Thank you!

Dear MAKC Members,

I would like to personally thank Dr. Dick Hammerschlag for inviting the Club to the Aki Matsuri Festival.

I would like to extend my appreciation for the great work done by Alan Mickelson, South Chapter Vice President, and Sarah Johnson, MAKC Webmaster, at the U.S. National Arboretum Aki Matsuri Festival.

We had some long distance helpers from the Long Island Chapter, Ray and Cheryl Kelly who traveled all the way to D.C. to help out!

Terri Janas from Blue Ribbon Koi was also on hand to help out with all questions koi.

I would also like to thank the members of Hudson Valley Koi and Water Garden Chapter Outreach Committee, Frank and Peggy Almquist, Cheryl Benken, Bernie Carroll and John Remington, for designing the MAKC Flyer that was handed out at the Festival.


Jo Mead

MAKC President

MAKC Board Announcement!

Dear MAKC Members,

 I am very pleased to announce that Carolyn Weise has graciously accepted the position of MAKC Board Secretary.  Carolyn has been a member of MAKC since 1996!  She started out as Secretary for the Metropolitan Chapter (which combined with the Long Island Chapter) and has continued to write articles for the MAKC magazine. 

 Carolyn brings a wealth of experience and an unrivaled passion for pond keeping.  She is the author of ABC’s of Pond, Pond Consumer Relations Manager at Ecological Laboratories, photo journalist, and long-time hobbyist. Although living in Florida now, she is an active part of the Club! Carolyn’s love of ponds and her real world hands on experience with pond keeping allows her to provide our Club members with practical, beneficial advice for the betterment of their ponds.

Jo Mead

MAKC President

MAKC South Chapter @ Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: United States National Arboretum October 15, 2016 10:00 am

Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: Bonsai and Beyond at the United States National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002-1958 on October 15, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 The MAKC South Chapter will have a table at the koi pond on the National Arboretum grounds to talk all things koi to visitors!

 I am very sorry to say that I will not be attending the Festival as planned, Sarah Johnson is going in my place. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and I am physically unable to attend

Jo Mead

MAKC President

Festival Schedule:

All Lectures, Tours, and Activities Free Except for the Evening Otsukimi Moon Viewing


Special Bonsai Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Watch Bonsai Master Tohru Suzuki create a bonsai on stage in the Auditorium.

Kusamono Lecture and Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Kusamono Master Young Choe for an enchanting look at kusamono—small herbaceous plants in pots that are often displayed with bonsai—and learn how to make one yourself.

Japanese Garden Lecture and Tour

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Philadelphia Garden Designer Sharee Solow for an overview of the distinct Japanese style of gardening. Learn about the key components and philosophy that are married to create stunning gardens in small spaces, then tour an existing Japanese garden to learn how an overgrown example of this fine art can be restored.


10:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Walking tour of the Japanese Woodland section of the Asian Collections

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tram tour highlighting Japan’s contribution to American horticulture

Cultural Activities

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm            Taiko drumming

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm               Fox Mill Elementary students sing traditional Japanese songs

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm               Narrated kimono fashion show by Kuniko Kanawa

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm               Keisho Center singing

10:00 am to 4:00 pm              Drop-in children’s activities

Ikebana and Seven Grasses of Autumn on display throughout the day

Book Signings

Three authors present newly released books based on the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s collection.

Food and Vendors

Buy Japanese food and drink from vendors and enjoy a taste of Japan on the terrace; purchase a plant you can style into a bonsai or kusamono.

Special Evening Event—Otsukimi Moon Viewing hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Celebrate this traditional event in the meadow with Japanese food, drink, music, and haiku writing. In order to attend this event you must register at: