Newsletters · May 2016

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Roots, Shoots & Tips


WELCOME NEW MEMBER – George Carpenter, from Utica, found MVBC through our website and has been enjoying bonsai that he has created from collected material. George joined us at the April meeting.

Air Layering – a propagation method used to create one or more new trees from an existing tree.

Our next meeting is Saturday, May 14, 1-3 p.m., 10 Higby Road, Utica. If the weather allows we will meet outdoors in the beautiful church yard. Art Doremus will lead the program on how to air layer using Seiju elm stock material which has been layered multiple times previously. Tom Martin will provide a shohin size Seiju that is a result of an air layering and is now being styled.

If you have any bonsai that were created from air layering please bring them for our show table.

Our April meeting was very well attended. The group repotted numerous trees using bonsai soil provided by member Bill Jones, of North Country Bonsai Soil in Saratoga Springs. Additional soil was available for purchase as well as pots (new and used) both for the program as well as to take home. A donation jar to help with club expenses brought in $69. The club purchased 1 bag of soil for the repotting and another to keep on hand for future programs. If anyone wants any more bonsai soil to use at home please contact Nancy Knapp 315/601-4268 or Bill Jones 518/587-8912.

We discussed the June 11 shohin program with Mark Arpag. The morning demonstration will be free and open to all. It will be from 9 am-12 noon. 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.

The shohin workshop will commence at 12:30 p.m. It is limited to 10 participants and will cost $25. A sign-up registration was held at the April meeting. There may still be an opening if you are interested and have not yet registered. Participants may bring 1 or 2 shohin bonsai to work on with Mark – or you may purchase one from him. He will have a variety to choose from. Non-participants are welcome as ‘silent observers’.

The workshop will end at 4:30 p.m. and we need to clean up and vacate the area for another group to use the facility by 5 p.m. sharp. Hopefully the weather will allow us to enjoy the outdoor space as we have in the past.

We’ll then take Mark to dinner at the Asian Bistro Grill & Sushi Bar in the New Harford Shopping Center (Campion Road entrance – near the M&T Bank). The street address is 120-126 Genesee Street, New Hartford 13413. Please let us know if you want to attend this dinner so that we can have a rough count. RSVP at the May meeting.




Bonsai Club of Central New York – Wednesday May 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Road, North Syracuse. The program will be a lecture/demo on larch bonsai by our good friend and former president of MVBC David Alexander. Let’s try to get a carload (or 3) from Utica for this sure-to-be-fun evening. Dave is a very casual, yet enlightening, speaker and these days, as a new(er) daddy he just doesn’t get out much – a good opportunity for some catching up.

Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society – May 21-22 at PFM Bonsai Studio, 7 Western Ave, West Charlton. NY, Jim Doyle & Mark Comstock Weekend. Additional info at