Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

Dedicated to the art of bonsai

Bonsai Introductory Course Jan. 14

Bonsai admirers who want to learn the art of bonsai have a great opportunity as Dave Hodgetts begins a new Bonsai Introductory Course at pfm bonsai, January 14 at 10:00 AM. Designed for beginners and those in need of refreshing their bonsai skills, this multi-session course will cover in detail:

• Classic structuring and designing of bonsai
• Styling and the basic styles
• Bonsai tools and usage
• Selecting bonsai stock
• Pruning, wiring and shaping techniques
• Containers, potting and transplanting
• Care and maintenance

The course typically meets for ten sessions but the number of days needed to cover the material will be determined by participants at the first session, so bring your calendar.

The course is $250 (plus tax). Additional costs are modest and include nursery trees, pots and wire. Each student will receive a copy of the ABS Introduction to Bonsai Note Book and will create at least one bonsai. Students may use studio tools. If you wish to purchase your own, the studio has tools and supplies available.

Classes will be taught by David Hodgetts and held at pfm bonsai studio, 7 Western Avenue in West Charlton, NY. To register or learn more, contact Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

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Schmalenberg Returns

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It’s a great time to style certain trees and with perfect timing, Martin Schmalenberg is dropping in to help. On Sunday, November 13, Martin will be on hand to work with you on designing your trees, $50 for the day-long workshop that begins at 9:00 AM.

A noted bonsai teacher, Martin studied in Japan with Hiroyoshi Yamaji and Mikio Oshima, and in the states with Nick Lenz, Boon Manakantivipart and many others. We are fortunate to host him regularly at pfm bonsai.

Bring your trees,tools, wire and lunch. RSVP while space remains to pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039.

October and November TWIG

Download the TWIG newsletters for October and November here and keep updated on the club’s activities for fall.

MHBS Annual Show This Weekend

Bonsai-silhouette-sonneSaturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street. Stop by for trees and talk!

August TWIG and Fall Show

Bonsai-silhouette-sonneDownload the August TWIG newsletter HERE to learn about MHBS’s upcoming annual bonsai show in Saratoga Springs, plus a workshop YEW won’t want to miss (okay, I couldn’t help it).

On August 28, David Hodgetts—who some years ago visited America from across the pond and refuses to go back—will hold a demo and workshop with some well-trunked yews selected from Mark Comstock’s fabulous nursery. The demo and lesson starts at 10:00, followed by a pot luck lunch and afternoon workshop, nicely priced at $100 per person. The workshop is limited to six people and one lucky person will have their workshop fee refunded in a raffle. Register now with Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039. Observers are welcome to watch and learn.

Then comes our really big annual bonsai show, September 24-25 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saturday from 10:00 to 4:45 and Sunday from noon to 4:00. All are welcome to browse aisle after aisle of MHBS club bonsai trees in every stage of development. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and generally chat about bonsai. If you’re curious about bonsai, this is the place to be.

Reminder: club members should start choosing and prepping trees now for the show.

Register for SUMMER BONSAI CAMP

Last Chance to Register for SUMMER BONSAI CAMP, August 6-7 at pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue in West Charlton NY. Come either day or both, or camp out overnight.
Deadline to sign up is June 15 and the cost is just $100 to include:
-Two full days of summer camp, 8am to 4pm
-One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
-Plenty of expert advice and encouragement
-Lots of tree stock, pots and materials on hand
-And of course your Bonsai Summer Camp T-shirt.
To register by June 15, contact Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com or call her at 518-882-1039.

Go Bonsai Wild June 11-12

MihalicWho says bonsai people can’t go wild? On June 11 and 12 at pfm Bonsai, a Wild Bonsai Weekend welcomes new bonsai material from the wilds of Maine and beyond, collected by wild guys Kris and John of Black Dodge Bonsai. On Saturday, slightly crazy bonsai master Frank Mihalic returns to help style those trees for an insanely low $75 for the day, with lunch. Register at pauline@pfmbonsai.com, and don’t forget your tools, wire and meds.