Last weekend the Yamato Bonsai Kai held their 48th annual exhibition in Union City, California. For those unfamiliar with the club, Yamato Bonsai Kai is a “sensei club” – a club with a designated teacher. Since 1976, Yoneo “Johnny” Uchida, proprietor of Grove Way Bonsai Nursery, has been the club sensei. Johnny displayed some of […]
Exhibits are where we can see bonsai at their best. Explore posts from Bonsai Exhibits in the U.S. including the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition and Japanese events including the world-famous Kokufu and Taikan-ten exhibits.
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 […]
The Redwood Empire Bonsai Society hosted their 36th annual show last weekend in Santa Rosa, California. Looking over the photos from this and past events reminded me of how much some trees have changed – or not changed – over the past eleven REBS shows I’ve visited (see the posts here). More than anything, seeing […]
Shohin bonsai are often displayed vertically to make use of limited exhibit space and to bring small trees closer to eye level. This can lead to interesting arrangements of trees that are often far more complex than the arrangement of larger bonsai on display. The shohin displays below were featured at the recent Bay Area […]
I’ve always enjoyed visiting bonsai exhibits as they’re both fun and educational. I study the trees I like to see what makes them work. Later, when I’m back in the garden, I try to make use of what I’ve learned. Here are some of the characteristics I liked about a selection of trees on display […]