RIP - Charles Ceronio

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It is with great sadness to say that Charles Ceronio passed away this morning 5 September 2016.

Charles Ceronio started growing bonsai in 1968. He was a founder member of Pretoria Bonsai Kai in South Africa . He attended many local and international conventions, giving demonstrations and representing, South African Bonsai. He served as Chairman of South African bonsai association. His book Bonsai Styles of the World is considered a benchmark publishing.

He was selected as an international judge with World Bonsai Friendship Federation Photo Competitions as well as many others.

An icon has left us. He will be greatly missed. May his soul Rest in Peace

Some of his trees

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This group of 50 Celtis sinensis trees received a golden award from the China Bonsai Convention in 2009.
They are planted on a selfmade container by Charles [1.20 cm in length]The photo was taken by two of Nederland's outstanding photographers namely Sjoerd Knibbeler and Rob Wetzner from Amsterdam.

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Acacia galpinii : Pierneef style ,75cm
Common name:Monkey thorn.
This photo was taken by two of Nederland's outstanding photographers namely Sjoerd Knibbeler and Rob Wetzner.

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Buddleja saligna: Drift wood style, 95cm

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Pyracantha "Orange chalmer" : Cascading style

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RIP Oom Charles - A true master in South African bonsai.

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Ah no. That is sad sad news. He was my bonsai hero. I knew he was the creator of the flat top style, but surprisingly I just read he created 6 African styles....

  • The Baobab style,
  • the Pierneef or Umbrella-shaped style (which represents the Thorn trees of Africa).
  • the Flat-Top Acacia style,.
  • the Wild-Fig style.
  • the Bush-veldt style.
  • the Elbow style.

Thank you Charles Ceronio. You are a legend. May you rest in piece.