Garden Tour: Bobby Curttright

Michael Hagedorn

This is the first in a series of posts about the gardens of my former apprentices. First up, Bobby Curttright, with me from 2013-2016. His bonsai garden is on the eastern edge of Portland, not far from the snow-capped Cascade Range.

Enjoy the photo essay!


The first thing that hits you about Bobby’s garden is the unique sensory experience. Objects are chosen for their integral beauty: wood, metal, ceramic. The workshop is lined with slabs of stained Douglas fir, the bark still attached. Everything is carefully curated and placed. Trees are primary, but their presentation is a strong second.


A Limber Pine in an antique pot surrounded by many smaller items. Including a hut with a living roof.


I’ve never seen so many Gyozan pots in one place. Bobby’s selection tends toward Gyozan’s eclectic, art pottery range.


The wildness of this Shore Pine falls in line with the earthy, grunge pot…

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