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Creating cement slabs for group plantings.

Pictorial of the methods used in creating a cement slab for group and forest plantings.

Constructing a cement slab for forest plantings.
By John Quinn

Naturally occurring slabs for creating penjing or group plantings are difficult to find, and may be prohibitively heavy. A method for constructing a realistic appearing cement slab is described.

Ken Duncan is a fellow club member with the most local experience constructing such slabs. He has built slabs for several demonstrations at the Carolina Bonsai Expo in Asheville, including a wonderful forest planting created by Qingquan “Brook” Zhao in October 2004, as pictured below.