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:


2017 Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show, Part 1

Kathy Shaner was our honored guest, and she did a great job arranging our clubs trees into a very cohesive, nicely-flowing event.  Here are some photos of the overall show.  More soon!


Back wall, note the varying table height for the taller tree.  A nice touch, with an almost-tokonoma feel:

A shohin display (ok, my shohin display) with plenty of space to allow the viewer to contemplate the composition:

More along the right wall:

A collection of accent plants grouped together:

More along the right wall:

The left side of the center aisle featured a collection of rock plantings.  Quite a few were entered this year, and grouped together, it made a very intresting composition as a whole, and offered lots of detail for those looking closer:

The right side of the center aisle also offered good spacing to appreciate each tree and it’s chosen accent:

Kathy enlightening some club members as the doors open.  Karin (center) is our show chairman, and has done a fantastic job.