These are a few of our favorite virtual and, in most cases, real stops. Have others to recommend sharing in this space? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature's Way Bonsai
Nature's Way Nursery is a great place for hands-on learning, bonsai & supplies, or just a stroll among Jim Doyle's collection. Jim is world class, and somehow he and his crew always find time to answer questions and share their love of bonsai with visitors. Visit Nature's Way during their Spring or Fall open houses to see demonstrations by outstanding international bonsai artists...and say 'Hi!' to me at my Nitju Clayworks booth.
Take a virtual tour of the finest bonsai collection in the U.S. What's 'Penjing'? Being an island nation, Japan imported about everything. Including bonsai. Penjing is the roots of bonsai. It has been said that in China, the art is emphasized; in Japan the discipline.
Pacific Rim Collection
So even folks who grind up trees for a living can appreciate bonsai. If you are in the Seattle area, a must see!
American Bonsai Society
There are lots of good resources here, and in Bonsai, the journal you receive as part of your membership, but maybe the greatest resource is a link to bonsai clubs across the country and the world.
World Bonsai Convention
Held once every four years, in a different country, the 5th convention was held in Washington, DC, May 28 - May 31, 2005. The next convention, the 6th convention, will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 7 - 13, 2009.
International Bonsai Arboretum
Bill Valvanis is the creator of this arboretum and all that goes with it…which is a lot! The annual September symposium is a rare (well, just once a year anyway) learning treat, and Bill's magazine, International Bonsai, is a great continuing ed complement.
Bonsai Focus (previously Bonsai Today)
Speaking of continuing education, Bonsai Focus continually offers fantastic basics (Watering 101), advanced approaches, and a regular gallery of beautiful trees.
Jake is an outstanding artist and a nice guy to do a firing or have a beer with. Check out his fantastic functional and decorative forms.