I’m always surprised at how lush and green spring is around Portland when the dogwood, rhododendron and hawthorns are in full bloom. Driving between bonsai gardens in the area provided ample opportunity to enjoy the season.
Even more striking is the amount of collected material in the area. Visiting bonsai gardens in Oregon means seeing Ponderosa pines, hemlocks, Douglas fir and Rocky Mountain junipers in numbers I haven’t seen anywhere else. This is due in large part to the efforts of Randy Knight, the area’s premier collector for bonsai material, as well as the efforts of the many Portland bonsai enthusiasts who collect and develop material on their own.
My recent tour through Oregon bonsai gardens with Eric Schrader would not have been possible without the generosity of these Portland enthusiasts who welcomed us to their gardens and taught us about the perks and challenges of growing trees in and near the Willamette Valley. To Alan, Lee, Scott, Greg, Michael, Matt, Chris, Robert, Ryan and Randy – thank you!
Below is a peek at some of these trees – more is on the way next week.
Shimpaku – Michael Hagedorn pot
Hemlock by Matt Reel
Yew by Matt Reel
Meco Bonsai/Kiku Tool Award, 2010 US National Bonsai Exhibit
Lodge pole pine
Trident maple a la Doug Phillips
Utah juniper at Oregon Bonsai
Ponderosa pine – I can’t imagine there’s a name for this style
Ponderosa pine – awesome deadwood and movement
For more bonsai from these Oregon gardens, see Eric Schrader’s posts:
- Postcards from Portland part 1
- Postcards from Portland part 2
- Postcards from Portland part 3
- Postcards from Portland part 4
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