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Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:55 pm

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:58 pm

More maples




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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:01 pm

That last maple (above) is part of the Arboretum collection...as are these trees...
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Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:04 pm

The display garden...a winding, handicap accessible pathway.





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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:06 pm

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  Guest on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:07 pm

Never been a huge fan of Hinoki but that second ones blown me away!! Anyone know anything about its history? Beautiful old tree.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  fiona on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:25 pm

Thanks for the pics, John. I like the Best in Show Shohin but I also like the Hinoki one.

I was blown away some years ago by my visit to the Washington DC National Bonsai and Penjiing Museum. Think I need to up my weekly Lottery attempts to see if I can get the wherewithal to take the trip over to the Nth Carolina one. It looks very much like it wouldn't disappoint either.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:54 pm

That sure was a great hinoki but I don't know it's history.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:00 pm

JimLewis wrote:

I look forward to your pics, John. These are abut all I got. Good to see you there, though you seem to have disappeared later. Laughing

I did disappear for a bit...I rode my bicycle from the Arboretum to the top of Mt Pisgah (5000 ft elevation). Here are a couple of pics along the Blue Ridge Parkway...



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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:44 pm

Oh! That exhausts me just reading about it. I think the color is going to peak in about a week, so you may have to do it again. Great pics.

Fiona, when you win the lottery, you can stay here and help me with that juniper everyone loves so much. No alien

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Post  fiona on Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:44 pm

JimLewis wrote:Fiona, when you win the lottery, you can stay here and help me with that juniper everyone loves so much.
Jim, in certain towns and villages in Scotland that statement would practically constitute an offer of marriage!

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:58 pm

Alas, Fiona . . . Jackie beat you to it -- 50 years ago next June -- after a 6 year courtship.

But she'll be happy to see you, too. thumbs up

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  bwaynef on Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:49 pm

JimLewis wrote:The needles didn't look cut to me, and I doubt she's have chosen it if they were. She commented on things like that.

Looks like they were cut, even if she didn't say anything about it.


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Hinoki at Carolina Expo

Post  Owen Reich on Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:56 pm

Will Baddeley and John Quinn were asking about the history of the Chamaecyparis obtusa bonsai at the Asheville show. I'll tell you what I can: The plant was purchased from a nursery in Oregon where it was a "stock plant" (meaning used for cuttings for rooting and grafting) that was started in the 50's and was shutting down. No one knew what cultivated variety it was, but since it only grows about a half inch every year, it's not 'Nana' or 'Nana Gracilis'. It does grow faster than 'Seka' but I'll probably never know as there are hundreds of Cham. ob. cultivars and the species produces branch "sports" quite often. My bonsai actually has a white and green branch on the upper right side. It was living in the garden of the nursery I now work for and being used like a fire hydrant by the local dogs. Upon seeing it, I immediately potted it and cleaned out all the dead foliage (3 years ago). After a year of begging, I convinced the owner to let me have it and started the training. I repotted the tree and did part of the basic styling with Warren Hill, then wired the tree (Spring 2008). This June-July, I detail wired the whole tree with copper. Bjorn Bjorholm gave me some great tips on aesthetics and showed me a few tricks before I commenced wiring. Bjorn is a great asset for anyone interested in the refinement of their trees. I've attempted to upload a photo of the tree shortly after digging in 2007.

Future plans for the tree include a custom pot about half the current depth with a thinner lip. Kathy Shaner felt it needed to be more open near the apex with more jin to mirror the effect created at the base, and I agree.

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Hinoki at Carolina Expo

Post  Guest on Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:17 pm

Thanks for the info Owen, I think this tree is stunning!! I did'nt even look at the pot....

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:33 am

Owen, welcome to the forum. Your pic didn't post. Please see Jim's tutorial on posting pics in the testing forum...it's easy once you figure it out.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  jgeanangel on Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:40 pm

For those of you that might like to see a few more of the trees and displays I put together this short narrated video.




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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  John Quinn on Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:00 pm

Nice presentation John...thanks for the time put into it!

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Congratulations Randy Davis

Post  Carolee on Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:40 pm



Congratulations Randy on the People Choice Award for your five man forest, and to all the others for such a show. Thanks to those who posted the pictures. One of these days I will make it to the Expo.

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  kenduncan on Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:52 pm

Hi Jim, Thank You for your kind words and thank You for taking the time to take pictures of the Expo and for posting them here.
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo

Post  kenduncan on Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:20 pm

John Q, Your pictures of the Expo, the Bonsai Garden and the Mountains are very good as usual, we are lucky to have your great pictures each year to show off this wonderful place.
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