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Masterclass

Is this the same tree?

Masahiko Kimura completely re-invented it with a turn and by bending the top. Simple ingredients, but when utilised by Kimura they make masterly work...


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Workshop

Eleagnus

The dream of getting this eleagnus into Kokufu is not a million miles away...


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Masterclass

It’s a blast!

Mauro Stemberger styles a sabina juniper using a sandblaster...


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Step by Step

Weeping bonsai

Jerome Kellerhals guides you step by step through the styles of bonsai. This time he creates a bonsai in the style of a weeping willow..


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Masterclass

From Shikoku ?

Hidden by very overgrown and dense foliage, a Japanese Juniper is restyled by Bjorn Bjorholm who brings it to an even higher level.


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Winter

Bonsai in winter

The last leaves have fallen and winter takes everything into a deep rest. Is there anything we should do to protect our trees?


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Step by Step

The most popular Juniper

It's almost needless to say that junipers are the most popular material for bonsai. They can withstand lots of work done in a short period of time....


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Step by Step

A moyogi juniper

This less than pretty juniper has hidden potential; its almost bare trunk has enough foliage to make an elegant bonsai


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Technique

Informal approach with Ligustrum

How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species. This time we are working with privet, Ligustrum.


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Masterclass

Can you restyle a Bonsai masterpiece?

Masayuki Fujikawa takes things further by transforming a masterpiece

It is said that a tree displayed at Kokufu has reached a point of completion in a long journey. As the tree grows, finds a new owner, or an artist to care for it, the viewpoint of the tree will gradually change

Step by Step

Options for a Pinus sylvestris

The Scots pine is a very popular pine variety to work with. It's a vigorous grower and is tolerant to bending and wiring...


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Tree guide

Pinus sylvestris

In the wild, a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) matures naturally into the same style as a bonsai literati with branches spreading horizontally below its flattened apex.

Technique

Split in two

Yoshihiko Moriyama's transformation of a juniper by using an electric saw


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Step by Step

Just Clip and grow?

Hawthorn, or Crataegus, is a great subject for bonsai. Easy growing and very forgiving when mistakes are made. It will send out multiple new shoots, giving you plenty of opportunity to grow new branches.


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Propagating

Ikadabuki

How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations we will see how to take a piece of material through to its completion. This time we are working with crab apple, Malus zumi


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Masterclass

At your own risk

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,

Styling

Taming the wild

It is really easy to create a magnificent bonsai if you start from raw material with great potential. There are those trees that at first glance already have the right look. You only have to use the appropriate techniques to make that tree into a high-level bonsai.


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Spring

The key branch

The material used here is a Satsuki. It is a twin trunk and there are two apicies, but without a clear and obvious overall direction. The first thing to do will be to determine the front of the tree and work from there.


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Masterclass

The crazy rock

Something completely different: Mauro Stemberger creates the rock pine


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Technique

Trachelospermum asiaticum

How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species…

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