exhibition, banquet, awards, silent auction, vendor area and bazaar, business meeting, tours of local enthusiasts' collections, tours of local cultural interest.
Exhibitions of bonsai usually do not include any significant lectures or demonstrations.
This is by no means an exhaustive list.
There have been many other congregations, often held at the same location year after year.
Here we have what have been among the largest and most internationally attended gatherings mostly at differing sites.
During the past decade, especially, there has been a blossoming of new annual events worldwide which we have not been able to keep up with.
If you are aware of missing information in this listing or feel that another group's conventions and exhibitions
should be included here, please e-mail email@example.com with as many details as possible.
This list was compiled from material found in the assorted specialty magazines (advertisements and articles before and after the conventions),
convention brochures, books, and web sites. Special thanks to Solita D. Tafur Rosade (FELAB), Arthur Joura (The North Carolina Arboretum),
Joy Williams and Kath Hughes (FoBBS), Delyse Upton (ABBA), and Cat Nelson (MABE)
for their valuable input and corrections.
Also, profound thanks go out to all the unnamed committee chairpersons and behind-the-scenes helpers
without whom none of these educating and entertaining functions would have been possible.
Last Updated: September 22, 2012
AFRICAN BONSAI CONVENTION (ABC)
|2002||Nov. 5 - 10||Pretoria, S.A.||over one thousand bonsai of notable though not always refined quality on display; Salvatore Liporace (Italy), Walter Pall (Germany)|
|2006||Sept. 22 - 25||Cape Town, S.A.||Robert Steven (Indonesia), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Maria Hanton, Rudi Adam, Werner Kotze, Tobie Kleynhans, Tommy Ramiah, Pieter Loubser.|
|2011||Sept. 22 - 25||Durban, S.A.||Robert Steven (Indonesia), William N. Valavanis (USA; lect: Powerpoint on Bonsai, demo: Forest style); Charles Ceronio (demo: Flat Top style), Hennie Smit (demo: Flat Top style), Shaun Murphy (demo: Baobab), Tobie Kleynhans (demo: Bushveld or Natural style), Vian Herbst (demo: Wonderboom style), Louis Nel (demo), Freddie Bisschoff (demo: Slanting style), Hannes Fritz (demo: Formal style), Carl Morrow (demo: Cascade style), Mac Boshoff (demo: Strangler Fig style), Farouk Patel, Jurgen Nuss, Gary Howes, Erica Kohler, Bernie O'Callahan, Maria Hanson/Linda Pieters.|
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AMERICAN BONSAI SOCIETY (ABS)
|1968||June 15 - 16||Cleveland, OH||150 registrants from U.S. and Canada; Mary P. Case, Constance Derderian lect: chrysanthemum bonsai), Dr. David Andrews, Warren P. Cooper [See Also: "First Annual Meeting and Symposium," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 1968, pp. 10-11, with 7 b&w photos by Warren P. Cooper]|
|1969||June 20 - 22||Philadelphia, PA||E. Felton Jones (lect: drawing natural designs from nature for bonsai), Frederic L. Ballard (demo: techniques for rock plantings), Lynn Perry Alstadt (lect: School for Judging Bonsai), Angiolo Cassese, Kent Kise, George W. Baker, George F. Hull, Jerald P. Stowell, Mary Case, Warren Cooper [See Also: "Second Annual Symposium," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer 1969, pp. 10-11, with 5 b&w photos]|
|1970||April 10-12||Dallas, TX||John Naka (demo: juniper); Mary P. Case, Constance Derderian, Jerald Stowell, George Gray, Ernesta Drinker Ballard, E. Felton Jones (demo: rock plantings), Beverly Oliver (demo: rock plantings), Betty Peirce (demo: rock plantings), Lynn Perry Alstadt (lect: Guidelines to the Aesthetics of Bonsai), Robert L. Maxson, Horace Hinds, Cad. C. Bruns, Leon Snyder, Edmond Moulin [See Also: "Magic With Naka" by George F. Hull and "ABS At 'Big D'," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1970, pp. 10-11, with 12 b&w photos by George F. Hull]|
|1971||July 16 - 18||Norfolk, VA||John Naka (demo: nine juniper forest planting), Frank Okamura, Richard Ota (demo: nine juniper forest planting), George Yamaguchi (demo: nine juniper forest planting), E. Felton Jones (demo: nine juniper forest planting) [See Also: "The Forest That Grew in Norfolk," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall 1971, pp. 46-47, with 6 b&w photos by George F. Hull and "ABS News," pp. 58-59, with 6 more b&w photos by George F. Hull]|
|1972||July 13 - 16||Kansas City, MO||First joint BCI/ABS; some 400 attendees; Yuji Yoshimura, Toshio Kawamoto; Sachiko Colom, Johonet Wicks, Elma Berryman, Leon Snyder, Dan Buckley, Larry Tooker, George Gray, Lynn Perry Alstadt, George Hull, Jerry Stowell, George Fukuma|
|1973||July||Atlanta, GA||Joint BCI/ABS; 503 delegates; John Naka and Marcial Rodriguez-Brossoise|
|1974||July 11 - 14||Pasadena, CA||Joint BCI/ABS, more than 500 enthusiasts attended from U.S., Japan, Australia, and Canada.|
|1975||July 10 -12||Kansas City, MO||Kyuzo Murata (Japan) and Masakuni Kawasumi (Japan, demo: root over rock trident
maple); John Naka, John Creech, Leon Snyder, Jr., Jim Barrett, Felton Jones, Dorothy
Young, Edmond Moulin, Frank Okamura, William Valavanis, George Baker, George
Gray, Doris Froning, Donald Lem;
July 13-17 Short Course directed by Prof. Leon C. Snyder, Jr.
