Italian, Alessandro Bonardo, now 24, has been an apprentice under Mr Kimura for 6 years and in May 2022, it was formally announced that he had graduated. Within the garden he is affectionately known as Aless. Mr Kimura prepared a tree, an unusually shaped Miyajima white pine for this demo, a transformation to celebrate his graduation
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The crazy rock
Something completely different: Mauro Stemberger creates the rock pine
Is this all?
Hiroki Miura works on a Chinese juniper
At first glance, the featured juniper has great looks; however, Hiroki Miura shows us that when we take a closer look, the tree is really a bit dull . . .
The empty space
Bruno Proietti Tocca works on a native yew
Cat and Mouse
Todd Schlafer works on a Ponderosa pine
Time for change
Restyling a famous tree into something new is difficult work and an artist must stake their reputation on it
Hinoki from scratch
You can propagate and create bonsai from seed, cuttings and by grafting
Masahiko Kimura restores a very old juniper
The graceful fir
The graceful fir is an excellent choice for bonsai.
A Pine Puzzle
Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris, is one of the most popular pine varieties and one of the most commonly styled tree.
Father and Son
The Sanriku junipers: Father and Son Omachi work on yamadori trees
An offer one can’t refuse
'The tree featured here is an eastern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis), which is native to Eastern Canada and much of the north-central and north-eastern United States'
By my front door
Tatsuo Fukugawa works on a white pine taken from his garden
What happens inside?
Defoliation is applied to promote back budding on trident maples
THE GIANT LOOP
Mauro Stemberger styles a massive Scots pine with a loop shaped trunk
The rough diamond
Bjorn Bjorholm works on a juniper with hidden qualities
Little, but wild
Bringing out the best from material with many faults...
Walk the wire
Learn professional techniques: wiring a juniper
Less can be more
A lesson in how to cut more branches for better results
Man of the Mountains
Mauro Stemberger works on a yamadori pine
Is it just one blob of green?
Manuel Germade re-styles an Itoigawa juniper This very compact juniper, grafted with Itoigawa foliage, has grown out of proportion. The shape of the trunk with its deadwood is very attractive. The main task for Manuel…...
Is this worth spending time ?
Prunus spinosa/blackthorn as bonsai Harry Harrington explores the virtues of the blackthorn with its white flowers contrasting beautifully against its dark black bark Prunus spinosa is a tree species native to the UK and Northern […]
Can Kimura dance with a shari?
Masahiko Kimura rearranges the foliage around a dancing shari Exploring the artistic sensitivity of Mr Kimura, we take a look at the material he will work on. The transformation is not tremendously dramatic, however the…...
No bonsai stays the same
Working on a very ancient and treasured juniper, Chiharu Imai realises that no bonsai stays the same and so he respectfully gives the tree a new shape for the future.
Growth never stops
Maintenance work on a mountain cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) During summer you need to deal with the dead leaves formed inside the branches of this very dense-growing conifer. They are removed to prevent ‘stuffiness’. This is…...
Can it grow upside down?
To get the best results Masahiko Kimura flips a juniper upside down Just turn it upside down, a brilliant idea, which for many would be an impossible option; not so for Masahiko Kimura Another upside…...
Bjorn Bjorholm works on a pine grown from seed Bjorn gives an initial styling to a more than 50-year-old pine, grown from seed. This classic informal upright bonsai has a long and much told history…...
The branch doctor
Master Oota is the expert on grafting new branches on junipers From grafting branches to finishing a tree and his selection of famous needle junipers, these are trees that have been created by Nobuharu Oota…...