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Jonas Dupuich – Evaluating Junipers

September 16 @ 7:00 pm 9:30 pm

This is the first in a series of three programs devoted to Junipers over the next year.

Bonsai is an art but one with recognized criteria for what makes a good bonsai. Understanding those criteria are important. When working on one of your trees you need to know what changes are needed to improve the tree. When buying a bonsai you want to identify flaws that can’t be corrected. When buying nursery stock you hope to develop you want to know what to look for and what to avoid.

Areas to be evaluated –

  • Trunk – the most important part of a bonsai, it conveys age and defines the main character of the tree
  • Branches – branches and foliage reveal how well developed a tree is and whether or not it is healthy
  • Surface Roots – also called nebari, these ground the tree and must be in proportion to the trunk
  • Pot – the pot you grow your tree in may not the the pot you show it in. When showing a tree the the pot needs to be the appropriate style, color, etc.
  • Overall Aesthetics – just means does this tree look good?

Jonas will bring several trees to illustrate his points.

We also encourage members to bring a Juniper to Show-and-Tell. Please bring one that you’re proud of and hope might be a good example. Or one that you think has problems but aren’t sure how to correct them.

Jonas Dupuich

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

600 Colorado Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306 United States
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