Ryan Neil and Michael Hagedorn’s Show at the Pacific Rim Collection–

David DeGroot came up with the idea for this show at the Pacific Rim Collection, and Monday 25th, June was the setup day. As usual, anything involving Ryan and I involves some ridiculous story getting there. This time we had a meeting with Travel Portland regarding the Artisans Cup of Portland Bonsai Exhibition prior to driving to Seattle. However the meeting was downtown, and we were driving this huge rig chock full of trees for the show and simply could not find a big enough parking spot on the busy streets. So Ryan jumped out and went to give our presentation and I drove the rig around in circles for 45 minutes. Which is not exactly the green, environmentally conscious image us Portlanders like to present.

But I’m writing about our show, and if you’re up in the Seattle area from now till July 15th, 2012, please check it out!

Here’s the poster:

The next series of photos are of the exhibited trees, in order, as if you were walking through the show:

Mountain hemlock, fern/twin flower–Michael Hagedorn

Kusamono display—Michael Hagedorn
Fern, bamboo, dwarf iris, water stone, pea/giant helleborine, evergreen penstemon

Engelmann spruce—Michael Hagedorn

Western juniper, grass, ‘Chojubai’ quince—Michael Hagedorn

🤞Sign up for the blog!

We don’t spam! Read more in our privacy policy


  1. Interesting, Michael. The photographs are gorgeous! Hope you have a great turnout.

  2. bonsai eejit says:

    Reblogged this on Bonsai Eejit and commented:
    Nice 🙂

  3. John Cotoggio says:

    Great looking trees guys !! I hope you get a great turn out !

  4. bonsaijapan says:

    Really interesting displays. I especially like the use of the blocks for stands. As far as modern stands go, i think these are the most successful i have seen.


  5. Lucia Soppe says:

    how cool to see your show ‘long-distance’……….. thanks for gorgeous pictures!

  6. willowbogger says:

    some really great trees , thanks for posting , also , great idea to stage a bonsai show ,,,,,,,, outdoors !

  7. willowbogger says:

    may I ask what the white blocks are made of ? it all works really well, given the lack of the option for normal display tables. beautifully done !

  8. Steve Moore says:

    Thanks for the pictures! I can imagine the setting: the PRC grounds are very appealing. Just wish your display weren’t more than half a continent away!

  9. tmmason10 says:

    Trees are looking really nice guys. Keep up the good work!

  10. Scott Tice says:


  11. Ray Norris says:

    Hello Michael and Ryan, fanastic idea and beautiful presentation. Thank you both for the great display. looking forward to seeing you in the fall.

  12. Dan W. says:

    Great work both of you! I love how elegant all of these are.

    Can you tell us how big Ryans ponderosa is? The foliage appears to be very well managed.

    • crataegus says:

      The long sinuous ponderosa that goes to the left is quite large. The one on a rock is moderate sized. Yes, Ryan does a fantastic job with long needle pine management-

  13. Dan W. says:

    Sorry, I should clarify. I’m asking about the first one. I just havn’t seen too many this well ramified yet, I have collected a few that naturally had very short needles and tight ramification, but they are few and far between. So I’m curious as to whether this tree already had shorter needles, or the tree is quite large, or whether he was able to achieve this in two years?

    • crataegus says:

      Yes, you can collect ponderosa that have shorter needles and tighter ramification, and what you might find is that 95% of those that look that way lose it two years later and become long needled. They were water stressed and that is what you will find on such trees. A few of them will be genetically different, but there are not many that have a dramatic genetic shift. You can create ramification by growing the tree well—a long needle will naturally produce more buds, and more buds will give you greater ramification. Time, good sun, timely watering, and moderate fertilizer are all you need to eventually create ramification—and with more ramification, needle size will reduce quite naturally. Good sun and good watering are essential, fertilizer helps but does not in itself create budding.

  14. Thomas urban says:

    Wow I wish I was still home when you guys visited. The last time I visited the Pacific Rim Collection was when they closed it down because no one was taking care of the trees, I am happy to see the place is active again.

  15. Tina says:

    Wonderful! Curious, did you get any comments on the floating nylon at all?

    • crataegus says:

      It does get the comments…next I have to figure out the Magni-Levi support, that levitation like those really fast trains have. That will really confuse people, not that I’m exactly trying for that. But a super fast moving bonsai would be somewhat notable. If only very briefly.

  1. […] American Masters show at the Pacific Rim Collection Michael Hagedorn and Ryan Neil both apprenticed in Japan where the term Master isn’t thrown around casually, […]

Leave a Reply