Last weekend, I was invited to Italy, by my dear Bonsai friend, Enrico Savini. He had asked me to be the judge of the annual demonstrators competition during the XVII edition of the MOSTRA NAZIONALE BONSAI-SUISEKI “GIAREDA” event. And of course I sad yes!
Enrico Savini, Mauro Stemberger and Ivo Saporiti, were this years organizers of this important event and I think that they and the many volunteers that helped, did a amazing job!!!! This show proved once more, that the Italian Bonsai scene is very alive and full of New and old top talent! And the Bonsai….well some off them were breathtakingly beautiful!
Early on Thursday the 5Th, I made the short plain trip to Milan, were on arrival I was reunited with my old “BURRS” friend Ivo, in witch house I was (A well fed) guest.
On the rest of that first day, we managed to visit “Picci Bonsai” and Nippon-en bonsai in Milan, before we had a nice meal and than it was of to bed!
Next day we had to get op real early to make it in time to the event! It was a 2 hours long drive that caused a lot of yawning from all of use! But after I finally arrived at the venue…no, when I walked in the wonderful setting of this venue, I was impressed, very IMPREST and very awake! This was the most perfect setting I had yet seen!
During this weekend I saw some of the best bonsai that I had ever seen, that were showed in one of the most perfect places, that I had ever seen and literally in the middle of all that Bonsai Bliss, there were more than 10 of the best Professional Bonsai teachers in Italy demonstrating their talents on amazing and some times very difficult, but exciting material! And it did not stop there, because there were even more, very talented Bonsai students from the “PROGETTO FUTURO” Bonsai school, were Enrico, Mauro and Ivo are teachers, working on amazing Yamadori. Together they all were demonstrating, with great result, on some unbelievable raw material! This was really a Bonsai spectacle that I wish every Bonsai nut could see! It was pure magic for me to be amongst all this talent, Bonsai beauty, superb material and friendliness! And I hope that the pictures that I post here can evoke some of that feeling with you!
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Below pictures: Ivo Saporitti garden.
Below pictures: Picci Bonsai centre (Milan) Italy.
Pictures below: NIPPON-EN Bonsai centre (Milan) Italy.
Below pictures: Impressions of the venue and the Bonsai in the exhibition.
Pictures of the 2 day demonstration, preformed by the talented students of the PROGETTO FUTURE BONSAI SCHOOL.
Below pictures: Demonstrations from the pro/teachers.
Demonstration by 1Th place winner: Olivier Barreau (France)
Demonstration by 2Th place price winner: Zino Rongo. (Mirtus)
Demonstration by 3Th price winner: Roberto Raspanti. (Taxus baccata)
Demonstration by 4Th place winner: Alfredo Salaccione. (Pinus sylvestris)
Demonstration by the 5Th place winner: Samuel Corazza.
Demostration by Francesco Santini.
Demonstration by Antonio Conte.
Demonstration by: Nicola Crivelli.
Demonstration by: Donato Danisi.
Demonstration by: Armando Dal Col.
Demonstration by: Matteo Caldiero.
Demonstration by: Renzo Pooli.
Demonstration by Paola Nastasi.
I hope you enjoyed it? If you have some nice pictures of the end result of the teachers demo’s, please mail them to me! As you can see I don’t have all of them complete! firstname.lastname@example.org thank you!
Hans van Meer.