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The 2006 Bonsai Today / Art of Bonsai photography contest was a rousing success, bringing in over 200 quality photographs of bonsai and kusomono from around the world. This event also highlighted the potential for mutually beneficial collaboration between the print and digital media that serve the bonsai community.
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Bonsai Today / Art of Bonsai Photo Contest - Judging Results

Bonsai Today / Art of Bonsai Photo Contest - Judging Results
The staff of AoB would like to sincerely thank all those who entered this contest, you have made this a very successful contest indeed! With over 15 pages of submissions consisting of over 200 entries from around the world, you have helped to set a new record for participation in an on-line bonsai contest.
We received entries from AoB members, from many other forums, and from people who do not frequent Internet forums at all.
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Ginkgo Awards 2007
The 6th Ginkgo Award 2007 marks a historical moment in bonsai, a moment in which we can reflect on the past shows while complimenting the future of the show. Danny Use has made it known that this will be the last Ginkgo he will host, certainly a loss the bonsai community will feel world-wide.
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Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008
Another year has slipped into memory, leaving only faint traces of the passage of time hidden within our trees, where evidence of our skill and talent now mingle with the darker side of the subconscious. The inner personalities of the artist now appear, as they do every year at this time of haunting, to cast far different spells upon those who dare study them.
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Halloween 2007
Another year has quietly folded into the past, bringing forth into the light another Halloween Gallery to remind us that stranger, darker things lurk upon the backbenches of our gardens. These often out of sight bonsai of the shadows are perhaps waiting for the day when the weird, the scary, the warped will revolt together against the common realities and fight for a place on the front benches of the unwary.
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Halloween 2006

Halloween 2006
One of the most wonderful things about the art of bonsai is that, like other art forms, it can express certain moods, feelings, or impressions to the viewer. Sometimes they can suggest a darker side, a side only glimpsed occasionally on those dark chilly nights around the time called Halloween.
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Nursery Stock Bonsai
This gallery was created, not to suggest that nursery material is somehow superior to collected material or to bonsai nursery stock. Instead it was created to show that quality bonsai can indeed be created from common nursery or garden center stock and that such sources of material should not be readily dismissed as a source for quality material.
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World View of Bonsai 2006

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The World View of Bonsai is a gallery of trees from around the world. It is an ongoing project, bringing a new sequel every year. These trees represent the latest works of talented artists. Beyond the enjoyment of looking at these beautiful trees, the viewer will have a glimpse at the fascinating diversity of species used around the world. The gallery will also serve as a witness to various forms and styles, as well as introducing to the viewer the latest innovations in the art form.
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The World View of Bonsai is a gallery of trees from around the world. It is an ongoing project, bringing a new sequel every year. These trees represent the latest works of talented artists. Beyond the enjoyment of looking at these beautiful trees, the viewer will have a glimpse at the fascinating diversity of species used around the world. The gallery will also serve as a witness to various forms and styles, as well as introducing to the viewer the latest innovations in the art form.
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Bonsai Artist Galleries

The Accent Plants of Morten Albek

The Accent Plants of Morten Albek
A member of the All Japan Shohin-Bonsai Association (since 2005), the British Shohin Association (since 2006) and the Danish Bonsai Society (since 1993), Morten was also selected as the European representative to the American Shohin Bonsai Society in 2005. Morten has traveled to Japan to meet the masters of bonsai to learn more about bonsai by discussing aesthetic views of the art and during his latest trip, Morten also produced a TV-program about bonsai.
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The Shohin Bonsai of Morten Albek
Morten performs Bonsai, and Shohin and Mame-bonsai demonstrations and workshops, both nationally in his native Denmark, and internationally. In 2005, his two closest bonsai-friends and he opened a bonsai school to promote bonsai further by workshops in Denmark. Morten has written articles which have been published in Bonsai Europe; on the All Japan Mame-Bonsai Association website; for the Danish Bonsai Society, and other publications. Starting in 2006, articles focusing on Shohin-bonsai will be published in Bonsai Today and later in 2006 the book 'Shohin-Bonsai, Less is More', will be released by Stone Lantern Publishing.
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The Accent Pottery of Dan Barton

