Only 15 Days Until The Finest Exhibition Of Bonsai In The United States — Valavanis Bonsai Blog

The 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition is just over two weeks away. I’ve been to every USNBE so far, and I can say with confidence that they keep getting better.

And of course I have to mention – a small number of trees from Québec and Ontario will be exhibited under the categories of “Special Exhibitors”, including two of my own and five other outstanding trees from my local club (The Bonsai Society at Royal Botanical Gardens).

Come out and support North American Bonsai! And if you can find the time to attend the awards banquet, I highly recommend it. It is a great time.

Hope to see you there.

Plans are finalizing to display over 300 bonsai in the 2016 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 10-11, 2016, in Rochester, New York. We have truck loads of fine bonsai from the Pacific Northwest, Bay Area of California, Texas and Florida. They will all be carefully transported to Rochester where each specimen will […]

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Stolen Bonsai in the Montréal Area

These three trees were stolen from a member of the Société de bonsaï et de penjing de Montréal.

If you see these trees for sale, call 514-233-3538.

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Bonsai Society at Royal Botanical Gardens Summer Show

The Bonsai Society @ RBG‘s summer show is coming up fast. Come and see some outstanding bonsai at a great venue.

Click here to see a gallery of Bonsai @ RBG’s last show.


Misseto Bonsai Show June 27th – 28th

The Mississauga/Etobicoke (Misseto) Bonsai Club’s annual show is coming up soon! Some of the best bonsai in Ontario will be at this event. Hope to see you there!


Bonsai Society @ Royal Botanical Gardens Year-End Social and Sale


Tuesday November 25th at 7:00 pm marks an annual tradition at Bonsai@RBG – the year end social and sale.

I’ve made some good buys at this sale in the past and have also sold some good stuff. While it is primarily a social event, this year is special because two local bonsai vendors will have sales tables – The Bonsai Guy and Kim’s Nature. Their presence will ensure there will be no shortage of trees, pots, tools, and soil available for your buying pleasure.

The event will take place in the Cafe Annex at the RBG Centre.

Hope to see you there!

Montréal Bonsai Bazaar Saturday August 23rd

Matthiew Quinn from Bonsai Quinn asked me to share the information about the upcoming Bonsai Bazaar being held by the Society of Bonsai and Penjing of Montreal.

See here for more information about the Bazaar, or click the image below (one of the excellent larches that will be for sale). Montreal has a wealth of bonsai talent so this would certainly be worth the trip!

Gorgeous Larix laricina yamadori to be offered at the Bazaar.

Gorgeous Larix laricina yamadori to be offered at the Bazaar.

Artisans Cup of Portland Bonsai Exhibition Announced!

The other day an exciting announcement was made in the North American Bonsai Community: Ryan Neil and Michael Hagedorn will be organizing a top-tier bonsai exhibition to be held in Portland, Oregon in October 2013.

Artisans Cup of Portland Bonsai Exhibition Announced on Michael Hagedorn’s Blog.

Save the date! And get your trees ready, because Canadian trees are eligible for submission! I hope to see a strong Canadian presence there… I have already started staring at some of my trees and wondering if they will be worthy for consideration by the July 2013 submission deadline.

Screwy Larch (Larix laricina)

This ramrod straight larch has a fascinating twist in the lifeline of the tree. I saw this tree while out on a hike and was perplexed by the growth of the trees in that immediate vicinity. Many of them (living and dead) within a small area (about 100 square meters) had an intense spiraling grain for no apparent reason. It must have something to do with the way the wind howls through that little clearing… or perhaps it is something else, beyond my understanding. Nevertheless, it is interesting how such a dynamic live vein can give life to an otherwise dull tree. It would make a unique bunjin-gi. This guy was not collected, however. I don’t have permission to collect where these trees are growing, but I still like to look 🙂

Barberpole Larch