Styles of Bonsai


There are many styles of Bonsai and all refer to natural styles in nature. Many have Japanese names such as Ikadabuki, Netsuranari, Nebari and Shari. These terms have become generic although originating in Japan and they work in the same way as Latin terminology works with garden plants. It allows everyone, no matter what country he or she is in to understand each other. Continue Reading

Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees

(c) Will Hiltz Nara Publishers

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 yelled voice with a chop to match), this friendship was moulded. Continue Reading

How small can a Bonsai get!

It is true that Bonsai are miniaturised versions of the wild things that can be found on the edge of famous lakes and gardens or seen hanging off the edge of cliffs. But did you know that Bonsai too have their miniature versions! These Bonsai are commonly known as Shohin and Mame. Shohin is a Japanese word that means 'tiny thing' and in Bonsai this means that the tree has to Continue Reading

Bonsai Care Tips


Aftercare and development of Bonsai While understanding the fact we need to water, feed and repot from time to time, the most important aspect of Bonsai and Penjing care is the maintenance or ongoing after care. Continue Reading

Watering-essential information


I would like to go into this with a little more depth, as it is very important. One of the big killers of bonsai in incorrect watering. I am sometimes weary of people that still wish to immerse pots into buckets of water in every case or do not think it’s necessary to mist the foliage.  After nearly thirty years I probably manage the watering side fairly well - or at least my Continue Reading

Bonsai Styles


Once you have mastered the basic bonsai styles such as the formal upright style of chokkan, the informal upright style of shakan and the cascade style of kengai, you may want to try some more advanced bonsai styles for a better challenge. Image courtesy of  Jacques Graulus Intermediate Bonsai artists may try some of the more common advanced styles such as the Bankan Continue Reading