The Accent Pottery of Dan Barton
In recent years, he has extended his interests to making handcrafted stoneware pots for bonsai with his wife, Cecilia. They market these pots under the business name of 'Esoteric Pots' with a guarantee that no two pots will be the same. His latest endeavors include painting in oils.
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The Bonsai of Dan Barton
Dan first acquired an interest in bonsai in 1969. He has never had any formal training in bonsai and was essentially self taught, but he was fortunate in having been trained and qualified in the first instance, as an art teacher, and, later in graphic design with Applied Photography being his main subject, he was self-taught in this too.
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The Pottery of Dan Barton

The Pottery of Dan Barton
Dan had his first book on bonsai, 'THE BONSAI BOOK', published in 1989 by Ebury Press (it has since been re-printed several times). He is currently working on a second book that will deal mostly with aspects of the aesthetics and philosophy of contemporary bonsai practice in the Western World and offering an alternative approach from the traditional methods to the subject. It will be a very visual book and will be very different from any other book on bonsai.
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Dominic Buccella - An Undiscovered Talent
During the process of sorting through a rather large pile of envelopes submitted for our photo contest that was held in conjunction with Bonsai Today magazine, we came across some photographs of bonsai that showed remarkable raw talent. That in itself was not surprising, as the contest brought in over 200 entries from around the world, many of which showed real talent. The thing that caught our interest was Dominic's casual mention in his letter stating that he had never shown these bonsai to anyone before and that he had never received any type of instruction outside of what he read in books and magazines such as his favorite, Bonsai Today.
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Enrique Castano

Enrique Castano
Enrique Castano practices bonsai in his home country of Mexico. As a second generation bonsai artist he was introduced to the art of bonsai as a normal part of everyday life. His love for nature lead him to study biology and he obtained his Ph.D in 1997 from Rochester University followed by postdoctoral positions in Harvard and in the UK, which were valued opportunities for him to observe the work of well known artists and, more importantly, to see many different aspects of nature.
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Cheng Cheng-Kung
Born and raised in Taiwan,Cheng started his bonsai career in 1980. Surrounded by the beautiful mountains and scenery of his country,he had many occasions to observe the work of nature at its finest. Studying the structural impact of natural enviroment created the base for Cheng's extraordinary "Silk Carving Techniques"(Si-Diao). "Si-Diao" is a method of peeling wood fibre with special tools without leaving any toolmarks. Due to his talent to visualize outstanding bonsai material, Cheng ingeniously adds "durable" age to his otherwise perfectly styled tree.
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The Illustrations of Bob Eskeitz

The Illustrations of Bob Eskeitz
Bob's first interest in Bonsai started while he was serving in the Far East as an Air Force Jet Engine Mechanic. After returning to the states, his interests ran more towards motorcycles, cars, horses and things that were a little more "fast paced" and it wasn't until many years later that he slowed down and rekindled his interest in Bonsai.
For the past eight years, he has served as the President of the Badger Bonsai Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Bob conducts workshops at the club meetings and also do demonstrations and workshops at other clubs in Wisconsin and other states. Bob also teaches (mini course) classes in Bonsai at the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
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Peter Evans
Peter's involvement with Bonsai began in 1988 with a Christmas present of a bonsai book. After reading that one and many more, he started to make his own bonsai from nursery material, as we all have done.
In 1991 Peter attended his first major exhibition. He was amazed at the size and quality of the trees on display and came home determined to start again.
He set a goal to try to and design show quality trees from locally available material, and started to collect trees from various sites in his home county of Devon. All of the trees collected had the permission of the landowners. Peter was also very selective and soon a small collection of quality Yamadori appeared.
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Keiichi Fujikawa

