What Your Bonsai Collection Would Look Like if it Were up to Me.

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 | 3 Comments
What Your Bonsai Collection Would Look Like if it Were up to Me.

Note: This is a lightly edited re-publication of an article I wrote for the BSSF website in 2016. It has proven many times to be a good reference for my students. In bonsai, there is some ideal mix of sizes, shapes and species of trees that will provide for an ideal learning path. Your collection […]

To France and Back

Posted by on Nov 24, 2019 | 3 Comments
To France and Back

In mid-October I took my first trip to Europe. My wife has travelled there multiple times for work, but I had only previously travelled internationally to destinations in Asia and Oceana. The timing for the trip was to coincide with the Bonsai-San show in Saulieu, one of the largest and best bonsai shows in Europe. […]

Mame Junipers

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 | 5 Comments
Mame Junipers

Time flies when you’re having fun- I posted about Kishu cuttings back in December of 2014, and here we are in late 2019 and I’ve been doing a lot of work on these guys. So I can share a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up, to keep all you fabulous tree growers going […]

Bonsai Kayak

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 | 4 Comments
Bonsai Kayak

What do bonsai and boats have in common? Bonsai as an art is a reflection of the experience and mind of the creator- I’ve spent many weeks in the mountains of California enjoying kayak paddles (normally a rental) and hiking to discover views of trees on granite islands in high mountain lakes. Initially, the idea […]

Care of Japanese Black Pine

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 | 6 Comments
Care of Japanese Black Pine

I’m reposting this article that I originally wrote for the BSSF website about the arc of development of Japanese Black pine. Enjoy! It’s likely that the confusion that sometimes surrounds black pine care is due to the different work needed during different phases of a tree’s life. Different care is also needed for trees that […]

Case Study: Selective Decandling and Cutback of a Japanese Black Pine

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 | 2 Comments
Case Study: Selective Decandling and Cutback of a Japanese Black Pine

Decandling Japanese Black Pines is a relatively straight forward process. If you have any questions in your mind about it you should check out the article that I published “Nine Things You Might Not Know About Decandling Japanese Black Pines. With many bonsai, uniform application of technique can cause you to spin your wheels rather […]

Nine Things you Might not Know about Decandling Japanese Black Pine

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 | 6 Comments
Nine Things you Might not Know about Decandling Japanese Black Pine

If there’s one thing that fascinates everyone when they first start to learn about Japanese Black Pine bonsai, it’s that you cut off all the new growth in the summer. But, the technique, like many other bonsai techniques, is frequently mis-used or misunderstood. If you apply decadling technique uniformly you are asking for trouble. So, perhaps […]

Michael Ryan Bell – Bonsai Pots

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 | 6 Comments
Michael Ryan Bell – Bonsai Pots

I had the chance recently to sit down with Michael Ryan Bell and discuss a few things about bonsai containers. He says that the “Michael” is just to keep the riff-raff away, everyone just calls him Ryan. For years now Ryan has been compiling a gigantic database of Japanese and Chinese bonsai chops aka “hankos”. […]

Ryan Neil’s “Unbridled” Show @pdxjapanesegdn

Posted by on May 23, 2016 | One Comment
Ryan Neil’s “Unbridled” Show @pdxjapanesegdn

I got the chance to attend the first day of Ryan Neil’s new bonsai show at the Portland Japanese Garden. At Bonsai Mirai I spoke with Ryan about the show for a few minutes to get his thoughts. The show is inside the Japanese Garden and runs now through June 19th, 2016. It contains 5 […]

Spring Cleaning on an Elm

Posted by on May 16, 2016 | 2 Comments
Spring Cleaning on an Elm

With good spring growth going on this elm things were starting to look a bit overgrown. The tree was looking nice over the winter but the spring growth revealed that some of the smaller interior twigs had died off. I tend to think of elms as cyclical trees, you can get them looking good with […]