An Advance Open Bonsai Workshop

3 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.   This afternoon I had another Open Workshop for my advance students to style and refine their bonsai. There were a few interesting bonsai which were brought into the studio. Alan continued to work on my formal upright RAF Dwarf Scots pine removing old needles and excess buds in preparation for Read More

New Talent Contest Germany

3 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Last weekend saw the annual national bonsai exhibition of Germany. During this exhibition also the finals of the New Talent Competition took place. Because I am a resident of Germany for a while now, and a member of a German bonsai Club, I was also invited to participate. My club supported Read More

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. The first part of this development series covers a few gangly specimens of Japanese Maple. Japanese Maple is one of the most challenging early development deciduous trees because of its propensity to make long internodes. It’s also one of the best examples of a theme that runs throughout the next few Read More

Restyling an itoigawa shinpaku

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: BonTsai Blog. Recently Oyakata gave me a nice itoigawa shinpaku to work on. It came from one of our long time clients. He recently decided to part with a large portion of his collection which we are now selling on his behalf via consignment. In order to prepare the trees for sale and to Read More

Japanese Maple Emergency

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Closing large cuts on Maple bonsai Since some 5 years I have an old Japanese maple. I got it from a nursery specialized in maples. In the corner they had a stack of trees that did not fully survive a late frost that spring (Which is exactly why I went there. Read More

A Visit To The Pacific Bonsai Museum

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The Pacific Bonsai Museum, nestled within towering conifers is a unique collection of bonsai from countries bordering the Pacific Rim. The peaceful atmosphere of the displays and well maintained areas draws one into a special world to quietly experience the beauty of bonsai. The museum is located in Federal Way, Washington, Read More

A Visit To Elandan Gardens

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Elandan Gardens is a beautiful and unique six acre natural oasis featuring the bonsai artistry of Dan Robinson. The garden opened in 1993 in Bremerton, Washington which is a short distance from Seattle. This is an excellent location to appreciate the art of bonsai pioneer Dan Robinson who introduced power tools Read More

Meet Gerald Rainville

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Nestled in the rainforest on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada, is the bonsai nursery of Gerald Rainville. Here thousands of Japanese black pine, Sargent juniper, Dwarf Japanese garden juniper and Dawn redwood can be found from young seedlings/cuttings to developed 33 year bonsai. As a young lad in 1972, Read More

(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Many of us are natural ‘gatherers’. We collect things, much like bower birds and pack rats. And then we either present them in display cases, tuck them into storage units, or, if they are bonsai, arrange them in our backyards. Gathering is an endearing trait. And we have things to show Read More