Keiichi Fujikawa
Under the guidance of world-renowned bonsai artist Saburo Kato, he spent the next 5 years developing his knowledge and understanding of bonsai. Today, Mr. Fujikawa is a certified bonsai professional by the Japan Bonsai Association and maintains one of the most impressive and diverse bonsai nurseries in central Japan.
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Christine Hayward
Christine, child of a Naval Officer, grew up moving around the United States and many parts of the world. After her parents visited Japan in the fifties, bringing home kimonos, block prints, ceramics and other items, she has had a strong attraction to the Japanese and other Asian cultures since she was quite young. She also expressed a strong artistic inclination as a child, which was encouraged. This interest has continued throughout her life, education, and developed into a decorative arts business which she has maintained for more than 20 years, painting in mostly high end residential situations, in a wide range of styles and painting techniques. Her specialty is the art of illusion called trompe l'oeil.
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Warren Hill

Christine Hayward
After this initial exposure Warren went on to study the rich Japanese culture that spawned this unique art form. In addition to his Asian studies, Warren majored in engineering and horticulture while attending college. Warren’s formal Bonsai studies and training has been with a wide variety of Japanese sensei, (teachers) which include such notables as John Yoshio Naka and Saburo Kato.
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Horst Heinzlreiter
Horst Heinzlreiter is an Austrian ceramic artist known world-wide for the innovative, organic forms that he creates for kusamono and the ageless, rustic perfection of his bonsai pottery. Horst is also an accomplished bonsai artist, specializing in Mugo pine and larch that he collects himself from the alps. Additional photographs of Horst's work can be seen on his website and in Wolfgang Putz's kusamono gallery here at the Art of Bonsai Project.
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Illustrations of Rudi Julianto

Illustrations of Rudi Julianto
When asked how important is drawing in bonsai styling, he replies, "The planing of styling a wild tree to become an artful creation includes extensive drawing to begin the process. Following the drawing as a guideline and putting an ample amount of time into care and love for the tree will ultimately give us the result that we are looking for.
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The Bonsai of Rudi Julianto
He started growing bonsai as a hobby in 1987, he is self-thought and considers nature as his best teacher. The satisfaction he gains from collecting from the wild, nursing the collected tree, and then creating a different natural form is unlike anything else he has experienced.
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Robert Kempinski

The Bonsai of Robert Kempinski
Living in central Florida, USA, my collection is a mix of tropical and temperate trees that can take the heat of our summers and very mild winters. I especially like Buttonwood, Japanese Black Pine and Willow Leaf Ficus trees. I've had the good fortune to travel extensively around the US and the world visiting bonsai gardens and exhibitions. Lately I have been traveling sharing my knowledge and approach to bonsai
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The Stands of Al Keppler
For years I suffered trying to find suitable stands for the proper display of bonsai. Stands were either too small, too large or had a raised border that made the top of the table nearly useless except for the exact shape pot needed to fill the recessed area. Out of necessity I found it challenging to experiment in building tables for display. Building tables that are complimentary to the tree and pot is an art unto itself.
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Mario Komsta

Mario Komsta
Mario was the first place winner in the first annual display contest here at AoB. He is from Poland and is a bonsai artist in the truest sense. He has been an apprentice of Mr. Urushibata in Shizuoka for a few years now and his personal work is well respected in the bonsai community. We proudly present some of his bonsai for your viewing pleasure.
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Ernie Kuo
Around 1995 or so, just when I was first getting into bonsai, I remember a series of marvellous Saturday evenings that my friends and I would spend talking about bonsai. I'd bring a case of Anchor Steam, someone would show up with dinner, and one of the guys owned a complete set of Bonsai Today magazines. We'd kick back in his San Carlos apartment and flip through the articles and especially the galleries, pointing out the best trees and talking, rather like a bunch of fourteen-year-olds with a copy of Road and Track, about the ones that were going to get some day.
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Nick Lenz

