Sunday, March 23, 2008

Baby Jade (Portulacaria Afra) bonsai

Native to Africa, this succulent bonsai is a fast growing shrub with small green leaves that can be trained into many different bonsai forms. It doesn't need regular watering and can be grown indoors making it an excellent choice for beginners.

Learn more about the jade shown here.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Bonsai Contests

Knowledge of Bonsai is having two major bonsai contests in 2008. The first is a Progressive Styling Contest which this year also includes categories for forest and tanuki designs. Prize categories for the styling contest include best bonsai from collected stock, raw stock, and pre-bonsai stock as well as overall winner, most original, and best solution to a problem.

Entrants need to submit 3 before, 3 progression, and 3 final photos of their entries. The before photos must be received by July 31st 2008. Read the official rule list here.

The other contest is an article contest. Paul at KoB reports that this is the first article contest that they have ever held. The winner may be published in the American Bonsai Society Journal. Entries must be received no later than June 30th 2008 and must be a minimum of 800 words. In addition, the article must not be published anywhere else until after the contest is over.

Prize categories include best overall article, best article dealing with artistic principles, history, or art theory, and best article dealing with collecting, cultivation, or styling. A full rule list is available here.

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