|1976||July 29 - Aug 1||Philadelphia, PA||John Naka, Ernesta D. Ballard, Ed Symmes, William N. Valavanis, Chase Rosade, Melba Tucker, David Andrews, Keith Scott, Marion Gyllenswan, Jerry Stowell|
|1977||Oct. 17 - 21||Tokyo, Japan||About 200 participated; Kyuzo Murata (Japan), Morihiro Sato, Toshio Kawamoto, Tom Yamamoto|
|1978||July 6 - 9||Ithica, NY||Yuji Yoshimura as Master in Residence ("Practical Applications -- Creation of the Five Basic Styles"); Dorothy S. Young (assist), William N. Valavanis (assist), Marion Gyllenswan (assist & work: Grasses and companion plantings), F. Chase Rosade (assist & work: Satsuki azaleas), Constance R. Derderian (work: Sea-grape for bonsai), Joseph C. Burke (assist), Prof. J.W. Boodley [See Also: "Highlights of the ABS Symposium at Cornell," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter 1979, pp. 87-93, with 23 b&w photos by R. Luther Young]|
|1979||July 4 - 8||New York City, NY||Approx. 300 attendees from twelve countries; Joint BCI/ABS;
Yuji Yoshimura (demo: flowering bonsai), John Naka (demo: East Coast
collected material & work), and Frank Okamura (demo: forest
planting & work); Susumu Sudo, Yasuji Matsuda,
F. Chase Rosade (lect/demo: maple grove plantings & work), Lynn K.
Porter, Dr. David Andrews (lect/demo: mixed forest & work), Dan
Robinson (lect/demo: West Coast collected material), William
K. Valavanis (lect/demo: maples & work), Keith Scott (work), James
Barrett (work), Marion Gyllenswan (work: grass plantings), Doris Froning (work),
Ben Oki (work), Marcial Rodrieguez-Brossoise (work & mini-lect),
Jack Billet (work), Lynn Liggett (work), Felton
Jones (mini-lect), Joe Burke (mini-lect), Marian Bouchers (mini-lect),
Jerry Stowell (mini-lect), Betty Killiam (mini-lect), Jorge
Lucero (work), Joe Samuels (mini-lect), Bob Drechsler (mini-lect),
Betty Killiam (mini-lect), Luther Young (slides: ABS 1977 Japan bonsai
tour); Fusazo Takeyama had originally been the scheduled headliner, but
he died at age 65 in early Feb.;
ABS also Aug. 23-26, U of California, Davis: "Bonsai Refinement" w/John Naka as Master in Residence (California juniper & critique), Melba Tucker (lect/demo: 19 olives on cemented lava rock planting), Khan Komai (lect: "Refinement in Bonsai Display"), James Barrett (work: pinching and pruning & demo: "Refinement in a Catlin Elm Planting"); Dorothy Young (work: Beginners aka "Continuing bonsai for novices and review for experienced growers"), James R. Newton (work: Bunjin style), David R. Flipse (work: Bunjin style), Dr. David L. Andrews (work: Grafting), Shin & H. Carl Young (work: Chrysanthemum bonsai), Dr. Charles E. Hess (keynote speaker at Welcome Dinner), Dr. Robert A. Raabe (lect: "Diagnosis and Treatment -- Diseases of Ornamental Plants"), Dr. Richard W. Harris (lect: "Trunk Development and Growth"), Prof. Frank S. Morishita (lect: Contact Sprays vs. Systemics"), Dr. David S. Saxon, William Stice (lect: "Soils, Fertilizer and Root Care"), R. Luther Young (slides: Tour of Japan, 1978), Dean Ron Kong (slides: "Bonsai in Nature") [See Also: "The Refinement of Bonsai" by Sylvia G.L. Dannett, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter 1980, pp. 83-86 with 7 b&w photos by R. Luther Young, and "Diseases of Container-Grown Trees and Shrubs" by Robert D. Raabe, pp. 88-90 with 4 b&w photos]
|1980||Aug. 27 - 31||East Lansing, MI||Toshio Saburomaru as Artist in Residence (demos: spruce on lace rock, dwarf cypress slab planting & Japanese hornbeam forest), Keith Scott (demo: Chinese juniper), Lynn Perry Alstadt, William Valavanis, Dr. Harold Davidson [See Also: "Symposium Impressions," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter 1980, pp. 84-85 and 92-93, with 22 b&w photos]|
|1981||June 4 - 6||Boulder, CO||Ben Oki (demos: New Mexico pinyon pine & two-seed juniper), Dan Robinson, Bob Kataoka; Carl J.C. Jorgensen, David Meyer [See Also: "Styling Bonsai with Dispatch" by David V. Meyer, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1982, pp. 8-11, with 14 b&w photos]|
|1982||June 24 - 26||College Park, MD||Mizuhiko Nakahara, John Naka, Dr. David Andrews, Chase Rosade, Keith Scott, Melba Tucker, Nick Lenz, William N. Valavanis|
|1983||Aug. 18 - 21||Boston, MA||Warren Hill (lect: "The Concept and Reality of Windswept" & demo: Buttonwood), Marian Borchers (demo: Buttonwood), David Andrews (lect: "On Collecting Apples And Other Matters"), Jack Billet, Constance Derderian, Doris Froning, Marion Gylleswan, Stan Megos, Jerry Stowell, Melba Tucker|
|1984||July 4 - 8||Seattle, WA||Some 480 attendees; Joint BCI/ABS; Shinji Ogasawara (Japan, demo: Ponderosa pine), John Naka (demo: Ponderosa pine), Haruo Kaneshiro (demo: juniper group planting on volcanic slab), Mike Uyeno, Deborah Koreshoff (Australia, demo: carving and hollowing collected Pinus contorta ), Toshio Saburomaru (demo: 11-tree forest planting), Keith Scott, Dan Robinson (demo: cascade), Dr. Harold Tukey, Marion Gyllenswan, Khan Komai, Connie Raphael, William N. Valavanis [See Also: "Scenes from IBC '84," Journal, ABS, Vol. 18, No. 3, Fall 1984, pp. 62-67, with 18 b&w photos by Marge Craig and 1 sketch by John Naka]|
