Bonsai holidays in Italy

Summer Bonsai Festival

Tomorow I will be at the NBSKE Summer Bonsai Festival at Fai della Paganella (Italy, Trentino) for a hole week. An entire week only of bonsai: bonsai style, bonsai care, pot for bonsai, bonsai presentation, bonsai in the wild. Lucky me, eh!

First a couple of information about the NBSKE, the International Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Europe (NBSKE) was created in the year 2000 as a result of the will of Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Japan, which identified some European partners as suitable to spread the traditional Japanese bonsai tree and its ancient arts to Europe.
To accomplish this goal, the Association organizes activities which concern the study of aesthetics and cultivation techniques of the bonsai tree as well as its exhibition in a Tokonoma, and the traditional related arts.
The Japanese Headquarters support the Association during the main events and contributes to its cultural growth by sending its eminent masters.
As the Association has educational and cultural goals, competition in any form is not included in the activities.
(source: NBSKE Homepage)

During this week I will participate at different workshops, witch by the way are free, and I am really excited about the upcoming week.

On Saturday there will be a Workshop on a Scott Pine (pinus silvestris) with Paolo Giai. I met Paolo at the Swiss Bonsai Show this spring when he made a demo about Kusamono, I already wrote about it in a previous post. I am really happy to meet Paolo again.
On Sunday another WorkShop on shimpaku juniper this time with Nicola “Kitora” Crivelli, my Master and a really talented artist. I wrote about him also in previous posts.
On Monday a Workshop on cultivating a bonsai from a seed with Adriano Nolan. Curious about this one.
Tuesday and Wednesday I didn’t book any workshop but, me and Nicola will make visit at Othmar Auer, another great artist and also one of the founder of the NBSKE.
On Thursday a Workshop on bonsai pots with Ivan Carino. I am really interested in this one because is absolutely the first time ever that I will create a bonsai pot!
On Friday the “piece de resistence”! A Workshop with Japanese guest Mr. Isao Fukita. In this workshop the Master will give advice about cultivation and the artistical choices of the participant’s plants.

ulmus parvifolia

ulmus parvifolia

european beech

european beech

callicarpa japonica

callicarpa japonica

I choosen to bring only deciduous with me: a beautyberry (callicarpa japonica), a european beech (fagus sylvatica) and an chinese eml (ulmus parvifolia). I did’nt understand if I can do all of them or only one. With help of other members and also of my Master I will choose one of the three if necessary.
On Saturday there will be a demonstration about assembly of a Tokonoma with the senior members and the Japanese guest Mr. Isao Fukita. And later on the Assembly of the Association with concluding dinner.

Well, as you can tell there is a lot to work but also lot to learn and honestly, I am really out of my sucks!

I will post after this week some more information but I will be posting on Facebook and Instagram so follow me!

…,love, Melanie!


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Love italian food? You will love the greedy italians!!

Italian kitchen is one of the most loved worldwide, no wonder it’s healthy, extreme simple and unbelievable delicious. Whenever I go to Italy I try something new, and I am always delight of the goodness of the dishes.

I find two Greedy Italians series on Youtube, and immediately fall in love with this two lovely Italian cook. Love the strong Italian accent when they speak, love the simplicity of the cooking, I love the very personal story’s they share.

Every single video takes up to on hour, but believe me is really worth it to look at. I listed the dishes these two old fellows prepared along the road and can’t wait to try some of them.

1 Two Greedy Italians Series 1. The Family

N’dundari: 200gr flower, 220gr ricotta, 3 egg jock, 20gr parmigiano, nutmeg, salt and pepper. For the sauce: pelati tomato’s, pepperoncino, garlic and basil.

Budino al cioccolato con Amaretto: 2TS sugar, 1TS flower, 1 vanilla stem, 500ml milk, 100gr chocolate, 50gr butter, Amaretto liquor and Amaretti biscuits.

Scottiglia di cinghiale con polenta: celery, carrots, onions, peppers and juniper berries, 500gr of meat: wild boar, pork, rabbit and pork sausage, 200ml of red wine, rosemary, sage and laurel, 1,5kg tomato pulp, nutmeg and tomato paste. For the polenta: 3l of salty water, 250gr of 5minute Polenta, 100gr of butter, 250gr of Taleggio, 100gr of Parmesan.

2. Two Greedy Italians Series 1. Poor man Food

Ragú alla napoletana: sausage, spear rips, cheap meat, onions, red wine, tomato paste, 3 tin of pelati tomato.

Crostata al cedro: pastry dough, 5 eggs, mascarpone and ricotta, sugar and candied cedar and lemon

Linguine con gamberi a cozze: linguine, crowns and mussels, chili and garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and olive oil.

3. Two Greedy Italians Series 1. Region Pride

Tagliatelle con fegatini di pollo: butter, onion, chicken liver, red wine or sherry, salt and pepper, sliced truffle and parmesan

Apfel strudel: 200gr apple, 3TS raisins, 100gr sugar, 1 TS cinnamon, 50gr butter, 1 orange juice and zest, pastry dough.

Arrosto di maiale: pancetta, roast meet, garlic, honey, ginger, rosmary, vegetable stock, carrot, pumpkin and shallot.

4. Two Greed Italians Series 1. Saints and Miracles

Stufato d’agnello con piselli: Lamb, onions, carrots and celery, chili and anchovies, thyme, white wine, vinegar, potato, tomatoes, frozen peas.

Insalata di pane agrodolce: old dry bead, carrots and celery, red and yellow peppers, challotte and garlic, zucchini and aubergine (eggplante), olives, thyme, sugar and vinegar

Zuccotto: 500gr ricotta, 100gr candied fruits, 75gr sugar, 30gr cacao powder, 50gr chocolate, 50gr scales of almonds, 1 Panettone and Vin Santo


Hope you like it as I did

…love, Melanie!