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!

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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.

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

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

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

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