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Punica granatum

Nearly Two Decades in the Life of a Pomegranate HISTORICAL PROFILE Scientific Name: Punica granatum Common Names: Pomegranate Origin: The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated...

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A shari never shown

European Bonsai-san Show Saulieu (FR) At the 7th edition of the European Bonsai-san Show in Saulieu, Bonsai Focus magazine aimed to look for a bonsai which stands out in style, meaning that the tree itself […]

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Kickstarter Bonsai book

Pacific Bonsai Museum launches a kickstarter book We are excited to announce that we launched our Kickstarter to publish our first-ever book about our collection: A Gallery of Trees: Living Art of Pacific Bonsai Museum. […]

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Bonsai on the red carpet

An impression of the Bonsai-san Show which was held in the weekend of 12 – 13 October 2019, Saulieu, France. Guest of Honour Mauro Stemberger. Demonstrations were held by Bjorn Bjorholm (USA), Jan Culek (CZ) […]

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Wood never Dies

Portland (USA) based woodworker, Austin Heitzman seeks inspiration from ancient trees I have been attempting bonsai for just as long as I have been a professional woodworker. When contacted about commissioning a bonsai stand, I […]

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Native species are cool

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 of all shapes, species and sizes were there,...

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Forced to find solutions

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 Master and he now finds his […]

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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...

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University of Bonsai

The 13th edition of ‘Bonsai van het Westen’ was held again in the Botanical Garden of Delft University of Technology. With a record number of visitors and perfect weather we were given two days to […]

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Yew can do it

A simple yew can be made into a stunning small bonsai in just a few steps. Michael Tran of Minoru bonsai guides you step by step in how to create a bonsai from a yew....

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A consistent club

The ‘Midden Nederland‘ Bonsai Association annual show in Leersum NL. They are one of the most active societies in Holland, the show is always a guarantee for high quality bonsai. Fine displays with shohin and […]

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A myriad of flowers

In May and June you can enjoy the fibrant colours of Satsuki azalea (Rhododendron indicum) blossoming. There is a massive amount of cultivars and therefore a big choice in various colors and pattern of flowers....

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Kanuma crazy

Janine Droste revisits the Mecca of satsuki bonsai If you say Kanuma you at once think of satsuki. Satsuki, or Rhododendron indium, is one of the most popular bonsai varieties cultivated in Japan. Needless to...

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The big Sabina

Maybe the largest potted juniper in the world, a sabina juniper standing at studio botanico of Salvatore Liporace. It is waiting to be styled by the grand master....

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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...

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Ice-age suiseki

The stone hunter of Britain. Here Alan Harriman reveals the various aspects of suiseki in a way that will encourage you to regard it as a hobby. Hunting for stones yourself will provide you with...

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Keep ideas flowing…

For Walter Venne every bonsai exhibition is like a gallery where an artist can exhibit their work. Through such exhibitions Walter’s pots have found their way into the hands of many bonsai enthusiasts and Masters. […]

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Part-time ‘deshi’

Paolo Nastasi travelled to the land of the rising sun to deepen his knowledge Years ago there was no tradition of going to Japan to improve one’s knowledge. However, times have changed… Taisho-en, run by […]

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Malus

Crab apple Malus sieboldii is a member of the apple family, a deciduous tree that can be found growing throughout Japan. Botanically speaking, ‘Miyama Kaido’ is the same, the difference lies in the colour of […]

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Ficus

Figs are keystone species in many tropical forest ecosystems. Figs have figured prominently in some human cultures, such as Buddhism, objects of worship and many practical uses. For bonsai they are a great source of […]

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Make the most of it

The ceramic journey of Victor Harris. Victor just dropped by a local bonsai show and was fascinated by it. From that moment things moved fast and when his bonsai became more mature, making pots was...

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The call for bonsai art criticism

The first experiment of Pacific Bonsai Museum’s two-year-long project, the LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), has been run and the results are the unnerving of the artists. Pacific Bonsai Museum’s Curator Aarin Packard asked three,...

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A large Scots

One of the amazing bonsai from the collection of Mauro Stemberger, the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). A massive tree with such refined branch setting and small needles. Maybe soon on one of the Big Events […]

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Abstract bonsai, possible?

Contemporary Western art requires that focus be given not only to the aesthetic but also the intellectual contemplation of a work. It follows the belief that the artistic experience happens in the contemplative space between...

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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,’...

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The king’s new clothes

Juniper scion grafting for foliage replacement Changing the foliage of junipers is becoming more and more common in the bonsai scene. Mauro Stemberger talks about his juniper projects using scions or the so-called approach graft...

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Peter in Sweden

This year the Swedish Bonsai Society’s annual Bonsai Event took place in the Culture Centre in Västra Frölunda, between 27-28 of May. The society is not very big, comprising about 100 members, but we are...

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The ‘all in one’ show

An unique event at the Folie Fleur Mulhouse, France It was a spectacular show were many bonsai events came together in the town of Mulhouse in the north east of France; The BCI (Bonsai Clubs...

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Northwest Rendezvous

The Bonsai Society of Portland and Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association presented the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous this month in Milwaukie, Oregon. The event was a big success! Three days of workshops, critiques, and demonstrations made the time...

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