Newsletters · February 2018

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Roots, Shoots & Tips


Our monthly meeting has been rescheduled!!

Due to a scheduling conflict with our host church, the February meeting has been changed to Saturday, February 17 at 1 pm.

This is one week later than usual. The meeting is still at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, 10 Higby Road.

This Month – Winter Silhouettes

We are asking each member to bring a silhouette tree (if they have one) so that we can have a discussion about each tree. A silhouette bonsai can show off the interesting structure and branch ramification that is hidden by the summer leaves. Our Silhouette Gathering is meant to explore this part of Bonsai appreciation. Bring in anything you have that is inspirational or has possibilities. We can all talk about them. 

How would you display this bonsai on a table in your home? Please consider it and bring in your ideas.

Our January meeting was cancelled due to weather, so we are incorporating our planned vote on our 2018 calendar into our February meeting. Please review the proposed schedule below — we welcome your input.

2018 MVBC CALENDAR (draft)

FEB 17: SILHOUETTE TREES - Members bring a Silhouette Tree. Discuss each tree and pot, using bonsai judging criteria. Emphasize display. Discuss possibility of a Silhouette show in 2019 and how to get our trees ready.

MAR 10: TRIDENT MAPLE WORKSHOP - Carl Hoffner leading. Concentrate on Shohin Blended style. Members with Tridents bring to show.

APR 14: LARCH DEMO - With expert. 

MAY 12: PINCH, PRUNE, WIRE - Facilitated by Art Doremus. Concentrate on Larch, Juniper, Japanese Maple, Trident Maple, Hornbeams. Distribute Larch stock, wire if time permits.

JUNE 9: BRING YOUR OWN TREE - Work on your own tree or bring a tree you intend to display in the MWPAI Bonsai Show and tune it up for the show. Discuss show prep and encourage participation.

JUNE 30, JUL 1 - MWPAI Bonsai Show

JUL 14: PICNIC/AUCTION - D'Alessandro's Nursery. Discuss choosing nursery stock for bonsai. Search for something to transform into a bonsai.

AUG 11: BONSAI 101 -  Facilitated by members. Starting out and basics will give us all a grounding. Timing of 101 will also benefit new recruits from the Bonsai Show.

SEP 8,9: NATIONAL BONSAI EXHIBITION (Rochester) - This will take the place of our regular meeting. Encourage participation.

OCT 13: BRING YOUR OWN TREE - D'Alessandro's Nursery. Bring your own tree to work on. Emphasize Shohin trees and displaying Shohin.

NOV 10: BRING YOUR OWN TREE - Work on trees with winter preparation in mind. Discuss winter storage and care.

DEC 8: ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELBRATION - Bring a tree to show. Bring food to share. Bring Bonsai related items to place in Club Auction. Nominate and elect new Club officers.



Treasurer's Report

Income: $43 from the auction in December


$45 ABS renewal

$45 BCI renewal

$120 UU church rent for January through June

Year club balance: $1,912.87


Membership dues

Dues for 2018 may still be paid at the February 17th meeting, if you did not pay in December.  Or you can send your payment to Wendy Short, 4 Chateau Drive, Whitesboro, NY 13492. Please make checks payable to Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club. Dues remain at $25 for individual or $35 for family.


Reminder - Please return all borrowed club library books and magazines and sign out new ones to enjoy!


Bonsai Seedlings!

Bill Valavanis' seedling catalog >> 

Kaedebonsai-en seedlings >>