Before & After Bonsai – From Sow’s Ear to Silk Purse, a Remarkable 7 Year Transformation

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Before and after of one Harry Harrington's famous privets. Here's Harry's caption... "For completion, the large Privet bonsai defoliated, wood-hardened and re-styled last month, now back in leaf and ready to live out its days with its new owner near Birmingham (U.K.). Seen here in 2010 after I was given the tree when it was just a big lump of wood collected from a hedge, and now, 7 years later. Ligustrum ovalifolium/Privet bonsai, Height 16"/39cm, Trunk diameter 7"/17cm, Pot by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery"

It’s amazing what seven years and a whole lot of skill and imagination can do. The almost magical transformation shown here is the result of efforts by Harry Harrington, a bit of a whiz at transforming material that many of us wouldn’t give second look. The photos shown here are from Harry’s timeline. You can also visit Harry’ website bonsai4me,

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After, up close



The Foundations of Bonsai

by Harry Harrington
Like the Privet shown in this post, most of Harry Harrington’s bonsai come from humble origins… If you are interested in quality bonsai, and don’t have the resources or inclination to spend a lot of money,
Harry’s approach might be just what you are looking for
Most quality bonsai starts with quality (usually expensive) stock
Harry starts with whatever he can find (or what people bring him)
If you’re like most of us, you can learn a lot from this approach
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Before, close up


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