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Before and After shots

On our Facebook page we regularly share interesting progressions (before and after shots of Bonsai trees being styled). I find these shots very interesting as it shows how much a skilled artist can do to design a Bonsai tree, often in just hours work. In this post I share 18 great examples.

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Generation Bonsai 2015

The Generation Bonsai 2015 event was held at Minoru Bonsai in Germany.

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Cherry blossom Bonsai

In Japan's Nara period (710–794) a tradition began of watching and appreciating the cherry blossom, called Sakura.

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Artificial Bonsai

Bonsai trees can grow very old, and it takes years (even decades) to create a full grown tree. Paul Finch did something amazing, he created an Artificial Bonsai that looks so incredibly real that I still can't believe it's fake!

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Bonsai prices

Bonsai are living works of art, some famous trees are hundreds of years old. These trees are priceless and when for sale, very expensive. But at the same time, we can also purchase Bonsai at a local garden center, for just a few bucks.

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Shaping Japanese azaleas

Jérôme Hay invited readers to follow his shaping of an azalea, starting with a classic 2-to-3-year-old seedling. After preparatory work last April, these Japanese azalea plants are ready to begin being shaped into future bonsai.

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Bonsai Beginners Course

Tokonoma displays

A Tokonoma is a dedicated space in a Japanese style reception room, in which items are on display for artistic appreciation. Often this includes a Bonsai tree, a Suiseki (viewing stone), a scroll and an accent plant.

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Noelanders Trophy XVI (2015)

This year's Noelanders Trophy was held at a new location; bigger, more spacious and simply better. The trees on display were of outstanding quality and at least 5 trees reached the level of almost-perfection. Selecting the winner must have been difficult for this year's demonstrators; Ryan Neil, Salvatore Liporace and Seok Ju Kim.

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Hedges and tree

This post shows the remarkable creation of a small Bonsai landscape, by Joe Selworthy. It consists of a single tree (a maple) and a hedge (cotoneaster trees). Together with added moss the resulting miniature looks stunning!

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Garden Bonsai examples

Garden Bonsai are potted trees that are very similar to, yet slightly different from Bonsai.

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Bonsai garden design

A well designed Bonsai garden makes your trees stand out more than anything else.

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Tree vs Bonsai

It will be no surprise to anyone that nature is a big source of inspiration for those interested in Bonsai. After all, the ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniature version of nature.

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