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Bonsai Mirai

Hidden away on a wooded hillside just outside Portland, Oregon, the bonsai garden Mirai invites you to step out of your busy, day-to-day hustle and bustle…

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Why you should visit the Montréal Botanical

A new addition to the Montréal Bonsai Collection – Ryan’s tree in Montréal The Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. As well as a variety of gardens it also has a growing bonsai collection and a Japanese garden, too. Eric Auger is the…...


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Queen of The Emperor

Marija Hajdic’s passion for bonsai Marija Hajdic impressed both audience and jury at the Trophy 2019 show in Belgium with her majestic hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis), which she calls The Emperor. She works only with trees found locally in the fields where she also finds inspiration. What was your professional education?…...


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Larger than life

A gallery of trees: Living art of the Pacific Bonsai Museum Celebrating the first-ever publication of the bonsai collection of the Pacific Bonsai Museum, we can show you here one of the bonsai Masters featured in the book: Harry Hirao with his juniper (Juniperus californica) named ‘The Hirao’, which has

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Sweat and tears

Ryan Neil vs huge garden tree This bulky juniper (Juniperus chinensis) was originally meant to end up in a Japanese garden. Could it be made into a bonsai? Its massive proportions indicated that it would be a tough job, but perfect for Ryan Neil. However, styling it into bonsai proportions…...


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Gallery

Positively viral

The spirit of ‘The Trophy’ was not infected by the coronavirus, it may even have made it stronger. An impression of The Trophy, the International Bonsai Show held over the weekend of 29 February/1st of March 2020 in Genk, Belgium. This year’s edition had special guests from all corners of

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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 extremely chunky yew that appears to have only faults. Ryan’s creative eye soon sees possibilities…...


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Pots

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 studio is a cabin in the middle of the Californian Desert. There he creates his…...


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Styling

Rocking the pine

Todd Schlafer works on a Scots pine With a background as a rock musician Todd’s career as a bonsai artist is a big hit. We met Todd during Michael Tran’s Generation Bonsai event l and asked him to work on a yamadori Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) I ‘ve a degree…...


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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, prominent bonsai artists — Ryan Neil, Ron Lang, and Austin Heitzman — to step out…...


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