Gordon Deeg is a familiar name to Northern California bonsai enthusiasts. He has served more positions in more bonsai organizations than I can count. A former Chairman of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Gordon is now its Garden Master and a teacher at its bonsai school.
Gordon is also responsible for another impressive bonsai garden – his own. I had the chance to visit during Sei Boku Bonsai Kai’s annual barbecue and was amazed by its depth and breadth. Gordon has the usual varieties like pine, juniper, maple and azalea, and he has just as many less-common varieties including cryptomeria, pomegranate, styrax and needle juniper.
Gordon’s garden includes a number of California junipers with great deadwood.
Gordon loves black pines.
Japanese black pine – trunk detail
But his garden has plenty of deciduous varieties too, including the cork bark Japanese maple below.
Cork bark Japanese maple
Cork bark Japanese maple – trunk detail
Japanese maple grove
Stay tuned – more from Gordon’s garden later this week.
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