Two displays at this year’s Bay Island Bonsai exhibit featured mini-sized bonsai. The first used a narrow box stand that held five trees with a semi-cascade bittersweet and accent on the right side.
Six-tree shohin display
It was great to see such good contrast among the display elements. The tree varieties, foliage character and color, and pot shape and color avoid repetition – a difficult feat.
Japanese black pine – unglazed pot
Gardenia – painted pot
Olive – yellow glazed pot
Japanese flowering quince ‘Chojubai’ – glazed pot
Japanese bittersweet – two-color glazed pot
A second display featured a simple box stand that held three trees. It was accented by a small white pine.
Four-tree shohin display
Simple box stands like this are great as it’s much easier to find four trees that work well together than it is to find six.
Elm – pot by Roy Minarai
Subscribe to Bonsai Tonight
New Posts Delivered Every Tuesday and Friday