The 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition – Part 2

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

    Today I spent the morning studying and photographing the shohin bonsai exhibition. The trees are superb, equal in quality to the huge specimens displayed outdoors. Shohin bonsai do not present the heavy and powerful feeling of the larger specimens. It appeared as though each artist had about 5-6 feet of display space. They were all filled, mostly in good taste too.   I was told there were over 300 display areas, I did not count the spaces, but did count the trees and stones with a total of 1,593! I may be off by a couple of dozen, as I stopped to see trees I missed during my first trip. I walked 2.4 miles, not bad with two broken feet. There was an abundance of Firethorn, Princess persimmon and Cotoneaster displayed, most likely because of the season of the year and they were in full colorful fruit. Lots of unusual species were exhibited, and you can see them in the next issue of International BONSAI 2019/NO. 4, which is in production. The 2019/NO. 3 issue is at the printer now and will be mailed shortly.               There was a very unusual Chinese quince with only one fruit, the size of a quarter! Although one can see trees in all styles, it seemed that literati and cascade styles were favorites. Three shohin bonsai compositions were interesting to me because each only featured Sargent juniper, Japanese black pine and Japanese five-needle pine. Yes, the…

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