Alabama Bonsai Society 2018 Spring Show

Karin and Anika did an outstanding job again this year. Kathy Shaner was our show arranger and judge, who is constantly teaching and is a treat to spend time with.

Our show is judged by experience level (0-3 years, 3-5 years, and >5 years), then by tree variety, with some additional awards for tropical, ROR, Penjing, and honorable mentions.

Here are the results of this year’s show.

Novice Class

Fruiting/flowering. Satsuki Azalea:

Intermediate Class

First place deciduous, trident maple:

Second place deciduous, Korean Hornbeam:

First place broadleaf evergreen, Kingsville boxwood:

Experienced Class

First place deciduous and Best In Show, laceleaf Japanese Maple:

Second place deciduous, weeping willow:

First place evergreen, Japanese Black Pine:

Second place evergreen, Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper:

First place broadleaf evergreen, Kingsville boxwood:

Second place broadleaf evergreen, Korean boxwood:

First place flowering/fruiting, Satsuki Azalea, Kinsai:

Second place fruiting/flowering, Satsuki Azalea:

First place Root-over-rock, trident maple:

Second place Root-Over-rock, trident maple:

First place tropical, pomegranate:

First place penjing (used loosely here), Japanese maple:

Second place penjing, Kingsville boxwood:

First place shohin display:

Second place shohin display:

Honorable mentions:

Trident maple over a bust:

Japanese maple:


Going to California, part 1

It’s always interesting to meet people you’ve interacted with online. Recently, I was in Southern California with half a day on my hands and decided to contact Greg Peterson, owner of the BonsaiNut forum and see if wanted a visitor, on a very short notice. While I didn’t take photos of his collection, he was kind enough to give the tour, and then we went on an adventure.

The Huntington Gardens is in San Merino California, just Northeast of L.A.. It has an impressive collection of gardens, libraries, and Bonsai. Over the next few weeks, I will share photos from the adventure, starting with the trees. Many thanks to Greg for spending the better part is a day with me, I had a great time.