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

Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 10.
Join us for our annual holiday gathering and auction. Please bring some type of finger food (savory or sweet) to share. Also bring a bonsai- or gardening-related item for the auction. Everyone is encouraged to bring a tree to work on as well. 


Thank you to Bill Jones for his November 12th workshop on windswept style junipers. More photos >>




Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting and 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 >>





The club show July 2 & 3 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute was a big success! 

Thank you to everyone who contributed. We welcomed 684 visitors!!

Take a look at our photos >>  




June 11 – Thank you Mark Arpag for a wonderful shohin demonstration and workshop! 

Photos >>    Videos on our Facebook page >>


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

For a few 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.


Wonderful March workshop on Clump Style (kabudachi or kabubuki) Bonsai, almost all of our members were in attendence.

For follow-up care, be sure to check out this information on European beech, Fagus sylvatica:



The example below is a Jaboticaba from the Pacific Rim collection (now located at the Pacific Bonsai Museum). Photo taken in June 2014.



Browse the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum site: 






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
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