MV Bonsai Club

Our annual club exhibition
 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival

The exhibition is Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a demonstration by David Paris on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m. is our annual picnic

Sunday, Aug. 9, MVBC members will have a special workshop at Pauline F. Muth Bonsai

Meetings from 1-3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month will resume in September at:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica
10 Higby Rd

Utica, NY 13501



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.

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




Thank you David Paris, for a fun and interesting workshop! 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