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Nursery Stock Bonsai

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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.

Great stock comes from where you find it, there is no price or purchase location that will assure that any stock is of high quality. The only secret is learning to recognize good stock when you see it, be it at a high end bonsai nursery, growing on a cliff in the Alps, in a garden center, or sitting on the hood of the van belonging to that guy selling bonsai. Without the knowledge of what constitutes quality stock, one will quickly learn that poor quality stock can also be found in all the locations mention above as well.

Most importantly, even with the best of stock, it is the talent of the artist that is responsible for creating a work of art from raw material, which can inspire and be enjoyed by all who see it.

This gallery was designed to be dynamic so that new photographs can be added as they are submitted. If you would like to submit a bonsai created from traditional nursery stock for consideration, please email the photograph along with information on the bonsai to [email protected]

Walter Pall
Chinese Juniper 'Pfitzeriana' (Juniperus chinensis)
80 cm
About 50 years old, from general tree nursery

William Valavanis
Full Moon Maple, (Acer japonicum)
Trained in the two line cascade style from three gallon nursery stock for 20 years.

Morten Albek
Mame-bonsai
Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horisontalis)
9.5 cm, 3.7 inches
Nursery stock in training since 1998
Age app. 18 years (1990)
Pot: John Pitt

Budi Sulistyo
Neea buxifolia
27 cm
Raw material from a nursery in Puerto Rico purchased in 2004

Karl Thier
Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
from garden nursery
45 cm
about 20 Years
Pot: China yixing

Michael Pollock
Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris 'beuvronensis')
Found at a local nursery in 2003

Walter Pall
Garden lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
75 cm
About 85 years old, from a general garden nursery

William Valavanis
Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis)
Trained from two gallon size nursery stock into the sinuous style for over 10 years.

Walter Pall
Garden lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
75 cm
about 85 years old, from general garden nursery (differnt tree from above)

Karl Thier
Cotoneaster horizontalis
41 cm
from garden nursery
about 25 Years
Pot China yixing

Walter Pall
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
19 cm, shohin
30 years old, from general tree nursery

Dan Barton
Scots pine, beuvronensis (genetic dwarf).
30 years old, from garden center nursery
This pine was sold a few years ago and has been refined several times by Steve Tolley and before that by Nobuyuki San and is currently really looking "The business" — all credit to their attention to detail and refinement skills. Unfortunately I do not have a recent picture of the tree which has also won several awards both in the UK as well as mainland Europe and Japan. 30 years old, from garden center nursery

Robert Steven
Robert brought this material from China, where they call it "Po Lan" but he can not find the botanical name. It is from common nursery material.
"The physical condition of these two trees are not that "good" with many scars; so I combined them for another windswept to eliminate the defective features."

Dan Barton
Wellingtonia (sequoiadendron giganteum)

Robert Steven
Robert brought this pencil size Bucida from Puerto Rico few years back, It is from common nursery material...Just for fun...instead of growing for years, he combined it with "Bi Li" rock he brought from China.
"If a nice composition can be set, a different nuance can be created from simple material."

Robert Steven
This elm From common nursery material has a poor base that gives an image of too heavy on the top.
So Robert used this weakness as an advantage to create movement from the imbalance...

William Valavanis
Mugho Pine (Pinus mugho)
Trained from two gallon size nursery stock for over 10 years.

Robert Steven
Here is another Bucida From common nursery material Robert brought from Puerto Rico. Sometimes, combinations of simple material can give interesting impact.

Karl Thier
Chamaecyparis obtusa
from garden nursery
25 cm
about 23 Years
Pot Ingrid Kralovec

Robert Steven
This "Serpang" (botanical name not found) From common nursery material used to be a slanting bonsai, but the top part was dead. Then it rejuvenited and the new shoots and root-suckers were trained as individual trees to create an "On Hill Grouping" (Robert does not call it rafting).

Robert Kempinski
Azalea
Shohin in a hand signed Tokonoma pot
"This bonsai started out as $2.99 cutting from Home Depot landscape department in 2000."

Robert Kempinski
Chinese Elm
20" in a Nick Lenz pot
"This was a cutting grown by a nursery man in Ocala, Florida. He struck many cuttings and pretty much ignored them. I guesstimate this cutting was started around 1996. I purchased the raw stock in about 2001 and cut the branches very hard in order to make a broom style. I has been in a bonsai pot since 2001 and as a result the trunk hasn't thickened very much. "

Robert Kempinski
Willow Leaf Ficus
19 inches tall, 28 inches wide
Pot by Brian Albright of the UK
Rockledge Gardens had a growing area across the road where they let some small cuttings orginally bought from a bankrupt bonsai nusery go wild. Ten years later Rob bought two from them (as they are very uncommon to find in a commercial garden nursery) and started this triple trunk as a bonsai. The price was about $39 - fairly reasonable as they weren't selling due to most people not knowing what they were. Rob had to grow the whole right side of the tree as it was chopped.

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