Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bonsai Galore

Rochester, NY is not just known as the home base of companies like Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb. This is also were Jell-O started. Repeatedly, this city has been included in the top US cities great for raising a family. But Rochester is also home to one of the best bonsai teachers/artists in the country, Bill Valavanis. His annual symposium (one, if not the most, of the most organized symposium) held every September is always a must-see. This year's theme is about shohin (shohin bonsai are smaller sized bonsai, measuring under 10 inches (25cm) tall above the rim of the bonsai container). Some of the trees in the exhibit were 2-3 inches tall only. It is just amazing seeing very healthy and beautiful tiny trees. Enjoy the pics. Pictured above is hubby's beauty berry with fruits that have yet to turn deep purple in the fall.

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