I invited my two brothers and two sisters to this year’s Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) Bonsai Show. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our annual show was cancelled. I was very disappointed because my trees were in good shape and I was looking forward to getting together with my brothers and sisters. So, I decided that I was going to have my own bonsai show.
I rented a room with an outdoor patio at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, California for August 23, 2020, the same date our cancelled show was scheduled. When Susanne and I arrived at the hotel I requested two 6-foot tables to be placed on our outdoor patio. I covered them with a couple of white sheets and arranged my stands and trees on the tables.
My family was impressed with the display. I said a few words about the history and style of the trees, and they decided they would vote for their favorites. Best of Show went to my root over rock elm, second was my large Austrian black pine that I have owned for over 30 years. Third was my Sierra juniper that was collected by Ned Lycett from the California Sierras. Then they asked which was my favorite and I seriously had to admit that I love them all. We had a good time and I felt like I had a successful bonsai show.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on in person gatherings, the REBS annual August 2020 Show was cancelled. The following back yard images are member bonsai. These bonsai are representative of the trees that would have been shown in the annual show.
A special thank you to the REBS members who contributed their bonsai images above.
Craig Thompson Michael Murtaugh Bob Shimon Gene Lynch Garth Gordon Hoka Nancy Schramm Ivan Luckrich Alan Murakami George Haas
Next year’s annual show hopefully will be the fourth weekend, 28 & 29 August 2021 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, Santa Rosa, California.
Since our annual August show was cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak and current stay at home restrictions, REBS members are encouraged to share their work on preparing to show trees during the medical crisis.
Here are some examples of bonsai that may have been shown if the August show took place:
Once a number of show trees are submitted, there will be a slideshow posted to the REBS web site.
REBS members should submit their show tree images as jpeg, high resolution 300 ppi, to the Web Site Manager at email@example.com. Identify the species and list the number of years in training.
REBS members will participate in the 32nd Annual Sonoma County Home & Garden Show with the display of bonsai and accent plants. To participate, call Art Kopecky at 707-849-6974 or sign up at the REBS monthly meeting on February 25, 2020. Set up will be on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. You can also participate by signing up to be a docent.