Happy Sweet 16 to my first “apprentice”

Nebari Bonsai

Happy birthday to my dear sweet baby girl. She’s been along on this Bonsai ride her whole life.

At 2 she slept through much of the (then)Wayerhauser collection near Seattle:




At 4, she was heavily involved in carving with power tools with Mr. Ron…or at least the contemplation and conversation just following:


And at 6, she was making sure Mr. Ron properly prepared wire for a nice Yamafusa pot while repotting the hawthorn:


By 9, she’s helping Sir Peter Warren prune a black pine during a demonstration:


Showing little brother how to Prune Shimpaku by 11:


And repotting Shimpaku by 13:


Then, the Bonsai pix drop off for a while…must be that teenager thing. Instead, we’re baking cupcakes with a Grandma Donna.


It goes fast. See those keys on the counter….?

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2017 4th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition– Part 2 Demonstrations

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

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While over 10,000 people enjoyed the beautiful bonsai and visiting over 300 vendors the organizations sponsoring the exhibition arranged for Robert Steven to coordinate the demonstration programs.

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There were thirty demonstrators from throughout the world, each working on conifer bonsai, mostly Sargent Juniper, Japanese five-needle pine and Japanese Black & Red Pines.

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All the demo trees were well established, many in bonsai containers. The many Chinese demonstrators, however, had a definite advantage because they brought their own material, mostly pretrained and much larger and quite a bit different that the trees provided to the foreigners. I don’t blame them and I would have the same if had the opportunity.

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There were five sessions for the demonstrations, during two and a half days. Although three hours were allocated for each demo, most did not require the total time.

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Eight demonstrations were on the same stage at the same time, but the…

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