Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – New Zealand’s First National Bonsai Exhibition 2009 (October)
It was a great honour to be invited to demonstrate at this prestigious bonsai event on the other side of the world. In addition to carrying out demonstrations on the Saturday and Sunday with workshops on the Monday, I also had to judge several bonsai displays over the weekend. One of those was the first National Exhibition.
This post will feature pictures of some of the trees from that exhibition. Subsequent posts will feature extracts from other displays and my bonsai work during the trip. At the opening ceremony on the Friday evening I had to give a critique on what I considered the best 7 trees in the exhibition without divulging which of them was the winning tree….not an easy task by any means…..
The bonsai enthusiasts in New Zealand don’t enjoy our luxury of being able to work on imported material from Japan and China. They have to source/start their own material. Europe also had the advantage of the Ginkgo Award bringing artists and enthusiasts together from all over Europe which ultimately resulted in an unprecedented rapid rise in the standards of bonsai trees, shows, artists and technique.
I was amazed just how old some of the trees were in this exhibition. It is a credit to all the exhibitors that they achieved such a good standard with relatively little outside help. I hope that this and future exhibitions will act like the Ginkgo award and be a catalyst/inspiration to greater things.
The tree on the right was selected as the overall winner. Nothofagus Solandri or “Black Beech”, native to New Zealand…..an appropriate winner for the first national exhibition.
In training since 1988.