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, […]
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I had a great time at this year’s Bay Island Bonsai exhibit. It was fun to catch up with friends and visitors from Northern California, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Minnesota, Connecticut and Rhode Island – and I’m likely missing a few places. The exhibit featured a good mix of varieties, but was particularly strong on conifers […]
This past weekend, Bay Island Bonsai held their 18th annual exhibit at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, California. Following the club’s tradition, the membership recognized the top tree in each of several categories with Members Choice Awards. Here are photos of this year’s award-winning trees, starting with a large white pine shown at the […]
Bay Island Bonsai’s 17th annual exhibit featured small, kifu, and medium-sized bonsai. The larger trees got a break this year. Here, then, are the largest trees on display – the medium-sized bonsai. Black pine White pine Shimpaku grafted on Sierra juniper displayed with Boston Ivy Shimpaku grafted on Sierra juniper – great character Shimpaku saikei Dwarf Sawara cypress […]
Kifu bonsai don’t get a lot of attention. They are the trees that are a bit larger than shohin, but shorter than the medium sized bonsai. They are generally between 8 and 12 inches tall. The increased size allows for a bit more character and complexity than shohin trees, but they still work on a […]