New Projects From Backcountry Bonsai-

A preview of some conifer yamadori trees in queue for styling in the next couple of years at Crataegus Bonsai. Trees are courtesy of Backcountry Bonsai, the collecting duo of Steve Varland and Dan Wiederrecht. These six trees are Rocky Mountain junipers and Ponderosa pines, although Steve and Dan also collect Limber pine, Lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir. They are very careful and considerate collectors.

They also have some good stories about collecting…once there was a mountain lion keeping an eye on them in the mountains while they collected. These trees come with a fair amount of physical and other kinds of sweating.

You can find them, their trees, and the mountain lion story on their website:


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  1. Don Erickson says:

    Great trees Micheal. In your hands they are bound to be future show winners. Met those two at a he Artisens Cup last Fall. Great collectors.

    • backcountrydan says:

      We sure hope they will be Don! That’s why they are at Michaels now 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself at the show!

  2. backcountrydan says:

    Reblogged this on Backcountry Bonsai.

  3. Sage Smith says:

    Those are some truly fine specimens are American yamadori. Thanks for sharing

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