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 demonstrator’s 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 year’s organizers of this important event and I think that they and the many volunteers that helped, did an 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 of them were breathtakingly beautiful!
Early on Thursday the 5Th, I made the short plane trip to Milan, were on arrival I was reunited with my old “BURRS” friend Ivo, in which 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 then it was off to bed!
Next day we had to get up really early to make it in time to the event! It was 2 hours long drive that caused a lot of yawning from all of us! 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 where 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 sometimes 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, performed by the talented students of the PROGETTO FUTURE BONSAI SCHOOL.
Below pictures: Demonstrations from the pro/teachers.
Demonstration by 1st place winner: Olivier Barreau (France)
Demonstration by 2nd place price winner: Zino Rongo. (Mirtus)
Demonstration by 3rd price winner: Roberto Raspanti. (Taxus baccata)
Demonstration by 4th place winner: Alfredo Salaccione. (Pinus sylvestris)
Demonstration by the 5th place winner: Samuel Corazza.
Demonstration 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 teacher’s demo’s, please email them to me! And please email me the missing names of the people in the demo pictures?! As you can see I don’t have all of them complete! firstname.lastname@example.org thank you!
Hans van Meer.