Doing club demos requires research and planning but the bring rewards to the membership and even to self. I recently had the opportunity to do a demo for the San Mateo club, SBBK, on the subject of tropical material. I introduced species many had not seen before. It is always good to help “change minds”, challenge concepts and drive the art of bonsai in new directions.
This month I will touch an another taboo subject; Tanuki or phoenix graft. Some say that it is not bonsai, others disagree; and I consider it bonsai that tells a different story and should always be explained if presented at a show. It is less about the trick and more about they reasons why the graft was done.