MV Bonsai Club


Next meeting: Sat.,September 12, 1 p.m. at the church, 10 Higby Road – a general ‘work-on-trees’ session. Bring your trees that might need new wiring, unwiring, or just general maintenance. There will be a show-and-tell table for discussion of your trees, perhaps newly acquired or worked on at a recent workshop.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica

10 Higby Rd, Utica, NY 13501


 Thank you Pauline Muth from PFM Bonsai for hosting our club visit on Aug. 9.


Our annual club exhibition at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival was beautifully installed by club members and very well attended. The exhibition was Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5, with a demonstration by David Paris on Sunday.





July homepage image

MVBC member Cathy Brown traveled to the Osaka area of Japan for the first two weeks of June. Each weekday she traveled from the home of her host by train, bus and on foot to Fujikawa Kouka-en (bonsai nursery) in Ikeda, north of Osaka. Here, students are welcomed for both long- and short-term study. 

During her time at Fujikawa Kouka-en, she received instruction from Maeoka Naoki-san, Hayama Yuri-san and Bjorn Bjorholm (when he wasn't traveling). Fujikawa-san reviewed and commented on each tree when she completed the assigned tasks. Also studying during this time was a visitor from Australia.

Throughout the year students from around the world will go to Fujikawa Kouka-en for varying lengths of time. She will talk about her trip at our Oct. 10 meeting. 

Enjoy her photos and please note that most of the images are captioned.





Thank you David Paris, for a fun and interesting workshop (May 9)! Photos >>




The Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club was formed 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
Vice President Cathy Brown
Secretary & Treasurer Tom Martin
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