Moni

Moni

Monica Wachman of Butterfly Mountain Press (Aka: Moni) After nearly 20 years in the travel industry, I am now a full-time freelance writer. I offer writing and editing services on a variety of subjects including the natural sciences, history and the RV lifestyle. In addition to being a guest writer on Bonsai Ireland, some of my articles are published on USAToday.com, Livestrong.com and Hotels.com

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Summer Walks in a Japanese Garden

Summer Walks in a Japanese Garden

| July 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

When my soul is in need of quiet reflection, I know where to ease the anxious mood that keeps sweet calm from my restive condition. Before I even pass the alluring doors guarded by statuesque lions, my pace slows and the garden begins to whisper… A Japanese garden is my intermediary to peace, connecting with […]

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Bonsai, the silent garden

Bonsai, the silent garden

| January 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

Life is hectic and perhaps stressful at times. Everyone needs an outlet to discharge those struggles and anxieties of the day and growing Bonsai can help you achieve this much-needed balance in one’s life. Bonsai’s offer a uniqueness to the grower. They allow you to feel liberated as you release your creativity in designing your tree to […]

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Japanese Gardens, Tranquility Personified

Japanese Gardens, Tranquility Personified

| April 28, 2011 | 13 Comments

Japanese Gardens have been a treasured art form in Japan for centuries, and are very much influenced by the ancient and intricate garden designs of China. The exacting tradition, linked to the related and equally disciplined arts of calligraphy and Japanese ink brush painting, is historically passed down from sensei, or master, to apprentice. Even […]

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Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens

Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens

| October 31, 2010

It is hard to believe that the dense rainforests and jagged peaks of Maui’s Iao Valley were once the scene of some of the bloodiest battles in King Kamehameha the Great’s quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands. In the 1790s, during the height of the conflict, there were so many warriors slain that their bodies […]

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Bonsai Beautiful Journey

Bonsai Beautiful Journey

| September 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

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 find time to write a […]

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A Stroll through French Gardens

A Stroll through French Gardens

| September 9, 2010 | 5 Comments

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 Luxembourg is one of Paris’ […]

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