Bonsai Design and Display Critique – #1 Juniper

Nate's Nursery

I recently stumbled upon a wonderful book by Andy Rutledge about bonsai design. I have also recently spent a good chunk of time watching critique videos and seeing how others judge bonsai. While I’m not a professional in any sense of the word when it comes to bonsai, I have had fun looking at trees with the purpose of judging the tree and applying artistic design to what has been created.

I now plan to add a new tree every other week or so and continue a critique series so that others can watch and learn how I evolve. I’ll try to give information if I have it about the tree and also include both masterpieces and not-so-masterpiece-y trees as well.

Tree #1 – Juniper

Juniper Bonsai

What does the trunk communicate?

The trunk communicates a bending contorted growth pattern. The curve of the trunk gives the impression that the rocky path…

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