|1985||June 27 - 29||East Lansing, MI||David Fukumoto (slide show & lect: "Bonsai Innovations"), Jim Barrett (work: native collected larch), Jack Billet (work: literati Scotch pine & demo), Tony Mihalic (demo: rock planting), Cliff Pottberg (work: Shimpaku), Jack Wikle (work: mame & lect: mame under flourescent lights), Doris Froning (work: mame), Arnold Copeland (lect: "Seeing with an artist's eye"), Mrs. Peter Rookus (slide show: native and rare wildflowers), Mary Holmes (panel: "How to keep your Bonsai Club alive and solvent"), Vaughn Banting (panel: "How to keep your Bonsai Club alive and solvent"), Randy Clark (panel: "How to keep your Bonsai Club alive and solvent"), Sharon Muth (panel: "How to keep your Bonsai Club alive and solvent"), Max Puderbaugh (panel: "How to keep your Bonsai Club alive and solvent")|
|1986||July 9 - 13||Washington, D.C.||Joint BCI/ABS; over 500 attendees; John Naka (lect-demo: California juniper,
critique), Haruo Kaneshiro (lect-demo: Chinese banyan);
Dan Robinson (lect-demo: alpine hemlock, work: shimpaku on
driftwood, critique), Chase Rosade (lect-demo & work: hornbeam,
critique), Dr. Vincent T. Covello (lect-demo: suiseki), Harold Sasaki
lect-demo: Pondersoa pine), Randy
Clark (lect-demo: Scots pine), Mary Madison (lect-demo & work:
buttonwood), Doris Froning (work: mame), Vaughn Banting (work: bald
cypress, critique), Marion Gyllenswan (work: crab apple),
Kenko Rokkaku (Japan, slides: azaleas), Ted Tsukiyama, David Fukumoto,
Larry Ragle [See Also: "American Regional Bonsai, IBC '86,"
Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 20, No. 3, Fall 1986, pp. 12-13, 11 b&w photos]
|1987||June 25 - 27||Nashville, TN||John Naka (work: Atlas cedars & demo: collected winged elm, critique), Vaughn
Banting (demo & work:: literati), David Andrews (work: trident maple &
demo: pines on a stone slab), Leon Snyder (lect & work: micro-environment &
lect: computer bonsai design), Doris Froning (lect: displaying bonsai), Prof. Milan
Mihal (lect: literati paintings and painters), Don Shadow (lect: neglected
native American trees)
|1988||July 6 - 10||Montréal, Canada||Shu-ying Lui (Hong Kong, work: pyracantha forest & lects: philosphy and
techniques of Lingnan school & refining rock plantings), Kem-tak Chan (Hong
Kong, work: cotoneaster rock planting & demos: group planting & Lingnan
rock landscape), Yun-hua Hu (China, demos: Chinese landscape in a tray & grove
in a pot, work: wall hanging Sageretia), Rong-qing Hu (China, demo: Chinese
landscape in a tray & grove in a pot, work: wall
hanging Sageretia), Hiroshi Takeyama (Japan, work: mixed forest, lect:
refining forest plantings, demos: vertical style rock planting &
mixed forest, critique), John Y. Naka (demos: raft style on rock & collected
white cedar, critique), Andrew "Nick" Lenz (work: larch forest & demo: larch on
rock), David Easterbrook (Canada, lect: introduction to theme and approaches),
William N. Valavanis (demos: root over rock & deciduous forest, critique); Doris
Froning (work: Serissa on rock), F. Chase Rosade (work: elm
forest), William Breiten (work: maple root over rock) [See Also:
"Selections from the Editor's Montreal Congress Notebook" by Jack Wikle,
Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall 1988, pp. 6-9, with 11 b&w photos and 8 line drawings]
|1989||none in lieu of World Bonsai Convention in Omiya|
|1990||June 27 - July 1||Columbus, OH||John Naka (lect: "Travel The World of Bonsai"), Kelly Adkins (demo: collected clump style smoothleaf elm), José Cueto (lect: use of carving techniques in bonsai art), Marion Gyllenswan (demo: collected Andorra juniper), Jerry Meislik (demo: bald cypress & work: "Of the Macintosh Computer Usage In Bonsai Artistry, Record Keeping & Much More"), Dr. John Peterson (lect: water quality), Keith Scott (demo: Scotts pine), Jerry Stowell (demo: multiple trunk, root connected style Alberta spruce), Marian Borchers (demo: podocarpus) [See Also: "Echos from Columbus," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 24, No. 4, Winter 1990, pp. 6-11, with 8 b&w photos & 10 line drawings]|
|1991||June 5 - 8||Park City, UT||Jim Barrett (demo: formal upright Foemina juniper), Dan Robinson (demo: old Ponderosa pine), Ben Scolari (demo: saikei on a rock handcarved out of featherstone), Roy Nagatoshi (demo: renewal pruning and styling refinement using an old, long-neglected juniper bonsai) [See Also: "Echos from Utah" by Jack Wikle, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 1991, pp. 7-11, with 15 b&w photos]|
|1992||June 17 - 21||Hershey, PA||Susuma Sado (work: azaleas & lect: bonsai
display), Chase Rosade (demo: hornbeam, critique), David DeGroot (demo
& critique), Bruce Baker (demo & work: 35-year-old collected
yews, lect: collecting tips), Vaughn Banting (demo & work: bring-your-own plant
material, critique), Doris Froning (shohin
seminar), Jack Billet (shohin seminar), Larry Ragle (shohin seminar)
|1993||May 27 - 31||Orlando, FL||In conjunction w/WBFF & BCI; over 700 delegates; Saburo Kato (Japan), John Naka, Yuji Yoshimura; Pius Notter (Switzerland), Rod Clemons, Mary Madison, Pedro Morales, Ben Oki, Russell Coker, Hotsumi Terakawa, Vaughn Banting, James J. Smith, Mas Imazumi, Qingquan Zhao (China), Shinichi Nakajima, Keiko Yamane (Japan), Paul Imada, Larry Ragle, Felix Rivera, Pat Vanders|
