SPECIAL EXHIBITS AT US NATIONAL BONSAI EXHIBITION

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We are again fortunate to have the support of the following botanical gardens, arboreta, collections and organizations which will be displaying at the US National Bonsai Exhibition. Outstanding bonsai from these distinguished collections will be on display for the visitors of the US National Bonsai Exhibition.

US National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, Washington, DC
Montreal Botanic Garden, Montreal, Canada
Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
Bonsai Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Canada
Karamatsu Bonsai Study Group, Montreal, Canada

Of significant importance is a Dwarf hinoki cypress bonsai from the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection at the Arnold Arboretum which was started in 1802. It was imported from Japan in 1913 and is one of the first bonsai imported into the United States. Although not the oldest Japanese bonsai in the United States, it has been under cultivation longer than any other plant currently growing in North America.

Additional information on the US National Bonsai Exhibition, September 13-14, 2014 in Rochester, New York, can be located at:

http://www.internationalbonsai.com/store/1708315/National_Exhibition/index.html

JAPANESE BONSAI MASTER WORKSHOP

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Second generation bonsai artist, Hiro Yamaji proprietor of Sansho-En Bonsai Garden in Kokubunji, Japan will be conducting a special one-day hands-on workshop. Mr. Yamaji is a graduate of Osaka University and fluent in English and has presented programs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is one of the international judges at the 4th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition.

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Mr. Yamaji, pine bonsai specialist, with decades of experience about pruning, pinching new growth, wiring as well as with a wide variety of species. Watch and learn as Mr. Yamaji performs his magic on your bonsai as well as having all your questions answered in perfect English, without wasted translation time.

Registration for the Yamaji Bonsai Workshop is $125, Observers $50. Observers may ask limited questions. Bring your own plant material or purchase something exciting from over 40 vendors at the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition sales area. The Yamaji Bonsai Workshop will be held at the International Bonsai
Arboretum, 1070 Martin Road, West Henrietta, New York. Refreshments and a pizza lunch is included. Don’t delay in registering for this special and limited seminar.

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

 

To register contact:
William N. Valavanis
WNV@internationalbonsai.com
(585) 334-2595

2014 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo Photos

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A few photos from the 2014 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo held today, July 12 and tomorrow July 13, 2014 at the Cheekwood Botanic Gardens in Nashville, TN. Great trees, a wide selection of vendors with trees and containers, dynamic demos and workshops and last but not least warm southern hospitality.

Join us tomorrow to see some beautiful bonsai!

 

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4 OWEN

5 MAPLE

6 PONDEROSA

7 JUNIPER

8 JANE KLUIS

9 SATSUKI 2

10 SEIJU

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12 SHOHIN ELM TREE

13 SHOHIN EM

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14 GINKGO

15 LAVENDAR

16 HINOKI

17 THUJA

18 RHUS

19 PYRACANTHA

20 CHOHUBAI

21 SEIRYU

22 PINE CLUMP

23 MAPLES

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28 TRIDENT ROCK

29 SPRUCE

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US NATIONAL BONSAI EXHIBITION DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE

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All Demonstrations FREE With Paid Admission

Daily Admission $15

Weekend Pass $20 Before September 1st

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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10 am– Oriental Brush Painting

by Dr. Alice Chen, New York

Watch, be amazed as a master artist creates beautiful oriental brush paintings as the color flows off her brush onto the paper. Many of Dr. Chen’s be,autiful paintings are quiet, simple and suitable to be displayed with bonsai and suiseki.

 

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11 am– Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging

by Professor Jerome Cushman, New York

Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging literally means “living flowers.” Accredited ikebana professor Jerome Cushman will demonstrate how to create arrangements in the modern Ichiyo School of ikebana which gives the viewer an experience with nature that is unexpected, stimulating and profound.

 

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12 pm– Suiseki Japanese Viewing Stones

by Sean L. Smith, Pennsylvania

This year the US National Bonsai Exhibition features an invitational suiseki exhibition. Suiseki are small natural rocks which are appreciated for their shapes and suggestive forms rather than their mineral content. International suiseki authority Sean Smith will show and explain what a suiseki is and how they can be incorporated into a bonsai display.

