From The Blog

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 […]

New Website Live—

New Website Live—

September 7, 2016

Thanks for your patience while we spent a day recrafting the Crataegus Bonsai website. It is designed to be best viewed on a tablet or computer, and we’re working on improving the phone view. Please take a look, wander around a bit, and let me know what you think-

Confusion Over Fall Repotting-

Confusion Over Fall Repotting-

September 3, 2016

I’ve noticed over the years a lot of puzzlement over the correct time to repot. Much of the confusion stems from placing too much weight on the exceptions to spring repotting. There’s a simple way of looking at it that might help decide when to repot. When we repot, the tree is essentially given the signal, […]


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