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The famous Japanese 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.

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Ryan Neil's Mirai garden

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.

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Bonsai Boon's garden

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.

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Bonsai-San Show 2015

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!

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Yamadori collecting 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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Michael Hagedorn's garden

Michael started Bonsai at age 15, which eventually led to an apprenticeship under master Shinji Suzuki. He spend several years in Japan learning about Bonsai. after which he returned to the United States to start his own garden.

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Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located in a wonderfully forested area, close to Seattle. It offers a great collection of over one hundred trees, all from Pacific Rim nations. We visited the museum recently, find some photos in this article as well as a movie!

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Artisans Cup winners

It's Sunday afternoon and the Award Ceremony brunch just came to an end. A grand finale for a grand exhibition! I'm glad to share with you the three winning trees, good for $18,000 worth in prize money.

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In Training Bonsai book

Stephen Voss is a photographer with an impressive portfolio (he did portraits with the likes of Alan Greenspan, Michelle Obama and Bill Gates).

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Photos of The Artisans Cup

We've been waiting for a long time for this. At last, the Portland Art Museum opened its doors to the Artisans Cup. And what a show it is... Bonsai Empire presents a sneak-preview to the exhibition. Here goes!

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Automated Bonsai Watering

Every Bonsai enthusiast knows the problem that there are times when he can't be at home and therefore can't water his Bonsai trees himself. During the summer heat even long work days can be critical when the trees need to be watered frequently.

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Bonsai in Salzburg 2015

Bonsai, Kusamono and Suiseki artists and lovers, came together from all over Europe to the "Old Salt" on Perner Island as part of the Festival of Bonsai. Kusamono (and Suiseki) organized by the Bonsai Club Salzburg. Titled, The International Bonsai and Kusamono festes. Some wonderful and beautifully artistic Bonsai were in the exhibition.

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Online Bonsai courses

The Bonsai beginners guide ebook

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