CAROLINA BONSAI EXPO
Saturday, October 10, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 11, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The North Carolina Arboretum will host the 20th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2015. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from a seven-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an ikebana exhibit provided by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, the Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.
The Expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. Deciduous bonsai specimens on display in the garden often feature brilliant autumn color during this time of year.
The Carolina Bonsai Expo is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal vehicle).
Participating Bonsai Clubs
Blue Ridge Bonsai Club, Asheville
Bonsai Society of the Carolinas, Charlotte
Cape Fear Bonsai Society, Wilmington
Piedmont NC Bonsai Association, Winston Salem
Triangle Bonsai Society, Raleigh
Black Creek Study Group, Columbia
Knoxville Bonsai Society, Knoxville
Mid-Appalachian Bonsai Society, Johnson City
Nashville Bonsai Society, Nashville
Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society, Chattanooga
Hinoki Bonsai Club, Roanoke
Mountain Empire Bonsai Society, Wytheville
Tidewater Bonsai Club, Suffolk
Atlanta Bonsai Society, Atlanta
Susquehanna Bonsai Club, Harrisburg
Alabama Bonsai Society, Birmingham
Bonsai Marketplace Vendors
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, Burns, TN
Wild Things Bonsai Studio, Hartville, OH
The 2015 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist is Walter Pall of Munich, Germany
For those already immersed in the world of bonsai, Walter Pall needs no introduction. For the sake of anyone else reading this, here is what you need to know: Walter Pall is one of the leading figures in Western bonsai art. Talented, intelligent, articulate (in several languages), outspoken, controversial and highly entertaining, Walter travels the world instructing students, headlining conventions and expanding the horizons of bonsai. He is a champion of Naturalistic Style bonsai, but is also highly accomplished in the Modern Style. He is well known for his dramatic work with large, old, collected plants, but he also enjoys growing many miniature bonsai as well as all sizes in-between. He is a powerful bonsai presence on the Internet, and writes one of the most popular bonsai blogs (http://walter-pall-bonsai.blogspot.com/). Walter Pall is also the first 3-time guest artist in Carolina Bonsai Expo history.
2015 CAROLINA BONSAI EXPO MAIN EVENT
2015 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist Walter Pall conducts a multi-tasking lesson in artistic bonsai design.
Everything about Walter Pall seems a little bit larger than life; he likes it that way. It is no surprise then that his lecture/demonstration program for the 20th Carolina Bonsai Expo promises to be an extravagant affair. To begin with, Walter will be doing a styling demonstration on a large, old Lodgepole Pine, collected in the Rocky Mountains and estimated to be in the range of 300 years of age. You might think this would be enough to occupy him fully in the time allowed for this program, but no, he will also be presenting a special PowerPoint program on the Fairy Tale Style of bonsai. You have not heard of the Fairy Tale Style? You will not find it in any of your bonsai books, because Walter invented it only a few years ago. Obviously, he will be the best person from which to learn about this intriguing new style and he has prepared an introductory presentation just for his Carolina Bonsai Expo audience. So, you get the ancient Lodgepole Pine demonstration, plus the Fairy Tale Style presentation, all for the price of one program. But wait, there’s more! Walter has also requested that the large Scots Pine from his demonstration at the 2011 Expo be available to him to review as part of this program. He has not seen this tree, part of the NC Arboretum bonsai collection, in 4 years and he wants to inspect the job that has been done in handling it since then. This should be interesting!
This program is scheduled for 3 hours, although there is the likely possibility of it extending beyond that if more time is needed. However dynamic and entertaining a performer Walter might be, 3+ hours is a long time for anyone to stay glued in their seat! For that reason program attendees will be issued ID bracelets to wear and then be at their liberty to come and go as they please. Only registered attendees will be able to attend any part of this program.
The program will be conducted in the classrooms on the 1st floor of the Education Center.
