Category Archives: Articles

A collection of my articles, published and unpublished, concerning bonsai and related subjects.

The Next Generation

Today we are training and developing the next generation of bonsai artists. Through our actions and even through our inactions we are creating the state of bonsai in the future, we are developing the future artists, and we are cultivating … Continue reading

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Finding the Tree Within

Co-authored by Rudi Julianto   Celitc chinensis There comes a time in the design of every bonsai where the artist must decide on a path to follow, a path that will bring out the full artistic potential of the tree, … Continue reading

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A Brief Exploration of the Literati Style

Five Needle Pine by Qingquan Zhao Like the style itself, the name used to describe it takes on many forms and the usage changes from region to region. The word Literati is used by many practitioners and is a Latin name … Continue reading

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Babylon: The Origin of Bonsai?

“The Confusion of Tongues” by Gustave Doré (1865)(This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.) The Chinese Connection It would seem that in almost every written history of bonsai, credit for its invention is attributed largely … Continue reading

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The First National Bonsai Exhibition – A Cinderella Story?

Photograph by Paul Stokes This last weekend, America experienced its first National Bonsai Exhibit in Rochester, New York. Few would disagree that this event was historic and that it certainly was the first step of many needed to raise the … Continue reading

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The Future of Bonsai, The Third Dimension

I have been involved in numerous discussions over the course of the last few years as to what the future holds for the art of bonsai both in America and elsewhere. I have given this a great deal of thought, viewed a … Continue reading

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‘Bonsai Kusamono Suiseki’ by Willi Benz

Bonsai Kusamono Suiseki A Practical Guide for Organizing Displays with Plants and Stones by Willi Benz Stone Lantern Publishing Co., Watertown, MA USA: 204pp., ISBN 3-00-009322-2 This book is the bible of display. I realize that that the above statement is a strong … Continue reading

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