Last week the Golden State Bonsai Federation hosted its 37th Convention in Sacramento, California – Bonsai Visions of the West. Headliners included Peter Tea, Kathy Shaner and David De Groot. The event featured a great selection of vendors, workshops, demonstrations, auctions and bonsai on display.
A visitor photographing a trident maple
This year’s exhibit was split between judged entries and general entries. Greg McDonald was responsible for the general exhibit. To select trees, Greg and his brother Jay toured the state looking for impressive specimens. Thanks to their effort and to the generous owners who provided trees, the exhibit turned out great. The timing was especially good for some of the deciduous varieties already in fall color making for a very seasonal experience. Here are some of the deciduous varieties and broadleaf evergreens on display.
Cascade bonsai – Bursera microphylla(?)
Close-up of foliage
Japanese flowering quince ‘chojubai’
Root over rock trident maple
The exhibit also included several shohin displays.
Shohin bonsai display
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