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 […]

Yellow Cedar—Styling, Potting, and Refinement

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 […]

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 […]