4th US National Bonsai Exhibition Report

Looks like a great show, would love to get over and see it for myself one time. Some great pictures and an interesting background into the set up of an exhibition

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The successful 2014 4th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition has come, gone and is now a pleasant memory. Bonsai from around our great country were displayed next to each other showing viewers the diversity of forms and plant material trained for bonsai as well as the high level of refinement we have developed during the past seventy odd years the art has been practiced in the United States.

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The “Crew” beginning the set up on Wednesday

The resounding success of the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition is due to the long hours of hard work of my “crew”, a dedicated group of bonsai hobbyists who want to see the art of bonsai flourish in the United States. In addition to set up and take down, many days were spent preparing, sewing, ironing and fabric cutting. New folding backgrounds were designed, constructed and painted (twice) for the Invitational Suiseki Exhibition and over…

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LABOR DAY FOR BONSAI

An interesting perspective on setting up for a show! A lot more work goes into the set up then most realise

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Today is Labor Day, and boy did we labor so bonsai from around our country can be beautifully and tastefully displayed!

My entire “Monday Senior Crew” came, (except for Paul Eschmann who went sailing– but he will come on Saturday) today to help prepare for the upcoming US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 13-14th in Rochester, NY.

Today, Doug McDade, Rick Marriott, Bob Pfromm, Tom Friday and Joe Lentner left their families on this “holiday” to help me prepare for the exhibition. Rick started at 8:30 this morning and left at 4:00 in the afternoon. We got a tremendous amount of important work accomplished with only one doughnut break and takeout Chinese lunch. Diane surprised us with a raspberry birthday cake for Doug, Bob and me who all celebrate birthdays within two weeks of each other. Actually, Bob and I were both born on Labor Days, but several years…

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US National Bonsai Exhibition Preparations Continue

Looking like it is shaping up to be a great day! Really looking forward to seeing the pictures myself, although I wish I could be there in person

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My family, Monday Senior Crew and friends are all busy preparing everything for the US National Bonsai Exhibition. Actually we have slowly been preparing for several months here in Rochester for the bonsai, suiseki, display backgrounds, posts and more. But now we are in full mode, which means I had six McDonalds Sweet Tea today.

Today we purchased a new water hose so exhibitors can easily water their bonsai before bringing into the building for their “final acceptance.” There is a grassy area where it will be easy to water and do the final detailing. Some green moss will also be available for touch ups if necessary.

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Blood, sweat, tears and even a hospital visit have been experienced to get everything perfect for displaying both the bonsai and suiseki in the exhibition. A new design for backgrounds have been designed, constructed and painted with special paint by Doug McDade, Tom…

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2014 MIDWEST BONSAI EXHIBIT

Everybody loves a good exhibitions, so here are some pics from the 2014 Midwest Bonsai Exhibit, courtesy of Valavanis Bonsai Blog

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The 37th Midwest Bonsai Exhibit is being held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-17, 2014. Many beautiful bonsai are on display from local members and other bonsai hobbyists from several states. About 15 vendors are selling their trees, containers and other items as well. Enjoy the photos!

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COLLECTION TREES

ROUGH BARK

Rough Bark Japanese Maple by Matt Berenberg received the Best of Show Award

MAPLE

RAF DWARF SCOTS PINE

RAF Dwarf Scots Pine by Wm. N. Valavanis received the 1st Place Award in the Professional Division

PINE

SHOHIN BONSAI

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SHIMPAKU

SHIMPAKU SHOHIN

SCOTS PINE

SATSUKI

PONDEROSA

METASEQUOIA

MARY KAY

LARCH FOREST

TRUNK POSITIONING

LANTANA

KUSA MONO

JUNIPERS

JADE

HINOKI

HEMLOCK

GOYO PINE

FICUS 

CHINESE ELM

BLUE MOSS

YEW

STONES

TREE:STONE

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