MV Bonsai Club

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

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December 14 


Bring a food item for our buffet and bonsai-related item(s) for the Club's fundraiser/silent auction; trees, plants, pots, tools, supplies, books, etc.

We will take time during the fun to nominate and elect our leadership team for the coming year. Please seriously consider volunteering, especially for secretary, librarian or vice president.

Don't forget your wallet so you can participate in the auction and pay your annual dues. 


We appreciate everyone who came to listen or participate in our November 2019 meeting/bonsai critique led by Nancy, Carl and Bill. More photos on our Facebook page >>


Thanks to everyone who attended our BONSAI 101 – Focus on Ficus 
and many thanks to Carl for his presentation


Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to our annual exhibition at MWPAI!





Many thanks to club members Rick, Tom, George, Ralph and Dominic for their presentations at our May 11 meeting. Check out our Facebook page for photos! >>

Members of the MV Bonsai Club are very grateful for the wonderful extended meeting with Mark Arpag on April 13! Many thanks to Mark for reviewing member trees and his most informative demonstration on our club juniper — which was ultimately taken home by lucky member Ralph Pope. More photos! >>


Mark takes a careful look at Doug Whitfield's (club president) tree and Mark with winner Ralph Pope


For our club, this is the year of the cedar — the focus will be Northern White Cedar, thuja occidentalis, pictured below. Our thanks to Art Doremus, Doug Whitfield and Carl Hoffner for their interesting and informative presentation on cedar on March 9, 2019

Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis), Lake Placid, NY, February 2019

Thank you for attending our annual exhibition at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute on June 30 and July 1, 2018

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

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:


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: 






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 2019

President Doug Whitfield

Co-Vice Presidents Nancy Knapp and Alyson Jones

Secretary Deverie Hunt

Treasurer Wendy Short 

Librarian Nancy Knapp



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