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Bonsai Boon and His Twenty Super Students



Boon Manakitivipart's Itoigawa Sargent Juniper that won the Finest Medium Size Bonsai award at the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. From a September, 2016 Bark post

Continuing with North American bonsai in our lead up to the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

The more I look at the tree above, the more I like it. But rather than go into specifics, I’ll just relate a quick story…. While I was admiring the tree at the 5th U.S. National, Boon walked by. I said something like ‘great tree, but only one?’  His reply was… “Yes, but twenty of my students have trees here.

Boon Manakitivipart (Bonsai Boon) has long been of favorite of ours (and most everyone else). The five photos shown here are almost randomly picked from the dozens of Boon’s trees we’ve featured over the last nine years or so. As you can see, all are exceptional and there are many more where these came from


shorepineThe tree is a Shore pine (Pinus contorta) that Boon was getting ready for Bay Island Bonsai’s 19th Annual Exhibit. From a January, Bark 2018 post


itoigawaAnother Itoigawa Shimpaku juniper, from a January, 2017 Bark post




boonking1You can tell this is a genuine Dwarf Kingsville boxwood by the tight tiny leaves. This planting by Boon Manakitivipart was the winner of the Certre Award at the 2010 U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. From a December, 2016 Bark post


boonafter-1Boon's transformed Sierra juniper. If you go to Styling on Bonsai Boon you can see how Boon took this tree through an eight year bonsai journey. From an October, 2016 Bark post

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