As a generous gift to NBF, Bonsai Master Bjorn Bjorholm and Oscar Jonker of Bonsai Empire have made it possible for you to enjoy a special free overview of these key sections of their outstanding online Bonsai Beginner’s Course: (1) “History of Bonsai” (Jonker) (2) “What is Bonsai” (Jonker) (3) “Pruning a Bonsai” (Bjorholm) (4) “Wiring” (Bjorholm) [...]

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Cover Photo by Neil Edmund.  The exhibition catalog is now available for download, click here to download.   The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition Since the last National Bonsai Pot Competition in 2002, the number of potters making quality bonsai containers in the United States has increased significantly.  This exhibition at the National Bonsai [...]

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On August 6, 1945, at a quarter-past 8 a.m., bonsai master Masaru Yamaki was inside his home when glass fragments hurtled past him, cutting his skin, after a strong force blew out the windows of the house. The U.S. B-29 bomber called the “Enola Gay” had just dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the [...]

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Moses Weisberg was walking his bicycle through the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington when he stopped at a mushroom-shaped tree. The first thing he noticed was the thickness of the trunk, estimated at almost a foot and a half in diameter. And then there was the abundance of spindly leaves, a healthy head of hair [...]

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The National Bonsai Hall of Fame has been established to identify and honor individuals who have achieved excellence in the art of bonsai and who have contributed to the advance­ment of bonsai in the United States. The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum wants to recognize those who have dedicated their lives to bonsai in the [...]

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Some 250 invited guests attended the June 12 opening reception for “The Third National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition,” on view at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum through Aug. 2. The exhibit is sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation and the U.S. National Arboretum with generous support from the Kennett [...]

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard T. Olsen as the Director of the USDA-ARS United States National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC, effective May 3, 2015.   Dr. Olsen is currently a Research Geneticists and Lead Scientist in the Floral and Nursery Plant Research Unit (FNPRU) at the USNA.    He served as Acting Director of the [...]

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Valavanis Bonsai Hints Part 2– Create A Companion Planting For Your Spring Bonsai Show William N. Valavanis Spring bonsai shows are rapidly approaching. In order to complete the presentation of your bonsai an appropriate companion planting, suiseki or figurine is often utilized next to the tree. Formal bonsai display requires study along with fine taste, [...]

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Valavanis Bonsai Hints Part 1– Spring Transplanting William N. Valavanis Without a doubt, spring is the busiest time of the year for those training bonsai. In addition to creating and shaping new trees, most bonsai are transplanted in spring, although the exact dates may vary by months considering our vast country with 13 different U.S.D.A. [...]

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