Saturday, June 9, 2007

Visiting Karl Thier in Austria - part 1

Last weekend Karl and Sylvia Thier have organized a "day of the open door" at their place near Wien, Austria. Karl has kindly invited me so my friend Sándor and I have set off to visit his "Bonsaiwerkstatt".
Karl has an amazing collection of pines from the Alps which he has collected himself and also a collection of deciduous trees which he has mostly collected in Hungary. Sylvia takes care of the ficus trees and other indoor bonsai.
We have discussed about the (sad) state of bonsai in Hungary and Austria and talked about possibilities of some kind of cooperation.

Here are some shots from the collection.

Karl's large hornbeam forest, much discussed at IBC here. The two large trees had amazing nebaris and trunks.

A korean hornbeam from the sales section.

A platanus with a nice nebari and characteristic colorful trunk. This tree still has some time to go developing a branch structure, but I have liked it a lot.

I will post some more pictures later...

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