MV Bonsai Club

Unless otherwise noted, regular meetings are second Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. at D'Alessandro's Nursery.

All MVBC meetings are open to prospective new members. Invite friends and share with them our love for bonsai. 

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2024 MVBC Schedule

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Jan 13 - silhouette refinement; create a plan for your trees;discuss club annual exhibition; possibly wiring if time; Q&As, trees always welcome

Feb 10 - preparation for repotting: when and why to repot; what supplies are needed, selecting pots; wiring and/or possible demo of repotting; Q&As, trees always welcome

March 9 - timing for repotting — what signs to look for on  your trees; repotting demo; how to care for trees after repotting; prepare for spring, when to bring trees outside, when and how to begin fertilizing; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

April 13 - when is it too late to repot; how to clean up top of soil if needed; companion plantings — shitakusa and kusamono; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

May 11 - how to determine when to begin pruning; how to prune coniferous and deciduous trees; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

June 8 - pruning; how to prune coniferous and deciduous trees; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition (possiby move to June 1)

July 13 - tropical work and preparation for MVBC annual exhibition; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

July 27/28 - TBC  MVBC annual exhibition at Munson

August 10 - bonsai 101; seasonally appropriate work on trees; when final pruning for the growing season can be done; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

September 14 - seasonally appropriate work on trees; Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition 

October 12 - winter preparations and working on trees; Q&As, bring your trees

November 9 - Q&As, bring your trees‚ especially those you are considering for our exhibition

December 14 - Year-end wrap up; election of officers; holiday gathering & club fundraising auction

 

Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club Mission | Providing opportunities to have fun while developing skills, the Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club is a forum for learning, inspiring, building knowledge, and connecting with the greater bonsai community.  


Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual exhibition! We appreciate all the members who prepared trees for the show, helped with setup and takedown and those who staffed the exhibition and answer questions from our 380+ visitors! 

MORE PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE >>

Munson Exhibition 2023

 

 


 

Thank you Mark Arpag for another great lecture/demonstration! We are always grateful when you come and share your expertise.  

 

 


 A little inspiration from the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, February 2020 (photo C. Brown)
 
 
 
 

Award-winning Japanese White Pine, Pinus parviflora, at the Kokufu-ten, Tokyo, February 13,  2020 

 

Award-winning Japanese Quince, Chaenomeles japonica 'Chojubai,' at the Kokufu-ten, Tokyo, February 13,  2020 

 

KOKUFU-TEN PHOTOS BY C. BROWN

  

 


The Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club was invited to have a display table at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute members' opening reception for the exhibition Kimono! (June 9, 2018). We are grateful to MWPAI for this wonderful opportunity.


 

Some past meetings and items of interest:

 


Photos from our shohin roundup meeting:

  

A bonsai is considered a shohin if it measures approximately 20 cm or 8 inches from the top of the pot to the top of the tree. 

The image below is from the Gafu-ten shohin exhibition which was held in Kyoto in January 2016. More shohin photos >>


Our thanks to Art Doremus for an interesting and informative presentation on insect and fungal problems — how to recognize and control them.

Reference links from the presentation:

fingerlakesbonsai.weebly.com/bonsai-info.html

www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/bonsai-care/advanced/pests-diseases

www.bonsai-and-blooms.com/bonsai-tree-diseases.html

nebonsai.com/home/pests-and-diseases/

 

 


Pre-bonsai search party at D’Alessandro’s Landscape Nursery, where we enjoyed a presentation on mugo pine by club member Doug Whitfield. More photos >>

  

 


(Below) January 2016; Chojubai (flowering quince) displayed in tokonoma at Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en bonsai museum in Tokyo.


 

(Below) January 2016; flowering Ume (Japanese apricot) displayed in tokonoma at Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en bonsai museum in Tokyo.

 


 

 


Browse the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (Saitama, Japan) website: 

 

 

 

   


 

Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club Mission

Providing opportunities to have fun while developing skills, the Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club is a forum for learning, inspiring, building knowledge, and connecting with the greater bonsai community. 

The group first met in a park in July 2005 and has grown to include newcomers to the hobby as well as those with 20+ years of experience!

    

Club Officers 2024

President Deverie Hunt  18blackflowers@gmail.com 

Vice President Cathy Brown cdbdesign68@gmail.com 

Treasurer Art Doremus doremus.arthur@gmail.com

Chair Annual MVBC Exhibition Cathy Brown cdbdesign68@gmail.com 

 

 

"The object is not to make the tree look like a bonsai, but to make a bonsai look like a tree." — John Naka