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Why Bonsai shows can be good for Bonsai


About 2 weeks ago the Puget Sound Bonsai Association put together their Spring Bonsai Show.  As a club member, obviously I was excited and this year decided to show a couple of my trees.  In my mind, I’ve always thought, out the 70 plus trees I have, I should be able to pull a couple of trees to show.  I found out that when I evaluated my trees for a show, I got more critical and found out that only about 5 out all the trees I have are  ready or can be prepared easily for a show.   There is a saying between bonsai enthusiast that “bonsai is never finished”,  the trees are always being developed or improved.   However, when trees are being prepared for a show, there’s a tendency (at least for me) to be more critical of the tree.  If  I can only keep that mind set all the time, I believe my trees will improve faster and here are some reasons why:

I’m sure there are  many other reasons why showing a tree will eventually be good for a bonsai tree but I think the main lesson here is: ” Do I do everything in the best way possible for my trees that when it’s time for me to share their beauty, they look their best?”

Here are more photos of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association’s Show.



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