Highlights from the eighth US Nationwide Bonsai Exhibition – half 2

One pattern stood out clearly at this yr’s US Nationwide Bonsai Exhibition: the prevalence of North American natives.

Regardless of their rising reputation over the previous ten to fifteen years, natives have made up a comparatively small portion of the bushes on the Nationwide Exhibition. That is seemingly as a result of it takes time to coach bonsai to an enough degree earlier than they are often offered at high-level exhibitions.

This yr there was an excellent number of natives on show, so I needed to concentrate on among the highlights. Let’s begin with considered one of my favorites, a Rocky Mountain juniper by Amy Blanton.

Rocky Mountain juniper

Rocky Mountain juniper

A few of you may acknowledge this tree from the 2015 Artisans Cup the place it was awarded third place. In case you’re curious what it regarded like eight years in the past, right here’s a photograph from the Cup.

Rocky Mountain juniper

Rocky Mountain juniper

Right here’s one other Rocky Mountain juniper from Dan Turner. This tree gained the Bonsai West award for for Most interesting Evergreen Bonsai.

Rocky Mountain juniper

Rocky Mountain juniper

One native species I’d having fun with seeing extra of is Douglas fir. The delicate foliage and craggy bark all the time jogs my memory of journeys to the mountains.

Douglas fir

Douglas fir by Dan Turner

I additionally sit up for seeing extra Jap white cedars. The foliage helps numerous approaches to pad building which suggests we’ll see specimens that convey very completely different interpretations of the species. Listed here are two approaches.

Eastern white cedar

Jap white cedar by Suthin Sukosolvisit

Eastern white cedar

Jap white cedar by Mike Roussel – Winner, Kennet Bonsai Award for best bonsai from Canada

Ponderosa pines have lengthy been a fixture amongst native North American species resulting from their sinuous trunk strains and aged deadwood. Right here’s a specimen from John Ruth.

Ponderosa pine

Ponderosa pine

Amongst native deciduous conifers, larch have nice historical past as bonsai, significantly within the Northeast. Right here’s a specimen offered within the cascade model.

American larch

American larch by Brian Kelley

The final species we’ll take a look at immediately is Colorado blue spruce. The species has change into well-liked for its brief, straight needles and aged bark and deadwood.

The specimen under, by Karen Harkaway, gained the ABS North American Bonsai Award for best North American species bonsai.

Colorado blue spruce

Colorado blue spruce – container by Erik Križovenský

One other Colorado Blue spruce, additionally in a container by Erik Križovenský, suggests a a lot bigger tree rising in an open panorama.

Colorado blue spruce

Colorado blue spruce by Thomas Ungrey

I hope you loved this temporary tour of the US Nationwide Exhibition! In case you’re taken with seeing all the bushes on show on the exhibition, you possibly can pre-order the exhibit catalog from Worldwide Bonsai.

Have any favorites among the many entries above? Be happy to share within the feedback under.

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