The cost of this program is $20 for Arboretum members and $23 for non-members and the 100 available spaces will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made beginning 9:00 AM, Wednesday 9/23/15, online 24/7 at ncarboretum.org or by phone during business hours Monday through Friday ((828) 665-2492 - ask to register for Bonsai Expo Main Event) or in person at the Arboretum. Reservations must be secured by payment, either by credit card at the time of registration or by personal check received within 5 working days of the time of registration. REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE TAKEN BEFORE 9:00 AM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.
FREE Educational Programs
Saturday, October 10th:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – “Linked Ikebana Arrangement From Four Schools”, ikebana demonstration by Susan Cano (Sogetsu School), Diane Harker (Ohara School), Emiko Suzuki (Ikenobo School) and Terri Ellis Todd (Ichiyo School). Every year since 2002, the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International has partnered with the Carolina Bonsai Expo to provide beautifully fascinating displays of collected bits of nature arranged as ikebana art. All the while during that same span of time, a variety of excellent ikebana teachers representing several different schools have presented educational programs open to all Expo visitors, explaining the intricacies of ikebana design. This year, in honor of the 20th Carolina Bonsai Expo, four ikebana experts representing four different schools will demonstrate their art on stage simultaneously, producing work that will be thematically linked. This innovative program promises to be a highlight of the weekend!
10:00 to 11:30 AM– “ImprovX3”, multi-media bonsai art happening orchestrated by Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery. The standard bonsai demonstration, while potentially educational, can sometimes challenge an audience to maintain consciousness. In this exciting reinvention of the bonsai demonstration format, our friend Jim intends to challenge the audience to expand consciousness! Carolina Bonsai Expo audiences are well familiar with Jim Doyle, due to his being a regular participant and presenter at every Expo since he was the co-guest artist in 2001, but this year he aims to show you something completely different. Jim will be joined onstage by his son Max, a musician, and by Jackie Maloney, a graphic artist from Western North Carolina. Together the three of them will combine their various creative talents in an improvisational collaboration that will yield *something* relating to bonsai. Jim was a child of the late sixties and early seventies, so he has always had a bit of that counter culture/alternative lifestyle kind of vibe about him, and apparently this time he intends to let it all hang out. What will happen? A bonsai happening will happen. Be there or be square.
1:00 to 2:00 PM – “Getting It Right, No Matter How Many Times It Takes”, bonsai demonstration with Ken Duncan and John Geanangel of the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group, and Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator of the NC Arboretum. Way back at the 1998 Carolina Bonsai Expo, Ken Duncan and John Geanangel did a demonstration in which they put together Water Elms and Baldcypresses to build a tray landscape representing the swampy world of the Carolina lowlands. Years later some problems arose and the planting they created was taken apart. Then in 2009 they were joined onstage by Arthur Joura, and the three of them made a new and improved version of the same planting in another Expo demonstration program. Now time has gone by and once again some difficulties have presented themselves in the development of this ill-fated tray landscape. If you can believe it, these three bonsai friends plan to make yet another attempt at representing the Carolina lowland environment in miniature form using Water Elms and Baldcypress. It is said that doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting different results is one definition of insanity, but John, Ken and Arthur say, “Third time’s the charm!” At the very least, having the three of them onstage together for the 20th Expo will be as entertaining as it always is.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – 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, “Linked Ikebana Arrangement From Four Schools” lecture and demonstration by 2015 Expo guest ikebana artists Susan Cano, Diane Harker, Emiko Suzuki, and Terri Ellis Todd in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 2015 Carolina Bonsai Expo Main Event presentation: “The Walter Pall Show”, featuring international bonsai artist Walter Pall, illustrated lecture and live bonsai demonstration program in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor (pre-registration required, fee charged for this program)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - 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 11:30 a.m. – Free bonsai educational program, “ImprovX3” multi-media bonsai art happening orchestrated by Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Free bonsai educational program, “Getting It Right, No Matter How Many Times It Takes”, live bonsai demonstration with Ken Duncan and John Geanangel of the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group, and Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator of the NC Arboretum, in the classrooms of the Education Center, 1st floor
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