|1994||June 23 - 26||Pittsburgh, PA||Dr. Alex Shigo (lect-demo), Keith B. Scott (Pennsylvania, work: collected Carpinofolia elms, critique), Norman Haddrick (Canada, critique), José Cueto (Ohio, critique); Doris Froning (Pennsylvania, work: shohin bonsai), George Gray (Texas, work: shohin bonsai), Marion Gyllenswan (New York, work: kusamono), Lynn Porter (Pennsylvania, work: kusamono), Randy Clark (Minnesota, work: saikei planting on a rock slab & Sharp's pygmy Japanese maples), Kelley Adkins (Chicago, work: Japanese five-needle pine), Mitsuko Sakata (Ohio, demo: sumi-e) [See Also: "Some Highlights Of The 1994 Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 120-121, with 12 b&w photos]|
|1995||May 4 - 7||Dallas, TX||Warren Hill (works: large boxwood, buttonwood, cedar elm & demo: construction of a cedar elm forest), Ernie Kuo (works: large cotoneaster, narrow leaf ficus, cedar elm & demo: refining an existing bonsai), Larry Ragle (works: Japanese maple group planting, juniper on a slab, Kokonoe white pine), David De Groot (lect: horticultural aspects of bonsai and bonsai refinement), Vito Megna (lect: vicarious bonsai collecting trip in Texas), Mike Hansen (youth workshop, demo: black pine, & lects: travels in China & American and China bonsai), Don Gould (lects: history and philosophy of bonsai containers & selection of bonsai pots), David Schlesser (lect: "The Environment, Bonsai, and You"), Dave Roberts (lect: "The Environment, Bonsai, and You") [See Also: "ABS-BSD 1995 Bonsai From Start To Finish" by Martin Klein, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 29, No. 2, Summer 1995, pp. 68-71, with 7 b&w and 6 color photos]|
|1996||Oct. 24 - 27||Grantsville, PA||Vaughn Banting (critique & lect), Jim Barrett (work & lect), Rodney Clemons (work & lect), Walter Pall (work, critique & lect), Kathy Shaner (work, lect & critique), Jim Hayes (viewing stone seminar), Pat Coen (viewing stone seminar), Howard McNeal (viewing stone seminar)|
|1997||June 12 - 15||Denver, CO||Harold Sasaki (demo: Englemann spruce & work: Black Hills spruce), Dennis Makishima (demo/lect & work: Ponderosa pine), Pat Brodie (demo: saikei), Jim Robinson (work: shrubby cinquefoil), Joe Harris (work: Ponderosa pine), David DeGroot (lect/demo: Douglas fir & work: Ponderosa pine), Pat Coen (lect: viewing stones); Allan Hills (work: dwarf sagebrush) [See Also: "Mountain Magic '97" by George Heffelfinger, Jane Nelson, Dale Cochoy & Pat Morris, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 1997, pp. 106-108, with 4 b&w photos; "Portrait of a Stylist" by Dale Cochoy, pp. 126-128, with 4 b&w photos]|
|1998||June 4 - 7||Kalamazoo, MI||Jerry Stowell (work: bring your own tree & lect/demo: "Creating Bonsai - The Art of Living Sculpture"), Peter Adams (work: Japanese maples), Martin Schmalenberg (demo: double-trunked pitch pine & work: pine), Jane Nelson (work: ficus forest), Jerry Meislik (work: ficus forest & lect: "The Ten biggest Bonsai Fallacies"), Bruce Baker (demo: yew & work: Eastern white cedar), Frank Mihalic (work: raft-style shimpaku & lect/demo: tray landscapes), Roger Case (work: raft-style shimpaku), Alan Leong lect: Southeast Asia Bonsai), Jim Barrett (work: formal upright Foemina juniper), Ivan Watters (work: shohin Hinoki cypress), Brussel Martin (work: Trident maple forest/grove) [See Also: "Symposium Highlight '98" by George Heffelfinger, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 32, No. 3, Fall 1998, pp. 112-114, with 6 color and 1 b&w photos]|
|1999||Apr. 28 - May 2||Tucson, AZ||Ben Oki (demo: olive), Warren Hill (work: Korean hornbeam & demo supervision), John Thompson (demo & work: California live oak), Jim Gremel, Mike Cartrett (demo: natal plum), Dr. Ann Chase, David Meyer (work: Burtt Davyi ficus and Texas ranger), Gay Lynn Goetzke (Japanese black pine), Max Miller (demo: trident maple), Roy Estes (demo: trident maple), Doug Acker, Ernie Hasan [See Also: "Some notes on the Tucson Symposium..." by George Heffelfinger, Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 1999, pp. 104-107, 114-115, with 15 color photos]|
|2000||June 30 - July 2||Novi, MI||In association with the Mid-America Bonsai Alliance 2000 Detroit Bonsai Convention; Masahiko Kimura (Japan, demo & works: Rocky Mountain juniper), Marty Schmalenberg (demo: huge slab planting with Eastern white pine & works: Korean hornbeam and Chinese elm), Johnny Uchida (demo: Japanese black pine & works: trident maple and black pine), Bob Eskeitz (works: hornbeam grove & field grown green mound juniper), Dave Lowman (works: eastern red cedar & planting on lace rock), Vance Wood (works: Mugo pine & shimpaku)|
|2001||April 12 - 15||New Orleans, LA||David DeGroot (work: Satsuki azalea & lect: Japanese hornbeam), Dennis Makeshima (work: Japanese 'Kiyo Hime' maples), Guy Guidry (bald cypress & juniper), Hal Mahoney (dwarf pomegranate), Joe Day (work: Kingsville boxwood), Randy Bennett (work: Chinese elm) [See Also: "New Orleans Notes," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2001, pp. 112-114, with 14 color photos]|
