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Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees

As you read this book you can feel the emotion of understanding, an understanding that bonds the ‘Author to the Artist‘. From the moment that Will and Dan first met, when Dan explained to Will the true pronunciation of the word Bonsai, as Bone-sigh and not Bonzai (The karate kid …

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Zen and three friends of winter

In Japan, rock gardens were created by Zen Buddhist priests to offer a place for quiet reflection near Japanese temples. Several features are essential to these gardens; a typical garden will contain a water element, boulders, a gravel sand area reminiscent of the seashore, and plantings – often a combination …

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Your own Japanese garden

How to go about when you are caught by the beauty of a Japanese garden and you have decided that this is what you want? Japanese gardens are a living work of art in which the plants and trees are ever changing with the seasons. As they grow and mature …

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International Festival of Bonsai

A must see event if you are near Burgundy on the 9′ or 10′ of October is the ‘International Festival of Bonsai’. This is the first time that this event is taking place and one of the key attractions is the private collection of Bonsai artist ‘Danny Use’. Other Bonsai …

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Bonsai Beautiful Journey

Have you ever wondered what went into creating that piece of living art known as a bonsai? How the precise cutting and trimming and tying kept a tiny tree, just that, tiny? Craig Coussins has travelled to many countries teaching the art of bonsai. In between these journeys he has managed to …

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Growing Palms

Everybody recognises palm trees, they are the universal symbol for the tropics but many are hardy enough for our temperate climate gardens. Until recently New Zealand gardeners have had only a very limited range of palms to choose from. In the last five years the range has grown enormously as …

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A Stroll through French Gardens

Paris has often been referred to as the “city of lights” but it could very well deserve the title “city of gardens.”   From the much visited Jardin du Luxembourg to the understated elegance of UNESCO’s Japanese Gardens, the city of Paris displays a very versatile green thumb. The Jardin de …

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Edo, Japanese Garden Transformation

The strategically situated castle town of Edo, destined to become modern day Tokyo, was the seat of power for the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1603 to 1868.  Following nearly a century and a half of war known as the Sengoku period, the Edo period welcomed a much needed period of social …

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Flowering Cherry

While the briefness of their glory has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the hardy spring-flowering trees for temperate climate gardens. I can think of no others, apart from their close Prunus relatives and some of the magnolias that even come close to rivalling flowering cherries for sheer weight of …

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Bonsai Training Videos

I came across some great training videos on ‘You Tube’ for Bonsai Beginners and the experienced artists. Take a look and tell us what you think. Let’s start with videos for Beginners. The first video explains: How to grow Bonsai. The next video is on pruning Bonsai. Bonsai watering

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