Memory Lane – Indonesian Lava Rock 2008

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Indonesian Lava Rock 2008
Visitors to our Newstead Bonsai extravaganza were really impressed with the rock plantings created by Japanese bonsai master Nobutaka Sakuma two of which are pictured below.
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I am sure many people were inspired to have a go at creating their own planting none more so than my own students.
So when I acquired some Indonesian lava rocks and announced a class in February 2008 there was plenty of interest. The cost of the class included a rock and compost. Students were invited to bring their own material for planting on the rock or alternatively they could purchase material form the nursery on the day.
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Some days you know you are going to get your hands dirty and some days you just know they will get very dirty!!!…..( a Chelsea fan and a Man U fan smiling together….Impossible!!!)
Some students opted to plant a single larger tree on the rock whilst others looked to create a miniature landscape. Each student was able to show initiative and make their own interpretation.
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One thought on “Memory Lane – Indonesian Lava Rock 2008

  1. This is a very interesting style. I can only imagine the difficulty in carefully watching the water and feeding of these type of rock bonsai.