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Bay Island Bonsai 2012 Bonsai Exhibit

January 14-15, 2012

Bay Island Bonsai:  Annual Bonsai Exhibit.  Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. (New Location, Again!) Auction on Saturday, with preview at Noon and auction at 1 PM.  Guided tours of the exhibit
both Saturday and Sunday.  Benefit Drawing (need not be present to win).
Vendor sales, Club sales, Educational bonsai material for sale.  Hours: 10AM – 4PM Saturday and Sunday. Entry to exhibit is free, donations accepted.

For more information: (510) 919-5042

Boon’s New Bonsai Work Shop

You are looking at the very first work shop taking place in Boon’s new place. The lighting is great. The space is larger. It is still a bit new looking, but great bonsai and teaching will be taking place here. That is a given.

Intensive students who, in a week, will be winging their way across North America have something to look forward to. This is definitely a “step up”.

You will only miss one thing. Jai no longer lies right in front of the entrance. He tends to stay closer to Boon. But you’ll get used to it.

Cold days in December

It was cold on Tuesday. This is a really big ice-cube found in the garden. 

Pictures by John Kirby. 

Cold Tuesday 12/8/09

Akio Kondo at BIB Club Meeting

B.I.B. members are spoiled! Since Boon belongs to a very famous bonsai clan in Japan, we now have Koku Fu winners as part of our club program every year. Here you see Akio on his knees checking out one of Jim G. juniper bonsai.

Whenever we have a program like this, Boon asks club members to bring trees in for critique, a bit of cutback, and styling. Club members don’t mind having Koku Fu winners “tweaking” their bonsai for free.

Akio BIB Club Meeting

An Old Sierra Juniper Bonsai with a New Look

This Sierra Juniper bonsai once belonged to Johnny Uchida. There were basically two complete bonsai connected at the base. The tree below is one of them. Johnny took the chainsaw and separated them. Then 13 years ago Akio Kondo carved the base of the separated bonsai to make the chainsaw-marks disappear.

Robert Johnnys bonsai before

Below is the tree after styling. Unfortunately, much of the interior foliage have been lost – somehow. Akio said it was more difficult to style for that reason. But Robert, the new owner, will get it full again. Time improves most things.

Robert Johnnys Bonsai after

Grafted a Bonsai 13 Years Ago

Akio Kondo has arrived from Japan – and Boon took him on the road with him. Their first stop was at Tom K. The fun part of this stop is that the tree below was originally grafted by Akio 13 years ago. Today it has shimpaku foliage. But 13 years ago it was completely California Juniper. It was one of those weepy califiornias that never would “tighten” up it’s foliage – so it was a fitting candidate.

Shimpaku on California Juniper

Bonsai Display Winner

Congratulations to Jim Gremel! I am proud to have such a talent as a B.I.B. Member. Jim won the Display Competion in Hanford, California just a few weeks ago. More prize money for Jim! Since he took home the prize money from the National Bonsai Exhibit also (with a different tree), may be there will be valet parking at Dear Meadow Bonsai the next time we go shopping at Jim’s nursery.  http://www.jimgremel.com/bonsaihomepage.html

Jim Gremel Cedar 09

I liked the display very much. It is simple and elegant. The moon scroll with other blues and grays make the display feel quiet and cool. It is very restful. The flow of the cascade flows nicely into the accent. I like the positionof the scroll. I also like the balance and strength of the stand. In the US, I see a lot of cascade stands that are too strong or too week. Good balance Jim.

What other comments do the rest of you have for Jim. …congratulations of course.

Photo credit to Mary M.