US National Bonsai Exhibition Preparations Continue

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My family, Monday Senior Crew and friends are all busy preparing everything for the US National Bonsai Exhibition. Actually we have slowly been preparing for several months here in Rochester for the bonsai, suiseki, display backgrounds, posts and more. But now we are in full mode, which means I had six McDonalds Sweet Tea today.

Today we purchased a new water hose so exhibitors can easily water their bonsai before bringing into the building for their “final acceptance.” There is a grassy area where it will be easy to water and do the final detailing. Some green moss will also be available for touch ups if necessary.

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Blood, sweat, tears and even a hospital visit have been experienced to get everything perfect for displaying both the bonsai and suiseki in the exhibition. A new design for backgrounds have been designed, constructed and painted with special paint by Doug McDade, Tom Friday and Bob Pfromm. Professional sign painter Alan Adair is working on a 20 foot welcoming banner as well.

SUISEKI BACKGROUNDS

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Photographer Joe Noga in North Carolina is testing his new 40 megapixel camera and lighting so he can capture the beauty of each displayed bonsai for the forthcoming Commemorative Album. He has so much photo equipment and two bonsai for display that he must rent a trailer to transport everything to Rochester.

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2014 ALBUM COVER

Marc Arpag with Bob Blankfield are designing and constructing items for the welcoming garden. Plants must now be selected from one of our sponsor’s nurseries which specializes in Japanese maples and conifers.

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Ron and Jo Anne Maggio, our publicity committee have arranged appearances on all three Rochester TV channels. Additionally, the “Weekend Guy” will be shooting at the exhibition on Friday for his show which will be broadcast all through Saturday and Sunday on TV.

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I’m also busy mossing and doing final detailing on the bonsai for my clients and my trees as well. When finished they are placed next to the studio where I check them several times daily, from different angles to make certain they are at their peak of beauty for display.

HINOKI

Ron Maggio’s Dwarf hinoki cypress bonsai won our Member’s Choice Award at the May Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition. Joe Noga photographed all the bonsai in the exhibition. After studying the tree’s photo I can see some trimming is necessary so tomorrow out come my special scissors which are extremely sharp. Then more mossing is necessary.

Display tables, accessories and scrolls are also being assembled now. They will be carefully cleaned a few days before the exhibition.

The Invitational Suiseki Exhibition is complete and those displays must also be designed and matched with accessories and a few scrolls. We are quite pleased that three of the top suiseki (and display as well) authorities from California will also be joining us displaying their stones. Hideko Metaxas and Larry and Nina Ragel will bring their suiseki to share with visitors to the US National Bonsai Exhibition.

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Selecting the bonsai and other items for the Benefit Auction has begun. Many of my larger bonsai have been selected, including Yuji Yoshimura’s last demonstration bonsai. Containers, books and other art will also be included. Plus, vendors and exhibitors will also be bringing many items for the auction, which will take place after the Award Ceremony where $6,500 cash will be distributed to the winning exhibitors.

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Auction items

Diane is quite busy registering everyone for weekend passes, daily passes and the Award Banquet and Benefit Auction. She often contacts people asking for their partner’s names so the entry badges will have the correct names.

CURTAINS

Approximately 40 valued volunteers have signed up for welcoming visitors, photo assistants, security, admission, set up and take down as well. The US National Bonsai Exhibition would not exist without these special friends who go all out to promote bonsai art. Additionally our sponsors, donors and vendors have provided some of the funds to pay for the exhibition.

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Today my son Chris, his buddy Ben and Diane moved 10 yards of mulch into my display garden so visitors to our Autumn Open House & Sale can easily walk on a soft surface. Weeding is a never ending task and Rick Marriott and Paul Eschmann are doing a great job trying to remove all the unwanted vegetation.

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Of course, there are a few additional tasks: preparing and printing bonsai and suiseki labels, certificates, exhibition guide, name tags, signs, maps, flyers, repainting posts, ironing curtains, tablecloths, skirting and purple bunting (complete with golden tassels). With the help of my good friends, Senior Monday Crew and family everything will be ready and perfect for visitors to the 4th US National Bonsai Exhibition. The bonsai still need watering, but we are keeping up on that as well.

