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Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2013, 10:32 PM »
Yea im a huge research freak... I may try a trident before jap then and the closest club is two hours away where bwaynef is so if i join i would only meet once in a while... diggin the site
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2013, 09:41 AM »
I have purchased stock material from the following folks:

Meehan's Miniatures
Julian Adams
Bill Valavanis - Yearly winter catalog
Evergreen Gardenworks

All excellent people and would recommend them highly.

I've never purchased trees from Owen but I have taken several of his workshops. Owen is a good guy and I would not hesitate to buy his goods.

I also have access to material from my bonsai club from raffles, purchases, bartering, organized digs, etc.
 And like John said there's normally material avail at exhibits and sometimes workshops. The vendors are normally listed in the event's announcements and you could make contact to inquire about something specific. If you are taking a workshop call the instructor beforehand to inquire.

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Augustine
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2013, 11:55 AM »
Most of my promising stock came from a club member and club raffles. When I first started I got a few trees from non-bonsai growers (nurseries, Home Depot etc.). Despite the fact that they will never amount to anything, it gave me some materials to practice repotting, pruning, watering and general maintenance on. Learning to keep a plant alive is the most important thing I have been learning about. Knowing nothing about the needs of trees when I first started it actually helped to give me something that I could risk losing in the learning process. Now that I have learned more, I think I can keep the trees I acquired through my club alive with much more success.
 

Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2013, 12:01 PM »
Yea it looks like I need to touch base with a club even if its 2 hours away. That seems to be my best chance at not only succews rate but making the best out of the tree I do end up getting
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2013, 05:19 PM »
You should check out the winter silhouette show in Kannapolis, NC Dec 7th and 8th
 

Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2013, 05:29 PM »
Kind of like the gun and knife show just for bonsai?
 

PT

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2013, 08:38 PM »
It is primarily an exhibition. Bill Valavanis will be doing a demo Saturday afternoon, and there will be vendors.
http://www.winterbonsai.com/index.html
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Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2013, 10:57 PM »
John at Green thumb was great and very helpful... here's a few pics i snapped while I was there.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2013, 11:10 PM »
Did you come home with any?  I recognize that maple in the 2nd to last picture.
 

Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2013, 11:15 PM »
yea I took the one you wired lol and the trident so feel free to help me with the Japanese maple  ;D
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2013, 08:10 AM »
Good for you. I fisrt met John thriugh Dave Lapeyrouse who had Living Art Bonsai in Houma LA. Dave is still Selling field grown trees in Georgia. He is on Facebook. Have fun!
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2013, 08:13 AM »
He truly is a very kind man. Brought the girlfriend and she was talking about our French Bulldog and John helped us find clubs for him and ways to stud him out on top of helping me find two of his trees a home  :)
 

LarryAldrich

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2014, 01:07 AM »
I purchased some cuttings from this site recently.  http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/viewcat.htm
No pictures on the catalog page but I used google to get an idea what the mature tree might look like. 
I'm happy with what I got the shipping and the retail price.  Also he answers my follow up questions. 
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2014, 06:31 AM »
Larry, Brent is an excellent place to go for stock.
He has been doing this for quite a while and is extremely
Knowledgeable.
Please think about going to the profile section and adding your location.
It helps people figure out the best way to help you...knowing where you are.
Jay
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2014, 03:31 PM »
One thing I tell everyone is to get a bead on the overall market before buying anything from anyone.  This forum is one great place to get advice on where to purchase things.

There is a really big arc for pricing of the same species / size / age.  The quality of craftsmanship on making a given bonsai or pre-bonsai is where the importance lies.  Seeing these finer details can really affect my interest in a tree.  I also encourage people to find advocates with more experience.  Yes, the vendor is often supposed to fit that role.

This matter of material quality is starting to be addressed more and more lately which is great.  Just submitted an article on the matter to the ABS Journal and more instructors seem to be gently or aggressively pushing this matter forward.  This can be a delicate matter between bonsai professionals and hobbyists but for those trying to push boundaries of quality standards, essential.  If you are happy with what you find, only your opinion matters.