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Artist Spotlight: A Bonsai Prelude Exclusive Interview with Matt Reel

I’d been hoping to add to my International Bonsai Library, as my mind has been full of people who’ve influenced me but I hadn’t yet had the patience to pen to the blog. Matt Reel is one of those guys. … Continue reading

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Taikan-Ten Round up

The Taikan-Ten is Japan’s second largest bonsai show and is held annually in November. Unlike other shows in Japan, the Taikan-Ten focuses on bonsai displays and features excellent Tokonoma. While I’ve spent the last week gorging on thanksgiving left-overs, I’ve … Continue reading

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Capital Bonsai

When I started this blog about a month ago, one of my original purposes was to help promote the websites and people who I felt had a significant impact on my bonsai education and should play a big part in … Continue reading

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Konpakuto

“Bonsai are compact. The tree always wants to get bigger. Bigger, bigger, bigger (gestures as if the tree is inflating like a balloon). We always work to make our bonsai more compact (gesturing as if the balloon is incrementally deflating). … Continue reading

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Prudence With Pruning

Prudence Noun 1. The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason 2. Sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3. Skill and good judgment in the use of resources 4. Caution or circumspection as to … Continue reading

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Styling: The Ground Work

At this point in the game of learning bonsai things can become tricky. You bought your plant, know how to keep it alive, and now you need to take it from an ordinary nursery plant to something extraordinary. There are … Continue reading

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Choosing a Bonsai

Choosing a bonsai is not the most important thing in bonsai. Keeping the tree alive is the most important thing in bonsai, which is why I addressed watering first. Picking a tree then, must be the second most important thing … Continue reading

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The International Bonsai Library

When I revitalized my bonsai hobby, the first place I went was to my books. I had 3 or 4 assorted bonsai books that I had purchased or been given as a kid and I figured that would be the … Continue reading

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