The legacy of Penjing and the international success of Bonsai have permeated our modern world. A world that BCI shares with you in this issue of Bonsai & Stone Appreciation Magazine.
We start in Australia and the permanent home of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum Canberra. Grant Bowie shows us step-by-step how he improves an award-winning Banksia integrifolia. In this issue, we announce the exciting itinerary of the nine-day post-convention tour of Australia.
Bonsai excellence is alive and well in Rochester, NY, where it is turning fifty. That’s how long William N. Valavanis, has been growing and promoting. Next, we visit Martin Schmalenberg’s Stillwater Studio where he shares his passion for bonsai, stones and Japan.
As we head further east, we stop in Italy for some practical insights to the “king of bonsai,” the Black pine, and a look at how Mugo pine is transformed from slanting style into a semi cascade.
Collectors and artists in China, bonsai’s birthplace, are honoring their legacy by creating significant gardens and museums dedicated to bonsai and penjing. Tom Elias takes us on a tour of Baosheng Gardens.
As we complete our trip around the world we are in Japan, the country synonymous with bonsai excellence and attending the 33rd Taikan-ten Bonsai Exhibition, expertly guided by Owen Reich.
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BCI celebrates its 50th anniversary and our members’ best trees and stones. This selection of 50 viewing stones and 50 bonsai trees from all over the world, marks the golden anniversary of a bonsai organization with an international focus. We hope to inspire and stimulate bonsai and stone enthusiasts everywhere by sharing and acknowledging the treasures in the BCI world and to promote international friendships.
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