New Zealand’s Minister of Conservation Shares Surprising Good News

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When the Minister of Conservation speaks, we listen:


Forest mast significantly boosts breeding of rare kākāriki/parakeet

New Zealand’s rarest mainland forest bird, the kākāriki karaka/orange-fronted parakeet, is having its best breeding season in decades due to a beech seed bonanza, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage said in Christchurch today.

Date:  17 July 2019 Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation

“It is great news that this year there are more than three times the number of nests compared to previous years,” she said.

“This year’s epic breeding provides a much-needed boost to the kākāriki karaka population.

We came to this news through the story below by National Public Radio (USA):

Rare New Zealand Parakeet Population Doubles After ‘Epic’ Breeding Season

orange-fronted-parakeet-chick-with-transmitter-doc-c9811c0f185647851facaa77fc88d87cd8614f8f-s1200-c85.jpg The small bird was believed to have gone extinct but after a bumper crop of beech seeds this year, conservationists estimate the orange-fronted parakeet population has likely doubled.
Department of Conservation


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Bougie nights…er, afternoon

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

The first styling of a potential bonsai is, to me, one of the most exciting times in a tree’s life. The future is still foggy, but the path has been chosen. Let’s wax philosophic as we chop up this poor bougainvillea. The tree came from the Central Florida Bonsai Club’s raffle table at the last Holiday Party. I think it was donated by one of my favorite people, Cosette.

Let me tell you a story:

I’m sure you are all aware of the Great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, but his skill and fame as an artist has made history remember him by just his first name.

He is considered to be the penultimate “Renaissance Man”, meaning he could do everything; draw, paint, compose poetry. He was an architect as well, with his work on St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic Church…

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2019 Open House: Sale, Bonsai & Suiseki Displays, Free Programs & More

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


Everyone is invited to visit the Autumn Open House & Sale on Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8, 2019, at the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, New York. In addition to seeing new bonsai creations and additional pre-bonsai we will have seven formal displays of classical bonsai art, that’s in addition to a 20% discount on most items and free programs.



To make the event even more special, the Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York will be holding their 6thExhibit. Suiseki and viewing stones from around the world in member’s collection will be displayed. Most classifications of suiseki will be displayed, both in daiza and water basins. Companion plantings will help to convey seasonality and to tell a story. Members will conduct guided tours of the exhibit.

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Two lectures on suiseki will be held daily at 10am. Ron Maggio, chair of the Suiseki Study Group of Upstate New York will…

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2019 2ndUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


The 2019 2ndUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition was held on June 28-30, 2019 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The unique domed four story venue covered with marble was also home to the 2017 1stUS National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition and six Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expos held during the first weekend in December sponsored by Steve Zeisel. I’ve never seen such a beautiful refined display area for bonsai, and I’ve seen numerous exhibitions throughout the world. The light colored imported marble from Italy is bright and each bonsai could be easily studied. No need for additional lighting.



The compressed beauty of small size bonsai was featured in the three day event including eight workshops, eleven lecture/demonstrations, a critique, benefit auction and the exhibition featuring 140 individual bonsai. They were displayed by 29 people from Puerto Rico, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Connecticut…

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