American Bonsai Silhouettes

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snowThis snowy American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) forest by Gary Clark won the American Bonsai Society Award for Native Species at this year's Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Our thanks to Bill Valavanis for this and the other photos shown here.

It’s a busy time around here, so with the exception of a few words of my own, this post about the recent Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo is borrowed from Bill Valavanis (though what you see here is only a small piece of what Bill presented).

I strongly urge you to visit Bill’s blog to enjoy his captivating first hand stories and insights from the event, as well as several more photos of prize winning bonsai.
Continued below…

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EVERGREEN
This Best of Show Evergreen is a Miyajima Japanese Five-needle Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’). It belongs to Adair Martin, from Georgia.

Here’s Bill’s comment about this prize winning Five-needle pine…
This bonsai was created well over 20-30 years ago by Mas Imazumi who grafted a few Japanese five-needle pine scions onto an ancient Lodgepole pine with aged bark and old deadwood feature. Boon Manakitivipart trained and developed the bonsai with his students and was finally refined by Adair Martin.

PERSIMMON

Best of Show– Display. The tree is a Princess Persimmon (Diospyros rhombifolia) that belongs to Mac McAntee of North Carolina. What impressed me as much as the tree and the display is that Mac made the stand entirely of Persimmon wood.

Again, Bill’s words…
The award winning Persimmon Display by Mac McAntee was beautiful, well presented and distinctive. Each year he presents his bonsai according to his own taste, the way it should be. His display did not follow the classic Japanese bonsai display that avoids duplication as he wanted to feature Persimmons throughout his exhibit.

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PEOPLES AWARD

This Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’) & Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) by Steve Zeisel of North Carolina, won the Peoples’ Choice Award

Quoting Bill again,this time about Steve Zeisel whose display is just above…
This event is sponsored by Steve Zeisel, a bonsai hobbyist from Raleigh, North Carolina, who is also the current president of the Triangle Bonsai Society. The North Carolina Research Campus supports the event to help Steve achieve his goal.

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