Saving a 100+ Years Old Rhodie


Rhododendrons are abundant here in the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve got them in my yard.  I like them especially when the flower for about 2 weeks in the spring.   Most of the time though, they just sit there as shrubs in the background and there’s nothing too special about them.  When I get a call to save a rhodie from their yard I would typically turn it down unless it’s got a special character or uniqueness to it.  Not long ago, I got that call from my brother who is a contractor.  He is remodeling an old house for my aunt that will be flipped.   They want to get rid of a very large rhodie in the front because it’s blocking the front of the house and frankly making the house look small (not very good for reselling) so they want to get rid of the rhodie.  What rhodie will make a house…

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2016 Winter Bonsai Silhouette Bonsai Expo

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The 4th Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo was sponsored and organized by Dr. Steven Zeisel with the support of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute and the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was held at the magnificent museum like venue on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte. The exhibition featuring leafless deciduous bonsai was staged in the rotunda of the building framed with imported Italian marble walls and floors under the dome, which is the tallest south of Washington, DC. This year there were 73 bonsai in the exhibition.


Best of Show, Japanese Beech, displayed by Sergio Cuan


Best Deciduous Bonsai, Shishigashira Japanese Maple, displayed by Joe Noga

I have been privileged to participate in all four editions of the exhibitions and this year’s show was leaps and bounds finer than in the past. Exhibitors put considerable effort into their overall displays as well…

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