Tag: Tony Tickle

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Bonsai Legacy

The concept of leaving a legacy is the need or the desire to be remembered for what we have contributed to the world. In some cases, that contribution can be so exceptional that the universe...

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Zeitgeist of bonsai

Tony discusses who or what is driving the bonsai zeitgeist in the West. Who or what is making a real difference to the Western world of bonsai? I am privileged to have witnessed many of...

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How far can we go?

It is fairly safe to say that bonsai in the West has reached a very high level because major exhibitions such as the Gingko Award and the Trophy brought together trees from many nations. And...

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Like or Wow!

The Internet is not always good for bonsai By Tony Tickle with the assistance of Banquo I have a friend who’s a keen amateur photographer and, in a bid to boost her skills, she uses...

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My favourite tree

By Tony Tickle with assistance from Banquo. ‘Which is your favourite bonsai?’ is a question I am often asked when I have visitors to my garden. My usual reply of: ‘The one I am currently...

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The final one

This exercise ends here: When I was invited to have a regular column, I had guessed I would have lasted a couple of years; it’s been more than five and 25 columns. I had never...

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Trees talk to me

As Clint Eastwood once famously sang in ‘Paint Your Wagon’, ‘I talk to the trees’, I find that trees talk to me and I suspect that they ‘speak’ to many of you, too. Recently, scientists...

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I dreamed a dream

My 28-year-old niece recently viewed my bonsai collection and I was fascinated by her reactions to the trees. She is creative and inquisitive and was captivated by many of the plants. And yet curiously, neither...

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The end, or a new beginning?

I don’t know if it’s a generation issue, or simply that the first wave of serious bonsai enthusiasts in Europe has reached an age whereby they cannot maintain their collections, or simply want to move...

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It pays to show

The letter has arrived. Anxiously you pick it up. The postmark tells you all you need to know about where it has come from. Your heart thumps. With trepidation you open the envelope. YES! For...

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Bonsai Namaste

Three women from India began dreaming about a huge bonsai event with more than 1000 bonsai on display. This dream started more than 8 years ago. February 22-26 2018 it was finally realized. After much...

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Bonsai down under

Tony Tickle visits the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection in Canberra, Australia and hopes it will inspire other countries to consider their own collections. If you visit the website Trip Advisor and search ‘Things to do […]

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Women and Bonsai

Over the last few years the discussion as to why there are ‘so few women in bonsai’ has spasmodically raised its head and a recent well-intentioned thread on social media went as far as to...

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