And here in no particular order we proudly present our favorite trees for your enjoyment.
Gerard Ellison: Chinese Elm #1
I am new(er) member to the SDBC, I joined at the end of 2019 and began my bonsai collection in 2016. My wife and I bought our first house in the summer of 2015 and one of the best perks was the fully mature and stately Chinese Elm in the front yard. Turns out, they are a very generous tree and seedings were popping up in the yard by the dozens. The photo attached is of one of the first ones that I dug up and successfully grew from 2016 ( I have since cultivated 4 others). It started out as a lanky seedling and the truck shape was formed early on, quite accidentally. I have tried to shape it in the image of the full size tree. My Chinese Elm #1 is my favorite tree since it was my first solo attempt and it resembles the parent tree. It has a special place in my garden.
Susan Mae Hull: Giant Sequoias
The tree(s) in this photo are not your usual bonsai medium. I am still a novice - nonetheless, i am grooming my forest. I brought the tree to one of the society's "morning experts" for advice, but he was stumped, as he had never experienced them.
These are “giant” sequoias. I bought them in plastic tubes at the gift shop in Yosemite National Park. They were 3 years old - even though they were only tiny sticks. I had faith in them and have tended these trees for seven years now, which makes them ten, this birthday.
I purchased this exquisite pot on one of the Bonsai Society bus trips. It never occurred to me that I would spend so much (don’t ask) for a flower pot!
if a fire were threatening (God forbid) this little forrest is the one treasure i would take from my novice collection. These are my favorite trees.