Fall Show


The IBA Fall show was held on September 30 and October 1 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on both days.  The Iowa Bonsai Association Fall Show at Reimen Gardens in Ames, Iowa is always a great show.



Bonsai enthusiasts look forward to early October at Reiman Gardens because that is the traditional time for the Annual Iowa Bonsai Association Fall Bonsai Show. Bonsai has within it many different styles as well as many different species that lend themselves to treatment as bonsai.  For several past shows we have used a theme to highlight some of these styes—forests, literati, shohin, and so forth. This fall the only thematic presence is that exhibitor will show some of their favorite bonsais. Bonsai speak to their creators. For others to get a sense of what the artist sees in the bonsai tree, companion pieces are often needed—companion plants, kusamono, rocks, or even small sculptures or found objects. As the Beetles lyric says: “I get by with some help from my friends.” The full presentation thus is a tree in a pot, on a stand, with one or more companion pieces, on their own stands. You view a multi-part composition, with an integrated meaning. The “friends” bring out the best in the bonsai, as they do for us as individuals. Lean in, listen close, and maybe you can even hear the conversation.


2014 Fall Show at Reiman Gardens

The theme of this year’s show was ‘bonsai forests’ and the subtheme will be kusamono. Bonsai, a horticulture art form developed in Japan, is now practiced world-wide. Iowa bonsai enthusiasts are active in multiple styles of bonsai including not only the stereotypical leaning pine tree but also temperate deciduous trees, group plantings (forests), tropical material, and trees growing on and in rocks instead of in pots.