Creating A Companion Planting For Display

9There is more to displaying a bonsai than to clean the container and groom the foliage. I enjoy creating a distinctive and effective display with a main bonsai and companion planting. Sometimes if necessary a hanging scroll is used to denote seasonality.

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I’m displaying a Dwarf Brush Cherry, Eugenia myrtifolia ‘Compacta,’ bonsai for the 40th anniversary Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit that will be held this weekend, August 18-20, 2017, at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL. I also displayed the same bonsai at their first show 40 years ago.

The bonsai has been groomed, moss artistically arranged and the container has been cleaned. The display table selected for the bonsai is a thick wood round from a historic 200-year-old tree in Canada. I have a taller display table for this bonsai, but don’t think it will look good in this exhibit because the sponsoring organization raises the table heights so the public can easily see the trees. I personally do not like raising the table heights and generally use taller display tables to raise the height of the bonsai.

For this composition since the companion planting is in bursting bud, it was not necessary to add a scroll. The fewer elements as possible in a formal display create a more effective and refined quiet display.

My personal taste for display avoids duplication as much as possible. Of prime importance is a difference in containers. If the main bonsai is in a symmetrical (round, square or even-sided) container, then the companion planting should be in an asymmetrical (rectangular, oval, irregular or stone slab) container. Likewise if one container is glazed, the other should be unglazed or at least of a different color.

The Dwarf Brush Cherry is growing in a handmade custom made container by Tom Dimig from South Carolina. Unfortunately he does not make container any more. The container is round and blue-green in color. The symmetrical shape was selected to draw emphasis to the long, low, sweeping character branch. The blue-green glaze was selected to contrast with the small white fuzzy flowers.

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Unfortunately, due to a quite wet summer (we have only reached 90F twice this summer) all the flower have not opened, but the buds are there.

 

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Companion plantings in a sunny location

Now that the main bonsai and display table have been selected and prepared for exhibit it’s time to select a companion planting. I generally have approximately 100 companion plants and plantings in two different areas, sunny location and in a shade house. Of course I could have easily selected an established planting I decided this morning to create one specifically for this special display.

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First an appropriate container was selected and to tell the truth, more time was spent selecting the container than creating the companion planting. For my taste the container ideally should be asymmetrically shaped and unglazed, PLUS the appropriate size, not too small and not too large compared with the large size bonsai. Finally, underneath my collection of bonsai containers I discovered an oval, unglazed Japanese container, which I obtained in Tokoname, Japan, a few decades ago. The container is unusual because it is does not have smooth sides, they are irregular. Also, I prefer companion planting containers to have very short feet so they do not detract from the composition and to present a solid stable feeling.

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Next I selected a golden color bamboo raft stand, which was an ideal size for the container. Generally black bamboo rafts are used, but I wanted to emphasize the summer season with the golden color.

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A mixture of perennials was selected which included:

Stonecrop, Sedum, sp.

Miyazaki Toad Lily, Tricyrtis hirta ‘Miyazaki’

Burgundy Glow Ajuga, Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’

Dwarf Mondo, Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’

Creeping Thyme, Thymus sp.

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Often artists use plants native to the habitat of the main bonsai for a companion planting. It is not wise to use tropical species for a companion planting when displaying a tree from a temperate region.

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Flowers should not be duplicated on the main bonsai and companion planting ideally. Since the Dwarf Brush Cherry has shiny dark green leaves and is in bud with a few blossoms, I decided to use primarily light-green plants for the companion planting. However, to indicate seasonality the Sedum was in bud and perhaps might blossom for the weekend. The larger three Sedums were cuttings I took from a taller companion planting earlier this summer because it grew too tall. Three cuttings were simply put in a small pot. Also, I have more Sedums in even smaller pots, some with green foliage and other with purple leaves. The Burgundy Glow Ajuga was selected to brighten the color of the composition in a couple of areas. Tall Miyazaki Toad Lilies were used in a several areas because they will soon blossom and this companion planting is destined to be used in autumn when they are in flower. Dwarf Mondo was used to add texture to the composition and the Creeping Thyme was added to hide part of the container edge.

