41st Annual Midwest Bonsai Society show August 17th thru 19th

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This will be held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL

http://www.midwestbonsai.org/august-exhibition/#guestmaster

Owen Reich will have a vendor booth this year. There will be six or seven other Bonsai nurseries with booths as well.

Sarah Raynor will be selling her Bonsai pots, with several other potters as well.

Naoki Maeoka from Osaka prefecture will be the guest judge.

Come on out and see a great show and one of the top public Bonsai collections in the Country.
 

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I will be volunteering Saturday morning in the exhibit hall. So far I am the only male signed up to work the morning shift, so stop by and say hi if you are there.
 

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I’ll be in the vendor area when not assisting Naoki Maeoka. Just look for the vendor spot with the big white back-drop. Bringing a stack of wire cutters, good trees, pots, and suiseki.

Anyone considering coming to the Show should make the trek; Maeoka-san spent the last 10 years at Kouka-en styling Bonsai essentially every day. This is his first trip to America, but likely first of many. He’s fluent in English and extremely talented.
 

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I’ll be in the vendor area when not assisting Naoki Maeoka. Just look for the vendor spot with the big white back-drop. Bringing a stack of wire cutters, good trees, pots, and suiseki.

Anyone considering coming to the Show should make the trek; Maeoka-san spent the last 10 years at Kouka-en styling Bonsai essentially every day. This is his first trip to America, but likely first of many. He’s fluent in English and extremely talented.
After hanging with you and Bjorn, does Maeoka-san have a Southern Drawl?
 

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After hanging with you and Bjorn, does Maeoka-san have a Southern Drawl?

Lol.

I wanna know if he smokes.....the way youse were clowning him that one morning!



I bought my tickets for the Dinner...

Whos going?

Sorce
 

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Got to talk to @William N. Valavanis @Owen Reich and Todd from First Bonsai(?) out of Colorado. Only briefly as they were all in demand or had paying customers to attend. All very pleasant and nice as always.

I have photos on my cellphone. It is an old iPhone 4 with a loose charging port, that is dead right now, and I am having problems charging.

I did pick up a Japanese larch from Bill.
 

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I got to stand in the chow line with Naoki..
I asked him if he recognized more fame from the videos! Lol! Showed him a pic of my lil slabbed blue rug. I think he liked it!

That was the raffle tree.

These are my only phone pics...
We brought the good camera! Lol...
And didn't get many good pictures!

S
 

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I got to stand in the chow line with Naoki..
I asked him if he recognized more fame from the videos! Lol! Showed him a pic of my lil slabbed blue rug. I think he liked it!

That was the raffle tree.

These are my only phone pics...
We brought the good camera! Lol...
And didn't get many good pictures!

S

I believe the guy with his back to the camera is Mark Fields. He's a bonsai professional on the south side of Indianapolis. Good guy, good trees http://www.bonsaibyfields.com/
 

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Winners of Open and professional catagories.
Second tree is @William N. Valavanis tree. Many people really both trees, but while I was volunteering in the exhibit hall the most often asked question I was asked was how old Bill’s tree was, I would point to the photo board Bill had next to the tree showing a photo of the tree from 1980, and it’s progression over the years.
 

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Owen’s and Todd Shaflers(sp?) sale tables prior to opening.
 

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Some other trees.
 

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I like the big Pine with the Shari and also the clump Japanese Maple at the end....really cool!
 
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