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In the section “Basics” we have discussed the general knowledge of Bonsai care and cultivation. Here in our Blog we write about current and more advanced topics.

Articles are added regularly, enjoy reading!

Looking back on the Bonsai Europa show

Bonsai Europa 2015 show



Over one hundred great trees on display, eight demonstrations, free workshops for children and a wonderful location: Tony Tickle on the Bonsai Europa 2015 event.

Almost forgot, Tony also shares studioshots from the winning trees in this post... ;-)


Bonsai seasons: Spectacular Fall colors

Fall colors on Bonsai trees



One of the things I like most about Bonsai is the fact that it is a living art. Bonsai trees change over time as well as through the seasons. Fall might just be the most spectacular time to enjoy deciduous Bonsai; this is the time when leaves change color, resulting in dramatic appearances of the trees.

Bonsai artist Luis Vallejo (from Spain) agreed to do a series with Bonsai Empire; the seasons of Bonsai. The first edition is the Fall. Enjoy these amazing photos!


European Spruce progression

Spruce bonsai



Yamadori trees have their own presence and character from the very beginning of their Bonsai-life, they are thrilling to work with. The first Bonsai trees ever were trees collected by monks in the mountains so in a way this is the original, and personally my favorite way of Bonsai.


The traditional Japanese Tokonoma display

Tokonoma displays



At the Bonsai-San show held two weeks ago, David Benavente and Andres Alvarez Iglesias both set up four Tokonoma displays. This traditional method of displaying Bonsai trees, together with an accent plant and scroll, is difficult as it should follow the style of tree as well as the current season.

Oscar interviewed both David and Andres and took several photos of the displays too. Enjoy!


The famous Japanese Maple

Walter Pall's maple


In 1993 Walter saw this maple in Switzerland. “It impressed me very much, although it was in a very neglected state”. It was imported from Japan around 1980 from a major bonsai nursery. It had not been treated very well.

Walter was able to purchase the tree, and since years, this tree is one of the best known trees in Europe. In the article he reviews the progress the tree made, and the qualities and flaws of the tree.


Bonsai Mirai, by Chelsea and Ryan Neil

Ryan Neil, at Bonsai Mirai



Ryan Neil has quickly become one of the most respected Bonsai artists of this time, flying around giving demonstrations and workshops. Navigating through his busy schedule and allowing only five years time, he and his wife Chelsea managed to build a great home, garden and Bonsai collection called Bonsai Mirai.

Oscar from Bonsai Empire visited the Neil family and was allowed to film and photograph the Bonsai garden. With Ryan introducing several of his most valued Bonsai trees on camera, the movie is highly educational!


Taxus Baccata progression

Taxus Baccata bonsai



This Taxus Baccata Bonsai is truly wonderful. I saw it on display at the Noelanders Trophy in 2015 and again last weekend at the Bonsai San Show. It was styled by Andres Alvarez Iglesias and David Benavente. We managed to get Andres in front of our camera to do an interview on the tree's history and progression.


A visit to Bonsai Boon's garden

Bonsai Boon



This post shows the garden of Bonsai artist Boon Manakitivipart (aka Bonsai Boon). His garden is located near San Francisco and showcases a great collection of Bonsai trees and accent plants.

We added several photos, as well as a short movie touring around the garden.


European Bonsai-San Show

Bonsai San show



The European Bonsai-San Show is about to open its doors to the public this entire weekend, but we were allowed to take a peak into the exhibit already. Find the first photos of this year's event here.

And with headliners including Ryan Neil and David Benavente, the Bonsai demonstrations will be very interesting too. Stay tuned!


Butchered Yamadori beauty in the French Alps

 Yamadori vandalism



An attempt at collecting a tree from the wild has cost a handsome pine its life and sent a wave of outrage across the bonsai world. One example among many of a practice that is unworthy of the art of bonsai.


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