What Makes a ‘Good’ Bonsai?

Scratch Bonsai

I’m coming to the conclusion that ‘it depends’.  Depends on the viewer (beauty is in the eye of the beholder), depends on the season, depends on the species, depends on so many things but hopefully I’m learning more with each opportunity to display my trees and view other artists work too.  This is a busy time for the bonsai society I’m a member of, with a show just finished, one this weekend, one next month and then finally the Belfast Parks Autumn Show which has several classes for bonsai trees.  I’m planning on attending each event in some capacity and so as I alluded to a recent post I’m thinking more about the artistic side to the hobby and how my trees can be improved in future.  Being a very visual person, I enjoy looking at other trees and reading about other artists’ efforts to succeed and improve in their ability.  …

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