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Hinoki Cypress Pruning and Maintenance

Hinoki Cypress Pruning and Maintenance

July 1, 2022

For over fifteen years this Hinoki has been trained uniformly. No upper branch got thick, no lower branch got weak. It’s wonderful work by a client of mine, grown from a young sapling.  With benches full of trees, it’s easy to pass a tree by several years in a row. Hard to know why I […]

David De Groot’s Retrospective at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

David De Groot’s Retrospective at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

June 23, 2022

I had the privilege of walking through the Pacific Bonsai Museum with former Curator David De Groot, talking with him about the trees he’d selected for his personal retrospective.  This Redwood is an iconic De Groot tree—one of my favorites of his—rooted on both ends, forming a bridge that recalls a hill and with branches […]

Bonsai Heresy: Errata

Bonsai Heresy: Errata

June 17, 2022

For those who have already bought Bonsai Heresy, thank you. The book is now in its second printing. In that reprint we corrected a few errors.  Here are some corrections:  on page 105 I inadvertently suggested that ponderosa is one of the single-flush pines you can pinch; I don’t advise that on page 151 I […]