We get one-day tickets for the flower show each year. That really isn't quite enough time to see everything the way I would like to. I didn't see the bonsai at all last year or the year before, so I made an effort to see the display this year. Most of the entries are from members of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society, which has existed since 1963.
I wish I had taken time to let the people get out of the way before I took this picture. I love the way the live tree hugs the dead bleached branch. This is a Shimpaku Juniper, 40 years old, and it's been trained for 38 years.
This one is Ezo Spruce on a rock. It is 18 years old with 12 years of training.
This one was the biggest surprise to me. I had no idea you could do bamboo as a bonsai. The Calima Bamboo is 25 years old with 20 years of training. I love the desert island look, and the extra tiny island.
Part of the section was professionally done by the Rosade Bonsai Studio. I liked theirs a lot, mostly because the plants were part of some larger display. Although they were all impressive, I like seeing the tree in some coordinated setting. This one is a homey "niche." The tree is a Contorta Quince, about 25 years old. It was just getting ready to bloom.
This one was just awesome! I think the little building might be the same as the one I showed in 2010. If it is, they've stained it a slightly different color though. This is just the top of the hill with the building. There were several more trees and the pathway curved down the hill. It just made you want to shrink and visit.
Our trail club hiked today over difficult footing. But I'm keeping my promise to bring you green stuff and bright colors for the next few days.
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