Nick Lenz
Nick Lenz is a crazy old hermit, not unlike Obi Wan Kenobi, who lives in the wooded hills of Massachusetts. He's also perhaps the best bonsai artist and potters in the United States. His work exhibits a flair for the dramatic and many surprises await those who carefully examine his bonsai. Deadwood may contain a demon's face, root structure may resemble legs, and the bonsai may be planted on something ...different; like a bowling ball. Nonetheless, there is no mistaking the excellent craft and artistry in Nick's work.
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Salvatore Liporace
Salvatore, a student of Masahiko Kimura, one of the worlds leading Japanese Bonsai Masters, is certainly a master in his own right. He has won various awards world wide with his bonsai and instructs students at his successful international bonsai school in Milan, Italy. We are proud to present his work here.
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Min Hsuan Lo

Min Hsuan Lo
Min Hsuan Lo received the grand prize of the JAL World Bonsai Contest in 1999 and he has won several other honors since. He was one of the headliners at BCI 2004 in Taiwan and has traveled to Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa, India, and U.S.A. He looks forward to more trips abroad to share his knowledge and to also learn more about bonsai in other countries.
LO was born in 1956 in Central Bonsai Garden. The family bonsai nursery was built by his father in 1947. As a child LO was at his father's side learning the art of bonsai. After graduating from the University of TAM KANG in Taiwan where he studied Chinese Literature, LO returned home to learn more about bonsai, not only from his father but also from every master in Taiwan.
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Jerry Meislik
Jerry Meislik has been a major influence in American bonsai since the 1980s. In addition to his international reputation for growing many tropical and native North American species, Jerry is well known as a frequent demonstrator at clubs and conventions. He is also the author of more than fifty magazine articles and his 2004 book Ficus: The Exotic Bonsai.
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Thomas J Mozden

Thomas J Mozden
Thomas J. Mozden, is an ex-architectural woodworker and metal worker, whose detail oriented skills carried over into his art of bonsai, and model railroading. As he acquired more trees, time became more demanding and the model railroading was put aside for a later time in his life.
Living in North Central Texas, he found the long hot summers to be a drain on both his bonsai and himself. Having to cope with stressful conditions on a daily basis, meant finding ways to combat many of the problems associated with the health of bonsai trees.
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John Yoshio Naka
We offer this trilogy as a testimonial to the artistic genius of John Naka. Originally conceived as three separate galleries sorted by drawings, bonsai, and photographs of John, we later decided not to divide or classify the submitted photographs into different galleries, but instead to offer them together, in a single gallery as an in depth exploration into his genius.
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Mike Page

Mike Page
Mike Page is a South San Francisco bonsai artist who has long been active in the Bay Area scene. Though his biggest linguistic contribution to bonsai was coining the phrase "sumo style", he is perhaps better known for his extensive experince carving with power tools, which is well illustrated in the following selection of Mike's work.
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Walter Pall
Walter Pall is well known throughout the world for his distinctive style, willingness to teach, and straightforward approach. He has received several dozen national and international awards for his bonsai. He has won the most prestigious Crespi Cup Award of Italy for his Rocky Mountain Juniper and has come in among the top six, every time he has entered. He has also won second and third places in the Gingko Cup Awards of the Belgium bonsai competition of which he is the first artist to have 10 bonsai accepted.
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John Pitt

John Pitt
John Pitt is a Bonsai and Ceramic Artist living in Derbyshire U.K. and first became interested in bonsai in 1994. His father brought him a book and a tree to amuse him with. He had always kept little trees in plant pots, "not bonsai" he used to say, "just trees to remind me of nature".
John has always had a deep love and admiration for nature, especially mature old trees.
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The Bonsai of Wolfgang Putz
Austrian, Wolfgang Putz, is an accomplished bonsai artist and cultivates many species of flowering and decorative plants besides bonsai. Wolfgang is a remarkable presence in the world of bonsai, his work with kusamono and bonsai is recognized and respected around the globe. He has been published in many English and German publications, won numerous awards, and is an active collector of yamadori.
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The Miniature Hosta of Wolfgang Putz

