"We interrupt the scheduled posts to bring you the following report."
I meant to write another post soon about MABA 2017, but wasn't able to before coming to Chicago for the 2017 Mid-America. I've decided to give you a quick report on the Best-of-Show awards given today by Guest Master Kathy Shaner.
Best of Show, Open Class went to this pomegranate owned and styled by Gary Andes.
|Best of Show, Open Class. Punica granatum, common pomegranate. Owner and artist, Gary Andes.|
- Great canopy; full but open enough to let light in to keep the interior healthy. (And open enough to draw the eye in. - Inferred by yours truly from an earlier comment of hers.)
- The relatively plain pot has a restful effect.
- The contrasting accent plant harmonizes well with the tree.
- Pomegranate can be difficult, even impossible to grow in some parts of the USA.
- "I just like it!"
Best of Show, Professional Class winner was this 'Kashima' Japanese maple, owned and styled by Bill Valavanis.
|Best of Show, Professional Class. Acer palmatum 'Kashima,' Japanese maple 'Kashima."|
Owner and artist, William N. Valavanis.
|Best of Show, Professional; a closer view of the tree.|
Kathy Shaner's comments on this tree:
- The stupendous trunk is this tree's outstanding feature. (Tho I think the nebari runs a close second.)
- The pot shape draws the eye to the trunk.
- The mix of harmonizing colors and shapes in the main bonsai and the crab-apple companion plant is very well done.
- The fruit on the crab-apple gives a touch of seasonality.
- Her only negative comment: bumpy moss looks out of scale.
My next post will get back to coverage of MABA 2017. But I don't promise not to break in on that lineup again!
:-) :-) :-)