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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:25 am

I have two bonsai trees selected to go on display at the Walt Disney World EPCOT center tomorrow.
I took some hasty shots today in my garden. It's kinda of hard to see with the cluttered background. Maybe tomorrow I can get more shots at Disney.

First is an Australian Pine in the slanting style Pot is Tokonome.

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The second is a Buttonwood called Tree Spirit.
The extra cold winter has really hammered the buttonwoods in my garden. Luckily this one has held out the best even though the leaves are a bit big and cold damaged.
Hopefully warm weather is just around the corner but not yet. Global warming is a crock this year.


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Post  Rob Addonizio on Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:57 pm

Congrats Rob!

Nice trees and pots. I am looking forward to the show this year. Very Happy
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Post  Pavel Slovák on Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:00 pm

Hi Rob. Very nice trees. I look forward to the picture primarily Australian pine. Very Happy ThumbsUp

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Post  EdMerc on Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:06 pm

Look forward to seeing your trees at Epcot.
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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:37 pm

Some more photos of the Walt Disney World Epcot set up. It was so cold I didn't bother to hang around to photograph all the trees. The weather this year has been absolutely crazy.

Heavy duty equipment needed to move some of the larger trees into position
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We meet in a staging area and load trailers for the trip to Japan. Some of the trees have already been offloaded in this photo.
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Art imitating art - Ronn Miller and Dr Reggie Perdue of my club stand in front of the Lull lifts.
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Jarbas Godoy stands behind his Australian Pine.
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A Maphigia by Eric Wigert of Fort Meyers.
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My tree Spirit Buttonwood went in front of the restaurant.
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My Aussy Pine was placed in the meadow.
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I'll try to post more photos on my blog.


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Post  Hawaiian77 on Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:26 pm

Mahalo Rob for posting those pic. I really like the Australian Pine. Here on Maui they grow like weeds. One day I would like to make out to Florida. But I'll wait till it wrams up a bit. Very Happy

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Post  Ian Young on Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:43 pm

Hi Rob,

Trees look great. How long do the trees stay at Epcot? Is it an all year thing or only certain times? I've been over to Orlando a few times in the last 5 years with the family and have never seen bonsai at Epcot other than the Junipers in the shop that is. I'm back again in July 2011 :-)

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Post  EdMerc on Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:15 pm

Ian, the bonsai display in part of an annual event call the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

This link should give you all the information you could want on it.
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/epcot-international-flower-and-garden-festival/
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Post  hibonsai on Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:57 pm

Is the Australian Pine a Casuarina Equisetifolia?

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:35 pm

hibonsai wrote:Is the Australian Pine a Casuarina Equisetifolia?

Yes, not native to Florida but planted widely over 100 years ago as a wind break and ornamental tree. Mine was growing behind a tavern in south Florida. Its history was featured in an article in International Bonsai magazine last year and probably on my blog too. I don't know the history of Garbas' Aussy Pine.

We have two varieties of Aussy Pine in Florida. C. equisetifolia is good for bonsai. The other, Casuarina lepidophloia, can tolerate some cold weather and hence will survive as far north as Orlando but has a tendency to grow many suckers and is very hard to successfully collect.
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Post  Dale Cochoy on Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:53 pm

Thanks for the pics Rob.
It's great to see Jarbas again!

Have the Epcot care-takers been re-schooled on watering? Wink

BTW, I liked the older pot for the buttonwood better! Crying or Very sad
How much time has gone by in Florida for that branching?

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