 

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1 pm–   Creating A Bonsai from Nursery Stock

by Hiroyoshi Yamaji, Japan

Second generation bonsai grower, Hiroyoshi Yamaji from Shikoku Island, Japan. He will demonstrate his skills and artistry as he explains the process of shaping techniques for creating a bonsai from American grown nursery stock. The large size Japanese black pine demonstration tree was container grown in South Carolina for about ten years and has been acclimatized to the severe Upstate New York climate for over five years. Mr. Yamaji will transform the Japanese black pine into a classic bonsai with Alan Adair who will assist him with the wiring. The finished Japanese black pine bonsai will be auctioned at the Saturday evening Award Banquet and

Benefit Auction which will be held at the Holiday Inn- Airport. Limited seating still available.

 

 

 

All Demonstrations FREE With Paid Admission

Daily Admission $15 l Weekend Pass $20 Before September 1st

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

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10 am– Oriental Brush Painting

by Dr. Alice Chen, New York

Watch, be amazed as a master artist creates beautiful oriental brush paintings as the color flows off her brush onto the paper. Many of Dr. Chen’s be,autiful paintings are quiet, simple and suitable to be displayed with bonsai and suiseki.

 

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11 am– Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging

by Professor Jerome Cushman, New York

Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging literally means “living flowers.” Accredited ikebana professor Jerome Cushman will demonstrate how to create arrangements in the modern Ichiyo School of ikebana which gives the viewer an experience with nature that is unexpected, stimulating and profound.

 

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12 pm– Suiseki Japanese Viewing Stones

by Sean L. Smith, Pennsylvania

This year the US National Bonsai Exhibition features an invitational suiseki exhibition. Suiseki are small natural rocks which are appreciated for their shapes and suggestive forms rather than their mineral content. International suiseki authority Sean Smith will show and explain what a suiseki is and how they can be incorporated into a bonsai display.

 

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1 pm–   Refining Established Bonsai

by Peter Warren, England

Bonsai artist and author, Peter Warren, travels the world sharing his bonsai knowledge and skills. The large collected Eastern white cedar bonsai for his

demonstration was originally designed by Marc Noelanders from Belgium at the 1997 BCI Convention in Toronto, Canada. Unable to take the bonsai back to Belgium, Reiner Goebel purchased the tree and trained ituntil the tree was auctioned at the 2000 ABS Convention. Since then it has been at the International Bonsai Arboretum. Mr. Warren will trim and wire the bonsai with the assistance of award winning bonsai artist and Eastern white cedar specialist Marc Arpag. The newly refined large size Eastern white cedar bonsai will be auctioned at the conclusion of the demonstration on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.           

Questions? wnv@internationalbonsai.com

(585) 334-2595

http://www.internationalbonsai.com

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2014 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo

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The 2104 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo will be held on July 12-13th at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden, in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 50 bonsai from the southeast will be displayed along with kusamono.

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Guest artists for the event are Jim Doyle, Young Choe and Owen Reich who also heads the event. In addition to lecture/demonstrations by Jim Doyle and Young Choe, two kusamono classes will be conducted along with a collected Engleman spruce workshop. A bonsai refinement workshop will also be offered. Jim Doyle will conduct a critique of the displayed bonsai and Young Choe will critique the kusamono.

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Jim Doyle

Confirmed vendors for the sales area include: Fedducia’s Bonsai, Bellota Enterprises, MC Squared Ceramics, Glass Art by Jacob, Kusa Farm, Bonsai Unearthed, Lynnwood Gardens, Turnbull Creek Bonsai, Nature’s Way, The American Bonsai Society, Cedar Bog Bonsai, New World Horticulture and International Bonsai.

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Young Choe

The general and professional division entries promise to have some great bonsai, as in the past events, from the region. Anyone wishing to enter a display in the professional division needs to either work with a bonsai professional regularly or be a professional bonsai artist. Bonsai from the general division will be eligible for the Best of Show Award. Please contact Owen Reich for entering all displays at owenbonsai@me.com

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Owen Reich

Nashville Bonsai is the largest bonsai organization in central Tennessee and sponsor of the event, which will be held at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Massey Hall. The Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo is free with admission to the Cheekwood Botanical Garden. I look forward to making new friends as well as greeting long time friends at this exciting event. Join us for an enjoyable and educational weekend of bonsai with southern hospitality!

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A short video of the 2013 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo can be located at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTu0gV-tUmg&sns=em

 

Additional information for the 2014 Nashville Regional Bonsai Expo and registration for the limited workshop openings may be obtained from Owen Reich: owenbonsai@me.com

 

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Japan Satsuki Bonsai Tour– Part 8– Final

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19th Utsunomiya Satsuki & Flower Fest

67th Tochigi Prefecture Satsuki Association Exhibition

Well, we had one more unexpected final surprise. We heard about another Satsuki exhibition which was held in Utsunomiya at a “Romantic Village” about half an hour away from our hotel. After asking Mr. Morimae about it he strongly suggested we go as the quality was a bit better than the Satsuki shown at the Kanuma City Kaboku Center Exhibition and Ueno Satsuki Festival. Boy, was he correct! There were no steps and the main exhibition was in an air conditioned greenhouse complex.

