Meet Bob Blankfield

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

Japanesse maple trained by Bob Blankfield from a small bare root stump grown in one of my beds a few years ago. Ok, more than a few years, something like two decades. Come to the US National Bonsai Exhibition in September to see this beautiful bonsai in person. No, its not a tombstone this stone in Bob’s garden commemorates his bonsai hobby. His long time nickname is basinji, which is also a breed of dog from Africa. Yesterday after a bonsai auction we stopped by Robert Blankfield’s home to see his bonsai collection and garden. Bob is a bonsai hobbyist and has been studying bonsai with me for about 25-30 years and had a huge bonsai collection. Although Bob is a bonsai hobbyist, many of his bonsai equal and exceed the quality of those of professional bonsai artists in the United States. He does not sell his bonsai, but rather grows, trains and loves his trees. When he moved into his new home several years ago he reduced his bonsai collection and only kept his best specimens.   Bob is a long time active member of the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York as well as the Suiseki Study Group of the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York. He does excellent detail work and often helps me when needed, like the upcoming US National Bonsai Exhibition. When our society has workshops Bob is there to help beginners. He is quite artistic and spends hours refining his bonsai, creating his garden…

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