This past weekend I attended for the first time the MidAtlantic Bonsai Symposium which is held in Grantville, Pa which is near Hershey and Harrisburg. Website for the event if interested : http://www.midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com. The show has been around for years but I never attended for some reason or another. The show is hosted by the MidAtlantic Bonsai Society (MABS) and is a great event. Every year they have well-known bonsai artist from around the world attend the event and for a fee they offer training/lectures/demos all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I did not attend any of those, I went this year to see the bonsai exhibits and the sales area. This year they had the following artists at the event: Peter Warren (UK), Ryan Neil (USA) and Minoru Akiyama (JAPAN). I also seen Owen Reich(bonsai apprentice at Fujikawa bonsai : kouka-ten nursery) and Dave Easterbrook (Canada) there as well. The event I guess you could say was split into 4 areas: lecture/demo areas, the MABS members Bonsai Exhibit, Professional Bonsai Exhibit and the sales/vendor area. It was a modest $10 entrance fee for the 2 exhibit areas and the sales areas. Oh I forgot… at the entrance they had a nice small display of ikebana from one of the Pennsylvania chapters of Sogetsu Ikebana School. I took pics from each area and will try to post as many as I can. Because I took so many pics I will have to divide the posts into sections and do several post over a period of time to cover as much as possible.
Lets start with the nice tokonoma and ikebana display
And then the sales area
yamadori (nature collected)
I have never seen a weeping forsythia bonsai in my life! I was afraid to look at the price tag so I didn’t. LOL
Panoramic view of the sales area with my wife and youngest daughter (purple shirt tied around waist) in the foreground
Well with all the yapping I did in this post I will stop here for now. The next few post will have all the bonsai pics (a lot fewer words) so you will just have to wait a little longer. But trust me, the trees are worth checking back to my blog for. You wont be disappointed!
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