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Ghost rider

François Jeker analyses the Juniperus sabina of Antonio J. Lozano Heemskerk.


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From the Rockies

Jan Culek sketches options for the spruce of Eric Schwartz This medium-sized spruce, with its rugged trunk, is a native of the Rocky Mountains of the United States and was lifted from there. Its normal habitat runs from northern New Mexico through Colorado and Utah to Wyoming, but today it…...


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The Southern

Serge Clémence sketches options for the oak of Kai Kempf The oak (Quercus pubescens) or downy oak, shown here is a fine tree and very interesting, native to southern Europe and Southwest Asia. Downy oaks typically grow in dry, lime-rich soil. It’s a sub-Mediterranean species that grows from coastline to…...


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The ‘wire’ tree

Although it seemed completely wired and styled, this juniper still looks like a wild bush. What it needs is a totally different approach to get it just right. Jan Culek explains. For the possible future design of this juniper, I decided to tilt it to the right side. This new…...


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Off the wall

Jan Culek sketches options for the juniper of John Rigg John: ‘I had this tree in the garden for about 17 years. It has lots of curving branches with partial deadwood. I have been working on the tree for some time, having planted it in this exceptional pot. The front…...


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Multi-trunked Colossus

Jan Culek sketches options for the yew Coen Huisman acquired this rough and bushy tree from a bonsai nursery. ‘I wondered what Jan Culek’s ideas would be for this material, which isn’t seen that frequently,’ Coen explains. ‘It’s huge and heavy, so I call it The Colossus’ Jan: ‘A future…...


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Spiralling veins

Jan Culek sketches options for Max Ludwig’s juniper  The tree looks quite fresh and I would like to recommend working first with the essential things for junipers — the live veins and deadwood. The trunk needs first of all to develop stronger character by creating shari and establish the live…...


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An elegant pine

Antonio Ricchiari passion for bonsai started in the early seventies. He is known for his many publications in bonsai magazines and writer of many books. He runs his bonsai studio Progettobonsai, which is dedicated to the technique and esthetics of bonsai. Besides this he is also a very good illustrator…...


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