This past weekend the Midori Bonsai Club hosted their 52 annual show at the Northside Community Center in San Jose. Peter Tea provided the demonstration, working on a tall black pine, Jim Gremel, Jerry Braswell, Carman’s Nursery and others filled the vendors’ area, and after 23 years in business, Shibui Bonsai made their final appearance at a club show. Shibui has played a great role improving bonsai in the US by providing high quality tools, pots and supplies to enthusiasts in Northern California and beyond. Huge thanks to Seiji, Della, Carl and everyone else at Shibui for all of their hard work over the years – enjoy your new-found free time, you deserve it!
On to the exhibit. Midori club members take care with their displays and they aren’t afraid to show some humor. A shimpaku with an unusual accent greeted visitors at the door.
Deadwood on trunk
The exhibit featured a good mix of varieties – some of the highlights are below, more on the way Friday.
Ready for a blast from the past – Peter Tea won the Joshua Roth New Talent Contest in 2009 with the procumbens juniper below (see “Peter Tea wins New Talent Competition“).
Gowan cypress – an endangered species
Demonstration time – Peter Tea working on black pine
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