Autumn 2019 Japan International Bonsai Exploration

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. This year marks the 20th anniversary that Kora Dalager and I have been leading value priced bonsai tours to Japan and Asia. Kora is a seasoned travel agent who has traveled the world and that is also a skilled and knowledgeable bonsai artist and teacher. She is especially interested in bonsai Read More

Limber Pine First Styling-

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Those of you following the threads surrounding the publication of Bonsai Heresy have maybe also noticed a lag in posts this month. With relief I can report the book is off to the designer and my duties are downgraded to thumbs up or thumbs down for a few weeks. In the Read More


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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. There is less than a month away from one of the finest bonsai exhibitions in the country. Now is the time to make plans to visit the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte, on Saturday and Sunday 7-8, 2109.   This special exhibition is held in an Read More

My new Ficus book

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. It is getting close to Christmas and the holidays. If you have a bonsai friend or Ficus lover that needs a great book please consider buying a copy of my new book, The World of Ficus Bonsai. You might even want to buy one for yourself. I will sign your copy Read More


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Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. Many of us do not have easy access to larger materials and must use small plants or cuttings to develop their bonsai. One way to utilize smaller material is to cultivate cuttings from a desirable plant. In this case it is a Ficus concinna with lovely new foliage that is quite Read More

2019 Autumn Beauty At The International Bonsai Arboretum

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.   The “official” 2019 growing season has now ended, despite the lack of a killing frost, yet. We do expect some cold days later this week in the mid-20F range, and perhaps two inches of snow. That’s actually what I’m waiting for, so the bonsai in the main display area can Read More

Producing A Self-Published Book: What You Didn’t Know…

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The first time I did this the steps seemed endless. There’s content editors, copy editors, illustrators, formatters, proofreaders, bluelines, and printers. And with my second book it’s not much less endless. While a publishing schedule is lengthy, taking months to wend through, on the sidelines are those waving flags of support, like Read More

Visiting Bonsai Echo

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Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog. Source material: 2019, October 13          Last week, I was fortunate to meet with another local bonsai artist named Jared. Under the name "Bonsai Echo", he has become very active in the online bonsai community recently sharing his work on Instagram, Youtube, and his facebook page. He also recently began a Read More

The 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition – Part 3

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. There were many larger bonsai on display outdoors in the entrance way greeting the visitors to the 5th Zhongguo Fen Penjing Exhibition in Nanging, China. A few smaller, but still large size specimens were displayed indoors in the demo room. All of these were very large and impressive.       Read More