With small bonsai display, the focus tends to be on the arrangement of elements as much as on the individual trees themselves. The great challenge, then, isn’t just developing trees that work on a small scale, but in having enough different trees from which selections can be mixed and matched to create compelling displays. Easier […]
Exhibits are where we can see bonsai at their best. Explore posts from Bonsai Exhibits in the U.S. and Japan featuring trees from the world-famous Kokufu and Taikan-ten.
This past weekend the California Shohin Society hosted the 16th Biennial Shohin Seminar in Santa Nella, California. The event was a huge success. It revolves around a full day of workshops and features demos, a large vendor area and an exhibit of small-sized bonsai. Below is a selection of the trees on display in the exhibit. […]
One thing I’ve appreciated about Bay Island Bonsai’s annual exhibits is the use of moss to cover the surface of the soil. The convention is common among bonsai exhibits in Japan and elsewhere. It gives the trees a clean look and provides some life in the case of dormant deciduous varieties like the corkbark elm […]
Sierra junipers have become a favorite variety of mine in recent years. They grow vigorously and often feature deadwood with undulating movement and exciting jin. The Members’ Choice award for large conifer at Bay Island Bonsai’s 19th annual exhibit went to a Sierra juniper. It’s a fantastic tree. Members’ Choice Award – Sierra juniper Great […]
Bonsai Tonight will be going on summer break for the next few weeks, but before signing off, I’d like to leave you with photos of some of my favorite trees on display at the 8th World Bonsai Convention held in Saitama, Japan. Enjoy! Red pine Japanese beech Japanese maple Shimpaku Needle juniper Shimpaku Black pine […]