Bay Island Bonsai’s annual barbecue last weekend offered ample opportunity to wander through the marvel that is Boon’s garden. There are trees everywhere representing different sizes, shapes, styles and varieties of bonsai.
Small and medium-sized bonsai
As Boon’s garden is not open to the public, BIB events and Boon’s Intensives are among the best ways to visit. One tree worth checking out is one of the larger specimens in the garden, a massive Sierra juniper.
As many of the trees in Boon’s garden are collected, rebar is a common sight. Collected trees often go through significant transformations, and rebar is a useful tool in this transformation.
Rebar on a juniper
Accent plants fill many of the gaps between trees, as do a variety of fun non-bonsai-related specimens.
Pine foliage is never far away.
Likewise, trees at every stage of development. Some of these are in their first bonsai containers awaiting initial styling.
Other trees are fresh from the field.
After spending enough time in Boon’s garden, these undeveloped specimens begin to resemble trees we’d like to show. Here’s a black pine that’s about 20 years old after no more than 10 years of training.
Of course, there are many refined bonsai too.
In all, there are more trees than one can rationally catalogue in a day. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse!
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beautiful trees, great bonsai work. well done guys !!
Marty Baumann says
Great post! I have been fortunate to see a few demos by Boon over the years but have never visited his nursery. I noticed the hoses attached to his trees in some of your pictures. Can you describe his watering system?
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Jonas Dupuich says
Hi Marty – good question. In brief there are two systems at Boon’s house: an automatic irrigation system and hoses for more fine tuned control. The irrigation system consists of sprinkler heads that can cover several trees at once and smaller emitters that can point at single trees. As I don’t know the specifics of the system I’ll leave it at that.
Adair Martin says
I’ve been going to Boon’s Intensives for two years. Every time I go, I “see” something new that I’ve walked past dozens of times, that enlightens me, inspires me, and encourages me.