These are topical lectures given by experts in the subject matter.  Seminars are free for convention participants but seating is limited.  Seating is first come, first served, so get there early to claim a seat. 

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  • Seminar #1: Care and Maintenance of Bonsai Tools with Bill Boytim
  • Seminar #2: Going All Organic in Bonsai with Harris County Master Gardener Angela Chandler 
  • Seminar #3: Elements of Shohin Display with Boonyarat Manakitivipart
  • Seminar #4: Texas Natives in Bonsai Culture by Joey McCoy, President of The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit
  • Seminar #5: The Spirit of Bonsai with Danny Coffey
  • Seminar #6: The Future of American Bonsai with Ryan Neil
  • Seminar #7: Virtual Tour of Chinese Bonsai with National Bonsai Champion Dr. Hoe Chuah 
  • Seminar #8: Botany for Bonsai with Enrique Castaño
  • Seminar #9: Stand Design and Construction with Mark Rhynes
  • Seminar #10: Viewing Stones with Racie Rhynes
  • Seminar #11: Texas Ashe Juniper with Howard & Sylvia Smith
  • Seminar #12: Automatic Irrigation Systems with Mark Bynum

In addition to these seminars we will also have two other special events: Artist Spotlights and Critiques:

Artists Spotlights

These programs are a limited attendance “demo in the round,” featuring Bonsai Artists Boon Manakitivipart and Ryan Neil.  During these two, three-hour lecture/demos, Boon and Ryan will work with two demo-quality trees.  While they work, they will lecture on styling, care and maintenance, focusing on specific considerations of their selected species.  Everyone at the Artist Spotlight will have a great seat close enough to really see how these artists undertake their work.  Participants will be allowed lots of interaction opportunities.  Please act quickly to reserve your spot as space is limited and spots are going quickly (these programs are free for convention participants, but  you must reserve a spot when you go through the registration website).

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These programs are a great opportunity to learn from a professional as they study trees in the exhibit and identify improvements that can make them better bonsai.  There are three critiques scheduled with a maximum participation of 20 people.   

Registration is handled online and opens at 12:00 Midnight CDT on September 15th. 

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