SECURITY

Glenn Morton Security Chairman

 

I look forward to welcoming everyone to a unique exhibition of some of the finest bonsai in the United States.

2014 US National Bonsai Exhibition Awards

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Join us at the exciting US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 13-14, 2014 in Rochester, New York. The Award Banquet & Benefit Auction are one of the highlights of the weekend where $6,500 will be presented to the finest bonsai selected by our three international judges: Hiro Yamaji from Japan, Peter Warren from England and David Easterbrook from Canada.

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Bonsai fellowship abounds with visitors, exhibitors and vendors all enjoying a delicious meal awaiting the award presentations.

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The following awards will be presented:

The National Award

Finest Bonsai Masterpiece

$1,000

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Evergreen Bonsai Award

Finest Evergreen Bonsai

$500

 

Deciduous Bonsai Award

Finest Deciduous Bonsai

$500 Lang Bonsai Container Certificate

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Yoshimura Award

Finest Classical Bonsai

$500

 

Bonsai Travel Award

Finest Bonsai & Companion Plant Combination

$500

 

Nippon Bonsai Association Award

Finest Japanese Style Display

 

Ho Yoku Award

Finest Innovative Bonsai Design

$500

 

Custom Oriental Woodcraft Award

Finest Shohin Bonsai Display

$1,000 Shohin Bonsai Display Stand Set

 

All American Bonsai Award

Finest American Species Bonsai in an American Container on an American Display Table

$1,000

 

ABS North American Bonsai Award

Finest North American Native Species Bonsai

$500

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Puerto Rico Bonsai Federation Award

Finest Tropical Bonsai

$500

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After the award presentation a stimulating Benefit Auction will take place where bonsai, containers, suiseki and other bonsai related items will be auctioned, including many large bonsai from the Valavanis Bonsai Collection.

Join us for the Award Banquet & Benefit Auction at the Holiday Inn Airport. Remaining seating is quite limited, but a few seats remain. The hotel cannot accommodate over 300 people. Weekend passes (until September 1st and Award Banquet & Benefit Auction tickets may be easily ordered from our website at:

http://www.internationalbonsai.com/page/486741658

Also, be sure to arrive early on Saturday morning at 8:30 am for the Opening Ceremony!

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CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN BONSAI COLLECTION

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The Chicago Botanic Garden has a world class bonsai collection. Several years ago bonsai artist Susumu Nakamua from Yokohama, Japan, presented his finest trees to the Chicago Botanic Garden to supplement their collection.

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Enjoy the bonsai which were on public display in the two courtyards during the 2014 Midwest Bonsai Show.

Three of these beautiful masterpiece will be displayed by the Chicago Botanic Garden in the upcoming 4th US National Bonsai Exhibition which will be held in Rochester, NY, on September 13-14,2014. Come visit the exhibition and see which bonsai the Chicago Botanic Garden will display.

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2014 MIDWEST BONSAI EXHIBIT

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The 37th Midwest Bonsai Exhibit is being held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-17, 2014. Many beautiful bonsai are on display from local members and other bonsai hobbyists from several states. About 15 vendors are selling their trees, containers and other items as well. Enjoy the photos!

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COLLECTION TREES

ROUGH BARK

Rough Bark Japanese Maple by Matt Berenberg received the Best of Show Award

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RAF DWARF SCOTS PINE

RAF Dwarf Scots Pine by Wm. N. Valavanis received the 1st Place Award in the Professional Division

PINE

SHOHIN BONSAI

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SHIMPAKU

SHIMPAKU SHOHIN

SCOTS PINE

SATSUKI

PONDEROSA

METASEQUOIA

MARY KAY

LARCH FOREST

TRUNK POSITIONING

LANTANA

KUSA MONO

 

JUNIPERS

JADE

HINOKI

HEMLOCK

GOYO PINE

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CHINESE ELM

BLUE MOSS

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STONES

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2014 AUTUMN JAPAN BONSAI TOUR

 

 

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Have you ever wanted to explore the bonsai and Japanese garden world of Japan in a small limited group? Well, here is your opportunity. In November Kora Dalager, travel agent and bonsai instructor from California and I will be leading another one of our popular bonsai tours to Japan. Bonsai gardens and studios of some of the finest bonsai artists in Japan will be privately visited.

