A visit to the garden of Amy Liang, the grande dame of Taiwan bonsai
Looking for simplicity
François Jeker takes a look at Jos Sprengers' Buxus.
cut in two?
Chiharu Imai deals with a dull bonsai and creates something special
Out of the box
The pine called 'Okou no kyosho' is brought back into shape by Master Kunio Kobayashi
Touched by Leonardo
Father and son 'work' together to create a new future for a juniper.
Less can be more
A lesson in how to cut more branches for better results
Two Masters, one tree
Transformation of an Ezo Spruce by Urushibata and Fujikawa
My ‘selfish’ dream
The bonsai passion of Jeremiah Lee
Harry Harrington's story of an oak grown from an acorn
Man of the Mountains
Mauro Stemberger works on a yamadori pine
Can it be split?
Creating stunning bonsai from garden material
The making of Jeremiah’s Sierra juniper bonsai.
The ‘Mugo’ team
The mugo pine is an extraordinary example of a yamadori, an impressive trunk with some natural shari and lots of compacted branches on top. A real challenge for Matt and Tyler
Jack & John
British artist, John Milton, works on a white pine in Japan.
It was a journey of more than 15 years that began with simple native garden material and resulted in a stunning small-sized bonsai. Morten Albek guides us through the many stages of the tree.
‘Bad’ is good…
Michael Tran takes it step by step with an old spruce.
A gallery with some of the finest Japanese juniper bonsai
The big picture
Follow Martin Nielsen as he takes a simple tree to a bonsai with character It’s a quite an ordinary tree, a locally collected larch of around 70 cm in height, with a trunk thickness of…...
Jean-Philippe Hoareau (JP) works with the prickly juniper The needle juniper or Juniperus rigida, is a far more rugged tree than the Chinese ‘shimpaku’. Its deadwood is spikier and so is its foliage, too. You…...
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 […]
Why does he want to break free
Massimo Bandera wants to work unhindered by convention For Massimo Bandera bonsai is very much an art form. The bonsai artist should be free from conventions and rules. In the process of creating an extraordinary…...
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…...
Intimidated by its age
François Jeker styles a venerable 500-year-old Buxus ‘When about to style an impressive old Buxus like this, you are so intimidated that you approach it with trembling hands . . . Over the years, though,…...
How to ‘crack’ a white pine
Masayuki Fujikawa transforms a white pine by changing the angle and compacting an elongated trunk. One of the best characteristics of this tree is the aged appearance of the bark, making it look as though…...
Alexsandre Escudero works on a tiny Itoigawa juniper An average juniper can be changed into something interesting, you just need to have a vision and opt for doing something different to make it less regular…....
The new big
Koji Hiramatsu works on a black pine Shohin and the slightly larger Kifu-sized bonsai have become ever more popular. This because they are much easier to enjoy and appreciate compared with the larger trees and…...
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.
The tree with no name
Nacho Marín works on a tree giving both power and delicacy This tree variety with its special forms shaped by nature and the large amount of deadwood juxtaposing with its delicate foliage, has been Nacho’s…...