It would be difficult to visit the US National Bonsai Exhibition without bumping into, or at least spotting, the man who made it all happen, William N. Valavanis.
William N. Valavanis
Valavanis’ contributions to bonsai in the US are beyond impressive. In addition to birthing the US National Exhibition, Valavanis established the International Bonsai Arboretum, publishes International Bonsai Magazine, leads at least two tours to Japan every year, sells trees, and travels the US as a teacher and guide (see more at International Bonsai). He’s a super guy and I greatly appreciate the work he’s done for bonsai. I also appreciate the hospitality during my visit to the exhibition – thanks Bill!
Robinson Contorted Bradford Pear – William N. Valavanis
Is that a bird in there?
In addition to seeing super trees from around the country, one can also see a number of super people at the National. It was a great opportunity to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in years and to meet people with whom I’d corresponded but not met in person. I was also excited to meet so many readers of this site for the first time – thanks for saying hi!
Bjorn Bjorholm, Bjorvala Bonsai Studio
Brussel Martin, Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery
Sean Smith, Custom Oriental Wood-Craft
Innovative display of procumbens juniper – Sean Smith
Suthin Sukosolvisit, Suthin Bonsai Studio
Stainless steel tools – American Bonsai Tool & Supply Co.
As I can only go so long without posting photos of trees, here are more highlights from the exhibit.
Gyoten satsuki azalea
Brazilian rain tree
Kiyohime Japanese maple
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