|2002||June 27 - 30||Milwaukee, WI||John Biel (Ontario, Canada, demo & work: collected Eastern white cedar), Cheryl Manning (California, demo & work: San Jose juniper), Gary Marchal (Georgia, demo & work: collected bald cypress), Larry Ragle (California, demo & work: shohin junipers), Harold Sasaki (Colorado, demo & work: collected Ponderosa pine), David DeGroot (Washington, demo & work: collected mountain hemlock -- replaced originally scheduled David Rowe of British Columbia, who was recovering at home from a quadruple bypass operation) [See Also: "The ABS/Milwaukee 2002 Bonsai Symposium," Bonsai Journal, ABS, Vol. 36, No. 3, Fall 2002, pp. 106-114, with 7 b&w and 47 color photos]|
|2003||Sept. 19 - 21||Bellevue, WA||The Puget Sound Bonsai Association hosted the Fourteenth Annual Pacific Northwest Bonsai Convention featuring Colin Lewis (lect-demo: Naked Bonsai & collected mountain hemlocks & mini-demo), Chase Rosade (work: field-grown crab apples & demo), Solita Rosade (work: Ficus retusa ), Charlie Anderson (work: beech forest groupings & demo), Jack Douthitt (mini-demo), Michael Hagedorn (mini-demo) with ABS holding its annual general members and board meetings|
|2004||June 17 - 20||St. Louis, MO||Joint BCI/ABS; Tatemori Gondo (Japan), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Tomohiro Masumi (Japan), Kathy Shaner (USA), Shane Cary, Jim Doyle, Jim Grimel, Masaru Ishii, Mary Madison, Boon Manakitivipart, Brussel Martin, Suthin Sukosolvisit, William N. Valavanis, Sean Smith|
|2005||none in lieu of World Bonsai Friendship Federation Convention in Washington, D.C.|
||June 15 - 18
||Saratoga Springs, NY
||David DeGroot, Jim Doyle, David Easterbrook, Christine Hayward,
Harold Johnson, Cheryl Manning, Jerry Meislik, Frank Mihalic, Pauline
Muth, Martin Schmalenberg, Kathy Shaner
||June 21 - 24
||Virginia Beach, VA
||Michael Hagedorn, Dennis Donald, Dorie Froning, Julian Adams, Mary C. Miller,
Suthin, Sukosolvisit, Martin Schmalenberg, William N. Valavanis, Pauline Muth,
|2008||June 19 - 22||San Antonio, TX||Feliciano Jusay, Sean Smith, Hal Mahoney, Guy Guidry, Mike Hansen, Ted Matson, Jerry Meislik, Michel Phaneuf, Martin Schmalenberg, and Ed Trout|
|2009||June 11 - 14||Boise, ID||CANCELLED as of 03/03/09 due to global economic conditions
Peter Adams, David DeGroot, Larry Jackel, Rob Kempinski, Jerry Meislik, John Muth, Pauline Muth, Kathy Shaner, Arthur Skolnik, Martin Schmalenberg
|2011||June 16 - 19||Louisville, KY||
"Bonsai in the Bluegrass"
|Joint BCI/ABS; Ryan Neil (work: Initial Styling of Collected Rocky Mountain Juniper; Exhibit Critique; Moderated Discussion on the Future of Bonsai in the U.S.), Jonathan Maples (work: Japanese Scroll Making), Doug Philips (works: Shohin Flat Cut Olive and Advanced Flat Cut Olives; lect: Trident Wire Frames), Boon Manakitivipart (demo, lects: Repotting for All Levels, Japanese Black Pines A One Year Cycle, Japanese Maples, and Satsuki Azalea), Chiara Padrini (lects: Basic Suiseki, Advanced Suiseki (two sessions), and Stones in China), Min Hsuan Lo (lects: Bonsai in Taiwan, Rapid Improvement in Bonsai Size Using the "Lo Style," Parts 1 & 2, and Shimpaku Refinement), Martin Schmalenberg (lects: Bonsai Rock Planting, and How To Develop a Bonsai Design Eye Intermediate & Advanced Level - Parts 1 & 2; work: Root Over Rock), Jim Doyle (lects: All About Maples For Bonsai, Collecting Trees and Stones, Literati Style Philosophy, and Elements of a Japanese Garden), William Valavanis (lects: Deciduous Shohin Bonsai, Evergreen Shohin Bonsai, Flowering Shohin Bonsai, and Forest Style Shohin Bonsai), Robert Kempinski (work: Make Your Own Exhibit Stand; lects: How To Digitally Photograph A Bonsai and Japanese Black Pine Demystified; Mini Study Group), Andy Smith (lects: The Effects of Environmental Conditions On Tree Growth and Phoenix Graft; works: Collected Common Juniper and Collected Ponderosa Pine), Enrique Castano (lects: Water -- The Main Ingredient to Life, Misho the Art at The Beginning, Myths and Truths in Botany for Bonsai, and Wood and Bark in Bonsai), Ed Trout (lects: Introduction to Weeping Style Bonsai, Discussion of Shohin Style Tropical Bonsai, and Shohin Tropical Bonsai; work: Weeping Style Bonsai), John Thompson (lects: Wiring -- Techniques and Practice; Soil, Fertilizing and Watering, and Conifers vs. Deciduous Styling Methods; work: Wiring - Applied)|
|2012||June 21 - 24||Denver, CO||
"Visions of the American West"
|Joint BCI/ABS; Marc Noelanders (Belgium), Dan Robinson, Ryan Neil, Qingquan 'Brook' Zhao (China), John Kirby, Young Choe, Chiara Padrini (Italy), Lindsey Bebb (Australia), Harold Sasaki, Larry Jackel.|
|2013||September 12 - 15||Saratoga Springs, NY||
"For the Love of Bonsai"
