Adam Lavigne on Instagram: “Here’s another buttonwood Jin I carved. I neglected to get a before pic so I’m including one of a broom stick to give you an idea of what I…”

43rdPark Ave Art Festival & Gudmund Jos Olsson

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


This is the 24thyear I have been selected to display and sell bonsai in the Park Ave Art Festival. My Monday Senior Crew and I create indoor bonsai for the public to introduce them to the art. Easy to maintain sub tropical species are used so they have good luck keeping their new bonsai alive.  Each bonsai is pruned, shaped, wired, wired into the container and even mossed. But, the main purpose of participating is to gather new students for my Introductory Classical Bonsai Art Courses. This year we promoted the upcoming US National Bonsai Exhibition too.


Rick Marriott

The Park Ave Art Festival is one of the largest festivals in Rochester, New York, renowned for its architecture, culture and hip urban atmosphere. Over one mile of Park Avenue is closed to vehicles and transformed one weekend a year into a one-of –a-kind shopping Mecca filled with original…

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Zelkova Air-Layer continues

Nebari Bonsai

In early July, this tree’s primary branches were wired. Interestingly, since they were wired up and out, so each had a place in the sunshine, the tree responded with rapid growth. In about 3 weeks, it became necessary to remove the wires.

Branch selection:

Wired on 7/14:

3 weeks later:

Wires removed, and the primary branches were shortened…significantly:

We should have enough growing season remaining to make 2 more rounds of growing and clipping…

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Fagus sylvatica: sfoltimento estivo

nihon bonsai

Lo sfoltimento estivo del Faggio è un’operazione essenziale per la formazione a bonsai di questa essenza. La potatura a 2 gemme e la riduzione delle foglie esterne più grandi consente un maggior irraggiamento della ramificazione interna oltre che lo sviluppo di una ramificazione fine e ravvicinata.

Ho in coltivazione questo Faggio da ormai 10 anni e produce stabilmente internodi di 1 cm di lunghezza, necessari per aumentare anno dopo anno la ramificazione fine.

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