Shohin Critique by Kathy Shaner

Kathy judged the ABS, and my friend and ABS member Jim Cook was kind enough to video the critique of this 5-point shohin display. Moral of the story..need a bigger box stand!

Here are close-ups of the trees.


Corkbark JBP, ‘Hachi-Gen’ in a Shibakatsu pot:


6-tree Japanese Maple clump in an Ikkou pot:


Corkbark Elm in a Koyo pot:


Triple-trunk shimpaku juniper in a Shinobu pot:

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2017 Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show, part 3

Our show was judged in 3 categories, by experience; Novice (under 7 years), Intermediate (7-15 years), and Experienced (over 15 years).

In each experience group, a 1st and 2nd place was awarded by tree type: deciduous, evergreen, broadleaf evergreen, flowering/fruiting, and “other”.

Here are some of the winners from this year’s show, in the Experienced category.

Best in Show and best deciduous tree, Ume in a well-matched milky blue Japanese pot:


2nd place deciduous, Japanese Maple in a Yamaaki pot:


1st place evergreen, shimpaku juniper in Gyouzan pot:


2nd place evergreen, shimpaku juniper:


1st place flowering, azalea in Bunzan pot:


2nd place flowering, azalea in a Chinese container:

1st place, “other”; a 5-point shohin display, JBP in Shibakatsu, maple clump in Ikkou, Chinese Elm in Koyo, Shimpaku in Shinobu:



Honorable mention went to this very unusual bald cypress in a Japanese nailhead drum pot: