Sunday, February 26, 2012

Huntington Library's Bonsai-a-Thon

We just went to the Huntington Library's Bonsai-a-Thon event with a couple of friends this Saturday.  There was a bazaar where you can buy trees of all kinds, tools, pots, and books at decent prices.  There were how to workshops which filled up too fast for me to get into.  I thought there was going to be a bigger exhibit but there was only a small room with about a dozen trees.  They have a much nicer collection in their Japanese Garden which is still in construction, scheduled for reopening in April this year.

I actually took more photos of the Suiseki stones than I did of Bonsai.  This little stone below was $600-$650 and is just a little bit bigger than my fist.  It was my favorite stone there.

These were nice too but probably out of my budget.

After the event, I felt a little inspired so I went to a nursery near there and bought four stones for $17 total.  I'm not sure what makes a stone $3 versus $600.  Maybe I will find out one day.  The first two stones are about half fist size, the bottom two are fist size.

I also went home and turned a gift Nana Juniper from last year that was in the form of a house plant into a semi-cascade style bonsai.  This is how it looked like when I received it last March.

This is it in a growing pot.  I'm going to let this grow for a while without wiring it just yet.

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