I have eventually put all the elements together for the Arihato Award. Thanks to Paul Bowerbank for the stand and continued encouragement despite my inability to finish anything and Timpsons for the engraved plaque. This award is in memory of Arihato Anand, a dedicated small, larch tree specialist, from Holland. He travelled to his spiritual destination this time last year and is missed by many: family, friends, Wee Trees forum members and many, many other people his life touched.
This award is for the best small tree in my opinion. As those of you me know I like unusual so the tree that wins might not be the most convential or even what others consider to be the best executed. I will be taking into account size, pot, health and originality – do not neccessarily expect the beautiful formal upright to win – it might or might not. 🙂 Size is definitely important (despite what you have been told). shohin and smaller is what I shall be considering. It is an award you keep and not returned. I hope to be doing the same for future years but maybe not in bronze and not so complex a shape! Enough talk, here it is.