Bonsai news and events

15th anniversary

Ever since we started this website 15 years ago, it has been our goal to serve as an educational platform and to share the fascinating world of Bonsai with you.

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Bonsai Europa show 2015

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 studio-shots from the winning trees in this post.

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Spectacular Fall colors

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.

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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 courses

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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