Our tour will first begin in the Tokyo area where we will visit Mr. Kimura’s studio, the new Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and Omiya Bonsai Village. Many of the world’s best bonsai originated or were refined in this small bonsai village of six gardens. Bonsai of all species, sizes and styles can be seen and studied in beautiful garden settings in their autumn glory.Image

Masahiko Kimura’s studio.

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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.

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Mansei-en Bonsai Garden- Hatsuji Kato.

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Fuyo-en Bonsai Garden- Hiroshi Takeyama.

Next we will visit S-Cube, the garden of Seiji Morimae where you will see several thousands of bonsai and suiseki. A wide variety of bonsai, suiseki, containers, display tables and accessories are reasonably priced. Other than the living bonsai items can be easily purchased to add to your collection.

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S-Cube- Seiji Morimae.

The next day a visit to Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo will be guided by graduate apprentice and bonsai artist fom England, Peter Warren. His command and understanding of Japanese aesthetics and language will surely we  everyone and all questions will be answered. Here you can appreciate fine quality refined bonsai masterpieces distinctively displayed in indoor alcoves as well as in the garden.

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Shunka-en Bonsai Museum- Kunio Kobayashi.

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Display alcove with Gardenia bonsai.

Japanese maple.

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Kunio Kobayashi teaching our group.

After the visit we will take the famous bullet train to Kyoto. Mt. Fuji can usually be seen from the fast moving train. Our visit to Kyoto is on the busiest weekend of the year because of “maple viewing” when thousands of old Japanese maples turn into brilliant autumn beauty. There are actually charts in each hotel indicating daily peak viewing of the largest gardens. A private full day bus tour to many of the most beautiful and famous gardens and temples will be led by our native guide, a retired schoolteacher has a wealth of knowledge, excellent command of the English language, humor and freely shares with everyone. Many small details often missed by visitors are quickly pointed out and explained.

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Mt. Fuji taken from bullet train.

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Maple viewing in Japanese gardens.

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Tour member mediating in Ryoanji Temple garden.

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We unexpectedly caught a camera shoot for a kimono shop.

We will then watch the opening ceremony of the Taikan Bonsai Exhibition, the largest exhibition in western Japan. Over 200 beautiful bonsai will be displayed. Unlike the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, each bonsai is effectively displayed with appropriate companions and is usually accompanied with scrolls and suiseki. It is rare to see suiseki displayed with bonsai in Japanese bonsai exhibitions. The prize winning bonsai from the last Kokufu and Sakufu Bonsai Exhibitions are displayed along with special exhibits. During the past two year photos were allowed by everyone!

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Taikan ten view.

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Taikan ten view.

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Taikan ten bonsai view.

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Bonsai and suiseki display.

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Large size bonsai being positioned on display table.

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Chinese quince bonsai.

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Satsuki bonsai display.

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Kora Dalager and Bill studying shohin bonsai composition.

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A simple companion of moss.

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Japanese five-needle pine bonsai rock planting.

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Beautyberry shohin bonsai.

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Award winning Sargent juniper bonsai.

A large sales area completes the exhibition and everything you always wanted to add to your collection will be on sale. Bonsai and items from the finest bonsai gardens will be available.  Photos were allowed, which is not normally the custom in Japan.

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Sales area.

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Trident maple bonsai, sold during the first hour.

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Joe Noga looking at all the great bonsai which can’t be brought back.

Usually during the same time Seiji Morimae hosts a private suiseki show in a nearby 800 year old temple. The beautiful suiseki are displayed in several rooms.

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Alcove display of suiseki.

During the following free days tour participants usually return to the exhibition or continue on to explore Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Every time I return to the exhibition I see things I missed the previous times. Perhaps I’m a slow learner, but it takes me many visits to study all the displays.

We will then leave Kyoto and travel to Nagoya where will visit the bonsai garden of Toru Suzuki, the third generation artist of Daiju-en Bonsai Garden. Many of the techniques for training pine bonsai originated with his father and grandfather.

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Daiju-en Bonsai Garden- Toru Suzuki.

A private visit to Shinpuku-ji Temple and museum will complete the day were we will see a small, but excellent bonsai collection in beautiful surroundings. The curator of this museum loves Princess persimmon bonsai and often has beautiful displays. We will be having lunch in their compound.

