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Sumac Shows her Fall Colors

This is promising to be a great fall for vivid reds. My Japanese Maples are beginning to turn, and the Flame Maples are already crimson! This sumac is following suit with a glorious display pending! Last year it had only speckles of red against the yellow fall array,...
Shimpaku Juniper Shines through summer heat

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...
Open Studio

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

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...
Kokedama for my next show!!!

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...
Japanese Maple Styling

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...
New Pottery Vessels from Sherri’s Collection

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...
Sawara Cypress in new growth

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...