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I found this picture in a competition, http://www.artofbonsai.org/galleries/winners.php, and he won quite a few categories.  This is one of the most beautiful Bonsais I’ve seen, so I decided to figure out who he is. 

Walter Pall is one of the most popular bonsai artists who has performed on most international stages. He has visited the vast majority of European countries and also South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States; he even appeared in Israel and in Argentina and Brazil.

He is known worldwide and has received several dozens national and international awards for his beautiful, dramatic bonsai. He has won the Crespi Cup Award of Italy, for his well-known Rocky Mountain Juniper. He has also won second and third in the Gingko Cup Awards of the Belgium bonsai competition.

Walter was one of the first Europeans to work with indigenous species, which he collects in his beloved Alpine mountains He now owns a collection of about 1000 quality trees in varying stages of development and keeps a store reserve of about 1000 handmade pots to compliment the bonsai.

These are just a couple of excerpts from his “About Me” page on his website http://walter-pall.de/00gallery/index.html, where you can find tons of beautiful pictures and more about him and his amazing work.


Has anyone seen this & what do you think?




Water your plant

  • Make sure to water your plant everyday to keep it healthy

Keep things trimmed

  • Cut your tree to give it shape and help it grow

Compete to see how many points you can score

  • The longer your tree is healthy, the more points you get.

Choose your own background

  • With three great backgrounds to choose from, create your own visual experience. New backgrouds will be added frequentely.

Soothing music – Coming soon

  • Set your own music to create the ultimate calming experience.

Compete against others – Coming soon

  • See how you stack up against players all over the world.

Track water and happiness levels – Coming soon

  • See comprehensive charts of how you’re tree is doing by tilting the phone.


100 tropical Bonsai by a single bonsai master

Members Only Preview Friday, May 20, 2011, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Grand Opening Saturday May 21, 2011 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
 Heathcote Botanical Gardens
210 Savannah Road Fort Pierce , FL.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:00 am

 Jim has studied under some of the most accomplished bonsai teachers in America (Yuji Yoshimura, John Naka, Tosh Saburamura). He has written many articles for bonsai publications and pictures of his bonsai can be seen in books published around the world.  In 1979 he and his son Doug started the Dura-Stone Nursery and has been providing quality bonsai and pre-bonsai to his wholesale customers. The Nursery is open to the public from 8-5 on weekdays or by appointment.


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            I think for your first Bonsai it looks great, remember Bonsai is a form of art so it’s all about what you like. 

           As for what I’d do, I’d cut the right branch out & move the remaining trunk over there so the foliage covers the pot. As for the soil, we use Akadama Bonsai Soil which you can purchase online from http://www.bonsaimonk.com/.  Remember Akadama Bonsai Soil is a little acidic. I looked up your tree & you shouldn’t have any trouble but, you can get a pH tester. Also theses are two really good references: The Living Art Of Bonsai: Principles & Techniques Of Cultivation & Propagation (pg 178 & 179) & The Bonsai Handbook (pg 96 & 97).

Potomac Bonsai Festival
May 6, 7 & 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Arboretum Grounds

They have tons of activities but, the most interesting thing I saw for all the bonsai enthusiasts is:

New Talent Competition
Friday, May 6, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Program Tent
Challenge yourself at this exciting new event held for the first time at the 2010 Festival. Work on provided plant material from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, when guest Judge Chase Rosade will choose the top three trees. All trees will become property of the entrants. 
The first place winner will have an automatic berth in the 2011 Joshua Roth New Talent Competition administered by the American Bonsai Society, should they choose to participate. Each of the three winners will receive a prize and be invited to attend the National Bonsai Foundation reception Friday evening at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. The winning trees will be on display for the duration of the festival. 
Entry Guidelines: Any resident of the mid-Atlantic region who has been practicing the art of bonsai for less than ten years is eligible. He or she must not have been a winner or runner-up in the Joshua Roth New Talent Contest. Entrant provides tools, wire, and turn table. Fee: $85 ($68 FONA/NBF members)  Registration required.   

These are the other programs:

*Potomac Bonsai Association Regional Juried Show Critique  Advanced *Workshop with Harry Hirao: Bring Your Own Tree
*Presentation: Bonsai from the Beginning, with Julian Adams
*Workshop: Bonsai for Beginners 

For times & more info

Ten Commandments of Bonsai

 by Bill Will

  1. Thou shalt devise thine own potting mix Thou mayest seek advice and help from others but must formulate thine own mix according to thine own microenvironment and watering and fertilizing regiment.
  2. Thou shalt determine the ph of thine own water and adjust it to slightly acidic.
  3. Thou shalt immediately, or as soon as possible, remove any new plant from its original potting mix and place it in thine own.
  4. Thou shalt abhor, despise, detest and hate all such vermin as squirrels and mayest not go to the local feed store and buy the 50 lb. bags of corn to feed them because “they are so cute”.
  5. Thou shalt take care of thy bonsai as though they were thine own children – for indeed, they art Thou shalt water them, feed them, groom them, love them and keep them from all harm.
  6. Thou shalt do thine own repotting and trimming Thou mayest seek advice and assistance but must do the acual work thine own self.
  7. Thou shalt not bow down and worship “The Rules” of bonsai and shalt recognize that they are naught but “guidelines” – albeit excellent guidelines Thou shouldst learn them and abide by them – when applicable and possible.
  8. Thou shalt seek diligently for potential bonsai, they; being available whence and where found.
  9. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s bonsai, nor his pots, nor his tools – lest ye be willing to pay him at least 10 times its maximum true value.
  10. Thou shalt do everything in they power to promote the Art of Bonsai.


ABS is now offering a basic bonsai correspondence course. Written by Tom Zane, is the first of its kind in North American, it  instructs the student in the fundamental concepts of the art of bonsai and is especially suitable for isolated bonsai enthusiasts or beginning bonsai students who prefer to learn at home.

The 170-page course manual consists of eleven chapters that are divided into six lessons that guide you step-by-step through basic bonsai material.

Course Topics Include:

  • History and sources of Bonsai
  • Design Principles
  • Bonsai Styles
  • Creating Your Own Bonsai
  • Bonsai Tools and Their Use
  • Bonsai Containers
  • Pruning Techniques
  • Bonsai Soil
  • Wiring Techniques
  •  Potting Your Bonsai
  • Selecting Bonsai Stock
  • Care and Maintenance of Your Bonsai

For more Info: http://absbonsai.org/mentor-program