Monday, July 12, 2021

Akron Canton Bonsai Society July 2021 Exhibit at Wolf Creek Winery

By Michael Rusnak

Strolling though bonsai trees while sipping a glass of wine on a gorgeous summer afternoon--that's just about perfect.

This year, the Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton, Ohio hosted our club's July exhibition.  In a picnic-like setting of wonderful overlooks across a valley and vineyard, the Akron-Canton Bonsai Society presented a display of trees.  It included pines, larch, yew, juniper, maple, as well as several tropical varieties.  

There were examples of several traditional bonsai styles as well by members of our club at all skill levels.

The idea for a bonsai exhibit at a winery was a stroke of genius by our club president during the long months of the last year's Covid19 pandemic lock-down. As there are no public conservatories or arboretums in our area, we were looking for venue for an outdoor exhibit where people stroll and want to enjoy beautiful things.  It was just about a perfect match.

While our original exhibition date in June was rescheduled due to storms in the area, this make up day turned out to be picture-perfect weather for the event. 

 The perfect weather brought out a steady stream of visitors, and we would suggest that other bonsai clubs might want to try a winery for a summer exhibit. Additionally, we had no problem getting club members to volunteer to work the exhibit.  The good weather, the setting and readily available refreshments were enough of a draw.

One of the things that I always enjoy about our club exhibits is seeing the trees and projects that other members create.  I enjoy seeing how their trees develop over time.  And unlike your own trees that you work with throughout the seasons, you mostly only see those of other members once a year.  The progress and refinement therefore is at once noticable.  That yearly progress is a genuine joy to discover.  In this way, the trees themselves have also become club members. 

In total we had more than half of our membership represented in the trees displayed. And it just felt soooo good to be out again with friends, visiting, enjoying the art of bonsai after the calamity that was last year.  Enjoying the event with  good glass of wine didn't hurt either. 

Also, enjoy this video tour of our July exhibit at Wolf Creek Winery our our club Youtube channel.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trident Seedling Work

Debbie shared two photos of another spring project.  She has been working on  Trident Maples
Roots over rocks and tying them with wire. 

She commented that it was a "Very difficult.  I was snapping off some of branches.  I need a class on wiring."
She hopes they will survive and have a productive growing season.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Lexi Trims Brazilian Rain Tree


Denny submitted this look at her new helper, Lexi, working on a Brazilian rain tree.  Looks like he's serious about his new day job, but I hope someone told Lexi that tree has thorns. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

More Spring Bonsai Projects by ACBS Members

With the whole state still on lock down, we are sharing some of our spring projects  here on our blog.  This week, I've gotten three more messages with pictures from our members.

First up, Debbie sent in this photo of her amur maples from last year's club dig. The maples are looking healthy and busting our all over. And just look at that rugged old trunk. 

She also sends photos of these two small flowering bonsai, a crab apple in a white hexagon pot, making that spring color really pop.

Plus this small azalea already flowering with some warm purple colors.  Very cool. 


Ken adds another spring project.  He says,
"When in doubt, get some Rocks out...?"
This is the same Root over Rock Trident Seedlings ON the Rock method we did the last couple years at my ACBS Spring Workshops.
Ken is using the Seedlings intended for our Workshop last night and making more Root over Rock for the next couple days . He is going to try some Virginia Pine today and have used Elm already too. Maybe Shimpaku next?
Root over rock before and after tie down

Additionally, Ken proposes a 2020 Root over Rock Challenge to Members to see their ROR on this Blog? Hopefully there are some from the last 2 years that we can see!  Amen Ken. That would be awesome.


Lastly, Emmett and Randy finished repotting a group of amur maples from last years dig, and these too have responded nicely with ample shoots pushing our all along their trunks, as can be seen in this photo they sent.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ken Works an Erodium

Ken shared these before and after cutting photos of an erodium he pulled out of a growing pot this week. He describes it as "a roughly cut, erodium project just started."

For those of you who aren't familiar with these little guys, they are a lot of fun to grow and put out bright flowers throughout the growing season. Plus they make neat mame size bonsai.

As can be seen in the photos, he's potted it up and cut the plant way back.  But take note of that trunk and all its ripples and texture.  Nice.

It won't be long before the erodium puts out new shoots and leaves.  It should look great in a few weeks.


Spring Dig-- Eastern Red Cedar

This season due to the corona virus, and our club not actually meeting, we'll be periodically posting some of the projects club members are working on so that we can all share in each others projects, the excitement and energy that the trees bring. In other words, virtually, we can share some of what bonsai has to offer-- bonsai reveals the glory of spring.

Eastern Red Cedar Yamadori Just Dug Out

Nice trunk with lots of branches
Having just moved back to Ohio last year, AJ is  not only back in the ACBS club, but already scrapping out some new material for bonsai.  I guess tree work is just in the blood.

Check out AJ's new projects, an eastern red cedar just pulled out of the ground, and lugged out of the wild.  From the pics, it looks like it has a serious trunk and lots of branches to choose for a new leader and to dead wood.  

Plus he's already go it potted up in a big training box.  But hey, is that work position is hard on the back? Just kidding, I wish I could still do that.

Anyway, this we'll all look forward to see how that tree develops in the coming seasons.





Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Another Spring Project: Buckey Bonsai in Training

This season due to the corona virus, and our club not actually meeting, we'll be periodically posting some of the projects club members are working on so that we can all share in each others projects, the excitement and energy that the trees bring. In other words virtually we can share some of what bonsai has to offer-- bonsai reveals the glory of spring.


Buckeye literati-- sweet direction changes
Buckeye bonsai in training

Randy continues his experiment at using Ohio's famous state tree--the BUCKEYE. These trees have very broad umbrella shaped leaves, and because of the large leaf size, they are not used much for bonsai.

A couple of years ago, Randy gave a presentation to our club with multiple examples of buckeyes that he had been working with. Despite the leaf size, they typically have wonderful greens and red shades in their spring  foliage color.   In addition they develop some interesting direction changes with pruning--see our post from July 2018.  At that meeting, he gave each member a buckeye to work on, all were trees that he had grown from seed. (By the way, mine is still alive).

Here Randy shares some pics of this delightful little guy which, in time, should make an interesting literati style with lots of abstract movement. Just check out that lower trunk  It is already giving us some cool lower trunk bends and direction changes.

Check back to this blog later for more spring projects.
Stay safe.