EXPO.jpgThere is less than a month away from one of the finest bonsai exhibitions in the country. Now is the time to make plans to visit the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte, on Saturday and Sunday 7-8, 2109.



5.jpgThis special exhibition is held in an elegant venue covered with marble walls and floors at the North Carolina Research Lab. The four story building is a unique venue to display bonsai. Consider attending this superb FREE exhibition featuring naked bonsai. Most of the bonsai are deciduous species without foliage so the branch structure and buds can be appreciated. The bonsai come from a wide range and there are often species not commonly seen. Like Larch which are difficult to grow in southern areas. Although the bonsai are beautiful, this exhibition offers the opportunity for artists to present their bonsai displays creatively. All bonsai and displays do not need to be in the classic Japanese style, only with good design and taste. I look forward to what unusual and creative displays the bonsai artists will show soon.28.jpg


Along with other professional bonsai artists, Rodney Clemons, Tyler Sherrod and Owen Reich, we will be presenting individual lecture demonstrations during the two day event. My Saturday program will cover Classical Upright Bonsai Design and I’ll be working on a Scots Pine for the demonstration.


On Sunday morning I’ll be again leading a FREE critique of the entire exhibition. Topics to be discussed are the displays, bonsai refinement and techniques for growing and training the bonsai. Of course, this will be an interactive educational program and all comments are welcome for discussion. It’s really a great activity and people seem to like and learn from it.


Like most bonsai exhibitions, one of the most important and popular areas are the vendors. There are the three rooms filled with vendors offering their finest plants, containers and more. This is just in time for Xmas shopping. Yes, you can buy yourself an early Xmas gift.

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This FREE event is sponsored and organized by bonsai hobbyist Steve Zeisel because he wants to promote bonsai in the region and display the beauty of deciduous bonsai. There is no admission fee and the proceeds from the auction on Saturday afternoon, at the conclusion of the demonstration, hopefully, pays for this popular event.


Join us for the 7th Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo on December 7-8, 2019, now a recognized national show. Photos here are from past exhibitions. Although these photos feature deciduous bonsai, there are some evergreens as well. It would be too boring to have only naked trees, variety is needed for a well designed show.

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