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The artisans Cup featured several panels throughout the weekend that gave the visitors the opportunity to learn from the team that put the case together, from the Neils, and judges. During the panel of judges, the time was spent on the different approaches to recognizing excellence in an exhibition.
The artisans recognized Cup 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest scoring trees regardless of size or variety (see “The results are in!” For details). This approach takes the example of Kokufu-ten in which judges recognize excellence regardless of tree size or variety. Unlike Kokufu, distinguishes Cup 1st place 2 and 3 (awards Kokufu share the same weight).
The nice thing about this approach is that it produces a “winner” – better tree unambiguous exposure. This promotes competition and helps demonstrate excellence in all categories. I also think it is good because it encourages people to showcase their best trees themselves, not their best trees within a given category.
said, there are some great reasons to recognize trees by category as well. This approach can encourage people to show different sizes and types of trees that can lead to a more diverse show. It is educational as we find examples of different categories -. Good to contrast the features that interest us deciduous varieties with which we look for in varieties of conifers
With a system of strict categories, there is no way to recognize a unique “Best in Show”. It is also difficult to handle situations where only a few trees appear in each category. If there are only two deciduous trees leaf medium in an exhibition, is that clear enough competition to award a winner? What if there is only one medium deciduous tree leaf, but the best tree in the exhibition?
The approach taken by the Taikan-ten ten exhibitions Sakufu-is to recognize the best tree in each category and awarded the honor of “Best in Show” separately. I think it’s a good balance, but it can also be uncomfortable in the “best big Conifer” is not as good as a great Conifer winning “Best in Show.”
Back in Oregon, with the scores of all the trees exposed in the artisans Cup and can recognize the best trees in each category after the fact. Using standardized Dan Yamins’ results, I have indicated the trees with the highest average scores in most categories inferiors. Are all beautiful – I hope you enjoy
Best in Show -. Randy Caballero
Rocky Mountain juniper
Best large coniferous -. Eric Schikowski
Best large deciduous -. Pacific Bonsai Museum
Top Middle deciduous -. William N. Valavanis
Japanese maple ‘Shishigashira’
Top Middle coniferous -. Jason Eider
As shown with rose and fern
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com