I had the opportunity to visit Michael Hagedorn’s garden in September. It had been a while since I’d last been there and I was pleased to see so many changes. There were more new trees than I could count and the trees I remember are coming along so quickly that they almost looked new again.
Strolling through the garden was a great reminder of lessons I try to keep in mind as I think about my own collection. For example, how great it is to see a variety of mature deciduous species.
Zelkova, ginkgo, and chojubai bonsai
You can never have too much movement.
Not every plant in the garden needs to be a bonsai.
It’s fun to think outside the box.
If you’re going to work with collected material, select material with outstanding characteristics.
Appreciate pines thick and thin.
Grow moss whenever possible.
Mosses, lichens, and sundry elements adorning the surface of the soil
If you’re going to collect pots, collect good ones.
An assortment of bonsai pots
There’s always room on the bench for unique trees.