The Miniature Hosta of Wolfgang Putz
Austrian, Wolfgang Putz, is an accomplished bonsai artist and cultivates many species of flowering and decorative plants besides bonsai. Wolfgang is a remarkable presence in the world of bonsai, his work with kusamono and bonsai is recognized and respected around the globe. He has been published in many English and German publications, won numerous awards, and is an active collector of yamadori.
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Wolfgang Putz
Austrian, Wolfgang Putz, is an accomplished bonsai artist and cultivates many species of flowering and decorative plants besides bonsai. Wolfgang is a remarkable presence in the world of bonsai, his work with kusamono and bonsai is recognized and respected around the globe. He has been published in many English and German publications, won numerous awards, and is an active collector of yamadori.
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Sara Rayner

Sarah Rayner
Sara Rayner is a self taught potter of 30 years, the last 14 years of which she has worked solely on producing bonsai containers. Sara works out of an old carriage house in her home town of Red Wing, Minnesota. She originally became interested in Bonsai 17 years ago when she attended an IBC convention in Minneapolis. She then joined the Minnesota Bonsai Society and has been an active member since. Much of her time is taken up with bonsai pot production and attending various conventions around the country. Some of it is reserved for her real passions, which include maintaining a manageable collection of bonsai trees, and serious bird watching.
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Dan Robinson
In 1978 Frank Okimura, the curator for the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, watched Dan create a cascade from a monumental upright Ponderosa Pine. He quietly said "Dan is the Picasso of Bonsai". It is an apt description for an inventive artist who is unafraid to challenge accepted traditions.
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Joe Samuels

Joe Samuels
He was a humble, gentle man who always strove to improve his love and appreciation of the art of bonsai. An accomplished bonsai artist, he is remembered for introducing one of the most favored bonsai specimens in tropical bonsai, the Ficus nerifolia of which his "Cloud" is a hallmark. A photo of his bald cypress was published in 'The New York Times' after a reporter saw it on exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia in 1965.
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Candy Shirey
Candy Shirey is one of the original founders of the Art of Bonsai project. In her New Hampshire garden, she displays a number of beautiful trees, including several pieces that were originally styled by her teacher, Nick Lenz.
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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is a contract forester in South Dakota's Black Hills. He became fascinated in bonsai in about 1994 while collecting core specimens from very ancient pines to use in past climate studies. Smith transplants 300-400 trees per year for bonsai and has supplied demo and workshop trees to many of the world's best bonsai artists. He enjoys learning about this beautiful and extraordinary art and meeting with other enthusiasts around the country.
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Jim Smith
Jim Smith is well known in the world of bonsai. He has exhibited at the BCI Convention in 1975, at all the BSF Conventions since 1976, at all the BCI Conventions in Florida, at all the Epcot Flower shows, and at WBFF in Orlando, Florida. He founded the Treasure Coast Bonsai Society in 1975, the Dura-Stone Nursery in 1979, and he has conducted workshops and demonstrations in many major venues. We are proud to present his profile and gallery here at AoB.
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Mauro Stemberger

Mauro Stemberger
Mauro Stemberger was born in Italy in 1978. He is member of UBI Unione Bonsaisti Italiani , serves as one of the instructors of the Progetto Futuro Bonsai School with headquarters in Monteveglio, Italy, and serves as the president of the bonsai club of Feltre. His interest in "that fascinating Bonsai World" began in 1993 while reading books on bonsai.
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Robert Steven
Robert Steven has been involved in the art since 1979 and has won more than 50 competition awards nationally and internationally. He is also very active in national and international bonsai organizations. His recent book 'Vision of My Soul' brings his thoughts and his love for the art of bonsai into the light it well deserves. Robert's gallery here at AoB highlights his remarkable talent.
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Budi Sulistyo

