Teunis Jan Klein on Instagram: “Nice touch up on this #juniper #bonsai #shohin for sale @deshimabonsai.nl”


akihiro shiraishi on Instagram: “今日の盆栽 五葉松 goyoumatsu #盆栽 #盆栽奶茶 #bonsai #bonsaï #bonsaiart #bonsaipot #bonsaitree #bonsailife #bonsaiworld #bonsaigarden #bonsaiwork…”

Shohin Bonsai Europe on Instagram: “Dwarf Horsetail, Equisetum scirpoides. Kusamono. Pot: Eimei, Youzan Tokonane, Japan. #bonsai #kusamono #shohin”

Why do you bonsai?

Bonsai Iterate

We don’t ask this question frequently enough: “Why do you practice bonsai?” And when we ask it, I don’t know that many people answer in a way that really helps us understand how different each of our approaches can be. Responding with something like, “I really love trees,” or, “I love the time I spend in my garden,” for example, is not really the kind of answer that is helpful. When I ask why, here, I really mean WHY?! What is your purpose? What are your goals? What sets you apart from others? Knowing your WHY should drive your decisions, your actions, and your interactions with other bonsai enthusiasts.

Knowing your WHY reminds me of the idea of an “elevator speech.” Imagine you were at a bonsai convention and suddenly found yourself in the elevator with your biggest bonsai hero in the world. You introduce yourself, and your hero asks…

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New Beginnings


When I moved to NYC to Austin, Texas for medical school, I knew the transition — cutting my apartment size down nearly a third — would be difficult for my cat. I also knew the transition — going from an apartment with a balcony in the bright, warm Texas sun to only a westward facing window — would be difficult for my plants.

A close up photo of three plants on a window sill. The george washington bridge is in the background.

But I hadn’t considered the extent to which my cat — more cooped up  and bored than ever before, with sudden access to lots of bright, leafy greens to chew on — would be so terrible for my plants, too.

I will forever marvel at my cat’s ingenuity. I have no idea how she manages to jump up onto ledges with barely any room for her perch, or how she steps over some plants without disturbing them to get to the leafier, and apparently more appealing, plants…

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