The entrance gate to one of Vaughn Banting’s bonsai courtyards. Come on in…
Vaughn Banting was an artist, an adventurer and a friend to many people around the world. He was famous in Louisiana bonsai circles (and circles well beyond) for his passion for bonsai. He was both a professional and an avid enthusiasts that devoted much of his life to bonsai, from his teenage years to his untimely passing in 2008.
Comprising a life
You can visit Vaughn’s website for a journey through his life and work. In addition to photos of Vaughn’s bonsai (his nursery and his private collection, parts of which appear here), and his friends and travels, there are some very telling before and after photos of Vaughn’s nursery that depict the ravages of Katrina.
Spring. You can tell by the azalea blossoms.
Winter. Notice all the trees hidden under the benches. If only it were that easy here in Vermont.
Bird’s eye view. You can see some bonsai peeking out above the fences. You can also see that Vaughn actually had two bonsai courtyards.
Vaughn with a Water elm (Planera aquatica) that he collected and styled.
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