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Highlights from the eighth US Nationwide Bonsai Exhibition – half 1

Final month, William N. Valavanis hosted the eighth US Nationwide Bonsai Exhibition in East Rochester, New York.

Initially of the occasion, Invoice reviewed all the displays and seminars he’s hosted over time and decided that this was the a centesimal present he’s staged. That is inconceivable sounding achievement deserves huge congratulations – thanks, Invoice!

This 12 months’s occasion was one other massive success with nice attendance from world wide together with demonstrators Koji Hiramatsu (Japan), Gerald Rainville (Canada), Sean Smith (US), and Corin Tomlinson (UK).

The exhibit itself featured 304 bonsai. To supply an concept of what the occasion was like, I’ll function a handful of timber at the moment and subsequent week that spotlight two sides of the exhibit. This week we’ll take a look at unique (non-native) timber which have been in coaching for a few years. Subsequent week, we’ll take a look at North American species at totally different levels of improvement.

Brazilian rain tree

Brazilian rain tree by Louis Carreiro

One of many joys of attending an occasion just like the US Nationwide Exhibition is that it options an awesome variety of species that I don’t see as a lot of in regional reveals. The Brazilian rain tree above is a good instance of this. The tree acquired quite a lot of consideration not solely as a result of it’s massive and exquisite, however as a result of it was grown from chopping in New England, a area that isn’t sometimes considered a hospitable residence for tropicals!

On this word, one of many extra spectacular ficus within the present calls the College of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Backyard residence.


Banyan – Ficus microcarpa

One of many extra dramatic timber within the exhibit was an itoigawa shimpaku by Stewart Tieszen.

Itoigawa juniper

Itoigawa juniper

The tree was notable for its fascinating foliage design that relied on layers of department pads organized in an irregular sample. It was one of many extra advanced designs within the exhibit.

A mature black pine took the alternative strategy by that includes a full silhouette and quiet department design.

Japanese black pine

Japanese black pine by Brownlee Currey

Deciduous timber displayed in leaf usually fail to convey the fantastic thing about their department construction, however a big cork bark Japanese maple did an awesome job displaying off its aged bark from the bottom of the trunk to the uppermost branches.

Arakawa Japanese maple

Arakawa Japanese maple by Lucas Glass

In distinction to the sunshine and ethereal Arakawa maple, Mike McCallion’s trident maple conveyed power within the decrease trunk and floor roots, widespread options for giant tridents.

Trident maple

Trident maple

Our closing tree for at the moment is a multi-trunk Japanese five-needle pine. It takes nice care and a delicate contact to rearrange white pine branches in such a constant and clever method. In the event you haven’t had the expertise, I extremely suggest giving the species a attempt – it may be a implausible problem to get the branches organized to at least one’s liking!

White pine

White pine by Brian Hollowell

Subsequent week we’ll check out a number of the US natives on show. Within the meantime, head over to the Bonsai Wire Podcast to listen to responses to the query, “Why ought to one come to the US Nationwide Bonsai Exhibition?

East Bay Bonsai Society present this weekend

EBBS is internet hosting their annual present this weekend on the Lakeside Park Backyard Heart in Oakland, California. Come try headliner Jason Chan of Jap Leaf who will do an illustration Saturday afternoon.

The present is open to the general public 10am-4pm on October 7-8. Be taught extra concerning the occasion within the EBBS E-newsletter.

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