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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PETER Chan says
Hi Jonas, Lovely pics of the Show. I must say that the standard of bonsai at this exhibition is quite outstanding Are these pics yours and may I use some of them for the book I am revising? In fact – I have already chosen a few that you sent me earlier which I will be using. Will let you know which ones they are when the publisher has made the final selection. Thanks again for all your help. If you ever visit the UK please visit our nursery in Surrey. The invitation is always open. Kindest regards, Peter Chan
Jonas Dupuich says
Thanks Peter! Yes, they’re mine and you’re free to use them for the book with attribution. Will have to stop by Surrey when I’m in the neighborhood!