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Mr. Morimae graciously had one of his staff drive a few of us to the exhibition. It was even over 30 minutes from the FuGa Exhibition. When we left, at closing time in the late afternoon we had a difficult time getting a taxi. So wImageImage

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e walked a while and stopped in at a Japanese type of Home Depot to call for a taxi. We still needed to wait some time, in the heat and humidity before our ride came. It was another 30 minute taxi ride to our hotel in Utsunomiya, the same city as our hotel. But all the travel was well worth the beauty we saw.

The indoor Satsuki displays were superb as were the individual trees. Although there were a few smaller specimens, no shohin bonsai were shown. The natural lighting coming through the greenhouse ceiling made it difficult to photograph with cross shadows and dark areas. The quality of the display tables and companion plantings were far superior to the other Satsuki exhibitions.

 

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Several Satsuki vendors set up shop in the entrance area as did some container sellers and a tool dealer. It’s interesting that at all the Satsuki exhibitions we saw had used bonsai containers for sale. Not antiques, but most had patina and were cleaned.

 

 

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After passing the sales area there were four long rows of Satsuki on display outdoors. Although most were the tall bushy style, there were a few trained as bonsai. All were beautiful, however and gave us lots to study and had a better appreciation for Satsuki azalea bonsai.

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This short, intense Satsuki Bonsai Exhibition Tour is now finished and all the Satsuki were in full blossom featuring a multitude of different colors, often on the same plant. Although it was unusually hot, I’ve experienced even hotter weather in Japan a few years ago when I brought Jonathan Singer to Japan to photograph trees for our book Fine Bonsai.

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Our group of 14 tour members were great and we all got along well. Kora Dalager did a superb job organizing the hotels and transportation. Should there be interest we would consider repeating the Satsuki Bonsai Exhibition Tour again. I hope everyone enjoyed seeing my photos and personal commentary and thoughts. Remember, if you want to see finer professional quality photos with detailed information you can subscribe to International BONSAi at:

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japan Satsuki Bonsai Tour– Part 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FuGa Bonsai Exhibition

Usually our tours enjoy unexpected surprises. One of the additional unscheduled visits this time was to the FuGa Bonsai Exhibition sponsored by S-Cube, Seiji Morimae’s business. This elegant exhibition of fine quality bonsai was in the Kanuma City Kaboku Center complex, up at the top of a small hill, more stairs, in a specially built exhibition building by the Tochigi Prefecture.

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Everything Mr. Morimae does is beautiful and with class, including this bonsai exhibition of his study group and clients. There were five long rows of individual alcove areas with plain backgrounds. Unlike all the other Satsuki exhibitions, most individual displays had hanging scrolls and companion plantings. This was a formal bonsai exhibition, complete with a pleasant mix of classical music, not the Japanese type Americans use in shows.

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Mr. Morimae’s entire family and staff were on hand to make visitors feel welcome, guide them around, answer questions and make sales. The center of the building had two areas of fine quality bonsai, display tables, companion plantings and art for sale. Also there was another table with quality display tables and books for sale as well.

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Seasonality is of paramount importance in Japanese style display. Included in the formal displays were a planting of young rice plants displayed by Mr. Morimae’s daughter who speaks English and numerous early summer flowering perennials. Several blooming Hydrangea were shown as were a few suiseki. Mr. Morimae answered all of our questions and pointed out a special waterfall suiseki. It was previously owned by Kyuzo Murata, one of my teachers and after the war it was in the collection of Saburo Kato. A hanging scroll with calligraphy was used along with a small bronze boat figurine. It’s interesting that he had an explanation of the calligraphy and display on the exhibit label. Many Japanese find it difficult to understand or translate the calligraphy used in scrolls for bonsai display. The calligraphy is hand drawn with elegant style and often includes poetry. Mr. Morimae knows this and it was quite considerable of him to provide the explanation. His daughter translated it for us, but we got the general idea directly from Mr. Morimae.

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This is the 4th FuGa Bonsai Exhibition and I’ve featured them in past issues of International BONSAI. Of course, formal, better photos will be in future issues as well. So if you want to see professional photos complete with informative captions you will need to subscribe, and you can easily do this at:

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