• The most beautiful Japanese Maple

    The ultimate documentary serie about Japanese Maples
  • The most beautiful Japanese Maple

    The ultimate documentary serie about Japanese Maples
  • The most beautiful Japanese Maple

    The ultimate documentary serie about Japanese Maples

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In search of the most beautiful Japanese Maple

The only documentary series on Japanese Maple.

Produced by Helvetikart.
(Switzerland – France)

English and french subtitles availables. Please activate them in the youtube video.

Welcome into the magical and enchanting world of Japanese Maples

Japanese Maple… At the simple evocation of this tree, we all imagine magnificent colors, forms of delicate and graphic foliage, Japanese zen gardens, poetry and an undeniable refinement.

Through this documentary, we wish to bring you on a journey of discovery of Maples in Europe, in the United States and for sure in Japan.

You will know ALL about the Japanese Maple for your Garden… and much more!

Through the episodes you will learn more about this Japanese sacred tree. How to take care of it: plant it in your regions, cut it, sculpt it, reproduce it. How to incorporate it into a Japanese garden, an artistic garden or even a classic garden. Keep it in a pot on a balcony or work it into a bonsai. We will cover all the topics to answer your questions on how to take care of a Maple Tree.

This documentary is designed for amateurs and knowledgeable gardeners, professionals, collectors, and through a sublime aesthetic to all nature and wanderlust lovers.

Rare trees and exceptional gardens in three main axes:

Specifically, this series will address three main areas:
– Scientific and technical where we will cover species and varieties, their crops and all their specificities;
– Philosophical and spiritual with regard to environment and the philosophy of gardens;
– Artistic through the creation and development of Zen gardens and an inspirational travel to Japan, Europe and the United States.

Finally, we will investigate around the world to find the most beautiful Japanese Maple!

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream has been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.”

Tatanka Yotanka – Sitting Bull, Sioux Warrior

Japanese Maple - Deshojo - Helvetikart 2019 © Mehdi Benaïssa
Japanese Maple – Deshojo Helvetikart 2019 © Mehdi Benaïssa

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Mikawa Yatsubusa

Mikawa Yatsubusa

The Japanese Maple MIKAWA YATSUBUSA is phenomenal! He is born in Japan in 1972 and this is perhaps one of our favorites! From leaves to…

Shishi Gashira

Shishi Gashira

The debate with Guy was short, shipped, extremely clear when I asked him what a rare and particular variety we could write about?!Lucie chanted his…

Amagi Shigure

Amagi Shigure

We will start this library of varieties with Japanese maple Amagi Shigure. A absolutely beautiful maple and still rare in culture. It is remarkable for…

Spring is coming in the garden

We are in mid-March, the first buds are pointing their little noses! The Sakuras (cherry blossoms) are adorned with a magnificent bloom and the sun…

The japanese tree sculptor

During our trip to Guy’s Japanese Maple nursery at the beginning of March 2019, we had the chance to meet Master Tomoya Nishikawa, one of…

Japanese Gardeners winter garden

Back to Guy’s nursery for two days of filming on February 15th and 16th! The garden is very different in winter, we discovered it differently!…

Our team

Who are we ?

Mehdi Benaïssa

Producer, creator, photographer and director, he is the founder of Helvetikart, a creative studio based in Geneva. Evolving between photography, cinema, writing and the development of creative concepts, he realizes reports in various sectors. He travelled extensively throughout the world. In one of his pilgrimage he crossed Asia and worked through Mongolia to meet the nomads. Graduated in Fine Arts and Cinema from Concordia University in Montreal, he directed films and commercials. He is working as a professional photographer since 2001.

Lucie Poirier

Producer, production manager and photographer, Lucie Poirier is associate of Helvetikart, a creative studio based in Geneva. She is a professional portraiture and event photographer. She works for companies in the private sector and international institutions in Geneva since 2011. She studied photography in Geneva and Paris where she graduated and now teaches photography.

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