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Akadama, Kanuma and Kyru is available in Vancouver BC. As well Double Line brand! Medium hard , have found it to be a great brand, the same available through several dealers in California. I used to pick it up from Grove Way Nursery, Johnny Uchida .-- After a long drive to his garden, I finally had the honour of shaking the hand of Bill Valavanis.
Bill happily shared information about the history and development of his impressive trees. It's difficult to describe just how incredible this experience was.
I paid close attention to trunk and nebari development, and learned a lot from Bill who had such clear answers for my questions! I am beyond grateful!
I also got to meet Alan Adair, Ron Maggio, and Doug! What a day!
-- I then made my way to Vineland nurseries, where I picked up a few landscape maples, all of which will be propagated and tested for their bonsai (pictures to come later when they've all leafed out). Some of these I know work well, others are a roll of the dice:
Aka Shigitatsu Sawa
Taylor's pink (introduced by Dick van der Maat, notoriously difficult to keep long term in any landscape)
Ryusen (a weeping palmatum)
-- Finally, I made my way to Kim's Nature, and picked up Akadama from the only known source in Canada (it is illegal in several provinces). It is difficult for me to know the quality of this Akadama at the moment (@MACH5 @Brian Van Fleet have you used this brand before?), but it really is my only option. It has the crumbly texture when squeezed. It comes in 3 sizes - far too small, far too large, or just right. There is some 'dust' accumulation in the bags which Ryan Neil said to avoid, but again, it's my only option.
I left Montreal at 2:00am, and made it back home for 11:30pm... i unloaded trees from a cargo van in the middle of the night in the pouring rain, likely confirming for my neighbours who were peeking through their windows everything they already thought LOL