“Bonsai Visions of the West” 2014

It has been a while since our last post, as this time of year we are always very busy getting ready for winter. In the Midwest there is a lot of work involved to winterize bonsai. We are not as fortunate as California where almost everything can stay out year round.  We will talk about over wintering trees more in our next post.

This weekend marks the 37th annual bonsai convention hosted by the Golden State Bonsai Federation and ABS in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento bonsai club was established in 1946, and is the oldest club in California and I believe one of the oldest in the United States.

Unfortunately we were not able to attend this convention. The photos shown below were provided by a good friend, Chris Pfeifle, who is volunteering at the convention this year. Chris is an active member of the Sacramento club, and also attends study groups taught by Peter Tea. If you ever get a chance to go to the GSBF convention you will find lots of vendors, workshops and demos. The convention has on display some of the best trees Northern California has to offer. Enjoy the photos!

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Dan Robinson’s Ponderosa Pine

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Check out the beautiful fall colors on this Trident Maple!

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Sierra Juniper

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Ilex Serrata (Japanese winter berry)

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Shimpaku Juniper (cool stand 😉 )

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Ginkgo Biloba (maiden hair tree)

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Literati Shimpaku Juniper. Literati is one of my favorite styles.

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Korean Hornbeam

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Jim Gremel’s Blue Atlas Cedar

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Cork Oak. There are not enough people using the oak species for bonsai in the U.S.

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California Juniper. These wild trees are more popular than ever these days.


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Japanese Black Pine

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Chris said the bark on this JPB is KILLER!

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Sierra Juniper. Another wild tree.

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Coastal Redwood

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Amazing live veins. It is almost impossible to duplicate the art of nature, but we all love to try. 😉






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2 Responses to “Bonsai Visions of the West” 2014

  1. backcountrydan says:

    The stand is way cool! Any idea who made it?
    And I love the pot/ginkgo combination!
    All around great trees though!!


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