|Frank Mihalic (work: Children's Bonsai; Bonsai Novice Course), Jonathan Maples (work: Scrollmaking; Japan Display Basics Course), Hawley (ABS Grafting Courses), Entique Castano (How to Listen to Your Trees Course), Knittle (work: Creating and Enhancing Deadwood on Your Bonsai), Ed Trout (Development of Ficus Bonsai Course; works: Shohin Bonsai Ficus salicifolia, Buttonwood, Bucida spinosa (dwarf black olive)), John Thompson (Wiring Course; Soil, Water and Fertilizer Course; Tree Evaluation and Development Course), Peter Adams (Pine Bonsai Are Easy Course; Zuisho Bonsai Course; Bonsai From the Beginning Course), Jim Doyle (Bonsai Inspiration Course; works: Innervisions of Literati, Deciduous Decisions; Something Wild Course), Ted Matson (Exhibition Critique; Shohin Design Principles Course; work: Shohin Broadleaf Tree; Shohin Bonsai Pine Course), Andy Smith (slides: Collecting/environmental Influences on Tree Growth; Aftercare and Styling for Collected Material Course; work: Ponderosa pine, care and wiring; work: Black Hills Spruce Bonsai), Pauline Muth (Bonsai Novice Course); New Talent Bonsai Competition, Raffles and Auction.|
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& SUISEKI EXHIBITION and CONVENTION (ASPAC)
|1991||June||Bali||Saburo Kato (Japan), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia)|
|1993||April 8 - 12||Hong Kong||Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia)|
|1995||May 25 - 29||Singapore||
"Friendship Through Bonsai and Suiseki"
|Wei Jin Sheng (China), Saburo Kato (Japan), Sze-Ern "Ernie" Kuo (California, USA), M. Paiman (Indonesia), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia), Abu Hassan Jali (Malaysia), Pius Notter (Switzerland), Lindsay Bebb (Australia), Hu Rong Qing (China), Toru Suzuki (Japan)|
|1997||Oct. 30 - Nov. 2||Shanghai, China||About 200 overseas attendees; Hideo Kato (Japan), Hu Yunhua (China), Willi Benz (Germany), Nijunj Parekh (India), Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii, USA)|
|1999||Oct. 2 - 5||Taipei, Taiwan||
|About 150 registrants attended (hundreds more had cancelled due to the 7.6 magnitude earthquake ten days before); Masahiko Kimura (Japan), Cheng-Kung Cheng, M. Paiman (Indonesia), Arishige Matsuura, Tue-shi Hsieh, I.C. Su (Taiwan)|
|2001||Nov. 23 - 26||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||
"The New Millenium: Man & The Art of Nature"
|2003||Feb. 27 - March 2||Manila, Philippines||
"Trees and Stones...in Harmony"
|Masahiko Kimura (Japan), Robert Steven (Indonesia), Chiu Chang Chiang (Taiwan), David Du (Phillipines), Pius Notter (Switzerland), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia), Sue Aziz (Indonesia), Rodolfo Reyes (Philippines), M. Paiman (Indonesia), Gerrit Lodder (Netherlands), Fely Gupit (Philippines), Ram Oplas (Philippines), I. Chi Su (Taiwan), Poncevic Ceballos (Philippines), Johnny Chang (Hong Kong), Sneh Prasar (India), Sailesh Kapadia (India); Commercial Section, Bonsai & Suiseki Gallery, Art Show, Ismael Saleh Bonsai Photo Contest; The Asia Pacific Bonsai & Suiseki Federation was officially chartered.|
|2005||Sept. 6 - 8||Beijing, China||Wei Jinsheng (guided tour and interpretation on the
penjing exhibition), He Gansun (demo: windswept penjing); Jia Xiangyun
(work: famous ancient viewing stones (Shangshi) in China); Zhao
Qingquan (demo & work); M. Paiman (demo: viewing stones), Zhao
Youde (demo: viewing stones); Li Jinlin (demo: miniature penjing); Hu
Yunhua, (lect: penjing styles in China); Hu Leguo (demo); Cheng
Chenggong (demo); Willi Benz (work: viewing stones)
|2007||Sept. 1 - 4||Sanur, Bali||
"Back to Bali..."
|Three hundred and twelve selected bonsai from various regions of Indonesia and three hundred and ten suiseki, mostly from Indonesia and some 40 pieces from abroad were displayed in the exhibition hall. More than 450 people, 212 from abroad and the rest from Indonesia came to join the convention. Thousands of people from several areas of Indonesia, watched the exhibitions and bazaars in the venue. Cheng Cheng-Kung (demo), Mick Sherman (UK, demo), William Valavanis (USA, demo), José Luis Rodriguez Macias (Puerto Rico, demo), Qingquan Zhao (China, demo), Li Shuhua (China), Shinichi Nakajima (Japan), Zhong Changhai (China), Jia Xiangyun (China).|
|2009||Oct. 31 - Nov. 2||Chung Hwa, Taiwan||Some 500 selected bonsai and 300 suiseki were exhibited by the Taiwan Pine Association, Hwa Fong (National Bonsai Association of Taiwan) and the Taiwan Bonsai Creators; Shinji Suzuki (Japan, demo), Chien Liang Chen (Taiwan, demo), William N. Valavanis (USA, demo), Pedro J. Morales (Puerto Rico, demo), Arishige Mastuura (Japan, lecture: suiseki), Qing Qung Zhao (China, demo), David Benavente (Spain, demo), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia, demo), Salvatore Liporace (Italy, demo), Chung Hong Lee (Taiwan, demo), Yu Chuan Chou (Taiwan, demo), Lindsay Bebb (Australia, demo), Yi Long Chan (Taiwan, demo), and Kuo An Lee (Taiwan, demo).|
|2011||Nov. 18 - 21||Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan||Arishige Matsuura (Japan), Hirosi Takeyama (Japan), Toru Suzuki (Japan), Masahiko Kimura (Japan), Yukio Hirose (Japan), Takashi Iura (Japan) and Iseo Omachi (Japan).|
|2012||Nov. 29 - Dec. 2||Makati City, Philippines||Sandro Segneri (Italy), William N. Valavanis (USA), and Amy Liang (Taiwan)|
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||Max Candy (NSW, demo: grow your trees thicker, quicker); John Marsh (NSW,
demo: group planting on slab ); Jeff Ackland (VIC, demo: grafting to
repair or rebuild a bonsai); Lindsay Bebb (QLD, demo: rock planting).
