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Tuesday, 21 October 2008


Members of the Society again provided another wonderful display of members’ bonsai at our annual show – Bonsai 2008.   

In total, there were 68 exhibits and there was a small increase in the numbers of members contributing trees  It was very pleasing to see that several of the club’s newer members submitted trees this year – perhaps due to the incentive offered by Leigh Taafe of Ledanta Bonsai Nursery of a prize of $100 for the best beginner’s tree.    The range of trees was excellent and was this year highlighted by a combined display of 14 shohin trees in a single bay.        

The number of patrons viewing the display was greater than the last several years – perhaps related to the opening 2 weeks earlier of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia in Commonwealth Park.   We were pleased that the Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China attended and spent nearly an hour viewing and commenting on the trees in the display.  ACT Senator Gary Humphries also popped in for his regular ‘bonsai fix’.   

As in previous years, the visiting public enthusiastically participated in voting for their choice of the ‘best tree’.  Again we noticed the numbers of young people earnestly going back and forth reviewing their choices.   At the end of the show the votes were tallied and the Jean Simpson Memorial Trophy for the People’s Choice of Most Popular Tree was awarded to exhibit #29, Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn.   The runner-up was exhibit #67, Carpinus betulus – European hornbeam.   Third most popular went to exhibit #37, Juniperus procumbens nana – Creeping Juniper.   SEE IMAGES BELOW

At the supper demonstration on Saturday night, our visiting demonstrator Don Deluca from Hay, NSW, chose exhibit #34, Pinus radiata – Monterey pine, for the Guest Demonstrator’s Award for Best Tree.   And as mentioned earlier, the Ledanta Bonsai Nursery Beginners Award went to exhibit #15, Juniperus procumbens – Juniper.  

The raffle prizes were a Seiju elm, a Pat Kennedy mini pot (won by members of the public) and a Bonsai book which was won by the spouse of a CBS member.  

The public demonstrations were well attended each day – full to overflowing.  Thanks to Ian, Joe, Jim and Leigh.  The Saturday night supper was also well attended.  Plenty of great food and a chance to taste this year’s ‘Society’ wine.  Don Deluca gave us a very informative (and of course entertaining) demonstration of some bending techniques, both employing bike tubes as an alternative to raffia.  Don’s theme was the importance of continually refining you trees to get them from being really good trees to being great trees.  He also showed us that there is life after shrimp catching for shrimp pots.

The staging of the annual show overlapped a very busy period for our members – staffing the CBS display at Floriade for two days and providing stewards 7 days a week at the new National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia display.   The Show Committee noted that many members made themselves available to assist in the set-up and take-down of the display where many hands – carefully choreographed, can make a big job not so daunting.   Members were very helpful and flexible right across the weekend, despite some glitches with the roster system.

Congratulations and thanks to all on a great show !

Most popular tree
Tree 29, Crataegus monogyna - Hawthorn.   

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Second most popular tree
Tree 67, Carpinus betulus – European hornbeam


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Third most popular tree
Tree 37, Juniperus procumbens nana – Creeping Juniper

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Raffle winners

Bonsai tree – Seiju Elm
Ticket 57 E, Blue Stars

Pat Kennedy mini pot
Ticket 60 E, Orange Dots

Bonsai book
Ticket 93 D, Orange Stars

All raffle winners have been contacted.

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 November 2008 )
 
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