2016 Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show part 5! What we learned

Nebari Bonsai

In addition to the work that is done on the trees to get them ready to show, behind the scenes work is done which rarely shows…unless it’s done wrong.

We’ve historically done a good job with tables; extending the legs with PVC pipes to bring them up another 15″ makes a big difference. Tablecloths, felt runners, and sojii screens transform the space into a great exhibit hall venue.

This year, Kathy Shaner helped us take it up another notch. I served as grunt labor just to stay close to the tips and tidbits she’s always offering to those willing to listen. She’s a great and experienced teacher. Here are a few thoughts that stuck in my mind.
Make straight and even rows:

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Make a big statement at the entrance!

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Arrange trees to point directionally toward the center of the row.

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Arrange smaller trees as 3-point displays. Even if they’re not…

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