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On a recent visit to Oregon, Eric Schrader and I had the opportunity to visit the garden of Michael Hagedorn. It was quite a treat. The garden is filled with trees on the fast track to become amazing bonsai. many of them in the Pacific Northwest – – collected material and varieties of deciduous and chojubai fill many of the banks. projects long-term graft and new containers are common here, like trees that look like they have come straight from exhibitions.
Those who follow the work of Michael in crataegus.com or through Facebook will be familiar with your collection. Michael has done a great job of cataloging his work in an effort to share the knowledge that is extracted from their bonsai adventures at home and abroad.
For those unfamiliar with the work of Michael, I have provided links to articles related to some of the trees depicted below, each with information about the process that helped these trees take shape.
Michael Hagedorn with giant hemlock mountain
Hemlock – more in the Very Large Mountain Hemlock Massif
juniper Rocky Mountain – see transplantation
juniper grafted Rocky Mountains – here’s the story
Rocky Mountain juniper, also known as the Fish
Michael wrought western juniper then in 2009 for Bonsai Focus. I happened to be around that day and was impressed at how quickly the tree materialized. Here is a summary of the article, a cascade of Juniper Created by Michael Hagedorn.
Juniper Rocky Mountain
am also familiar with the progress under the Japanese maple has made in recent years – it is a beautiful specimen
Japanese maple. – more Japanese Year 2 maple
fascination Michael with media is a wonderful alternative copy vine maple below.
vine maple – see the composition take shape
Michael has built a great case for the promotion of bonsai chojubai over the years, and garden reflects this.
Read Notes Chojubai Michael for viewing and care tips.
Ponderosa Pine – see how the tree got its start
pine black grafted on Ponderosa – this tree has undergone a significant transformation
I was very happy to see a pair of black pines that started in 1999 are still in the collection of Michael. Here’s one:
And for another example a tree that has come a long way in a short time, compare the results of Engelmann Spruce Styling with the photo below.
Before leaving the garden of Michael, I recommend that anyone who is serious about bonsai read your book, deferred: Irreverent schooling of a Bonsai Monk (review) . is a fun reading that offers a glimpse of the experience drawn from the experience of apprentice studying with Michael Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan. Pick it up, give it a read, and let us know what you think.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com