MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies
Spring Festival

The 31st annual MABS Spring Festival will commence Friday evening, April 25, and will continue through Sunday afternoon, April 27, at our new(revisited) location: the Ramada Hotel, in East Hanover, NJ. Renowned international professional bonsai artists will present lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and critiques of bonsai. Registrants will have weekend-long opportunities to observe and spend time with the artists at breakout sessions between demonstrations, and to view the MABS member clubs’ Bonsai Exhibit. In addition, bonsai vendors will be on site offering a large selection of bonsai, bonsai-related plants, containers, tools, books and other supplies.

To welcome all registrants, complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided in the hospitality area, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and again after the lecture/demonstration. The Festival’s opening lecture/demonstration, starts at 8:00 p.m., and will be given by one of the featured guest bonsai artists. Each bonsai creation will be raffled following the completion of styling by its respective artist.

Featured Artists -




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Festival Summary

Lecture/Demonstrations (Fri.-Sun.)
****Workshops (Fri. pm)**** Workshop materials preview, click here
Masterpiece Bonsai Exhibit - Expanded Display Area (Sat. - Sun.)
Bonsai Critiques( Sat.)
Raffles of Demo Material (Sat. - Sun.)
Silent Auctions (Sat.)
Banquet & Bonsai Auction (Sat.)
Large Bonsai Vending Area (Fri. - Sun.)

The public is invited to visit the vendor area, MABS BONSAI EXHIBIT on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. There is a modest $20.00 entrance fee for the vendor and exhibit areas. This fee is waived for festival registrants and children less than 12 years of age.

Our annual banquet and auction will be held Saturday evening.

Arrangements have been made with the Ramada Hotel for special room rates, $89.00 per night, so bring the entire family. For a registration form or additional information, visit our website or contact David Payton - 518-356-3299



Takashi Iura started his bonsai career as an apprentice to Mr. Takeo Kawabe at Omiya-shi, Saitama-ken, Japan from 1996 to 2001. From 2001 to present he has served as President, manager and bonsai artist at Shoju-en, Japan. In 2006 he had a solo bonsai exhibit at Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, Japan. He previously appeared at MABS in 2009 as assistant to Isao Omachi and he was also headliner at ARCO bonsai in Italy in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he also attended and demonstrated at the 11th ASPAC bonsai festival in Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan. He teaches bonsai and demonstrates his artistry all over Europe and in the USA. Takashi has won awards for his bonsai at 33rd and 34th Sakufu Exhibition. Selected Kyo-kai prize at the 35th exhibition, achieved Kankyo prize at the 36th exhibition, and attained Kyo-Kai prize at the 37th exhibition.
Mr. Iura will lead a workshop on Pinus densiflora 'Jane Kluis' Dwarf Japanese Red Pine.


In my quest to learn bonsai I have been lucky enough to study and apprentice with some of the most respected bonsai artists in the world.

I consider bonsai to be made up of two parts, horticultural and artistic, and feel that one must have sufficient knowledge in both of these areas to achieve best results with Bonsai.
To achieve this goal, I first undertook a 3 year National Diploma in Horticulture at Merrist Wood College in Surrey, UK. This I complemented by extensive full time study mainly in the USA.


Born in Thailand, Suthin has extensive experience with tropical bonsai. His expertise also includes Japanese maple, Juniper, Azalea and Black pine. He is proficient with many other species. Suthin has been involved in Bonsai since 1970. He has won many awards including U.S. National Bonsai Awards in Thailand and The United States..

Suthin teaches his Bonsai techniques throughout the United States and abroad. Suthin shares new information and techniques whenever he teaches. His bonsai are known for their proportion, refinement and detail. Suthin and his wife operate the Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

I spent the majority of my time over a 4 year period studying and teaching at The International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester New York with Wm. N. Valavanis. I spent time studying with Chase Rosade at his bonsai studio in New Hope, Pennsylvannia, and was very lucky to be mentored by YujiYoshimura, the founder of Bonsai in the USA.
Upon my return to England became curator of The National Bonsai Collection housed at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

Having studied bonsai for over 20 years, under some of the worlds best respected bonsai masters, such as Wm N Valavanis, from the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester New York, Chase Rosade, from Pennsylvannia,Yuji Yoshimuraand of course my father, Harry Tomlinson now spend a great deal of my time travelling around the country, demonstrating the skills and artistry that I have learnt.

Since Harry’s retirement in 2008 the business is now owned and run by Corin and his brother Paul, who are now building on 35 years of success and taking the nursery into a new era.