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2020 Book Tour, By Amtrak…

2020 Book Tour, By Amtrak…

April 16, 2019

This fall my new book Bonsai Heresy will be published, and next year, in April 2020, I’m leaping on a train to do readings and signings—barnstorming fashion, like days of old. Our endearing Amtrak service The book tour will be a big loop around the U.S. for roughly three weeks. I have fond memories of […]

Revisit: Mountain Hemlock Branch

Revisit: Mountain Hemlock Branch

April 4, 2019

A few years have passed since this hemlock was styled, and it seemed a ripe moment for an update on its progress. It was collected by Anton Nijhuis, and is unusual being a naturally rooted branch off a larger tree. The first styling was in December 2014 when former apprentice Bobby Curttright was here, and he […]

Color and Unusual Pot Choice-

Color and Unusual Pot Choice-

March 24, 2019

A tree with red berries in a green glazed pot. A conifer with green foliage in an unglazed, reddish brown pot. An orange flowered tree matched with a blue glazed pot. Common and good options. For pot choices, these opposing colors from the color wheel can work, and work well. But they are also Bonsai 101 […]