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  • A perfect fit for kengai - Giacomo Pappalardo shows the many variations of the cascade style One of the most dramatic styles in bonsai is the kengai, or cascade. It has many variations and its style options are almost endless. Trees […]
  • Can this become a bonsai? - Bruno Wijman styles a Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) Garden material can be most interesting for bonsai. It can also be very challenging because it was not really grown for bonsai purposes. Bruno checks out a […]
  • The birth of new buds - In autumn you can improve the branch setting of your maple When the leaves start to drop it is time to prune maples. The bare branch structure is revealed and good and bad things are […]
  • Native species are cool - AABC Convention 2019: Australian native species break through The AABC 2019 convention, the very first major event of its kind, focused entirely on Australian native species. The trees on display did not disappoint. Native trees […]
  • Pulling the final needle - Learn the basic technique of candle cutting by Master Nobuichi Urushibata Nobuichi Urushibata of Taisho-en, Japan, guides you through the work of candle pinching and needle pulling pines. The basic technique of candle cutting does […]
  • Forced to find solutions - The bonsai passion of Manuel Germade The only regret Manuel Germade has is the fact that he did not go to Japan much earlier. A couple of years ago he officially graduated as a bonsai […]
  • Bonsai addicts because therapy did not work - This was the slogan I saw on the back of a shirt when I was in South Africa. It turns out the ‘Bonsai Addicts’ are a group of enthusiasts, but it was the sentiment ‘because […]
  • Purple rain - The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch In this series we look at creating bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations, […]
  • On the edge - Creative genius, Ryan Neil, turns bonsai upside down You can give Ryan Neil almost any kind of material to work on and he will create something special from it. Here Ryan is confronted by an […]
  • Carved mud - Ceramist Jonathan Cross creates pots in the desert Jonathan Cross creates ancient looking sculptures and pots, which may even sometimes look like architecture. All seem to come from a kind of post-apocalyptic aesthetic imagery. His […]