Events

Michigan All-State Bonsai Show

May 11, 2019 12:00 pm 5:00 pm

Saturday: Sales 10 am-5 pm, Displays 12-5pm

Sunday: Sales and Displays 11 am-5pm

Join bonsai artists, aficionados, and admirers from across the Midwest to see stunning bonsai on display in the Huizenga Grand Room. Visit the sales area for a great selection of specialty tools, pots, wire and bonsai trees. Have the experts help you find the tree that fits your taste, experience level and growing environment. Be sure to attend free demonstrations offered throughout the weekend. Bonsai artists, including this year’s guest artist, Todd Schlafer, will demonstrate pruning, wiring, and other styling techniques. Todd’s specialty is working with native collected trees, many of which have sparse foliage and unconventional branches and present quite a styling challenge! Todd will be teaching two “Bring Your Own Tree” workshops to help bonsai artists style and refine their trees. Additional workshops, designed for all skill levels, are available during the weekend.

Register early—they fill quickly!

 

MICHIGAN ALL-STATE BONSAI SHOW DEMONSTRATIONS

Saturday, May 11

9:30-10:30 am:  ROOT OVER ROCK BONSAI, Eric Newton
Discover the steps necessary to create a root over rock bonsai, a style inspired by trees growing on rocky mountainsides, with roots seeking out moisture and nutrients in the rock’s crevices and fissures.

11-11:45 am:  REPOTTING A BONSAI, Brian McNulty
Learn how, when and why a bonsai should be repotted.  Discover the different planting mix options and how to select the best type for your tree.

11:50 am:  AWARDS PRESENTATION, Todd Schlafer, guest artist and Tim Priest, show co-chair.
Learn which bonsai were awarded trophies and why these were selected as this year’s winners.

12-1:30 pm BONSAI STYLING, Todd Schlafer, guest artist
Watch our guest artist at work, pruning, wiring and styling a large bonsai.  Gain insights into the art of bonsai as he explains his vision for the tree, what he is doing and why.

2-3 pm: TRIPLE VISION, Tim Priest, Steve Jetzer, Scott Zomerlei.
Watch what happens when three bonsai artists are given similar-looking trees and how their vision leads to dramatically different results.

3:30-4:45 pm: STYLING A LARGE JUNIPER, Ken Huth
See a large juniper transformed before your eyes into an attractive bonsai.

Sunday, May 12

12-1:30 pm:  BONSAI STYLING, Todd Schlafer, guest artist
Watch our guest artist at work, pruning, wiring and styling a large bonsai.  Gain insights into the art of bonsai as he explains his vision for the tree, what he is doing and why.

2-3:30 pm: THE GREAT BONSAI POT DEBATE—NEW! Bill Struhar and Michigan bonsai artists
A great pot is essential for a great bonsai. What factors make a pot “great” and how does the bonsai artist choose from among the many different materials, glazes, styles, sizes and shapes available? It’s not as straightforward as you may think, and this topic is sure to generate some lively debate. We’ve invited bonsai artists and pot makers, representing bonsai clubs throughout Michigan, that are opinionated, knowledgeable and experienced bonsai artists. View pots through the eyes of a Japanese-oriented traditionalist, an aesthetic purist, a pot maker, and an avant-garde liberated soul. Enjoy spirited discussion and gain insights into what makes the perfect bonsai pot.

4 pm: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCED, Anita Buckowing, show co-chair
Discover which bonsai received the top votes in the People’s Choice Awards this year.

 

Vendors
American Bonsai Tool & Supply Co., Asian Artique, B.C. Bonsai, Bonsai by Fields, First Branch Bonsai, Flower Market, Growco Garden Supply, Her Laurels, Ken’s World of Bonsai, Linda Ippel Studios

Fee: Free