History of a Mountain Hemlock-

Years ago a student brought this Mountain Hemlock into a Seasonal session. We styled it in the fall of 2012, and it later made an appearance at the Artisans Cup and is now spending the year at the Portland Japanese Garden display. Please check it out if you drop through Portland, Oregon this year-

Here’s some early photos of this tree showing the progression in its styling:

Original front


Before restyling, 2012

The new front…

After Seasonal student’s work with new inclination, front, and placement of branches-

And how the Hemlock looks in 2018. It’s had over 5 years of development since the restyling and has been exceptionally handled by the owner. If you wish to see it, it’s on display at the Portland Japanese Garden this year-

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  1. Jorge Ttak says:

    Awesome Michael.. always doing great things

  2. John says:

    Is there parking at Japanese Gardens?

    • crataegus says:

      There is…more than there was…although still not much. It’s an issue they’re working with. For now most need to park a little ways away and walk a couple of blocks.

      • Brad says:

        There was a shuttle last summer when I visited, for those who have difficulty climbing the stairs

  3. Michael says:

    a beautifully styled tree. thank you for sending this, interesting to see the escalation.

  4. Michael says:

    went to the garden to see the actual tree… what a beauty…
    where did the first, original vesion come from?

    i hope i can come visit with you sometimes soon. may be this week?
    thank you for your consideration,

    • crataegus says:

      I believe from Anton Nijhuis of Vancouver Island.
      I will be out of town this week but we can get you hooked up with my apprentices, who can show you the bonsai garden- let’s connect by email about that-

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