Last weekend the East Bay Bonsai Society hosted their 58th Annual Show at Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, California. The event featured a mix of conventional displays along with a few less-traditional set-ups.
Most of the trees were displayed on wooden stands with scrolls or accents.
Shimpaku juniper with scroll and accent
Lodgepole pine with pyracantha and accent
Bunjin shimpaku with suiseki
Pine with accent
One relatively traditional display featured a scroll that spelled out the scene. It read: “Making dry creekbeds glisten/awakens hills/first autumn rain.”
Leyland cypress with scroll, gravel, and grass accent
The artist suggested that the accent represented the hills that green up after the first rains of the season.
Another display featured a clear box-stand that made the display elements appear to float in space. It was a great example of how to arrange display elements at different heights.
Small bonsai display – no two elements line up horizontally
One of my favorite displays featured two unconventional pines.
Double pine display
The arrangement was a nod to teacher Dennis Makishima who gave these trees their starts.
Although it might break “rules” to include such similar trees in the same display, I appreciated that the arrangement caused me to look for differences and similarities between the trees that I might have otherwise missed.
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