Watch Our Spring Seasonal-lite Trailer~

Watch Our Spring Seasonal-lite Trailer~

For the past two months we’ve been filming for our first online course, the Spring Seasonal-lite, which launched this past weekend to sold-out couches. To get a feel for the course, please watch our trailer: We’ll offer the Spring Seasonal-lite one last time next weekend, June 13th and 14, 2020. More! More! We’re not yet done with […]

Bonsai Empire Course Review: Kimura Masterclass

Bonsai Empire Course Review: Kimura Masterclass

Bonsai Empire keeps rolling out new online courses, the latest being a rare look into the garden and work of Masahiko Kimura. This is the first time Mr. Kimura has agreed to do an online course. Kimura Masterclass is divided into several sections: 1. the styling of a windswept white pine, 2. creating a juniper […]

Jonas Dupuich Tells Us About ‘The Little Book of Bonsai’: Guest Post

Jonas Dupuich Tells Us About ‘The Little Book of Bonsai’: Guest Post

By Jonas Dupuich Some time ago, Michael Hagedorn suggested that he and I swap posts to share the stories of why we wrote our respective books: Bonsai Heresy in Michael’s case, and The Little Book of Bonsai in mine. Jonas Dupuich and a pine he wired in Japan I’d known about Michael’s interest in debunking […]

On Beauty in Bonsai-

On Beauty in Bonsai-

If we check in with our natural instincts around beauty, most of us prefer the pristine lake over the muddy swamp.  Those who have been to Crater Lake in Oregon will remember the brilliantly clear water contrasted with the arid surrounding landscape, and it probably struck you as speechlessly beautiful. Wetlands, with their reeds and […]

Trident Forest Re-imagining—

Trident Forest Re-imagining—

Several years ago I came across this older trident forest being sold at a bonsai nursery, and was interested in its relaxed, natural-looking lines. The trunks all looked about the same size, roughly, and I suspected we’d be fiddling with it some day to correct that. Earlier this spring we finally got around to correcting […]

Spring accents—(and seasonal bamboo clean up technique)—

Spring accents—(and seasonal bamboo clean up technique)—

Sharing several accents which look their best in the bright washed greens and tentative flowers of the early days of the year- Equisetum, violet and lady fern Slug bait is a near prerequisite for keeping your iris fresh looking and nibble-free Maidenhair fern is a dainty, rather vain early growing accent that appreciates shade At […]

Bonsai Heresy…(tantalizingly close)…

Bonsai Heresy…(tantalizingly close)…

As I’m writing this a ship is docking with cartons of Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition. The frugal and impatient among you who pre-ordered a copy (some of you ordered several) now have just a little less time to wait. Having received an advance copy last month, I signed it to […]

Nurse Log Imagination—Hemlock, Huckleberry, and Salal

Nurse Log Imagination—Hemlock, Huckleberry, and Salal

I’ve been wanting to do a nurse log as a kusamono planting for quite some time. Always had another project in the way. But recently the creative mood hasn’t led me to work with older trees in the midst of the pandemic, but rather new, fresh, young ones which give a feeling of forward momentum. […]

A Perfect Time for Creativity-

A Perfect Time for Creativity-

The first album of The Bonsai Rappers, featuring John Eads, Andrew Robson and a few of their friends will not be released, now or ever. But just in case you were wondering, this would be what the jacket cover would totally look like~ Bonsai Rapping aside, this is a good time to stretch our creative […]

Read Books!

Read Books!

In the studio last week I was talking with John (current apprentice) and Andrew (past apprentice), and in a dreamy, innocent moment I tossed out the hope that people might soon be reading more books. I said this having just got word that Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition was printed and […]