MV Bonsai Club

Monthly meetings are typically held on the second Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at: 
Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica 10 Higby Rd, Utica, NY 13501

  

 

 

We had a lively, productive and delicious holiday meeting on December 8. Enjoy some photos >>

 

 

 


NEXT MEETING

January 12 Winter Silhouette display

Please bring a tree to show.

A little inspiration: this photo of a flowering apricot (ume) was taken in January 2016 at Fujikawa Kouka-en in Osaka.

   

 


Thank you for attending our annual exhibition at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute on June 30 and July 1

MVBC is grateful to American Bonsai Society board member Pauline Muth, from PFM Bonsai, for attending our exhibition and awarding Best of Show to our member Carl Hoffner's beautiful American Larch.

More photos >>

 


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). We are grateful to MWPAI for this wonderful opportunity.


 

Some past meetings and items of interest:



Thank you Dave Alexander for your wonderful larch
demonstration. 

Please check out the photos
on our Facebook page >>
 
 
 
 
  

 

Thank you to Rick Short for his essay "Father-Son Pairing" which accompanies December's newsletter.

Please enjoy reading it! >> 

 

 

 


Our thanks to Carl for his presentation on Chinese Elms! More photos >>


Thank you Carl and Doug for your juniper demonstration. Pictured below are the winners of the two demo trees: Nancy Knapp won the tree designed by Doug Whitfield; Rick and Wendy Short won the tree designed by Carl Hoffner. More photos >>


Our study group at D'Alessandro's Nursery was informative and enjoyable. Check out our photos on Facebook.

 


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

www.bonsaimary.com/plant-pests.html

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

 


Bill Jones workshop on windswept style junipers. More photos >>


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 >>

  


Mark Arpag shohin demonstration and workshop

More photos >>    Videos on our Facebook page >>


(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: 

 

 

 

   


 

The Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club was formed in 2005 in order to bring together people in the greater Utica area who have an interest in bonsai. By associating with each other, sharing knowledge, experiences and having fun while learning about this ancient oriental art form, we all grow together. 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

President Art Doremus    doremus.arthur@gmail.com

Vice President Doug Whitfield & Carl Hoffner   dougwhitfield@frontiernet.net

Secretary Deverie Hunt    18blackflowers@gmail.com

Treasurer Wendy Short  

Librarian Nancy Knapp

 

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