Blog — The Artisans Cup

The Results Are In! September 29, 2015 Vanessa DeSpain Our greatest thanks to all of the exhibitors, your tremendous work helped to make The Artisans Cup the success that it was. We are thrilled with the response from the bonsai community and the attendees experiencing bonsai of this calibre for the first time. First Place:Randy Knight’s Rocky Mountain Juniper Second Place:Tim Priest’s Sierra Juniper %0

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Bonsai exhibited at the EBA/ESA convention

Following the suiseki posted the other day, here´s some of the bonsai that was on display. Overall impressions of the exhibition was that there were high quality trees there, alongside some trees that required a few more years of maintenance. Most, if not all, trees were on displaystands, and the use of accents was really nicely done.

Enough words, most of you want pictures anyway.

Overall shot of the exhibition area, the use of a red cloth was a nice contrast.


Small cascading shimpaku, nice deadwood and a good accent.
Another cascading juniper, love this type of display stands.
Literati Juniper, i wouldn´t mind a slightly smaller pot. Nice fern for an accent.
Very full shimpaku in moyogi style.
One of the few mugo pines i took a photo of.
Another literati juniper, this time a sabina. Amazing deadwood, but it´s almost expected from a yamadori.
One of the few San-Ten Kazari, or three point displays in the exhibition. Smaller trees which don´t have the visual weight is usually displayed like this. Two medium sized trees and a accent or stone to balance it.
Shohin were also few, but the one´s displayed were of high quality. This is a seven point shohin display.
Sloe bonsai, usually displayed in early spring as the white flowers emerge. Fortunately this one had fruit on it, otherwise it would´ve been overlooked.
Large spruce which was really nice. Recently styled though and could use a few more years to be spectacular.
Nice full trident maple, would like to see this in winter to fully appreciate the ramification.

These are just a few of the trees. But overall a nice exhibition.

My trees and progressions

Added a new page on the site with my trees. In it i will post recent pictures of my collection of trees. I will try not to show to much raw material but mostly styled trees. I also added a page with progressions of some of the trees. More will follow.

Explore and enjoy!

Pine care tips from Ryan Neil, fertilizing and pruning.

During my searches for useful information on the world wide web, i usually end up looking at clips on YouTube. As an avid pine lover, and mostly so on scots pines, i was thrilled to see a new video featuring Ryan Neil. As you may know, Ryan isn´t afraid to share information wether it be styling tips or horticultural advice. And so, i was really excited when i found this video. He shares information on feeding and pruning scots pines, and to some extent Zuisho white pine.


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