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Lock Your Trees Down!

Lock Your Trees Down!

October 19, 2016

This is less a security headline than a technical reminder… …trees can loosen in their pots. Wires can slacken…bracing can slip…and then they can wave around in the wind. Or fall over. Why should we worry about a bit of wiggle? Because those movements can really weaken trees, adding to the stresses that they are often […]

History of a Bunjin Scots Pine

History of a Bunjin Scots Pine

October 6, 2016

Grown from seed by Northwest artist Ron Yasenchak, this Scots Pine is about 25-30 years old. It was purchased by a client of mine who has an eye for the unusual, and who takes the long view in reaching a goal. It’s been about 6 years since it was restyled, with the front turned around. Designs with the […]

Interview with Shinji Suzuki’s Son–

Interview with Shinji Suzuki’s Son–

September 19, 2016

My friend Oscar Jonker of Bonsai Empire recently interviewed Hiroaki Suzuki, my teacher’s son. He apprenticed under Kimura, and still has been spending a bit of time back at Kimura’s place helping out, and the rest of his time at his father’s place. I enjoyed spending some time with him at Suzuki’s garden when I […]


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