3-D Printed Slab for a Shore Pine…

3-D Printed Slab for a Shore Pine…

Using the talents of a student, we transferred this Shore Pine to a new ultra-techy support… This Shore Pine was featured in a post a few years ago: Shore Pine…On a Metal Post… The nylon cutting board support always felt like a temporary solution. The dead peach color wasn’t very appealing, the construction was…alternative…in one place […]

Brand New Podcast: BONSAI WIRE

Brand New Podcast: BONSAI WIRE

Podcast aficionados! You may be interested to know that four of us—Jonas Dupuich, Andrew Robson, John Eads and myself—are about to launch a bonsai podcast: Bonsai Wire. And we hope you will join us. The umbrella plan is to be instructive and useful to listeners, covering some hot-button topics as well as topics that we think […]

What’s Wrong Here? A Blog Quiz-

What’s Wrong Here? A Blog Quiz-

If you see a pine with lushly growing moss on top of the soil media, like the one below, alarm bells should be going off. As pines generally don’t like overly wet soil media, lush moss is a lucky clue to adjust your pine care. And if things are really soggy, you might even see algae […]

Almost Here: ‘Wild for Accents’ online course–

Almost Here: ‘Wild for Accents’ online course–

Our upcoming ‘Wild for Accents’ online course has a few spots left, next Saturday July 25! If you have 3 hours next Saturday morning, please consider joining us for this fun summertime Seasonal-lite. It’s a full overview of shitakusa and kusamono styles, inspirations, creation, maintenance, and use in display. Questions are encouraged throughout, with a […]

Alaska Yellow Cedar—Styling, Potting, and Refinement

Alaska Yellow Cedar—Styling, Potting, and Refinement

This tree was a gift. I’d not worked with the species before, Cupressus nootkatensis, and my friend Anton Nijhuis knew this and left one in 2016 that he’d collected, saying, ‘Have fun!’ And we have. In 2017 we styled his gift. The strength of this species is marvelous. It grows much like Hinoki, and can actually be […]

Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 25 and Last Summer Pruning Date

Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 25 and Last Summer Pruning Date

Chapter 25 of Bonsai Heresy is about the mistaken notions of avoiding nitrogen in our fall fertilizing by using 0-10-10. The problem it is trying to correct, frost damage from still soft shoots, is more often a mis-timed pruning in the summer. This is easiest to see in deciduous trees, which may be pruned in […]

The Fantastic History of Jim Gremel’s Big Cedar—

The Fantastic History of Jim Gremel’s Big Cedar—

As my client and I had waited two years to get going with this signature tree created by the great Jim Gremel, last week’s work came with with no small amount of anticipation. Many of you may remember this Atlas Cedar from the very first U.S. National Exhibition in Rochester, NY in 2008, where Jim’s […]

Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 5 and Further Thoughts on Sand

Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 5 and Further Thoughts on Sand

This is the first in a series of blog posts to take a chapter from Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition and expand on it to investigate dangling questions. Like all chapters in Bonsai Heresy, Chapter 5 is ironically titled, though this one is the longest title in the book and is nearly […]

Watch Trailer: Wild for Accents

Watch Trailer: Wild for Accents

Summer is a great time to create accents. Join us at the end of July for our second Seasonal-lite online course offering of 2020: a full-on accent plant download. Here’s our cheeky trailer… Wild for Accents (Saturday, July 25, 2020)—A mini Seasonal-lite online course—Overview of creating, maintaining, comparison of styles, use of in display. (More details […]

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 […]