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When designing the companion planting eye movement direction is quite important. The main bonsai is leading the eye from left to right; therefore the companion planting direction should be from right to left. Combining the directions will lead the eye to the center of the bonsai display. Therefore the tallest Sedum was positioned on the right side of the container. The smaller, thinner Sedums were planted to the left of the main Sedum leaning towards the center. Also, this companion planting also looks good from the other side, so it can also be used flipped around to compliment another bonsai with a different eye movement.

 

 

When completed and photographed I noticed that the front of the companion planting seemed a bit dark, so additional smaller Burgundy Glow plants were added. Yes, I’m familiar with important negative space, but the area was too dark and a brighter green moss did not work. Generally companion plantings are full and lush, not sparse.

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As this companion planting becomes established and matures the plants will slow down in grown and the foliage will reduce in size, which will make an even better addition to a bonsai display next season.

I’ll post a photo of the final exhibit of the Dwarf Brush Cherry and newly created companion planting as displayed in the 40th Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit. Come, see and enjoy the beauty of about 100 bonsai this weekend.

Did you realize this much thought and planning is necessary for the creation of an effective companion planting? Also, I had fun planning and creating the composition!

You can also see this companion planting at the upcoming 2017 Open House & Sale on September 2-3, 2017

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Upcoming Events!

 

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40th Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

Exhibition, Programs, Workshops & Sales Areas

Chicago, Illinois

August 18-20, 2017

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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.

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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.

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

 

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

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Come to Chicago and enjoy a wonderful weekend of bonsai!

Additional information:

http://www.midwestbonsai.org/august-exhibition/

 

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International Bonsai Arboretum

Autumn 2017 Open House

Sale, Displays & Free Programs

Rochester, New York

September 2-3, 2017

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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.

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Bonsai Demonstrations

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

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Alan Adair

 

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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.

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

Schedule:

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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For additional information or map:

wnv@internationalbonsai.com

 

Autumn 2017 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

November 12-20, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Information:

Information:

http://www.internationalbonsai.com/files/1708315/uploaded/2017%20AUTUMN%20JAPAN%20TOUR.pdf

 

 

Winter 2018 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

February 5-14, 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Join us for this special tour!

 

Information:

http://www.internationalbonsai.com/files/1708315/uploaded/WINTER%202018%20TOUR%20FLYER.pdf

 

2017 Mid America Bonsai Association Convention

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The 2017 MABA Convention was held on July 7-8, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The two day convention had lecture/demonstrations, seminars, workshops, critiques and a bonsai forum. The heighlight of the event was a fine bonsai exhibit with some stunning bonsai. All of the bonsai were beautifully displayed on display tables with companions. A few featured American themed scrolls. All the bonsai were well detailed, ready for exhibiting and were enjoyed by all registrants and visitors.
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Matt Reel and his completed demonstration Douglas Fir bonsai.

US National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition

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The successful 1st U.S. National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition was held on June 23-25, 2017 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. This venue the home annual Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo held each December sponsored by Steve Zeisel.

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The North Carolina Research Campus is a unique beautiful building with white marble walls and columns tied together with an unusual geometric floor. All the marble is from the same quarry in Italy that Michelangelo used to carve his famous “David” and is two inches thick. The highly polished floor and walls created a bright and regal atmosphere providing light so the bonsai can be appreciated. The four-story rotunda is the tallest south of Washington, DC. The views looking down to the bonsai exhibition were equally impressive.

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Together with the cooperation of Steve Zeisel and building administrator Mark Spitzer and building manager Bob Damron the three day exhibition was beautifully staged and a perfect venue to feature bonsai. Last December at the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo Louise Leister from Florida approached me to organize an exhibition featuring shohin bonsai. After that event I traveled to China, then returning home for a knee replacement. So, basically this entire exhibition was organized in less than six months. Louise promised to help me, and she did searching for excellent workshop material, some imported from Japan, finding sponsors for the ten awards and contacting speakers from across the country. Additionally she brought her study group from Florida not only to help us set up the exhibition but also to help take down the exhibition, workshop room, lecture room and three vending areas.

