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Finally, I arrived at the National Exhibition of Bonsai US last month. The exhibition is held every two years in Rochester, New York, home of William N. Valavanis, the driving force behind the event. I would have liked to have gone before! Valavanis has done the impossible four times now, which brings together many of the best trees in the USA to put in an exceptional event.
This in no way a small business. This year’s event featured 175 screens comprising 320 trees – more than 125 species – more than 50 suiseki. More than 1,000 visitors enjoyed the event.
I would start today with photos of some of the winning trees, including one of my favorites, a juniper Rocky Mountains.
Juniper Rocky Mountains – ABS Award North America
Although I am thoroughly impressed with the tree, I was even more impressed to meet the owner of the tree – a young, mostly self-educated, enthusiastic with a great eye and a lot of talent. Congratulations on your achievement!
Another favorite is the wild olive below. I had seen pictures of the tree before the event but to get to see him in person was a delight. I studied the dead wood and shape of the tree every time I passed it. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in the future.
Wild Olive – Evergreen Bonsai Award
Each of the award-winning bonsai trees show great qualities. The fig leaf willow below presents a spectacular conical shape and movement.
Willow fig leaf – Bonsai Award Federation of Puerto Rico
Pygmy Japanese maple Sharp does a great job conveying the feeling of a maple on nature, and somehow the foliage still looked wonderful in September.
Sharp’s Pygmy Japanese maple – Deciduous Bonsai Award
The median size Itoigawa juniper is a combination of deadwood and movement.
Itoigawa juniper – Midsize Prize Bonsai
The Prize of the Nippon Bonsai Association went to a pine with the qualities of classic pine including attractive bark and good branching.
Japanese black pine – Nippon Bonsai Association
The first prize went to an American elm. Look closely at the roots, bark, and branching. It is a very cool tree.
American elm – The National Prize
Please note, there were more than three hundred additional trees to enjoy the exhibition, including the following.
I have long admired ginkgo bonsai, and this issue is now among my favorites.
I know very little about Ashe juniper, but so easy to find to appreciate. The specimen later may have had the most elegant line of any tree in the exhibition. For fun, try to figure out where points are trees -. Or you could say if you had your example
Because the exhibition featured many varieties, walking the halls was a slow process and I was intrigued by the many varieties with which I am unfamiliar. The mixture kept the interesting exhibition and made it clear how much more there is to learn.
Pine black Japanese
black pine Japanese
cypress blue moss
crimson frost red birch
For more details on how the event came together and a complete list of winners of awards trees, see the fourth report of the US National Bonsai Exhibition in Valavanis Bonsai blog.
And stay tuned – more news soon Rochester
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com