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40th Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

Exhibition, Programs, Workshops & Sales Areas

Chicago, Illinois

August 18-20, 2017




This is one of the largest and oldest regional shows in the United States and takes place at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL, just north of Chicago. Bonsai from many states will be displayed along with masterpieces from the Chicago Botanic Garden Bonsai Collection.


There will be 20 vendors from across the country including:

American Bonsai Society

Asian Antiques

BC Bonsai

Bonsai by Fields

Cass Bonsai

Da Su Bonsai Studios

First Branch Bonsai

Tarnows Pots

Flower Market

Golden Arrow Bonsai

Hidden Gardens

International Bonsai

Linda Lppel Studios

Meehans Miniatures

Nature’s Way Nursery

Nitju Clayworks

Owen Reich

Sara Rayner

Tadamiti Bonsai

Wildwood Gardens


Workshops for all levels will be conducted by the vendors and guest artist Kathy Shaner. All 13 workshops will have excellent plant material provided by the workshop instructors.


Kathy Shaner from California will be the guest artist and will judge the exhibition, present a lecture/demo and have a critique too.



Valavanis bonsai display in August 1977. The Dwarf brush cherry bonsai is in the  center of the four table display.

I was fortunate to have displayed at their 1st Exhibition in 1977. One of the bonsai I displayed will be returned for an encore appearance. It has truly matured during the past 40 years and is now full of flower buds, hope they open….

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Dwarf brush cherry August 1978



Dwarf brush cherry 2004



I’m also bringing one of my Kashima Japanese maple bonsai too.


Come to Chicago and enjoy a wonderful weekend of bonsai!

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International Bonsai Arboretum

Autumn 2017 Open House

Sale, Displays & Free Programs

Rochester, New York

September 2-3, 2017



Classical bonsai are featured in an unusual garden setting as well as seven formal displays. In addition to a 20% discount of bonsai, pre-bonsai, supplies, container and tools new bonsai creations can be studied.



Bonsai Demonstrations

Award winning bonsai artists Harvey Carapella, Alan Adair and Wm. N. Valavanis will present lecture/demonstrations.


Harvey Carapella


Marc Arpag


Alan Adair



Wm. N. Valavanis

Suiseki Display

This year our Open House will include a Suiseki Display by the Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York. Stones from around the world will be on displayed and members will answer your questions.



Vintage Japanese bonsai magazines will given away FREE. Refreshment will also be available.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

10AM    Les Allen– suiseki program

11 AM     Alan Adair– bonsai demonstration

2 PM      Wm. N. Valavanis– bonsai demonstration

Sunday, September 3, 2017

10 AM   Marc Arpag­– suiseki program

11 AM   Harvey Carapella– bonsai demonstation

2 PM      Wm. N. Valavanis– bonsai demonstration

(Cake will be served for Bill’s birthday)


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Autumn 2017 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

November 12-20, 2017


Travel to Japan with Wm. N. Valavanis and Kora Dalager to visit private bonsai collections in the Tokyo and Omiya area including Omiya Bonsai Village & Museum, Masahiko Kimura, Kunio Kobayashi and Seiji Morimae’s S-Cube Uchiku-Te Bonsai Garden.


Next a bullet train ride will lead us to Daiju-en Bonsai Garden of Toru Suzuki in Okazaki featuring pine bonsai.  A unique lunch at a bonsai temple featuring famous bonsai in a bamboo grove featuring delicious bamboo edibles.


In Kyoto we will visit many gardens and temples where an abundance of Japanese maples changing color will be highlighted. Next we will visit the Taikan-ten Bonsai Exhibition, one of the largest and most famous in Japan.


Our final stop will be the pottery town of Tokoname, famous for producing high quality bonsai containers, tea sets and toilets.


Join a small group to explore Japan like you have never seen before.





Winter 2018 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

February 5-14, 2018



Join Kora Dalager and me to visit the private bonsai gardens in the Tokyo and Omiya areas including: Omiya Bonsai Village & Museum, Masahiko Kimura, Kunio Kobayashi and Seiji Morimae’s S-Cube Uchiku-Te Bonsai Garden.


The Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition is the finest bonsai exhibition in the world where you will see fantastic bonsai from throughout Japan formally displayed in the Tokyo Metropolotian Art Museum. Since the museum was remodeled a few years ago and the bonsai area was reduced the Nippon Bonsai Association now holds two exhibitons where about 500 bonsai will be featured. After Part 1 of the exhibition all the bonsai will be removed and another 250 bonsai will be brought in for your appreciation.



During the same time period, on another floor in the same museum, the Nippon Suiseki Association will hold their display of fine suiseki. We will be able to be attend the opening ceremony.

A special visit to Taisho-en Bonsai Garden in Shizuoka will highlight the spectular shohin and larger size bonsai Taiga Urushibata and his father.


Finally we will visit the Ueno Green Club where you can see three floors of bonsai for sale as well as in outdoor sales area. Everything you could want, except American collected trees, can be found there.

This special tour begins on the day following the popular California Shohin Seminar. On your way to Japan, stop in California for the Shohin Seminar then continue to Tokyo with us.


Join us for this special tour!