“I have about 150 bonsais growing in my back yard.” – Cindie Duke Bonomi



  • Member Holiday Party at Phipps Garden Center  Wednesday, Dec. 16 @ 6:30 PM. See Events for more details.
  • PBS Mentors can be found under the Membership page. Ask a more experienced member for help!
  • The Planting Field  Members are asked to come help at the planting field at Bob Grealish’s House. We have purchased starter material and planted it in the ground with the goal of having great material in the future and along the way learning how to train bonsai from an early stage. Work days will be announced and your volunteer time will be recorded,  so the more time you put in, the better your selection will be when we use the trees.
  • October Minutes at the bottom of page
  • PBS Highlight link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CREGA3jxGJE     Graham Potter wood carving technique
  • Bonsai Supplies: Remember to call Bob Dietz from Bonsai in the Burgh @ 724-348-4771  for all of your bonsai supplies, and he can bring them to a meeting for you or you can visit him in South Park.

Contact PBS President Dave Metzgar  @ 412-956-2482 – bannerdave@aol.com & Facebook     Like Pittsburgh Bonsai Society on Facebook

Look for seasonal tree care tips in the TREE CALENDAR link above! New members can read Bob Grealish’s online book, “Beginning Bonsai”,  found under the Resources link.

New to Bonsai? Looking for a source of information and inspiration in Pittsburgh? You’ve found it with the Pittsburgh Bonsai Society. Visitors are welcome to sit in on a monthly member meeting before joining. During the meetings, members participate in tree workshops and learn from expert speakers during demonstrations. Other seasonal events include the annual spring show, the tree auction, and the summer picnic . Come to the meeting and find expert information on all aspects of bonsai, plus sources for trees and supplies. Bring in your own tree for some care or styling advice.

The membership fee is $30 for individuals and $40 for families for the period of February through December. As a member, you will receive  our monthly newsletter which is full of helpful information and current events, and you can participate in any club events. The newsletter can be mailed or emailed to you. Most meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, starting with February. We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the  Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 ( not Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park). You can contact club president Dave Metzgar at 412-956-2482 or at bannerdave@aol.com for more information.

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Pittsburgh Bonsai Society

Meeting Minutes: October 21, 2015

(Approximate attendance: 48 participants) 

General Information for Members

-Important dates to remember:

Nov. 18 –Next meeting (“Winter care”) and elections @ Phipps at 7:00pm

Dec. 16 –Holiday Part @ Phipps at 6:30pm-*-

Elections will be held at next month’s meeting.  The candidates are:

Dan Yobp – President

Terry Monroe –Vice President

Deb Bishop –Treasurer

Tammy Lee –Treasurer

Corresponding Secretary –Lisa Borman Bednar

Recording Secretary –Gilda Arroyo

Meeting Program

Kusamono with Young Choe

-Young Choe travels around the country teaching others about the art of kusamono and kokedama.

-Choe studied kusamono in Japan under Keiko Yamane, former student of Saburo Kato.

-During the meeting Choe explained how to create container and moss ball arrangements (also called kokedama), she also showed pictures of out-of-pot kusamono.

-Kusamono can easily be created from native plants found in one’s yard, in fact many meadow and woodland plants can make lovely arrangements.

-Some of the plants Choe has used include: Virginia strawberry, shining sumac, lily of the valley, chrysanthemum, oat grass, and various species of ferns, among others.

-Kusamono help reflect the season.  They can suggest a time of year and help set the tone in a tokonoma or other bonsai display.

-For more information on Young Choe and the art of kusamono, please visit: www.kusamonochoe.com .



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