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The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers. Bonsai is sometimes confused with dwarfing, but dwarfing more accurately refers to researching and creating cultivars of plant material that are permanent, genetic miniatures of existing species.

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An Introduction to Bonsai: History, Cultivation and Size Classifications.

An Introduction to Bonsai: History, Cultivation and Size Classifications.

Coussin's guide forms a lovely and thorough introduction to the ancient art of bonsai.

Coussin's guide forms a lovely and thorough introduction to the ancient art of bonsai gardening.

Gallery: Junipers (Part 2).

Cultivars offer foliage color ranging from dark green, to light green, to blue, each offering varying degrees of texture, presenting the ability to create fantastic foliage pads, while the bark presents a surface that can be polished or left rough, depending on the final image desired.

Indoor versus outdoor bonsai.

The trees sold as bonsai often come from temperate regions. This means that, just like the trees in those regions, they require full sunlight, well aerated soil and a winter dormancy period at near-freezing temperatures. Kept in the artificial environment of a home, these trees will become weakened and die.


Japanese White Pine Re-pot (Chapter 1).

This then the penultimate in the series. I will be including a Scots Pine shortly. Both JWP and Scots have been heavily requested so without a further explanation I will get on with this one ... a small Japanese White Pine (JWP).

Japanese White Pine Re-pot (Chapter 2).

So, new pot is selected. Initially yet again the pot I chose for this tree whilst in Swindon was not at all right. I had a reserve in mind which gave me about 18-20mm spare all round the edge. It takes a while of course to select the soil that is going back into the mix, but this is a must.

Meishi is a Japanese business card.

Meishi is a Japanese business card. Like the art of Bonsai, it has been around a very long time. It was the first business card ever produced, originating in the 15th century. Social media is used by lots of businesses. Let others know you’re current by incorporating your Twitter handle or Facebook address on your businesses card.

My personal collection of Shohin pots (Part 1).

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My personal collection of Shohin pots (Part 2).

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National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

The miniature masterpieces that we call bonsai and penjing are the pinnacle of gardening skill, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America. The Japanese art of bonsai, and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the traditions of Asian culture.

Pattern Recognition in Judging Bonsai.

an you tell the difference between a conifer and a broadleaved tree just from looking at an image? Sure you can, any child can do this. Can you tell the difference even when the conifer grows much like a broadleaved tree would normally and the broadleaved tee grows like a conifer?

Species Guide by Common name.

These Species guides have been developed by a number of people putting in hours of dedicated work to bring together a valuable guide to Bonsai enthusiast - acknowledgement of the authors are on each page. Find the species below and click on the link to be taken to the guide for that particular tree Bald Cypress.


The Ancient Art of Bonsai

A selection of my bonsai images taken during the Winter, Dec 2010 to March 2011 Ulmus pumila/Siberian Elm after rewiring and pruning in early December after leaf-fall Height 23"/57cm. Pot by Erin Bonsai. I originally purchased this tree in the Summer of 2005 as raw field-grown material.

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
The Ancient Art of Bonsai: Books

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
The Ancient Art of Bonsai: Gallery

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
Bonsai Artists

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
Bonsai Masters

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

This gallery is dedicated to the Juniper and those who cultivate, style, and display them. A constant companion of bonsaists everywhere, the Juniper plays an important role in bonsai, while offering some of the finest bonsai in the world for inspirations and enjoyment by all.

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
The Ancient Art of Bonsai: Indoor Bonsai

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers.
The Ancient Art of Bonsai - Tools and Supplies

The Ancient Art of Bonsai: The blog's top ten most popular posts September 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world.

The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Hornbeams.

This gallery is a continuation of our series of species specific galleries designed with the intention of creating a resource of inspiration as well as a source of enjoyment for all. It is our hope that those who favor the particular species featured and those who seek inspiration for designing bonsai of this species will find these galleries valuable and educational.

The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Shohin Bonsai.

Introduction by Ted Matson: As an artist, I respect those who can express the most with the least. Shohin bonsai, with their small size and limited structures, offer this challenge.

The blog’s top ten most popular posts January 2015 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.
2.- Pattern Recognition in Judging Bonsai. Can you tell the difference between a conifer and a broadleaved tree just from looking at an image? Sure you can, any child can do this. Can you tell the difference even when the conifer grows much like a broadleaved tree would normally and the broadleaved tee grows like a conifer?