Budi Sulistyo
Budi Sulistyo of Jakarta, Indonesia first began bonsai in 1976 and first begun to teach the art in 1984. He gives seminars and teaches in classes and workshops throughout his country and on national television. As the first Indonesian to win an international award (International Bonsai Exhibition in Osaka, Japan) and as the author of the Indonesian language book "Bonsai: he is well known and respected in the bonsai community.
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Steve Tolley
Karl has developed a preference for 'abstract' tree forms, and states "I collect this one again and again". According to Karl the styling of these forms brings out the "vague inner feelings of my soul". "These then don't become beautiful and happy designs". One of his pleasures and 'sources of real fun' is working with the 'tanuki form'.
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Steve Tolley

Steve Tolley
English bonsai artist Steve Tolley began his bonsai education under the guidance of Dan Barton, with an emphasis on aesthetics and philosophy. Steve later studied with some of Europe's finest bonsai artists in particular Japanese bonsai master Hotsumi Terakawa. He is known for his attention to detail and great technique and for his work in creating beautiful bonsai, being particularly associated with conifers. Pines, junipers and yews are among Steve’s favorite species.
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Ed Trout
A member of many clubs in the area, he has served two terms as president, is a lifetime member of his local club, Gold Coast Bonsai Society which is one of the oldest clubs in Florida and is also a charter member of the Chishiki Gawa Study Group. He is past president of Bonsai Societies of Florida, a board member of the National Bonsai Foundation at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., as well as a board member of Bonsai Clubs International and the American Bonsai Society.
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William N. Valavanis

William N. Valavanis
Bill became interested in bonsai and horticulture at age 11 and persued his interest by studying Ornamental Horticulture at SUNY Farmingdale and Cornell University. He has made over 40 trips to Japan and formally apprenticed with Kyuzo Murata and Kakutaro Komuro in Omiya Bonsai Village in Japan. Additionally a 30-year study and association with Yuji Yoshimura combined with his formal horticultural degrees, apprenticeships in Japan and his artistic talent provide Bill with the solid background to promote and teach Classical bonsai art around the world.
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Vance Wood
Vance Wood has been involved with bonsai for almost 50 years, he has won numerous awards, he has given demos and workshops across the U.S., he invented and patented a screen sided training planter for bonsai, and he is considered by many to be an expert in the cultivation of Mugho Pines.
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Qingquan Zhao

Qingquan Zhao
Qingquan 'Brook' Zhao is one of the best known penjing artists to Western audiences, and rightly so. Zhao has pioneered the land-and-water form of penjing, in which quiet microcosms of the natural world are sculpted from rock, soil, and trees, usually on a marble slab. Bringing together a staggering talent for placing stones, a sensitive eye for natural beauty. . .
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Bonsai Species Galleries

Maples
Larix offers the bonsaist a unusual medium in the form of a deciduous conifer, bringing fresh, light foliage which turns golden in the fall and leaving the rare sight of a defoliated conifer in the winter. Besides offering seasonal change, the small needles and proportional cones, as compared to other conifers, a fast rate of growth, and a form that lends itself to many styles, help to make Larix a must have for any enthusiasts with the climate to keep them.
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Maples
This is the first in a series of species specific galleries designed with the intention of creating a resource of inspiration as well as a source of enjoyment for all. It is our hope that those who favor the particular species featured and those who seek inspiration for designing bonsai of this species will find these galleries valuable and educational.
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Maples
Pines are often thought to be the pinnacle of bonsai horticultural accomplishment and many arguably refer to the Japanese Black Pine as the king of bonsai. No other species has such a long and revered history as the pine, examples hundreds of years old are still looked upon with awe by novices and experts alike. The earliest paintings and drawings of bonsai more often than not feature the mighty pine, it is no wonder that they are sought out by all and hold a place in almost every collection, regardless of experience levels or climate.
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