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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


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


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.

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.

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.

Big Bonsai Stock Sale August 23

mhbslogoThe Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society invites you to a giant sale of bonsai material, pots, books and more on August 23 at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton. On hand to help you choose your next tree will be guest bonsai master Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way.

Mark Comstock is bringing a big selection of hardy bonsai stock and there will be pots, books and more on sale from the estate of MHBS founding member Josie Biondo.

Arrive early for the best selection. All are welcome to browse and shop from 9am to 5pm. For more details call Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or