Friday, December 27, 2019



          Where: Hidden Gardens, 16W656 S Frontage Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527, USA
tel.: +1630-655-8263 Jeff Schulz

When: Tuesday, April 7 from 9:00 am to 5 pm

Who: Walter Pall will make it happen with Mark Karczewski, Ron McAdams and Jennifer Price

How much: this is for free - all day

For whom: Everybody is invited, it is an open party, no registration necessary - just show up and be happy

Trees: Besides around 200 well known and established ones about another 200 new trees will be there, most of them collected in the wild, very old, and very interesting. Trees from the Rocky Mountains, like Ponderosa pine, limber pine, lodgepole pine, Rocky Mountain junipers and other rare species. Some killer trees, outright world class, many affordable, from US$ 50 to a couple hundred, lots for under one grand, some, of course much higher. In addition there will be many deciduous trees, like Japanese maples and trident maples. Many American collected deciduous trees are there in affordable price ranges. Also some very nice small pine trees, already bonsai, and junipers will be available. Of course, there are the famous specimen conifers styled by world renown artists like Mauro Stemberger, Todd Schlaffer, Jan Culek and others.

Altogether it is clearly one of the big places for quality bonsai in the country and an event one should not miss. This may well be the start of a tradition. And you can say 'i was there'.

9:00 am: People can come in and have a look around. Walter Pall will be there for free advice.
10:00 am to 12:00 am: Joint demos of how to work with broadleaf deciduous trees in the development stage. Walter, Mark, Ron and Jennifer will show detailed work, like styling, wiring, carving, repotting on large collected trees, mostly American hornbeams and Amur maples.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Demo by Walter, Tom, Ron and Jennifer A big lodgepole pine which was styled by Jennifer and Walter at the 2018 Milwaukee Convention will be placed onto a great slab by Mariusz Folda, Poland.  It will be shown how to select a slab and why, how to mount the tree, how to care of it. Hopefully we can show what an impact this will make to the appearance of the bonsai. This will be educational and entertaining - you bet!  We will have one more slab and plant a big collected conifer onto it. Imported very large handmade pots by Mariusz Folda from Poland will be available.

On Monday, April 6 Walter will be doing a workshop "bring your own or work with one of ours" from 5:00 to 9:00 at Hidden Gardens. US$ 75. For details and registration call Jeff Schulz +1630-655-8263

Attached find pictures of the nursery, a workshop there, the Lodgepole Pine, the great slabs by Marius Folda from Ibuki, Poland, last year's demo with a Colorado Blue Spruce owned by Jim Baley.