERS
JUNE 26-27: AIR LAYERING WORKSHOP WITH FRANK MIHALIC
JULY 25: ELEMENTS OF DISPLAY WITH JEFF AND DAVID
AUGUST 29: COLLECTING RIVER ROCKS
SEPTEMBER: CLUB SHOW
NOVEMBER 28: ONLINE PRESENTATION WITH TONY TICKLE

MHBS Update

COVID and facemasks, high taxes, winter. What’s not to like? While MHBS gets ready to resume meetings sometime soon, we are wintering our trees, wiring, and keeping our tools sharp. Will post updates on the status of previously announced 2021 workshops and activities as soon as we have them.

MHBS Upcoming Events

Flu or no flu, MHBS is still kicking. In October, the club will tackle pottery making to create unique containers for bonsai. Contact Pauline to sign up for the workshop at (518) 882-1039. Other upcoming events include demos, pot exchanges and visits (real or virtual) from masters like Mark Arpag, Frank Mihalic, Kathy Shaner and Tony Tickle.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

Upcoming events at MHBS include:

June 9: Young Choe and Kusomono

July 28: Martin Schmalenberg and Suseiki

September 21-22: MHBS Annual Club Show

October 20: Fertilizing and Winter Care of Bonsai

November 24: Jim Doyle and Pines

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.

 

 

November TWIG and Upcoming Events

Knittle

David Knittle is smiling because his tools are sharp.

Download the November TWIG newsletter here and read up on what’s happening with the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. Looking ahead (all events at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton unless otherwise noted):

Nov. 22 – The ever-popular David Knittle tool sharpening workshop returns.

Dec. 5 – MHBS Holiday Party at The Charlton Tavern. Club members, make your reservations now.

Jan. 31 – Larch Wiring Workshop. Perfect season to wire those rascally larches.

Feb. 28 – Make your own pottery workshop. Come on, you know you want to.

April 8 – Mauro Stemberger workshop and demo.

April 15-17 – MABS.

April 24 – Eastern White Cedars with Mark Arpag.

May 12-15 – ABS in Grand Rapids MI.

May 21-22 – A special weekend. Bring Your Own Tree workshops with special guest Jim Doyle, PLUS  Mark Comstock and a fresh truckload of great bonsai stock to kick off your spring.

Bonsai Fall Open House October 17

MHBS Open House

MHBS August TWIG

mhbslogoDownload the August TWIG Newsletter to read about upcoming club events like the Aug. 30 Shitakusa and Kusamono workshop with Pauline, Sept. 27 mossing trees and moss gardens with Adriano, and the big Oct. 11-12 MHBS club show in Saratoga. Also, sharpen your tools with David Knittle on Nov. 22.

TWIG Newsletters and Upcoming Events

Cheryl-Manning

Cheryl Manning.

Attached is the May edition of the Twig Newsletter because it’s been a very busy spring and this is the first chance I’ve had to upload it. Members have already gotten their copy directly, of course, but here it is if you need it or aren’t yet a member.

A couple of exciting workshops are coming. On June 28 we design white cedars with award-winning bonsai artisan Mark Arpag, and on July 26 we host Cheryl Manning in a workshop and demo. Ms. Manning was a student of John Naka, the father of American bonsai, and apprenticed in Japan with bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya, owner of Tokai-en in Toyohashi.

Contact Pauline at PFM Bonsai with questions or to register for either workshop. Space is limited.