Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition – Pre-sales price: $19.95   A funny, offbeat educational book that looks into our group fallacies and offers better alternatives. Buy a copy with the limited pre-sales offer at Stone Lantern.


Post-Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk – $14.95   The whimsical story of Michael Hagedorn’s apprenticeship in Japan (Spanish and Portuguese editions available soon)


Personal Online Education

In these extraordinary times Crataegus Bonsai is offering online assistance with your trees. Design, maintenance, seasonal techniques for various species, pot choice, and many other topics in a personal, Q & A video format is available using Skype or FaceTime. Please write for details.


Video Education

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Bonsai Fundamentals Course – $49.99   Learn about 3 fundamental concepts of Bonsai: Plant Physiology, Japanese Aesthetics, and Design Principles from this online course that partners with Bonsai Empire (coming soon: Spanish and English subtitles)

Trailer for the Fundamentals Course:

In-Person Education


The Seasonal Program is intended for students of any level, who are willing to travel to study bonsai at a high level and to spend a few days working on my trees as an apprentice would. Please see the Seasonals page devoted to that program. Discounted rates are available for students.

I am also available for Private Instructionwhich offers more flexible scheduling.



Sharpen up your bonsai. 

Much of what I offer caters to those fully invested in the bonsai hobby. But bonsai is not just for those wanting to study it, or looking to hire a professional. Bonsai is for everyone. If you wish to experience bonsai, I invite you to contact me for a garden visit.

Styling and Refinement


In Japan, a bonsai professional is considered to be one who styles and maintains trees owned by clients. This was my training, and it remains one of the most rewarding of my services in the United States. It was a great honor to work on some of the best trees in the world while an apprentice in Japan, and it is a goal of mine to see the bonsai here reach that same high level.

Along with sharing by teaching, creating and maintaining bonsai gives me great joy. I frequently have bonsai dropped off at my studio for styling, rewiring, or detailing for an upcoming show. I also work on private collections on site.


The bonsai yard is offered as a no-fee sanctuary for those who have experienced recent loss or trauma and wish to be around trees. Some light bonsai activities are available on request.


Advice on the direction of a bonsai or a collection. Also inquire about phone consults.


Lectures and alternative presentations such as critique and seminar to organizations nationally and internationally.