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 […]

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 […]