Even in smaller displays it’s hard to get trees that point the right way and complement each other well. The display below does a good job of mixing broadleaf, deciduous, and coniferous bonsai.
Shohin olive bonsai
Root over rock shohin trident mapleThe tree above points clearly to the right making it a good fit for the left side of the display. But beyond that, the tree’s silhouette provides a bit of dissonance. It’s well done and very well ramified, but there’s little transition between the trunk and fine branches. I’ve thought about how I might develop it differently and can’t say that I’ve come up with much. It’s an interesting little tree.
Shohin bonsai display
Shohin bonsai displayMore simple than the traditional box stands, single tree stands are a great way to show off a tree. I like this stand’s curved support and the way it creates an asymmetrical display.
Shohin juniper with accentA few trees fell into the large shohin or chuhin categories. These larger trees were excellent.
Mendocino cypressIn sharp contrast to many of the antique pots featured in the exhibit, at least one contemporary pot made a colorful statement. It would be fun to see how these pots are received when they too become antiques.
Shohin ume bonsai in Bunzan potAnother well-done shohin bonsai.
Needle juniper bonsaiFrom what I can tell, the Hotel de Oro really gets into hosting the seminar. Even the front desk provides an excellent, albeit unorthodox, bonsai display.
Ilex serrata with service bell and Missions in California