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The Art of Bonsai by William N. Valavanis

Bill Valavanis, founder of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, is a leading worldwide lecturer on the art of bonsai. His February 18 presentation on bonsai inspired both beginners and current bonsai enthusiasts.

William N. Valavanis, founder of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester. Next to Bill is his Korean Hornbeam, Carpinus coreana, displaying a beautiful winter silhouette.
William N. Valavanis, founder of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester. Next to Bill is his Korean Hornbeam, Carpinus coreana, displaying a beautiful winter silhouette.
Sargent Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku'
Sargent Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku'
Little Gem Gardenia Gardenia radicans 'Little Gem'
Little Gem Gardenia Gardenia radicans 'Little Gem'
Golden Hinoki Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' (left)
Golden Hinoki Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' (left)
Bill Valavanis begins his presentation.
Bill Valavanis begins his presentation.
Bill's tools for working on bonsai.
Bill's tools for working on bonsai.
Everyone loves the raffle!
Everyone loves the raffle!
Bill discusses the characteristics of bonsai; this speciman is Little Gem Dwarf Spruce Picea abies 'Little Gem'.
Bill discusses the characteristics of bonsai; this speciman is Little Gem Dwarf Spruce Picea abies 'Little Gem'.
Bill begins a demonstration on a Little Gem Gardenia Gardenia radicans 'Little Gem'.
Bill begins a demonstration on a Little Gem Gardenia Gardenia radicans 'Little Gem'.
Using copper wire, Bill begins to wire the tree in preparation for bending the branches.
Using copper wire, Bill begins to wire the tree in preparation for bending the branches.
As he wires and prunes, the tree begins to take the shape of its training form.
As he wires and prunes, the tree begins to take the shape of its training form.
Bill finishes the shaping on this small starter tree.
Bill finishes the shaping on this small starter tree.
Next — how to approach larger nursery material; this is a Sasanqua Camellia Camellia sasanqua.
Next — how to approach larger nursery material; this is a Sasanqua Camellia Camellia sasanqua.
Making the first cut …
Making the first cut …
Continuing to prune
Continuing to prune
Beginning to wire the tree
Beginning to wire the tree
Comparison of the two demonstration trees
Comparison of the two demonstration trees
The begining of a bonsai
The begining of a bonsai
Bill answers questions after the presentation.
Bill answers questions after the presentation.
Attendees admire Bill's bonsai.
Attendees admire Bill's bonsai.
Visiting Instructor of East Asian Languages and Literature Wakana Maekawa takes a closer look.
Visiting Instructor of East Asian Languages and Literature Wakana Maekawa takes a closer look.
Visitors purchasing starter plants to begin their own bonsai.
Visitors purchasing starter plants to begin their own bonsai.
Little Gem Dwarf Spruce Picea abies 'Little Gem'
Little Gem Dwarf Spruce Picea abies 'Little Gem'
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