MV Bonsai Club

Established 2005

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

June 11 – 9 a.m. to noon: morning shohin demonstration by Mark Arpag will be free and open to all. Mark will work on a tree of his choice (purchased by the club) and it will be raffled at the conclusion of the demo. A 30-minute lunch break will follow (bring-your-own) for those staying for the afternoon workshop (workshop participants must be registered in advance).


(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 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