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.

At first of the occasion, Invoice reviewed the entire 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 large congratulations – thanks, Invoice!

This yr’s occasion was one other huge success with nice attendance from around the globe 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 thought of what the occasion was like, I’ll characteristic a handful of bushes immediately and subsequent week that spotlight two aspects of the exhibit. This week we’ll take a look at unique (non-native) bushes 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 growth.

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 superb instance of this. The tree bought a number of consideration not solely as a result of it’s huge and exquisite, however as a result of it was grown from slicing in New England, a area that isn’t sometimes regarded as a hospitable residence for tropicals!

On this be aware, 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 bushes 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 complicated designs within the exhibit.

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

Japanese black pine

Japanese black pine by Brownlee Currey

Deciduous bushes displayed in leaf typically fail to convey the great thing about their department construction, however a big cork bark Japanese maple did an awesome job exhibiting 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, frequent options for big tridents.

Trident maple

Trident maple

Our ultimate tree for immediately is a multi-trunk Japanese five-needle pine. It takes nice care and a mild contact to rearrange white pine branches in such a constant and suave method. If you happen to haven’t had the expertise, I extremely suggest giving the species a attempt – it may be a incredible 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 few 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 Middle in Oakland, California. Come take a look at headliner Jason Chan of Japanese Leaf who will do an indication Saturday afternoon.

The present is open to the general public 10am-4pm on October 7-8. Study extra concerning the occasion within the EBBS Publication.

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