||Jan Laussohn and Tony Bebb (QLD: demo: miniature bonsai); Dorothy Koreshoff
(NSW, demo: raft sinuous); Jack Tripovich (VIC, demo: growing and
improving bonsai); Lindsay Bebb (QLD, demo: saikei)
||Ted Poynton (VIC, demo: 101 techniques of bonsai); Jack Tripovich (VIC, demo:
bending techniques for large trunks); Lee Wilson (NSW, demo: juniper literati);
Jeff Ackland (VIC, demo: tray landscape penjing); Ron Anderson (NSW, demo: pot selection).
||Jeff Ackland (VIC, demo: grafting techniques); Janet Sabey (SA, demo: olives); Lee Wilson
(NSW, demo: rock settings); Mick Ryan and Errol Mizon (SA, demo: pines); Jan Laussohn (QLD, demo:
mame); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW, demo: surprise topic).
||Mick Balzary (ACT, demo: Japanese black pine); John Marsh (NSW, demo: group
setting); Joe Micaleff (ACT, demo: styling large Japanese black pine); Lindsay Bebb (QLD, demo: multiple rock planting).
||John Marsh (NSW, demo: driftwood style trees); David Terry (NSW, demo:
handmade clay pots); Glenis Bebb (QLD, demo: group planting of Japanese
junipers); Val Allan (NSW, demo: penjing styles in China); Lee Wilson
(NSW, demo: literati style); Steve Colangelo (VIC, demo: pines).
||Jan Laussohn (QLD, demo: shohin bonsai); Lee Wilson (NSW, demo: penjing);
John Marsh (NSW, demo: windswept); Lindsay and Glenis Bebb (QLD, demo:
re-designing and refining); Ted Poynton (VIC, present: secrets and
techniques); Robert Langholm (NZ, present: bonsai in New Zealand); The
American National Bonsai Collection.
||Steve Colangelo (VIC, demo: white pine); Richard Salvado (VIC, demo:
windswept); Brian Sampson (NSW, demo: Australian penjing); Mark Brace (VIC, demo: carving); Lee Wilson (NSW,
demo: forest landscape); Jeff Ackland (VIC, present: rock penjing in trays); Georgina Kretschmar
(NSW, present: individual trees).
||No Program in lieu of BCI Convention in Sydney
||John Marsh (NSW, demo: cascade with a twist); Chris Nathanael (NT, demo:
grafting); Graeme Herridge (NT, demo: nebari); Brian Sampson (VIC,
demo: landscape); Sani Arshad (NT, demo: tropical bonsai); Lee Wilson
(NSW, demo: mystery tour); Janet Sabey (SA, present: olives); Round
Robin of various artists using local materials (without notice).
||Tony Lea (NSW, demo: the art of contrast); Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW, demo:
growing and designing of Australian natives); Chris Smedley (NSW, demo:
grouping of trident maples); Mick Balzary (ACT, demo: Cedrus deodara
'Aurea'); Graeme Herridge (NT, present: fertilisers); Lindsay Bebb,
John Marsh and Lee Wilson (NSW, present: joint critique); Glenis Bebb
(QLD, present: creating the impression of age in bonsai).
||Bob Smith and James Johnson (SA, demo: group planting of olives); John
Marsh (NSW, demo: using driftwood); Janet Sabey (SA, demo: ash trees);
Lee Wilson (NSW, demo: beside the sea); Marie Petersen (SA, present:
mallee rots in relation to bonsai); Keith Walter (SA, present: from foam
to stone); Glenis Bebb (QLD, present: bonsai design); Lindsay Bebb (QLD,
present: joint critique), John Marsh and Lee Wilson (NSW, present: joint critique).
||Richard Newland (NSW, demo: a local native in bonsai, Callitris);
Val Allan (NSW, demo: cascades); Jim Webb (ACT, demo: traditional
Chinese penjing); Brian Sampson (VIC, demo: carving and forming in
bonsai); Bob McFarland (Charlie Carp products, present: useful use of pest
marine animals in bonsai); John Egan (NSW, present: photographing your bonsai);
Fran Greal (NSW, present: ceramics in bonsai).
||Hu Yunhua (China: demos: origins of penjing & contemporary penjing);
Nick Lenz (USA, demo: nature in the European tradition & nature as
pure form); Richard Kong (NSW, present: suiseki, a brief history);
Dorothy Koreshoff (NSW, present: condensing time); John Marsh and Val Allan
(NSW, present: ancient, traditional and contemporary ways of displaying bonsai).
||Nigel Atkinson (NSW, demo: the benefits of creating your own stones);
Kym James (NSW, demo: creating a landscape setting); Ernie Kuo (USA, demos:
creating a bonsai from an Australian native tree & critique on some display
trees; present: the current state of bonsai around the world); Jan Burrows
(NZ, present: directions in bonsai); Arthur Robinson (WA, present: the use of
artistic principles in general design in relation to bonsai).
||4 Simultaneous Demonstrations, “Shaping a Juniper” – Glenis
Bebb (QLD), Ian Lawson (QLD), Ian Glew (QLD), John Forrest (?), Tony Bebb (QLD);
Chase Rosade (USA, demos: create driftwood style bonsai & create bonsai using
trunk splitting); Chiu Chang Chiang (Taiwan, demos: Ficus approach grafting
& Ficus in-arch grafting); Lindsay Bebb (QLD, demo: rock planting);
I.C. Su (Taiwan, present: overview of bonsai in Taiwan).