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A forest of Cryptomeria and Bamboo on the way to the Shinpukuji temple.

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A few stairs leaving the temple.

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Bonsai on display outdoors.

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Japanese five-needle pine bonsai outdoors.

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Indoor display of Princess persimmon bonsai.

Finally, a visit to Tokoname, one of the ancient kilns of Japan will conclude our tour. Here you can often see potters create their ware. Containers of all sizes, shapes, color and designs can be purchased for your bonsai. We will depart Japan the following day returning home in time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with your family.

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Lots of bonsai containers everywhere.

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Master potter demonstrating slab making a container.

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“Gyozan”, one of the top bonsai container artists.

The deadline is rapidly coming for registering for this exciting one-in-a-lifetime tour. The tour flyer can be easily downloaded from my website at:

http://www.internationalbonsai.com/page/1449251

Please check out my tour report from last October:

http://valavanisbonsaiblog.com/2013/11/

The exchange rate has been improving and frequent flyer miles can often be used for transportation. Please contact Kora Dalager (kora@ca.astound.net  or phone 510-610-9064) for questions or additional information.

I look forward to sharing the beauty of the Japanese garden and bonsai world with you. Please don’t delay, you will not be disappointed with our distinctive, comprehensive, value packed and fun bonsai tours!

VENDORS AT US NATIONAL BONSAI EXHIBITION

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The following vendors will be selling their finest bonsai, pre-bonsai, tools, containers, display tables, scrolls and other items at the US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 13-14, 2014 in Rochester, New York. Over 100 tables will be filled with goodies from across the country for your bonsai creation, care and enjoyment.

Adams’ Bonsai               Julian Adams                          Virginia

American Bonsai             Cullen Mairacher               Florida

Tony Alario                                                                       Connecticut

Bjorvala Bonsai Studio       Bjorn Bjorholm           Tennessee

Bonsai Berkshire                Geoff Holmes                  Connecticut

Bonsai By Fields                 Mark Fields                      Indiana

Bonsai Unearthed               Owen Reich                  Tennessee

Bonsai Vision                      Jim Gollmer                     Nevada

Bonsai West                       Michael Levin                   Massachusetts

Brussel’s Bonsai                 Brussel Martin               Mississippi

Cedar Bog Bonsai              Mitch Boatman             Tennessee

Alice Chen                                                                       New York

Custom Oriental Woodcraft     Sean Smith       Pennsylvania

Deer Meadow Bonsai              Jim Gremel              California

Eagleville Bonsai                      Jack Hoover              Rhode Island

Giorgi Studio                           Dave & Rob Giorgi    Ohio

Golden Arrow Bonsai               Andy Smith            South Dakota

Kaede Bonsai                           Matt Ouwinga           Maryland

Knittle Studio                           David Knittle            Vermont

Lang Bonsai Containers           Ron Lang                Pennsylvania

Mc2 Pottery                           Charles Smith               Tennessee

Meco Bonsai                          Roger Lehman               Pennsylvania

Miniature-Bonsai                     Dave Paris                  New York

Mulberry Creek Herbs              Mark Langan            Ohio

Stacy Muse                                                                         Florida

Natures Way                           Jim Doyle                        Pennsylvania

Nitju Clayworks                        Ross Adams                Pennsylvania

Osiga                                       Yen Huang                        Maryland

PFM Bonsai                           Pauline Muth                   New York

Gratia Pfromm                                                                 New York

Quiet Spirit Arts                        John Bierley              Maryland

Reflections In Water                Karen Proctor           New York

Royal Bonsai Garden         Suthin Sukolosovisit    Massachusetts

Sanctuary Bonsai                    Todd Hansen              Connecticut

Sara Rayners Pottery               Sara Rayner               Minnesota

Satsuki Bonsai                         David Kreutz               Missouri

Stands & Stones                      Mark Rhyme                Florida

Tandamiti Bonsai                     Hank Miller                New York

Michele Villeneuve                                                         Quebec, Canada

Vons Gardens                         John Kirby                      Connecticut

Wildwood Gardens                   Frank Mihalic           Ohio

Roy Wixson                                                                       New York

International Bonsai           Wm. N. Valavanis        New York

 

SALES & DEMO AREAS

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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

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