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Alabama Bonsai Society History: 1948 Ginkgo

This club-owned ginkgo came from Brussel’s in 1988, for the price of $500. Here is the record:

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In 1992, it was shown at the BCI international convention in Memphis. If memory serves, Masahiko Kimura was there too. As were several west-coast artists, including John Naka and Ben Oki.

I have had the privilege of caring for this tree for a couple years, as have several club members. Here is the tree, nearly 30 years later, as an almost 70 year old tree in 2015:

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At some point in the past, the central leader was removed, perhaps as a styling decision, or maybe it died. Unfortunate, but the remaining tree is still quite nice, and at 32″ tall, still a large bonsai.

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And a shot from spring 2016:

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Alabama Bonsai Society History: Six degrees of separation, John Naka

My wife mentioned that our daughter’s good friend has a bonsai connection in her family. Turns out, her friend’s grandfather purchased and donated a bunch of bonsai trees in honor of his mother. Recently, I started digitizing our club’s records, and found a few records showing some of the donated trees:

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A few of those trees came from John Naka himself:

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Via Brussel’s, of course!

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Here is a shot from around 1983, when Mr. Naka visited the Alabama Bonsai Society, and the trident forest he created 8 years earlier:

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Be sure to come join us for our annual Spring Bonsai Show, today and tomorrow at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Of course, if you miss it, count on seeing some photos here over the next few weeks!