||Roy Nagatoshi (USA, demo: reduction of a large black pine growing on its side to
an upright tree shaped from one branch; creation of bonsai juniper with shari
and jin); Paul Sweeney (VIC, demo: planting trees
upon shaped cork and growing trident maples together through plywood bases to obtain
thick trunks); Juergen Zaar (Germany, demos: new wiring techniques and structure of
foliage pads for conifers & reduction of mugo pine with carving techniques to
obtain jins and bending trunks using raffia); Janet Sabey (SA, demo: messing
about with mallee roots & saikei and false trunks); Brian Sampson (VIC, demo:
from classic to contemporary – use of slate, rocks and Australian native trees
to form saikei plantings); Leo Koelewyn (VIC, present: interesting facts about
junipers, including mite control and grafting).
||Roger Hnatiuk (ACT, demo: Australian native material – sticky wattle);
Walter Pall (Gemany, demos: styling hawthorn from a dig & carving and bending
a black pine); Louis Nel (South Africa, demos: bonsai with an African flavour &
Australian native in African style); Grant Bowie (NSW, demo: heavy bending
techniques); Mick Balzary (NSW, demo: Japanese red pine as literati).
||Aug 19 - 22
||Masahiko Kimura (Japan, demo: various restylings including
Cedrus deodara, African olive, red pine and carving an olive);
Megumi Bennett (NSW, present: figs, their history, propagation and identification);
Ron Sebbons (NSW, present: 50 years of Bonsai in Australia); Dennis McDermot
(NSW, present: Australian natives).
||May 26 - 29
"Bonsai By the Beach"
|Roger Lunt (demo); Robert Stevens (Indonesia, demo & work); Carole Waller
(demo); Lindsay Bebb (demo); Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia, demo & work).
||May 18 - 21
"Bonsai with Style"
|Michael Persiano (USA, demo, work), Marco Invernizzi (Italy, demo, work);
Arthur Robinson (demo), Brian Sampson (demo)
||May 16 - 19||Adelaide
|Trevor Morrison, Brian Osborn and Andrew Ward with their chosen assistants doing group plantings; Tony Bebb (Styling a Juniper, Olive, critique), Mick Balzary (Pines, critique), Janet Sabey (Jade); Lindsay Bebb, Lee Wilson and John Marsh creating three settings that became one.|
||May 22 - 25
"Shine on Bonsai"
|Tony Bebb, William N. Valavanis (USA), Ian Lawson, Chris Di Nola, Brenda Parker,
Glenis Bebb, Ian Glew, Peter McCloskey, Bruce Sullivan, Mark Harris, Lindsay Bebb
|2010||May 14 - 17||Sydney||
"A Bonsai Celebration"
|Salvatore Liporace (Italy), Grant Bowie, Jamie Milner, Janet Selby, Brian Wasson, Chris DiNola, and Clinton Nesci|
|2011||May 20 - 23||Perth||
|Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Megumi Bennett, Bonseki master Yasuko Aoki|
|2012||May 18 - 21||Melbourne||
|Boon Manakitivipart (USA); Don DeLuca, Glen Bebb, and Bonsai Northwest members|
|2013||May 17 - 20||Canberra||
"The Australian Journey"
|Ryan Neil (USA); Averil Stanley, Andrew Ward, Roger Hnatiuk, and Leigh Taafe|
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|2000||Oct. 8||Failand, Bristol||
Scots pines and cultivars
|Tony Smith, Dan Barton|
|2001||March 3||Failand, Bristol||
Junipers (all varieties)
|Tony Smith, Dan Barton|
|2002||March 2 - 3||Bath||Francois Jeker (France), Dan Barton (UK), Jean-Paul Polmans (Belgium), Serge Clemence (Switzerland), Kevin Willson (UK), Steve Tolley (UK), and Mike Sullivan (UK)|
|2002||June 16||Failand, Bristol||
Maples (any varieties)
|John Trout, Tony Smith, Lee Vorhorevoort|
|2002||Nov. 3||Failand, Bristol||
|John Hanby, Robin Jehan|
|2003||March 1 - 2||Bath||Guy Guidry (USA), Gary Marchal (USA), Georg Reinhard (Switzerland), Keith Becket (UK), John Armitage (UK), Dan Barton, Craig Coussins (Scotland)|
|2003||Sept. 7||Failand, Bristol||
Rock and associated plantings
|Bill Jordan, Martin Treasure (voice over), Craig Cousins (voice over), Tony Smith, Dan Barton|
|2003||Nov. 2||Failand, Bristol||
Conifers other than pines and junipers
|Dan Barton and John Armitage (simultaneous demonstrations as last minute replacement for an ill Ray Williams), Tony Tickle|
|2004||Feb. 8||Failand, Bristol||
Winter Image and Deciduous
|Dan Barton, Robin Jehan, Mike Bennett, Bob Bailey assisted by Reg Bolton, John Armitage, Mark and Ritta Cooper, Simon Hawkes|
|2009||March 15||Failand, Bristol|
|2009||Oct. 3 - 4||Failand, Bristol||François Jeker|
|2010||March 20 - 21||Bath||Serge Clemence, Yannick Kiggen, Hans Van Meer, Mike Humphrey, Simon Temblett, Chris Thomas, Tony Tickle, Steve Tolley, John Trott, Peter Warren; sponsored by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation|
|2010||Apr. 11||Failand, Bristol||Steve Tolley, Peter Warren and Simon Temblett (debate: "Bonsai, is it Eastern Tradition or Bonsai Art?" with Dave Martin in the Chair)|
|2010||Oct. 17||Failand, Bristol||Simon Temblett|