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Thirty exhibitors from Vermont, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana and New York prepared, transported and displayed 191 shohin and small size bonsai. Each tree was a jewel and a bonsai in miniature size. A shohin bonsai composition is quite complicated when well executed to feature the beauty, direction, as well as providing a colorful pallet for the eye. Of course attempting to avoid the duplication of species, styles, container colors, shapes and display tables.

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On Friday Suthin Sukosolvisit, Kathy Shaner, Michael Lebanik and John Romano each conducted a workshop for only eight participants. An opening reception featuring delicious goodies was held in the early evening before the programs began. In addition to the workshop instructors, Michael Ryan Bell, Mark Arpag, Sean Smith and myself presented ten lecture demonstrations. Twenty-two vendors brought their finest bonsai (all sizes), containers, pre-bonsai display tables, educational material as well as supplies for both the registrants and walk in public.

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A Benefit Auction was held on Saturday evening BEFORE the Award Banquet, where the demonstration bonsai as well as other donated items were auctioned. The Award Banquet was concluded by 8:30 pm, a first for me. A surprise visit from “Sunshine” (Sunshine Asian Restaurant) came and carved images of the award winning bonsai on watermelons which drew quite a bit of interest.

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Kathy Shaner, Suthin Sokolosovisit and myself judged the exhibition and conducted a group critique on Sunday morning.

 

AWARD WINNERS

Best Shohin Bonsai Composition Display

Melvyn Goldstein, Cleveland, Ohio

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Best Bonsai Companion Combination

Gary Andes, Kingsport, Tennessee

COMPANION AWARD

 

Best Container & Tree Combination

Creighton Bostrom, Waxhaw, North Carolina

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Best Tropical Bonsai

Michael Sullivan, Cooper City, Florida

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Best Broadleaf Bonsai

Michael Lebanik, Davenport, Florida

AWARD

 

Best Deciduous Bonsai

Shannon Salyer, Lenoir City, Tennessee

DECIDUOUS AWARD

 

Best Evergreen Bonsai

Donald Kimball, Wilson, North Carolina

EVERGREEN AWARD

 

Best Mame Bonsai under 4”

Johnson Teh, Miami, Florida

MAME AWARD

 

Best in Show under 8”

Adair Martin, Clarksville, Georgia

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Best in Show over 8”

Alan Adair, Canadice, New York

BEST OF LARGE

 

Unfortunately our professional photographer, Joe Noga was not able to physically attend the exhibition, but he did see each display as well as the critique via Facetime. He arranged for Sam Ogranaja, a professional photographer to capture the beauty of each display with his camera. Shohin bonsai are quite difficult to photograph well in multi-level box stands so the trees were not moved, but rather photographed as they were displayed. His beautiful photographs are included in this blog.

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Because of the great success of the 1st U.S. National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition we have been invited back again by the North Carolina Research Campus for the next exhibition in June 2019. Next year the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition will be held in Rochester, New York, on September 8-9, 2018 and it would be too much work, even for me, to organize two major exhibitions in a single year.

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I’d like to thank the North Carolina Research Campus staff, speakers, exhibitors, vendors, helpers and especially my wife Diane and Louise Leister for all working together to present a distinctive exhibition featuring the diminutive beauty of shohin bonsai in order to promote and elevate this special group of bonsai.

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If you can’t wait to see fine quality bonsai in this unique venue, kindly join us on December 2-3, 2017 for the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo. Additional information at: http://www.winterbonsai.net

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2017 Upstate New York 44th Exhibition Photos

