2014 Bonsai Exhibit

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Wow! What a show! Excellent trees and displays, good attendance, great demonstrations – what more could there be? Thanks to everyone for making this a great success – and there are a lot of people to thank! Orion Kiesch for creating this years promotional flier; Gary Landerud for supervising the set-up and clean-up crews and storing all the back drops and table coverings; Mary Ellestad for the newspaper publicity; Orion and Gary for the professional quality photography on Sunday (The pics will be on the website soon) ; thanks to all four demonstrators, who all did great demos – Devon, Matthew, Tim, and Ron; Set-up crew Gary, Gene and Linda, Derek, John, Tim, Mary, Orion, Brian and Diana; clean-up crew Gary, Gene and Linda, Matthew, Mary, Orion, Ron, John and Annie, Devon, Elaine, Tim; tree sitters and door greeters Orion, Brian, Mary, Elaine, Gene and Linda, Ron, Matthew, John and Annie, Devon, Tim, Gary, and Ralph. And, most importantly, to everyone that brought trees to show, for without the trees we wouldn’t have a show: Orion, Mary, Derek, Brian, Ron, Matthew, Annie, John, Gene and Linda, Devon, and Tim.

Brian won Best of Show for his striking schefflera. It was outstanding! Other top vote recipients were Gene’s shimpaku, Ron’s lilac, Ron’s Hornbeam, Devon’s shimpaku, Mary’s lilac, and Brian’s other schefflera. Matthew’s trees were all perfect, but what especially struck me was the excellent nebari they all had. And as can be attested to by those members at the entrance table, many, many people left without casting a ballot because they “were all so fantastic I couldn’t decide”.

Our show is probably the highlight of the year for the Society. So, to everyone that participated, a major “thank you” and a “job well done”; it was awesome.

If anyone has suggestions or ideas on how to improve things for next year, jot them down, or let me know.

If I have inadvertently left anyone off this thank-you list, my sincere apologies. Ill make corrections in the next post.

Pictures of the show will be posted here this weekend, sorry for the delay…

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