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Kusamura Bonsai Club

Palo Alto, California

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Bonsai

3rd Friday of the Month (except Aug.)
7 PM Techniques Workshop
8 PM General Meeting

43rd Annual Show

The Kusamura Bonsai Club hosted their 43nd Annual Show on the weekend of April 26-27, 2003. It featured demonstrations by Kathy Shaner, Lonnie McCormick, Sandy Planting and John Planting.

Demos

Our club's primary purpose is to educate about bonsai. So, each year we have demonstrations during our club meetings and at shows. Below are some photos from the two demos.

Demo
Kathy Shaner working on tree while Lonnie McCormick looks on

Demo
Lonnie McCormick and John Planting talking about the tree that is about to be styled

Demo
Lonnie McCormick discussing some aspect of bonsai styling, John Planting in background

Demo
Sandy Planting talking to one of the attendees while Lonnie works on his demo tree.

 

The Show

Here are some selected Bonsai and Suiseki (Japanese Viewing Stones) from our 2003 show.

Tokonoma
A Tokonoma -- an alcove in a Japanese house reserved for the display of wall-scrolls and art objects. This is the first place you would see on entering a Japanese house.

Azalea -- Semi-Cascade Style
Azalea -- Semi-Cascade Style

Hawthorn Cascade Style
Hawthorn Cascade Style

Shimpaku Juniper -- Semi-Cascade Style
Shimpaku Juniper -- Semi-Cascade Style

Elm -- Informal Upright Style
Elm -- Informal Upright Style

Honeysuckle -- Informal Upright Style
Honeysuckle -- Informal Upright Style

Shohin Juniper -- Informal Upright Style (about 4 inches tall)
Shohin Juniper -- Informal Upright Style (about 4 inches tall)

Beech Group -- Informal Upright Style
Beech Group -- Informal Upright Style

Unknown -- Semi-Cascade Style
Unknown -- Semi-Cascade Style

Azalea Semi-Cascade Style
Azalea Semi-Cascade Style

Shohin Juniper -- Informal Upright Style
Shohin Juniper -- Informal Upright Style

Shohin Azalea
Shohin Azalea

Boxwood -- Semi-Cascade Style
Boxwood -- Semi-Cascade Style

Suiseki (Japanese Viewing Stone)
Suiseki (Japanese Viewing Stone)

Shimpaku Juniper -- Bunjin Style
Shimpaku Juniper -- Bunjin Style

Unknown -- Root over Rock style
Unknown -- Root over Rock style

Accent plant
Accent plant

Exposed Root - Unknown Variety
Exposed Root - Unknown Variety

Suiseki (Japanese Viewing Stone)
Suiseki (Japanese Viewing Stone)

 

Azalea -- Semi-Cascade Style
Azalea -- Semi-Cascade Style

Janese Garden Juniper -- Bunji Style
Janese Garden Juniper -- Bunji Style

Shohin Shimpaku Juniper -- Semi-Cascade Style
Shohin Shimpaku Juniper -- Semi-Cascade Style

A Moss Garden
A Moss Garden

Shohin Black Pine
Shohin Black Pine -- Informal Upright Style

Setting Up The Show

It's a lot of work to set up a show like this. We thought you might enjoy a few behind the scenes photos of our club members.

 

Behind the scenes
One of our club members setting up her Shohin -- a small tree under 10 inches

Behind the scenes
A club member putting a label on her plant

Behind the scenes
A club member hanging a Japanese scroll as an accent to his plant

A Cub member setting up his tree on a stand
Another of our club members -- just after setting up his tree on a stand

Show Floor
What the show floor looks like just minutes before the doors open!

Sandy and Stephanie
Sandy and Stephanie taking a break after the setup