Bonsai At GardenScape 2019



GardenScape 2019 is the annual flower and garden show in Rochester, New York, which runs from March 14-17, 2019. It is held at the newly remodeled dome in Henrietta, New York, a suburb of Rochester only five miles from my garden. Landscape companies from around the area transformed the Dome, over one acre in size into a living garden paradise. GardenScape showcases the most unique designs, display, plants and products for the attendees.





This is the 23rd presentation of GardenScape, and the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York and I have been fortunate to have displayed bonsai, in every year and I’m the last of the original exhibitors. This year 12 of my skilled friends helped design and build our bonsai display garden in two long days. The final result came out great after months of planning, building and forcing azaleas for the colorful garden. Unlike other exhibitors who mostly purchased forced plants for their gardens out of state. All of our plants, except for the dwarf daffodils were forced by us.


This year’s theme was “Enchanted Gardens,” and my garden featured miniature fairies among most of the bonsai. And a couple of rubber duckies in the water basin. Its important to have fun with your bonsai and many young people searched to find the fairies.IMG_3187.jpgIMG_3189.jpg


The Bonsai Society of Upstate New York won the award for the Non-Profit Award for the best garden or display with educational value for the gardening public. Their display was next to mine so half of an entire wall featured bonsai.









GardenScape is presented by the GardenScape Professionals Association, a not-for-profit organization whose proceeds will help to benefit the association’s many educational and public service efforts, and by the Professional Landscape and Nursery Trades of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region.IMG_3166.jpgIMG_3170.jpg





Each year nursery and horticulture professionals from outside the region judge the garden displays. Two or three teams consisting of landscapers, garden designers and horticulturists carefully evaluate each garden display and present many awards to worthy entries.


The GardenScape Competition Mission Statement:

To raise the level of horticultural entertainment and education by rewarding imagination, creativity and the highest quality execution at GardenScape.




Our display won awards the following awards:

The Plantsman’s Cup for the best overall use of plant material featuring design and horticultural excellence.

Best small garden exhibit

Most impressive display of a single forced specimen under the direct supervision of the exhibitor.

Best integration of fragrant flowers in a garden.

Best use of planted containers in a garden.

Best garden or display with educational value for the gardening public.


Additionally my display included a new larger gazebo designed by Joe Lentner.



Harvey Carapella, Alan Adair and I presented continuous demonstrations working on two different trees at a time. Questions were answered during the event about what we were doing as well as general bonsai techniques.





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