5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

This Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana by artist Eric Schikowski won 1st place at the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition, September 10 – 11, 2016, in Rochester, NY.

This amazing event, organized by William Valavanis, is recognized worldwide.

Hoe Chuah attended the exhibition took pictures of trees, but also let us see a lot of what else was going on.

See Hoe Chuah’s blog re 5th National pics

There were many excellent bonsai, some of them quite large. However, from the pictures I’ve seen, the beautiful display by Melvyn Goldstein was one of my favorites.

Awarded ‘Finest Shohin Bonsai’

The trees shown here are Japanese Five-Needle Pine, Dwarf Hinoki Cypress, Trident Maple, Zelkova and Sargent Juniper.

Brit, Tony Tickle, Wows US National

Tony began by quoting John Naka as saying “Always make the smallest tree possible” out of the material you have. He then created a example of the theory.

To really appreciate this demo, watch the transformation! The tree goes from tall to small!

Although Tony did some pre-wiring to shorten the time, the Tony Tickle demo is still a long video, but worth watching.

Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned!

How Old is That Tree?

I’m sure this was a question asked many times during the exhibit.

If you’ve ever wondered, here’s an interesting article on the subject.

“How Old is That Little Tree”

Retirement Time

Jack Sustic is Curator at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum, Washington D.C.

He has been curator since 2008 and is about to retire.

He’s done an incredible job, and will surely be missed.

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Taking Bonsai Pictures

More and more often we are seeing items next to trees, pots and other bonsai supplies for comparison.

It’s especially helpful when buying and selling!

You can tell someone the size, but seeing it like this makes a difference!

A simple pair of shears next to Sara Rayner’s pot works and leaves little doubt.

Every time I see Suthin’s soda can, with his name on it, I have to smile.

What a clever idea.

You can tell both the size and the owner!

Another time to use comparative items, is when you’re photographing your trees for future reference.

BonsaiMary Gets Mail

David R. Pittsburg, PA

Indoor or Outdoor Tree?

I’m new to bonsai and have a few trees. I’ve been reading over your site for a while and find it very helpful! With winter coming up I find myself in a slightly confusing spot with my Chinese elm Ulmus parvifolia.

Some people say that this is an indoor tree and others say it’s an outdoor tree. Which is it really? I recently purchased a Chinese elm from a grower down in the south part of the US so this will be the first winter for the tree.

My plan (when I understood it was an indoor tree) was to place it under T5 grow lights along with my tropicals, and keep it awake over the winter. Is this plan actually viable or should I be looking to put this tree into dormancy for winter??

BonsaiMary response – David, your plan is viable! I think it’s fair to say all plants are for “outdoors.” However, there are some that will adapt to indoors. Chinese Elm Ulmus parvifolia is found outdoors on all continents except Antarctica.

Learning how adaptable it is, I wouldn’t be surprised if a bonsai person discovered it’s ability to tolerate growing indoors.

Although it won’t be going dormant from the cold, it will be resting. It may or may not lose leaves, if it does, don’t be concerned. Do not encourage it to grow more by using extra fertilizer! It will be fine.

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