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The 2017 Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition opened yesterday and there was a great crowd. But better, Melvyn Goldstein from Cleveland, Ohio, brought 13 masterpiece satsuki from his collection to share with us. A special area was designed for this display which everyone enjoyed and appreciated the amount of time necessary to create these bonsai, maintain them and also display them with distinction. A few days ago he suddenly realized that all the Azaleas would not fit into the van he rented to bring them five hours from Cleveland, Ohio! But he has a good friend, Aaron, who also drove another vehicle to bring all the blossoming Satsuki for us to enjoy, and our members appreciated Mel’s effort and artistry.
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Our club, now in its 45th year has approximately 120 people and represents a wide range of members, from rank beginners to award winning experts and professionals. Therefore all members are encouraged to bring their bonsai, some still developing and needing a few more decades to become refined and many award winning masterpieces. Every level of our membership was represented.
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Many of our members are taking considerable time to create formal displays, some with scrolls, paintings and even a quilt to depict a season, event, natural scene and more.
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Each year we present a “Members Choice Award” selected by all present at a wine and cheese reception. This award is presented in memory and honor of Yuji Yoshimura. His endeavors to promote the beauty, understanding and appreciation of bonsai have spread throughout the world for the past 70 years. Members voted for their “favorite” bonsai during the event, not necessarily the finest bonsai. This year Jason Henderberg won the award for his Foemina juniper.
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A relatively new award, “The Founder’s Award” in the memory of Irene T. Valavanis is presented to a worthy bonsai. Since many members are now putting effort into displaying formal presentations. The Founder’s Award was presented to John Wiessinger for his display of a Ponderosa pine with an unusual wall hanging quilt and bone accessory.
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As in the past, we had a sales area, display from the Upstate New York Suiseki Study Group and special display of Ikebana presented by members of the local Ikebana International chapter.
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2017 44th Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition & 2017 Spring Open House

 

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The Bonsai Society of Upstate New York is holding their 44th Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition on May 27-28, 2017 at the Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, New York. Some of the finest bonsai in New York state will be on display for the public to enjoy and learn from too.

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These photos are from past Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibitions, since this year’s has not even been set up yet. Since this is a society show, bonsai from all levels of development will be displayed from our membership.

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New this year is a special display of masterpiece satsuki azalea bonsai from Melvyn Goldstein from Cleveland, Ohio. He is bringing a van load of some of his finest satsuki bonsai to share with viewers. This group of azaleas blooms later on in the season, so our show dates have slightly been adjusted to display the colorful blossoms.

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Many of our members have excellent shohin bonsai and this special group of bonsai will be well represented. If you like shohin bonsai, join us for the US National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition next month in Kannapolis, North Carolina. More information can be found here: http://www.internationalbonsai.com/page/493925678

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As in the past members from the Upstate New York Suiseki Study Group will have a display of stones collected in New York and also from Japan. The local chapter of Ikebana International will also have some of their beautiful arrangements to share too.

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Two demonstrations at 2pm on each day will be presented. Marc Arpag, noted bonsai artist and President of the organization will be on Saturday. While on Sunday, Jerome Cushman and other accredited teachers from Ikebana International will demonstrate their art. Bonsai videos will be shown throughout the day, except when the formal demonstrations are being conducted.

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A large sales area featuring bonsai, pre-bonsai, tools, shohin bonsai, display tables, collected trees and more will also be in a separate section of the large auditorium.

 

2017 SPRING OPEN HOUSE

My garden will be open to the public on Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 2017, in Rochester, New York. It is a short 15 minute drive to the Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition. Newly created bonsai from this spring, plus many more transplanted into new containers can be seen and studied in my garden which features bonsai of all sizes, stages of development, numerous unusual species and all price ranges of course. All of this is in a unique garden featuring classical bonsai framed by unusual species, including a large wisteria in front of the house featuring blossoms OVER 3 FEET long. Bonsai, supplies and more will be on sale too!

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Join us this weekend to get your bonsai fix, especially if you are in driving distance from Rochester. It’s a great bonsai destination for the Memorial Day holiday weekend!

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Sayonara Japan

 

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Have I got a deal for you! Seiji Morimae is also a great auctioneer. Sold to Ron…. again

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Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan’s gold. Some was left after restoring the Golden Pavilion so they use it on ice cream. Diane asked if I was going to be the golden goose laying gold eggs…. no comment

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Sink in a public restroom. I felt kind of funny taking photos in the restroom. Look, this toilet also plays music!

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Tomohiro Masumi watering his shohin bonsai at Koju-en Bonsai Garden

 

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Yosuke Omizu in his garden which features shohin bonsai

 

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$170 Crabs at a fish market. We had sushi, of course.

 

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I hope you enjoyed my photos as much as I did taking and sharing them with you

Bill

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