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Shimpaku Juniper Shines through summer heat

The loveliest twin trees ever! This Shimpaku Juniper -- Juniperus sinensis -- has been with me for several years. Lately I have discovered it is not one but two trees! The seemingly single trunk is two specimens planted together when they were seedlings, and now...

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Open Studio

See us in September, under cooler conditions..! Bonsai Akira studio will be open to visitors again on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. You are welcome ot stroll the garden and enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade while our son...

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Class at Portland Nursery — July 28th at 1:00PM

Welcome to all levels of bonsai enthusiasts! I will again be teaching my class entitled "Bonsai is for Everyone". This is an all levels class, covering the basics of styling. I welcome you to bring a bonsai or purchase a plant at the nursery, or simply come to...

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Kokedama for my next show!!!

New styling of perennials using Japanese moss planting. My latest discovery is Kokedama-- the art of wrapping plants in a nest of moss to create a planting sans pot. The plants love it! And the bonus is good health and a vibrant presentation of our most loved annuals...

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Japanese Maple Styling

Bonsai is inspiration for my landscape stylings. I had a rare privilege yesterday to style a Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum "Tamukayama", about forty years old. This is my second time working with this tree, and it is beginning to show the love. Lifting the canopy and...

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New Pottery Vessels from Sherri’s Collection

Portland ceramic artist Sherri Aytche brings her unique planters for bonsai to the studio. We are fortunate indeed to have visiting artist Sherri Aytche, a Portland based ceramicist, bringing new work to the studio for our Open Garden event this coming weekend. Sherri...

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Sawara Cypress in new growth

Chamaecyparis pisifera "Boulevard" glows blue in the landscape. This Boulevard Cypress has been under refinement for about three years. It was bought by a friend last year, and this week I got to do the final touches on the styling. This tree is about thirteen years...

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My newest Japanese Maple has found its home.

Pottery by Sherri Aytche for this "Red Dragon" Maple Bonsai. A fabulous specimen of Acer palmatum "Red Dragon" came my way a year or so ago, and it now has a container worthy of its delicate and exquisite coloring and profile. A recent creation from Portland ceramic...

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Syringa palibin achieves perfection. This little tree has been waiting for its chance-- this is the "year of the lilac" in my book! never have they been so lovely! and my little bonsai specimens have thrived in a cool spring, producing fragrant blooms that fill the...

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California Juniper has discovered its true nature!

Native conifer tells its story in movement and contour. This California Juniper has been waiting for its first styling since being placed in a container several years ago. Today I was delighted to have it featured at my studio open garden among the dozens of bonsai of...

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My Newest Service– Patio Garden Design

The joy of container gardening. My first garden design client had a hillside landscape in almost complete shade that had been planted with ivy...! After several months of ripping out roots up to two inches thick, she commissioned me to install a container garden that...

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Japanese Maple Pruning now available

Aesthetic pruning for specimen trees. I have begun to offer pruning services for select Japanese Maples for Portland area clients. These trees can be tricky to shape and thin to give the wonderful lacy appearance so desired, with layering to accentuate the trees'...

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Picea aureospicata — a weeping form of Norway Spruce

Finding the "Tree within the Tree." Here is an updated photo of the weeping spruce formerly pictured. Now in a classic Chinese Drum pot, this tree has matured into a quite majestic specimen, deserving of its formal round container. Approximately twenty five years old,...

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