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Post  JimLewis on Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:04 pm

This was the year for LARGE trees at the Carolina Bonsai Expo.  (For scale in these pictures, you can use the numbers placed in front of the trees.  They are the same size for large or small trees.)

An example, this Japanese red pine and the trident maple (which was NOT the largest tree at the show):  

Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Red_pi10

Other trees, in no real order:

Bald Cypress:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Bc10

Blaauw juniper:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Blaauw10

Chinese juniper:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Chines10

Cork bark Chinese elm:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Cork_b10

Crape myrtle:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Crape_10

Dwarf Hinoki cypress (one of the few shohin):
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Dwarf_10

Itiogawa juniper:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Itioga10

Japanese maple 1:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 J_mapl10

Fullmoon maple - Acer japonicum (a VERY nice clump style):
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 J_mapl11

Japanese maple grove:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 J_mapl12

Japanese red pine:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 J_red_10

Japanese white pine:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 J_whit10

Korean hornbeam:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 K_horn10

Ponderosa pine -- the largest tree at the show:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Ponder10

Rocky Mountain juniper -- almost as large, but not as massive:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Rocky_10

Satsuki:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Satsuk10

Shefflera:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Sheffl10

Shimpaku juniper:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Shimpa10

Trident maple on rock (another very small tree):
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Triden10

Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Two_tr10

Two tridents and a Japanese black pine:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Two_tr10

Trident and shimpaku:
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Triden11

Maybe someone else took pics of different trees.  Feel free to add to the thread.


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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai on Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:06 pm

i really really dig the stand for that itiogawa !!!

so, what are the sizes of the numbers (for scale) ?
(you said same size small & large, but didnt mention the size)

and are all the trees displayed with side walls to separate the view from tree to tree ?

any idea what is up with the color on the hinoki ?
seasonal by you (i dont believe mine has ever turned color like that)

and lastly, is one of them yours ?

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:22 pm

beer city snake wrote:i really really dig the stand for that itiogawa !!!

so, what are the sizes of the numbers (for scale) ?
(you said same size small & large, but didnt mention the size)

No more than 1 inch

and are all the trees displayed with side walls to separate the view from tree to tree ?

No.  Most are side by side of tables.  Some clubs put a LOT of effort into the displays.

any idea what is up with the color on the hinoki ?

I wondered that, too. (The consensus seems to be - dead tree)

and lastly, is one of them yours ?

Nope.  But I posted one of mine at http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t15000p15-jesse-mcmahon-stands

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Post  JudyB on Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:14 pm

The red pine is amazing! This looks like a very good show, who said that quality trees don't exist in N.America?!
Thank you for posting all those photos.
And who would show a dead tree affraid

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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai on Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:11 pm

JudyB wrote:And who would show a dead tree affraid

i did... at the milwaukee bonsai show...

but i did so under the "trees in training" category and only as a cautionary, "what not to do" exhibit Wink

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Post  Dave Murphy on Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:39 pm

The hinoki has been shown at the expo at least a few times in previous years and the owner wanted to show it one more time...it really was dead, but it looked great despite the dark brown foliage.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:42 pm

Takes all kinds.

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Post  appalachianOwl on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:49 pm

I thought it was neat. "The only finished tree in the show," a friend commented with a smile when we were discussing it.
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Post  Jerry Meislik on Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:03 am

Congatulations. Very beautiful trees.
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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:23 am

and I thot I'd heard and seen it all

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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai on Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:34 pm

appalachianOwl wrote:"The only finished tree in the show,"

Razz Very Happy tongue
lol!

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:36 pm

Surely someone else took more pictures. My stamina gave out before I'd taken 1/3 of the show. Please someone, post some more!

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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:49 pm

I loved looking at these trees; great bonsai in Carolina!
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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:24 pm

Not only N. and S. Carolina.  There were tables from clubs in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee, too.

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Post  Dave Murphy on Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:34 pm

My wife was in charge of the camera and unfortunately didn't get pictures of all the trees, but she got most of them.

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This is a burning bush that won the ribbon for best shohin
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Dsc_0015
This is THE biggest White pine graft I have ever seen...this tree was MASSIVE!
Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Dsc_0016

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Keep 'em coming.

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Post  jgeanangel on Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:51 pm

Here is a video from the event...

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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:18 pm

That's good to know Jim. I didn't even notice the brown color of the Hinoki; color blind here.
I am intrigued by the color of the Burning bush; the ones I see are usually bright red in the Autumn... scratch
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Post  appalachianOwl on Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:03 am

Sorry a few are bit fuzzy, it's what I got before drained battery. Last year my camera went out before I got one shot.... so did better this year at least.
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Post  chench53 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:04 am

Great Video of the whole show, thanks, jgeanangel!

This was my fourth trip to the Expo in five years, and each year I am more impressed by the quality of the trees and each club's display. I enjoyed David DeGroot's lecture and demo on Saturday, and his critique on Sunday. Wish I had picked up his first book, but I'll wait for #2 to be published.

And thank you appalachianOwl, for your pictures, these two being of my club's display, which is Tidewater Bonsai Club.

Rocky Mountain juniper on the left, and Schefflera on the right.
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Post  chench53 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:24 am

appalachianOwl wrote:Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 DSC02701_zps5bc4c503
This was Black Creek Study Group's tree. I recognized it quickly as a Crape Myrtle. Being still a novice, my mind went right to the traditional shape that grows here in southeastern Virginia, which is multiple trunks, with upward foliage. Although it was not the "traditional" shape I see, I still saw a fantastic base and roots, and wonderful branching. Heck the whole tree is great!

David DeGroot's comments helped the lightbulb Idea go on for me! He helped me understand that in styling trees, we can use one species to mimic what another really looks like, and there lies the artistry of bonsai.

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Post  DougB on Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:37 pm

The Expo is a show by clubs/societies not individuals.  Here is a picture of one of the displays, by the Triangle Bonsai Society.

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I did not get a picture of the group winner, but here is the individual winner.

Carolina Bonsai Expo 2014 Img_0414


This once again, for the 19th time was an exceptional weekend by an unusual bonsai community.  Stay tune for the 20th Anniversary edition next October, 2015.  You will not want to miss it.
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Post  chench53 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:35 pm

Doug, would love to see your pictures, but the link is not working. Sad Can you give it another shot, thanks! Smile
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Post  Auballagh on Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:55 pm

What an amazing Bonsai Expo.  And, your videos John are always top-notch and very professional.  Thanks very much for sharing with us!
I really loved the old Water Elm, Ulmus americana. The back-story on that tree was hugely compelling as well, as I was informed that Vaughn Banting had originally collected that tree from Louisiana and styled it many, many years ago.
Impressive! Smile
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Post  Dave Murphy on Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:07 am

The scientific name for water elm is actually Planera aquatic...but I do agree with you that this one is a great tree and it's provenance makes it even cooler.

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