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Carolina Bonsai Expo

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Event Details

Date:

October 8

Time:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Category:

Location:

Main Campus

The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 in the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center buildings. This nationally-known event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts hailing from a multi-state region, including North Carolina. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase live bonsai plants and supplies at the Expo’s bonsai marketplace, participate in bonsai workshops, and watch free demonstrations. In its 21st year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.

The Arboretum’s Carolina Bonsai Expo offers programs for both the bonsai community and general public. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 8

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – The Arboretum’s bonsai on display in the Bonsai Exhibition Garden; main bonsai exhibit open in the Education Center, 1st floor; ikebana exhibit open in the Education Center, 2nd floor; vendors market open in the Baker Exhibit Center, 1st and 2nd floors; food service available in the Education Center, 1st floor
  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon – Free ikebana educational program, “Ikenobo Ikebana,” lecture and demonstration by Stephanie English and Laura Felt of the Blue Ridge Ikenobo chapter, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor

Ikebana demonstration by Stepanie English and Laura Felt of the Blue Ridge Ikenobo chapter. Continuing a tradition started in 2002, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is proud to once again feature displays of ikebana art provided by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International as well as a demonstration of how these wonderful pieces of assembled nature are created. Providing the demonstration will be two accomplished experts of the Ikenobo School, who will explain their art while working with a variety of material from local gardens, flower shops and the native landscape. Laura Felt is a world traveler who lived in Japan for four years and has attained the level of Assistant Professor of Ikebana. Stephanie English is also well traveled, having made four separate Ikenobo study tours of Japan and attended numerous special ikebana workshops all over the US. She is a Sr. Professor 2nd grade in the Ikenobo School, the oldest school of ikebana. Attending this program will help you better appreciate the amazing ikebana on display in the library

  • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – 2016 Carolina Bonsai Expo Main Event presentation: “The Dan Robinson Experience,” featuring international bonsai artist Dan Robinson, illustrated lecture and live bonsai demonstration program in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor (pre-registration required, fee charged for this program). Register Here

Sunday, October 9

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – The Arboretum’s bonsai on display in the Bonsai Exhibition Garden; main bonsai exhibit open in the Education Center, 1st floor; ikebana exhibit open in the Education Center, 2nd floor; vendors market open in the Baker Exhibit Center, 1st and 2nd floors; food service available in the Education Center, 1st floor
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Free bonsai educational program, “Novel versus Production Bonsai,” illustrated lecture by Owen Reich of Bonsai Unearthed, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor

Illustrated lecture by Owen Reich of Bonsai Unearthed. How does the general population of the bonsai community express itself creatively when so many bonsai look very similar? At the same time, how can pre-bonsai material that is accessible be produced for this market while remaining cost effective? In this presentation, Owen will provide some answers by examining both the American nursery production industry and the methods tried by professional Japanese growers. He will also be contrasting this information with an examination of more novel bonsai creation. At first glance, this subject may seem to be of somewhat specialized interest, but its importance to the ever evolving identity of bonsai in the United States should not be overlooked! Owen Reich is uniquely qualified to deal with the topic, given his educational and working background in general horticulture, coupled with his bonsai apprenticeship at Kouka-en Nursery in Japan. He also has the benefit of insight gained by traveling all over the U.S., teaching bonsai and working on client’s trees.

  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Free bonsai educational program, “The Fastest Forest You’ve Ever Seen,” live bonsai demonstration with Ken Duncan and John Geanangel of the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group and Arthur Joura, bonsai curator of the Arboretum, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floorB

Bonsai demonstration with Ken Duncan and John Geanangel of the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group and Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator of The North Carolina Arboretum. In 1997, at the second Carolina Bonsai Expo, John and Ken did a demonstration in which they created a Hop-hornbeam forest planting on a large rock that they then donated to the Arboretum’s bonsai collection. Nineteen years later, after becoming a perennially popular presence in the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, the big planting is in need of a complete overhaul. What better way to handle the job than as another live presentation at the 21st Expo? When it was first made, this forest-on-rock bonsai took three hours to put together. This time around, it will be completely re-built in a single hour! How? For starters, this time Ken and John will be joined onstage by Arthur, and lively, high-speed demonstrations have become a thing with the three of them. Do not think for a moment that the entertainment value will be sacrificed in the name of efficiency – the work will be serious and challenging, but the program will be as loose and fun as regular Expo attendees have come to expect from these three Carolina bonsai friends. Come see how the sausage gets made! (Not for the faint of heart.)

  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Live auction of bonsai and bonsai-related items, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor (pre-registration required, $1 fee charged for this event)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Raffle drawing, presentation of “People’s Choice” award and closing remarks in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor

dan-robinsonFeatured Speaker – Dan Robinson

Each year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo highlights the talents of a special guest artist who has earned a reputation for bonsai excellence. This year’s guest is world-renowned bonsai expert Dan Robinson. With more than 50 years of experience, Robinson has been referred to as the “Picasso of Bonsai,” due to his unique and distinctive approach to American bonsai. His personal collection contains more than 200 specimens, and he is one of the few bonsai artists in the U.S. to open his private collection to the public. Robinson’s work is also represented in numerous public and private collections, including the American Bonsai Collection at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read an overview of Dan’s Main Event presentation, “The Dan Robinson Experience.”

Participating Vendors

  • Adams’ Bonsai – Lynchburg, VA
  • Bonsai Learning Center – Mooresville, NC
  • MC2 Pottery – Cosby, TN
  • Meco Bonsai – Lancaster, PA
  • Meehan’s Miniatures – Rohrersville, MD
  • Nature’s Way Nursery – Harrisburg, PA
  • Osiga Company – Ellicott City, MD
  • Tall Pines Bonsai – Columbia, SC
  • Turnbull Creek Bonsai – Nashville, TN
  • Wild Things Bonsai – Hartville, OH

Participating Clubs

NC
Blue Ridge Bonsai Society – Asheville
Bonsai Society of the Carolinas – Charlotte
Cape Fear Bonsai Society – Wilmington
Piedmont Bonsai Association – Winston-Salem
Triangle Bonsai Society – Raleigh

SC
Black Creek Bonsai Study Group – Columbia

VA
Hinoki Bonsai Society – Roanoke
Mountain Empire Bonsai Society – Wytheville
Tidewater Bonsai Club – Suffolk

TN
Appalachian Bonsai Kai – Johnson City
Knoxville Bonsai Society – Knoxville
Nashville Bonsai Society – Nashville

GA
Atlanta Bonsai Society – Atlanta

AL
Alabama Bonsai Society – Birmingham

PA
Susquehanna Bonsai Cub – Harrisburg