Competitive bonsai styling


Preparing yourself for a bonsai competition can be a daunting task if you do not have any references. There are no guidelines or instructions that I could find available on the internet, unless it’s a well-hidden document.

I am taking part in my third competition this weekend. The first competition I took part in was on Japan day at Blaauwklippen Estate. I was so “amped” to be part of a young designer’s competition. Everything I needed was ready and packed a week before the competition. I was so nervous on the day I could not stop sweating. It was so bad that the person organizing the event asked me if I was okay. I replied and said I was fine (hoping he would leave me alone so that I can focus on the tree in front of me and finish before my time ran out). To add more tension to…

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