Hi JW, I, being in the central valley CA am really blessed to be between the two big mecca's of bonsai, You being from the true mecca of bonsai with very talented people. Even in California there is a seemingly shortage of qualified teachers. This makes it double hard to get the "better" word out.My first response to Smoke (Al's and DaveV) was no way. But the more I sign up for higher priced classes. The less people I see. The masses are looking for a $20 to $50 Dollar tree and then read a $15 dollar book and become a master. Education from Kathy, Jim Gremmel (obviously you know where I"m from) and the knowledge in our local clubs has no dollar amount. But I also notice at 37 I'm an extremely young person in the group. I look at tree's sold for $20 to $5,000 that the masses would think is way to much to spend. But they settle for there one year old tree for $40 every time and then get upset when no one tells them they did a good thing. So they drop that site and sign up for 5 more, asking how to air layer a whip because they see two tree's...
I do admit that we have the talent and the material that could make a statement for us and we do have influence, but sadly the ones that promote the talk the most are the ones that have not acquired the material or the knowledge.
I respect Harry and his tree's. He has knowledge and a good eye for material and a better understanding of how to have people help him with make the best of it.
I have witnessed amazing local tree's collected in private collection's that I have never seen there equal on line from American's. We have alot of older generation's that are working on there collection and not placing it on line. At this time I'm in a club that only considers having a show... Nothing else. They only bring a couple of tree's. But when you see there personal collection it rivals most competitions seen on the web pages.
I think these tree's will be released in 20 to 30 years and alot of us younger guys will be stunned!!!!
" was quite amazed to see an article in Bonsai Today (back when it was Bonsai Europe or whatever) written by a German or Dutch authoer (can't remember exactly) that had a photographic account of the emergence of a Longhorn Beetle from his newly imported Chinese elm. The author had no clue as to what the insect was and thought it rather charming... I can't remember if he let it go or not, but since Chinese elm bonsai imports are a proven vector for this insect, I can't imagine that was the only one...
That emergence would have caused the destruction of thousands of trees in the surrounding area here in the US in an attempt to eradicate the thing. Loinghorn beetles are quite capable of killing very old and large trees of many species. I can only imagine what's going to happen on the continent when they start losing more forest..."
There heeeeere, about a half hour drive away from me, in the central part of Massachusetts. This problem has already cost millions of dollars, and the removal of one hell of a lot of trees. With the acid rain/pollution problem I have read about in the European forrests this addition would be disasterous.
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