It’s a funny thing about life and gardening, they return to their beginnings. So it is with bonsai at Garland Nursery. We have enjoyed a good relationship with Wee Tree Farm and then Wee Tree, LLC. since 1986, both separate businesses with wonderful owners. However, that’s not where Garland Nursery’s connection to bonsai began.
It all started in the 70’s with a dear, kilt-wearing Scotsman named Stuart Fraser. He was a unique and multi-talented individual. I remember taking work breaks with him in the old glass greenhouse, since torn down. There he sat with coffee and cigarette, plus Triscuits and cream cheese. He enjoyed sharing, in his lovely Scottish brogue, about his life story, which included time living on a tea plantation in India. He was a landscape designer, an avid fan of heaths and heathers, and an expert pruner. Also, he had a passion for bonsai. He talked my…
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Spring is in the air at last and activity in the world of bonsai steps up a few notches and after this club night I think many of us will be able to raise our game as well having followed our President John Trott’s very instructive demonstration.
John demonstrated using a Japanese White Pine which he had acquired some while back and had been meaning to set about it some day so we were privileged to watch as he started to work on it in front of an audience of T & SBC members.
The tree which John said was probably forty or so years old had the remaining stubs of a lot of branches and a really rough bark giving the tree a great appearance of age
John’s first task was to remove any dead wood and quite a lot of foliage allowing the basic structure of the tree to…
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I grow bonsai trees.
In South Florida, some kinds of trees grow year round. Some never lose their leaves or foliage. But, some, need an annual period of dormancy – typically, the winter (though, we don’t get much of a winter in South Florida!).
During the holidays, I visited a bonsai store in Orlando, where I have purchased a number of trees. This time, there was a gorgeous, mature, specimen Bald Cypress bonsai. It was already dormant, but had a beautiful, well defined shape. I loved it. I knew I couldn’t afford it, but I had to ask anyway. I think the price was about $1000, which was about 4 times more than what I had guessed, and at least $950 more than I could afford.
Knowing I wasn’t going to spend $1000, the store owner (who is also a friend), pointed out a smaller Bald Cypress, in a plastic pot…
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The United States National Arboretum serves as the center for botanical research within the United States. It is a beautiful location with columns that used to be part of the National Capitol but were removed in 1958 during the Capitol’s expansion.
My favorite part, the flowers! Who doesn’t love a good old flower picture?
And lastly, the renowned bonsai trees which have little figurines set up near certain trees to make the world seem a little smaller.
My parents used to take me to the Arboretum all the time as a child. We would lay a little blanket out on the lawn and have a picnic after looking at all the flowers and bonsai trees. It was very nostalgic getting to revisit a piece of my childhood and see how things have changed (not much has to be honest). I did come a little early this year and I visited…
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My Spanish friend Germán offered me last year two yamadori Spanish Sabina junipers with great potential. I will be writing about one of them in this entry.
What I really appreciate from Germán is that he offers only good quality and well-established trees. He collects them himself in diverse places of Spain and then cultivates them in his nursery “Yamadori Spirit” south of Madrid. His trees must be at least two years in a training pot prior to put them for sale or even showing them to the public. Germán would never risk the health of his trees plus he is a little superstitious.
The quality of his yamadoris are superb, he can walk hours spotting average trees but he will only collect good quality ones. The species that he collects are Sabina Juniper, Oak Quercus Faginea, Sylvestri Pines and Olivastros. Most of the trees that he offers have not…
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A remarkable tree which is well known for its extremely high age; the tree is reported to be over 800 years old, one of the most expensive bonsai trees! Its owner, master Kobayashi, is one of the most well known Bonsai artists in the world and has won the prestigious Prime Minister award in Japan 4 times. His nursery, ShunkaEn, is located in Tokyo and is open to visitors.
Goshin (“protector of the spirit”) is a bonsai created by Living Gifts. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina Junipers, the earliest of which Living Gifts began training into bonsai in 1948. living gifts donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984, to be displayed at the United States National Arboretum; it has been there ever since.
This tree is an Azalea species of only 14 cm (5 inches) high. The picture is taken in late spring / early…
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