People love groves. While individual bonsai trees can tend toward the abstract, groves remain accessible. When leading friends through bonsai exhibits, I make sure to stop by any groves as they are sure to leave an impression. This year a couple of groves stood out at BIB’s 11th annual exhibit. One, a rock-planting with Kingsville […]
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Accent plants can make a good bonsai display great. Bright accents can enliven a somber display; subtle accents can temper displays that are rife with color. They are the final element enlisted to enhance a display’s balance. Unlike bonsai, there are few rules governing proper use. The primary guide I like to keep in mind […]
Step-by-step instructions for putting on a bonsai exhibit, bonsai sold separately. 1) Get a truck for the supplies. One truck packed – Boon’s happy 2) Get another truck for the trees. John and I carefully pack the truck 3) Set up the backdrops. John, Jeff and Vince are champs at setting up backdrops 4) Apply […]
Bonsai exhibits are our best opportunity to simply enjoy the trees. Every year during BIB’s annual exhibit, I make time to wander the hall as if I were a visitor. I study bark and branch placement, moss-work, accents, and display. It’s some of the best fun bonsai has to offer. One of the first things that […]
Shohin has a fun place in the bonsai repertoire. Like satsuki devotees, some artists limit their palate to the endeavor. Others find they focus on it but maintain “large” bonsai as well. Urushibata is a great example of this sort. They also host their own conventions. One of the best that I know about is […]