The Bonsai Society of Portland held its annual Spring Show at the Portland Japanese Garden pavilion Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd and 24th. Record crowds were on hand both days to view the exhibit, which made getting photos a bit of a challenge…plus my camera insisted on adding flash for extra lighting πŸ˜‰ The club Tokonoma that greeted the visitor on entering held a willow by Lee Cheatle

Lee's willow

Please click on the image to enlarge it…until I figure out how to get them larger in the first place…To the left a cork-bark black pine from Scott Elser…

Cork-bark black pine

And the winner of Best Accent Award by Patty Myrick…

Best accent

The Best Deciduous Award was a tie this year; An Antarctic Beech from Dennis Vojtilla…

Best Deciduous

And my Black Huckleberry…

Best Deciduous

The winner of Best Conifer was Eileen Knox’s Scots Pine…

Best Conifer

Best Saikei was awarded to Scott Elser for his Beech Saikei…Best Saikei

And the Anne Spencer Shohin Award went to Deb Wilcox for her Coast Redwood…Best Shohin

Lyle Feilmeier brought a Dogwood in bloom…Dogwood

A Satsuki Azalea from the collection of Bob Laws…Satsuki azalea

I brought in an Alaska Yellow Cedar…Alaska Yellow Cedar

A large Birch from Dennis Vojtilla…

Birch

A large Ponderosa Pine from Lee Cheatle…

Ponderosa

A Japanese Maple from Dennis Vojtilla…

Japanese Maple

A Lodgepole Pine from Scott Elser…

Lodgepole Pine

There were some nice Shohin displays…

Larch

I believe this larch belongs to Eileen Knox…stand by Jan Hettick

More Shohin…

Shohin

I’m sorry I don’t know who each tree belongs to, but I do know our Shohin displays have trees from many members. More Shohin…

Shohin

Sorry for the poor quality of this photo…Pat Foldi showed a nice Procumbens…

Pat's Procumbens

Al Polito brought in an unusual Vine Maple…

Vine Maple

Sorry for the underexposure…some areas of the pavilion were not lit as well as others…A nice Japanese Black Pine from Bob Laws…

Black Pine

A random shot to show the scale of Scott’s Saikei…Scott's Saikei

I had to get in on the action…

There's Your Huckleberry!

And the accent I brought in to go with it…Harebells and mushrooms and moss. 16 years this spring!16 yr old Harebells

We were lucky to have Matt Reel conduct our Saturday Night Critique…he studied for eight years with Shinji Suzuki in Nagano, Japan. He gave us some great insights on improving our bonsai and our displays. I hope you have enjoyed this overview of our Spring Show!

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