TBT: An unlucky 4 becomes a winner 5, 1998

What: My buddy Ron purchased a 4-trunk ficus clump from Mary Miller. In an article written in 1996, Mary asked John Naka about this clump’s having 4 trunks as breaking the “rules” of bonsai. Naka dismissed it with, “so?”

Later, Ron hosted a Japanese sister-city dignitary who wouldn’t even look at it; walked way around it like the clump was sheltering an Ebola patient. Ron also had a single-trunk nerifolia that looked like it had a helmet on; a truly ugly bonsai. So? What to do…
When: 1998
Where: Iowa

This group:

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Plus this one:

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Plus 17 years, equals a MABA blue-ribbon winner:

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Congrats Ron!

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