Stone Lantern is holding a unique bonsai contest where you can be the judge. Vote now as there are only two days left in the competition. You can also receive a $5 gift certificate to Stone Lantern for participating in the contest. Click below to view the trees:
This was really one of my first real visits to a local bonsai show and I must say it was excellent. I really enjoyed talking to the people and seeing all the great trees at the show. Guy Guidry is a great artist, but more importantly, he’s a hospitable person. He welcomed everyone into his backyard and asked them to stay as long as they wished. There were several bonsai workshops, including one working on a monstrous bald cypress where his nephew and son were wiring for a few hours. I managed to take some pictures, but unfortunately, my camera died really early in the day. I did get some video of the bonsai competitions, but I haven’t been able to edit it yet. His nursery was really spectacular and I thought the prices were reasonable. Here’s a gallery of the bonsai trees that I did manage to get. These were on display for judging by everyone that attended. The kingsville boxwood won.
As a beginner, I am not yet confident enough to make an entry into a bonsai contest yet. Achieving the balance, symmetry, and proportion that a trained judge’s eye is going to look for is not something that can be learned overnight. I do enjoy following the contests though, because they can be a good learning experience. Right now, there is a couple of forums running contests that would be easy (and free) to enter or just to watch and learn from.
The Knowledge of Bonsai Progressive Styling Contest
The contest objective is to obtain stock and style it into a presentable bonsai within the time frame allotted by the rules below. In order to include all levels of enthusiasts and all levels of stock, we have created a professional and a non-professional category and sub-divided these into different stock categories. There is no price limit on stock.
Before photographs of the stock must be received no later than midnight (CST or GMT -5) July 31, 2008 in order to enter the contest.
BonsaiSite.com “Create a tree that mimics nature” contest
You must have a photo of a tree in nature you wish to mimic, then search for nursery stock from a non-bonsai nursery to use to mimic your photograph of nature. You may also use seedlings you grew yourself, rescued garden plants, and collected materials so long as no work has been done to them with the exception of a repotting. Do not collect the tree you are intending on mimicing!
Deadline for Initial picture submission of the tree you wish to mimic: December 31st, 2008
Deadline for submission of initial tree material you are using: May 31st, 2009