The submission process for the 2017 ABS/BSF Convention Exhibit will be different than
in years past. I will begin accepting Exhibit Submission forms as early as October 1 from
both BSF and ABS members. This should give everyone a great opportunity to take
pictures when many of our trees are at their peak. PLEASE USE BACKDROPS WHEN
TAKING THESE PICTURES. It would also be helpful to the acceptance committee if we
have pictures that show your tree’s structure. Submissions will be accepted through
February with a deadline of February 28, 2017. The submission committee will meet in
early March and decisions will be made by March 15.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH SUBMISSION DATES AND SUBMISSION DEADLINES ARE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR.
This year as always the selection committee will be looking for the BEST examples that
both Florida Bonsai artists and American Bonsai artists have to offer. Because of this, if
you are a BSF member and you would like to, you may submit a tree that HAS been
shown in a BSF Convention during the past 3 years. Choices will be based first and
foremost upon QUALITY, then balancing of species, style, and size.
For your Information there will be more awards this year because ABS awards will be
added to BSF awards.
The ABS Awards are:
John Naka Awards – Please see Page 6 & 7
The American Bonsai Society Award of Merit – Please see Page 8
Ho Yoku Award for Innovative Bonsai Design – Please see Page 9
The BSF Awards that will be awarded this year will include:
Best Large Tree
Best Medium Tree
Best Small Tree
Best Florida Native – Please see list on Page 4 & 5
Best in Show
I am looking forward to this exciting Convention and especially our combined Exhibit.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.
Lunetta Knowlton – 2017 ABS/BSF Convention Exhibit Chairperson
402 Villas Drive Venice, FL 34285