This weekend I will be participating in my first bonsai show. When I started last year I had nothing that would resemble anything substantial far as bonsai. I had a few trees that I had purchased and practiced on but nothing that would distinguish them. I walked around and was amazed by all of the amazing trees and knew that I would work hard throughout the next year to prepare
Now that I have been at it for a little over a year some of the hard work is paying off. I have had some time to work with several trees, perhaps the most interesting part of this process, has been watching how the trees grow and adapt with the changes that I have made, weather, and placement.
The tree I will have on display is still just a beginner. It lacks trunk size, taper, ramification, leaf size is too big,,,, pretty much everything. lol, However, it does show progress. It shows that work is being done and with time this tree will have all of the mentions. If you are a beginner, like me, do not be afraid to get out there. Research and ask questions! Keeping the trees healthy and happy is as accomplishment in itself.
The bonsai community is pretty close knit community. There are several blogs, chat groups and Facebook groups out there. But the best option is to get involved in a local bonsai group. This is where you will get hands on help and knowledge for your area. Remember, your region is probably different than most peoples on the internet so take caution. Also, there will always be the “holier than though” bonsai freaks out there. Ignore them! 99% of the people I have spoken to over this last year are always happy to help!
The show was awesome! We had some 70 bonsai along with several suiseki, Daiza, and accent plants. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Set up was hard work but with good help and good company it was a good day!
Ok, so this is me and my first ever tree in a show. It’s a young 3 yr old Japanese maple that I started with 1 yr ago. It lacks everything that will come with time, however, I was happy to call it mine.
This is Hal from Colorado Bonsai. Great guy and a wealth of knowledge!
Time for a demonstration.
And then came the rain! Tear down was a very wet job!