Newsletters · August 2016

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Roots, Shoots & Tips


Shimpaku workshop in the windswept style with Bill Jones from Saratoga Springs, NY.

Saturday, August 13, 1-3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, 10 Higby Road, just off Genesee Street. Cost to club members is $20. Bill can accommodate up to 20 participants. We will be working with mostly shohin size material with some being a little larger and the workshop will mainly deal with initial styling. Re-potting can be done next spring.

Club wire (aluminum) will be provided. You may bring your own copper wire if preferred in addition to your basic tools.

Guests and silent observers are always welcome to attend.


U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

September 10-11 at TOTAL SPORTS EXPERIENCE ARENA, 435 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY. Huge exhibit space, the finest bonsai from public and private collections from throughout North America. Admission. No cameras allowed.

There is a large vendor area selling a vast selection of bonsai related materials.

We want to encourage our club members to attend this exhibit and sale and will forego the monthly meeting so that we can travel to Rochester. Please join our ride-sharing efforts. If you have space to offer for additional riders, or are in need of transportation please sign-up during the August 13 meeting.



Saturday, October 8, 1-3 PM – MVBC BONSAI SEARCH PARTY at D’Alessandro’s Landscape Nursery, 1346 Higby Road, Frankfort, NY. Located about 5 miles from the U-U Church in a beautiful country setting high above the Mohawk Valley, just east of Albany Street (aka Albany Road). Their phone is 315/738-0434.

This is a return of the event we’ve had in the past at other area nurseries – but this one is special. D’Alessandro’s is by all measures a more upscale facility, 45 years old and with well established and higher end material. This is not your average ‘box-store’ garden center, but rather an oasis of harder-to-find trees and shrubs, landscape features including koi pond materials, installation, and maintenance, furniture and accessories, gift items, succulent gardens, stones and more. PLEASE NOTE – payment with cash or checks only – no cards accepted.

Ownership and staff have a solid interest in bonsai and might consider promoting the materials needed. We want to explore the grounds and hopefully our members will find trees to use for additions for their collections. Watch for possible new announcements concerning this event.


Saturday, November 12 – MVBC program dedicated to ‘working on trees.’ Bring in any trees you want to work on with an emphasis on wiring. All members can use some tips and practice time for improving wiring skills and this is an ideal time to place new wire on trees before the winter season.



As a result of the club show at the Summer Arts Festival in July we have these new members:

Rita & Allan Kanter from Manlius, NY. The Kanters are long-time members of the Bonsai Club of Central New York and they enjoyed seeing our exhibit.

Krista Heath from Utica. Krista is new to the hobby of bonsai and has a special interest in jade trees. When she saw the very special jade of Doug Whitfield’s at our exhibition it really grabbed her attention.

These new members all attended the club picnic/auction the following week and all took home new materials. WELCOME to MVBC!

The club show at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute was a pleasure to put on thanks to the very helpful volunteers who showed up right on time and assisted with all the set-up work. We thank them, as well as those who presented their trees, the members who talked to the visitors, answering questions and offering advice.

With the help of Nancy Knapp’s simple little ‘clicker counter’ we were able to get our attendance numbers so much more reliably this year. The count of 684 attendees was quite impressive for just two days between the hours of 10 AM-5 PM. The weather, particularly on Sunday, was pleasant and foot traffic was very steady. Doug Whitfield took some photos and Cathy Brown has posted them to our club site.

We had our annual picnic/auction as the second part of the July double-feature and as always our members rose to the occasion. Food food food was delicious and plentiful! Thanks  for all the great dishes and desserts. And then the auction – many tables of donated items. It was a great opportunity for all to get nice deals on bonsai related items and to raise some funds for the club activities and programs. Many thanks for all the donations made.

The total from the auction and new memberships was $401 and the club account balance is now $1095.28.