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Horticultural art of pine trees in Japan

To Barthelemy “Bart” Desilets-Roy teacher and brother in Japan.   When I think of the constitutive role of pine trees in the soul of the Japanese people and their gardens, I think of an anecdote that happened to me in Japan. One sunny day in July I...

Hunting Japanese azaleas

These days I love to repeat that I have “one job and one hobby”. The job is based in an English Garden near Fukuoka, in southern Japan; the hobby consists of the parallel investigation into Japanese flora and gardens. Thus, while all my blood-toil-tears-and-sweat is...

The World Bonsai Convention, le olimpiadi del bonsai

Anche il mondo dei bonsaismo ha le sue olimpiadi. Queste sono note come “The World Bonsai Convention” e si svolgono con cadenza quadriennale. Nell’ultimo fine settimana di aprile di quest’anno, la manifestazione è tornata per la prima volta in Giappone, e io ho avuto...

Pruning Japanese maples

This story of maples takes the first step in Wales, a land almost totally unaware of the noble strain. (Except for Acer campestre, the only British native, that in those lands shapes – together with other rustic fellows such as the hazel, the spindle, the...

The sacred giants of Yakushima

Granted that in Japan the national tree is sakura (Prunus serrulata, cherry blossom), the fundamental garden tree is kuro-matsu (Pinus thunbergii, Japanese black pine) and the official fruiting tree is kaki (Diospyros kaki), one could securely state that the most...
Giulio Veronese