Bonsai Art of Japan by Bjorvala Bonsai Studio

For the last few months, I’ve been watching a great series that Bjorn Bjorholm produces from his experiences at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Japan called Bonsai Art of Japan. So far, 32 episodes have been posted that run about 8 to 10 minutes each. This is an invaluable resource for any bonsai artist, but especially for the beginner. As an added bonus, I found out that Bjorn was born right here in the South.

I usually have a tough time staying still long enough to watch a 10-minute video on the internet, but a few months ago I stuck my exercise bike in front of my computer. I put the bike timer on 10 minutes and watch the video. It’s worked out great for me learning about bonsai and getting some exercise in at the same time. I’ve posted my favorite episode so far below that shows techniques on developing Japanese Maples, but I encourage everyone to start from episode 1 and watch this series.


Lindsay Farr’s World of Bonsai Series 2

I just got finished watching the first episode of Lindsay Farr’s World of Bonsai Series 2 and this series continues to be fascinating (I’m a little behind since it was posted 6 months ago).  I think anyone who loves bonsai should be following this series and watching the videos.  I encourage everyone to head over to Vimeo and subscribe to this series and watch the episodes that have already been released.  If you haven’t watched World of Bonsai Series 1, then you have a lot of catching up to do, but it will be well worth your time. is the World of Bonsai web site, and here is a list of all of Lindsay Farr’s videos on Vimeo.