Number 1 Ready to show

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I have finally put all of the pieces together in order to proudly show  for your consideration one of my original 8 REDWOOD seedlings.  I’ve been working on this tree for  20 years now.

Within a couple of days of buying these seedlings they where all planted into 1 qt. pots to start then shoved into the corner for a couple of years to grow.

This was the only start that was planted ROOT OVER ROCK.. It has always been kept in very small amounts of dirt.  The main stem just above the roots  is  3″  diameter. It is 2″ thru, from the dirt to the top of the tree and is 15″ from the counter to the top of the tree,  19″ currently.

It currently is secured into a 2 inch deep and 12 inche wide round.  This old growth Mahogany  bowl was Hand Carved in South East Asia circa 1970’s. The…

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A Visit To Kunio Kobayashi’s Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

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Last week before the Opening Ceremony of the 8th World Bonsai Convention in Saitama, our group visited Mr. Kobayashi’s museum. Each time I visit this special garden there seems to be more and more bonsai, especially large size specimens. This visit was not an exception, except that the garden was also full of foreign visitors from Europe and China.


Despite his busy schedule, Mr. Kobayashi took time to greet us and autograph his books. His museum has about a dozen alcoves where his masterpiece bonsai and suiseki are formally displayed in the three levels of formality. It was wonderful to see the deciduous bonsai with fresh green foliage as I usually see them in their autumn colors or in their defoliated stage.


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