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fibonaccifemme

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Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« on: May 23, 2011, 09:14 PM »
as to where I might go to view or purchase bonsai New Orleans?
I'll be there June 6, 7 & 8th and am looking for any specialty gardens or nurseries.
Any suggestions?
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 10:15 PM »
Right on the other side of the lake is Guy Guidrys place.  http://www.bonsainorthshore.com/www.bonsainorthshore.com/BONSAI_NORTHSHORE_Nursery.html
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 10:30 AM »
Bonsainorthshore looks perfect!
Unfortunately, I won't be there the days they're open.
Frustrating!
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 11:00 AM »
It might be worth contacting him anyway.  He may open, or know of other must-see spots in the area.
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 11:22 AM »
Call and schedule an appointment.  They may not be open to the public but someone will be there.
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 01:28 PM »
Many really good bonsai places around require calling ahead and scheduling an appointment. Some have limited hours, but will make time to open if they know someone wants to come and look.

If I were in NOLA, I wouldn't miss Bonsai Northshore. Bring lotsa cash ;D
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 04:13 PM »

If I were in NOLA, I wouldn't miss Bonsai Northshore. Bring lotsa cash ;D

What he said.  It's a relatively small nursery, but has more high quality bonsai and rough stock per square foot then any other nursery I've been to.
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011, 09:37 PM »
These are great suggestions, I will call and see if I can get there.
Thanks to everyone, I knew you'd have the answers.
I see that there's a Japanese Garden within the New Orleans City Park; has anyone visited there?
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 11:25 AM »
If you do get to meet Guy, maybe you could get his soil formula from him. As I said, I gave you the basics, but that's all I remember, lost my notes.
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 02:26 PM »
The Yakumo Nihon Teien Japanese Garden is good.

When I go to New Orleans I always look at the native trees for bonsai inspiration. The live oak and magnolia on Jackson Square are magnificent and have structure worth emulating in bonsai, for instance. Go up to the Garden District...There are some awesome old trees up there too.

If you have a car, the drive up the old River Road from NOLA towards Baton Rouge to see the old plantations along the Mississippi.
Oak Alley is a little bit of heaven for live oak lovers:
http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/
Take a swamp tour to see old bald cypress...
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 10:17 PM »
Rockm, When I fly into New Orleans, I'll be renting a bike for 3 days of tours: the levees, the garden district, the lower 9th ward  and it's new architechture; I'll follow your advice to pay attention to the local trees, esp. oaks. I also will be doing some free wheeling in town. I lived in the area in the 60's when I was dumber. Now so hungry for....everything.

Larry, if I'm lucky enough to pull off a visit to Guy's, I'll ask about the formula.

Best,
Joanna
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 11:10 PM »
I grew up in NOLA or Nawlins and I have never ever in my life heard of anyone visiting the city with plans on checking out the lower 9th. 
 

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Re: Gentlemen, what are your thoughts
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2011, 01:22 AM »
Well, I look forward to it.
I'm interested in how neighborhoods draw on social memory to reconstruct themselves. How they insist on renewal, with or without outside help.  When that's expressed through music or gardens, I want to go.