2018 41st Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. The 41stMid-America Bonsai Exhibition sponsored by the Midwest Bonsai Society was held at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Held on August 17-19, 2018, this well organized and attended exhibition is one of the oldest exhibitions the country. The Chicago Botanic Garden has an excellent and diverse bonsai collection Read More

Strolling Through Walter’s Backyard Bonsai Garden

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Well, we know it’s a pine, but we could only guess the variety and we’ll forsake guessing today (your guess is as good as mine) Seeing the trees photographed at home on their benches is a different experience than seeing them when they are photographed in a studio setting. All the Read More

Our National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, an American Treasure

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This famous old Japanese white pine is one of the most powerful bonsai anywhere. You can find it at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. As always. the photo, though enticing, doesn’t begin to do justice Overslept this morning and then had to deal with delivery of 127 boxes of Bonsai Read More

Simplicity, Elegance & More than a Little Skill…

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Simplicity, elegance and more than a little skill is expressed in plantings like this and the one below. Often Penjing landscapes will include a whole range of items, both manmade and natural. In this case we have only three trees and what looks like three rocks, or rock clusters. And of Read More

Maintaining a Ficus mound

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Source: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. The heat, humidity and long sun exposure of the summer makes it an excellent time for working on tropical bonsai since the trees are growing rapidly and will quickly recover from work. That’s especially important in a display collection such as the one at the National Bonsai and Read More

Museum Gardener Erin Holden attends Japanese garden seminar

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Source: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Museum gardener Erin Holden just completed a multi-week training on Japanese gardening technique and philosophy in Portland, Oregon. Read below to find out more about what she learned. For the last half of July I was lucky enough to attend the Waza to Kokoro: Hands & Heart Japanese Read More

Bill Likes Red Pots Too!

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. Red berries, red pot. Or maybe more accurately, orange berries, red pot (colors vary from screen to screen, so it’s hard to tell). The tree is a Firethorn (Pyracantha) that belongs to Bill Valavanis. Bill sent it to us with the line I LIKE RED POTS TOO!, in response to a post Read More

Juniper Tips Dying?

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. If they are, you likely have juniper tip blight, or phomopsis. This is a fungus that attacks the growing tip of the juniper, usually in spring when the temps are mild, around 60 F / 15 C or so, and during humid or wet weather. It attacks many species of juniper. Read More

Bonsai Hedge Cutting Method

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. The Japanese maple that Walter Pall uses to illustrate his ‘hedge-cutting method.’ This photo was taken four years after Walter started working with this tree. The before photo is below Continuing with Walter Pall… we originally ran this post on Walter’s hedge-cutting method in 2013, but it’s so good that it’s worth another look  I Read More

Red Bonsai Pots, a Shift in Taste

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog. This Trident maple (Acer burgerianum) was imported from Japan in 2016 by Walter Pall. The tree is around fifty years old and about 50cm tall (20″). The pot is by Walter Venne. Here’s Walter’s caption… “The maple got a new pot by Walter Venne. To many this will be a big Read More