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Rejoining The Tribe

For me, bonsai work in Japan is quite different than anywhere else.  The formality of every process and system of organization in daily life contrasts nicely with the idealized feeling of natural beauty we strive to create in the bonsai. My interest in writing over the last few years continued[...]

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Winter Silhouette Exhibition Coming Up: Dec 6-7th 2014

The exhibition in Kannapolis is just around the corner.  As an update to the previous post on the matter, here is some new information: There will be 29 tables of exhibits, with artists coming from New York, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. 9 vendors including International[...]

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That Bonsai Does NOT Look Like A Real Tree!!!

The title alone will likely make some blood pressure rise.  Others will avoid reading this to avoid a manifesto from yet another source.  Fear not.  Thought it would be nice to highlight one area I’ve visited near Kobe, Japan with some phenomenal Akamatsu (Pinus densiflora) a few years ago.  Word[...]

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July 12th and 13th: 2014 Southeastern Regional Bonsai Expo

For a number of years, the Nashville Bonsai Society has held the Southeastern Regional Bonsai Expo at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum in Nashville, TN.  Barbara Bogan and the late Mike Blanton built this show up to its current level of attendance and reputation.  It is my great pleasure to[...]

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Bonsai Connect

  This is a new website I’m developing as an information resource and sounding board for everyone from seasoned bonsai veterans to the newest person who thinks bonsai are only available from ephemeral vans on the side of the road.  This post is an all-call for those bonsai industry vendors,[...]

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Day Trips

Adachi Museum of Art Trip

Sometimes, I miss Japan.  My interest in Japanese gardens pre-dates my obsession with bonsai, so I enjoy sharing information about places well worth visiting if you head to the Far East.  For those of you considering a program to study bonsai at the Fujikawa International School, keep in mind your[...]

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Otagi Nenbutsuji

While living in Japan, my oh-so-infrequent days off were spent visiting, Kyoto, other parts of Osaka, Nara, Kobe, and Asuka.   A sense of urgency has always been present to better understand what influences Japanese bonsai practitioners to do what they do.  Is the form of a tree an allusion to[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en

A Plague On Both Your Houses

(The main photo is of a Flat-Head Borer removed from a Ponderosa Pine) There are some pests and pathogens that will deform, devalue, or downright decimate your bonsai.  It is rare that I see anything written on the blogs  so I felt it time to devote some keystrokes toward the[...]

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South Dakota Rally

***The Bonsai Unearthed Website and Blog has a “new face” now.  New items for sale will be posted in the coming months including containers of all sizes, bonsai, and related goods.*** No, I didn’t go to Sturgis; I did disrobe a few trees and give some bonsai a more sleek[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en

FLORIDA!!!

There is one word to describe the bonsai community in Florida –  Wonderful.  My experiences in the Sunshine State have been both positive and inspiring.  I’ve seen everything from 13-year-olds working hard to earn plants at nurseries to people older than my parents braving alligators and snakes to collect ancient[...]

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