Bonsai in our Digital World


My family and I visited Bainbridge Island this summer.  A small island town where you can take a half hour ferry ride to get there or go around through mainland and an hour to get there.  It’s nice little town with shops and restaurants to eat.  This is where the world famous Boedel Garden is located.  Around lunch time we went into one of the restaurants to get a bite before exploring further.  We had a great meal and felt that our family bonded and connected over a good meal while we chatted, joked, and probably argued.  As we were leaving the restaurant, my eye caught a family of four sitting near the door.  Mom, dad,  a teenage girl, and a teenage boy.  They were all intensely looking down at their cell phones and not talking to each other.  I’m sure they talked and chatted after we left but that whole scene of…

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2017 5th Upstate New York Suiseki Exhibit

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On September 2-3, 2017 the Upstate New York Suiseki Study Group held their 5th exhibit during the International Bonsai Arboretum Open House & Sale in Rochester, New York. The greenhouse was transformed from a working area to an unusual setting to highlight the beauty of suiseki.


A total of 39 suiseki were displayed from members in New York State and Pennsylvania. Stones originated from New York, California, China and Japan.


Members who displayed suiseki included: Ron Maggio, Harvey Carapella, Joe Moore, Les Allen, Harry Clark, Bob Blankfield, Marc Arpag, Ken Buell, Fran Mahoney, Joe Letner, Rick Marriott, Tom Friday and Wm. N. Valavanis.


A variety of suiseki forms were displayed including figure stones, landscape stones, and object stones. The stones were displayed in hand carved daiza as well as in American, Chinese, Japanese and antique ceramic and bronze water basins.


On Saturday Les Allen spoke on American suiseki and…

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Munster Bonsai Club first show.

Munster Bonsai Club

Last Sunday we have the pleasure to put our own first show at Clare Garden Festival Autumn Fair in Ennis Showground. At first I would like to say thank you all attended to that show a specially Ray Egan who arranged the whole lot and Ian Young who give us hand to put all displays correctly in right order. Thank you NIBS, our mother club for support and table cloths. Thank you all for your support and preparing your trees.

The first step is always the hardest one, but we did it. Any next one should be essayer.

Thank you Ian Young for the time you spend with us. Your critics on our displays was like a first day in school but I’m sure we took that lesson and we will work harder to improve our displays.

now here we go some pictures from the days

Setting up benches


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