A Magnificent Celebration of American Bonsai Coming Soon

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Winner of the Finest Bonsai Masterpiece at the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. It’s a Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga Mertensiana) that belongs to Eric Schikowski. The photo is by Joseph Noga as are all the photos in Exhibition Albums 2-5. Just a friendly reminder… It’s time to make your plans. The 6th U.S. Read More

Bonsai Boon with and without Flowers

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This powerful old Satsuki azalea belongs to Boon Manakitivipart. The shot was taken just before spring pruning. Boon’s caption with this shot and the one just below is… “Satsuki azalea Debloom and thinning” Boon Manakitivipart (Bonsai Boon) is one of our favorites and has appeared numerous times here over the years. Read More

Elevating a Root-on-Rock Bonsai

3 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. With bonsai, it’s almost always the tree that dominates, even though the pot, (stone, slab or whatever) is considered a critical part of the whole. In this case however, it’s the rock that elevates the planting to extraordinary. Or, you might say it’s the rock and the way it’s adorned by Read More

A Different Kind of Root-over-Rock

4 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. A strange sort of root-over-rock. You might imagine that it started more or less like other root overs, but because the rock is so small, the roots grew under it and pushed it up, while also growing around one side and creating a firm grip on the rock. Though I originally thought the result Read More

Great Root over Rock Bonsai & Great Roshi Tools

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. No source is given for this colorful ‘Seki-joju’ Azalea. My best guess is that the tree and photo are originally from Japan; it’s not uncommon for Japanese trees to remain unattributed (this is often the case in the Japanese gallery section in Bonsai Today magazine back issues). We found the photo Read More

“One Quick Glance at this Tree Brought Me to a State of Nirvana”

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. A close up of a rather spectacular root-over-rock bonsai (the entire planting is just below). Here’s our original caption (from May, 2016) with some changes made today… Robert Steven (my mistake, see below) has done it again. This time it’s a perfect root-over-rock bonsai. Here’s what Charles Bevan has to say Read More

The Magician’s Formal Bonsai Forest

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Masahiko Kimura ‘The Magician’ styled this Ezo spruce (Picea Glehnii) planting with a high mountain stand of conifers in mind (this shot is three years after the initial planting and two years after the intermediate shot – both are below). Much of this post is from 2009 (our first year blogging). Read More


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Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Today I had the opportunity to attend a demonstration sponsored by the Canberra Bonsai Society featuring Mauro Stemberger. I had a great day. The usual suspect of a juniper that looked like it was grown around a pole was presented, a juniper procumbens. It was an interesting subject  and one that Read More

Challenges All Their Own – Mixed Bonsai Forests

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This mixed forest/landscape is from Spain. The Museo del Bonsai Marbella to be exact (from Bonsais del Sur). It’s too bad the pot is chopped off and the whole photo is cramped, but that’s the way we found it. Still, from what we can see, it look s like a very ambitious project Read More

More Impressive Works of Imagination & Skill

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.   This Penjing landscape features exceptionally rugged terrain and no immediately visible sign of humans. Or are there one or two tiny almost indistinguishable specks of something that could be man made? Continuing where we left off yesterday. For some reason I got a little fascinated with the man made elements; mostly Read More