CAROLINA BONSAI EXPO
Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The North Carolina Arboretum will host the 18th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, 2013. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from a six-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 ($8 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 Kai, Johnson City
Nashville Bonsai Society, Nashville
Hinoki Bonsai Club, Roanoke
Mountain Empire Bonsai Society, Wytheville
Virginia Bonsai Society, Norfolk
Atlanta Bonsai Society, Atlanta
Susquehanna Bonsai Club, Harrisburg
Bonsai Marketplace Vendors
Meco Bonsai, Lancaster, PA
Meehan’s Miniatures, Rohrersville, MD
Mike Brawley Bonsai, Charlotte, NC
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 Arboretum is pleased to announce that the 2013 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist is Rodney Clemons, of Stone Mountain, GA!
Mr. Clemons is a longtime friend of bonsai at the NC Arboretum, having previously been guest artist at the 7th Expo back in 2002. He is a lively and popular presenter, having appeared at a great many bonsai conventions and symposia all over the United States and Europe, including the 1992 World Bonsai Convention in Orlando, FL. He is best known in bonsai for his unique rock plantings, and has established himself as a leading authority on styling Littleleaf Boxwood, particularly the ‘Kingsville’ variety. Mr. Clemons was the foremost student of Southern bonsai legend E. Felton Jones, and also spent time studying with other noteworthy artists, such as John Naka and Yuji Yoshimura. His style has been greatly informed by studying nature, and he draws heavily on childhood memories of the coastal environment of the Florida panhandle, where he grew up. Mr. Clemons is a fulltime bonsai professional. He owns and operates Allgood Bonsai Nursery, curates the bonsai collections at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, GA and The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA, and still finds time to travel, teaching, judging shows and critiquing collections.
Rodney Clemons enjoys the opportunity to share and express his love of nature and bonsai, always in the hope that he can influence people in a positive way.
2013 CAROLINA BONSAI EXPO MAIN EVENT
2013 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist Rodney Clemons conducts a lesson in artistic bonsai design.
Every Carolina Bonsai Expo since the very first in 1996 has highlighted the talents of special guest artists, and the lecture/demonstration programs provided by these individuals have earned a reputation for educational excellence. This year’s presentation by Mr. Rodney Clemons promises to continue the tradition. While well respected for his ability to work with any type of plant material, our friend Rodney is particularly noted for his artistry with Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla). As it happens, the NC Arboretum has an excellent, large, old and completely untrained Littleleaf Boxwood at its disposal, and we welcome the opportunity to put it in the hands of the most capable boxwood bonsai stylist in the US. When he first laid eyes on this specimen, Rodney’s face lit up like a little boy’s on Christmas morning!
This program is scheduled for 5 hours, in order to allow our guest artist ample time to do his best work with an exceptional piece of plant material. However, no one other than Rodney is expected to stay in the room throughout the entire program! The first hour will feature Rodney sharing his thoughts on styling boxwoods and then assessing the merits and challenges of the plant that will be the subject of his demonstration. This will be followed by an extended period in which the guest artist will focus on the work of styling the plant, and during which time the audience will be requested to refrain from asking questions. Program attendees will be at their liberty to come and go as they please throughout the program. At the conclusion of his work, Rodney will discuss what he has done and what he anticipates will be the future development of the bonsai, and there will be a question and answer session.
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 $10 for Arboretum members and $13 for non-members and the 100 available spaces will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made online 24/7 (click here) 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.
Free Educational Programs
Saturday, October 12
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ikebana, the practice of creatively assembling collected plant materials into beautiful arrangements, has long been considered a sister art to bonsai. Thanks to an ongoing cooperative partnership with the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, ikebana is also a colorful component of the Carolina Bonsai Expo! In addition to the wonderful displays on the second floor of the Education Center, ikebana is represented each year by a live demonstration in which several arrangements are created by a guest artist on stage.
This year’s ikebana guest artist is Mrs. Susan Cano, who holds the 7th teacher level of “Komon” in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and is due to receive the highest rank of “Riji” in early 2014. From 1972 to 2001, Mrs. Cano lived in Bangkok, Thailand and Mexico City, Mexico, and served as President of Ikebana International chapters in both those cities. She has traveled the world attending ikebana conventions, and has given demonstrations and conducted workshops for numerous organizations in Mexico and the United States. She has exhibited her work in Japan, and in 2001 received the Foreigner’s Award from the Sogetsu School in Tokyo. Mrs. Cano was the guest ikebana artist for the 2010 Carolina Bonsai Expo.
In this demonstration, Mrs. Cano’s work will feature bamboo, echoing a theme that will be found throughout the ikebana on display at this year’s Expo. Come to this program and see fascinating botanical art appear before your eyes!
Owen Reich, propriator of Bonsai Unearthed in Nashville, TN, presents a program about formal presentation of bonsai.
The formal display of bonsai is an art onto itself, and the way a bonsai is presented can have tremendous impact on how it is perceived. No wonder then that bonsai display is such a challenge!
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of bonsai display in the US, we are pleased to offer this special lecture and demonstration program by Owen Reich, a bonsai professional from Nashville, TN who has apprenticed in Japan at the bonsai nursery Kouka-en. Owen will cover the basics of traditional and contemporary Japanese display, then move on to include developments in modern and novel bonsai displays from America and around the world. He will also feature some examples made especially for this presentation.
Asked for a statement about this program, Owen had this to say: “The format for the Carolina Bonsai Expo is in some ways a challenge put forth by Arthur Joura to break new ground in the realm of bonsai display. This is no easy task yet the participating organizations come back year after year with new ideas. My goal is to assist these exhibitors in their understanding and enjoyment of bonsai display.” This presentation will be of interest to anyone who enjoys viewing bonsai, but it should be a “must attend” program for all club members who want to improve their bonsai display technique!
Ken Duncan and John Geanangel of the Black Creek Bonsai Study Group, with Arthur Joura, NC Arboretum Bonsai Curator, create a tray landscape planting.
There are certain natural landscapes that provoke a powerful response in any human being who experiences them. Some are majestic, some are tranquil, some are desolate and some are… strange.
Forty Acre Rock is a Heritage Preserve and National Natural Landmark in South Carolina, hidden away in a secluded location northeast of Columbia. It features a massive, exposed, granite flatrock that contains a multitude of seasonal pools which harbor numerous rare and unusual plants. To walk about on this big rock, with stark, gnarled trees growing all around its periphery and out of cracks in its surface, is to have the feeling of visiting a land under some kind of dark enchantment. If you are someone who thinks in terms of bonsai landscapes, Forty Acre Rock jumps out at you as both an inspiration and a challenge.
John Geanangel and Ken Duncan are well familiar with Forty Acre Rock, having visited on many occasions over the years. When they brought their friend Arthur Joura there for the first time, the 3 of them decided on the spot that they would make a tray landscape planting of the place and that it would be done in a demonstration at the Carolina Bonsai Expo! Then it took nearly 2 years of strategizing to figure out how to pull it off. Just to make it interesting, they decided to do the demonstration, and present a picture show about the place, in a 1-hour program.
Ken, John and Arthur have worked together onstage numerous times in the 17-year history of the Carolina Bonsai Expo. Their programs are known as lively and fun events, and some of the work they have produced has not turned out too badly, but they may have bitten off more than they can chew this time around. This program should be well worth the hour of your life it will take to watch it!
Schedule of Public Events
Saturday, October 12
Sunday, October 13
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