Bonsai Project

Bonsai, that is, the sculpting of trees into miniature representations of their mature specimens, is an art form forged over generations in the Far East, nurtured by tradition, by repetition, by commitment and passion for their living, breathing, growing subjects.


This research project will focus on several specific areas:

Bonsai How-To
To explore the myriad of techniques, tools, and applications of both to the development of tiny trees.

Bonsai Practicum
Record of my efforts at developing bonsai, to include pictures, articles, and video productions.


Since an early age, I have been fascinated with the little, windswept trees that one would think are found only on the coastal shores of the Far East, but actually are discovered in tiny pots in backyard gardens.

I have dabbled in bonsai in the past to varied success. But, now in possession of a near endless supply of my own seedlings, naturally seeded each year by giant, 100+ year old Douglas Fir, Spruce, and Cedar trees, and living in a coastal area where things grow even laying out on the ground (because of the cool climate and near constant precipitation), I find myself prodded once again to take a stab at bonsai cultivation.


  • Bonsai are possible to grow and can be a profitable business venture.




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Kobayashi, Kenji. 2012. Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes. Timber Press.

Ainsworth, John, and Bob Challinor. 1992. The Art of Indoor Bonsai: Cultivating Tropical, Sub-Tropical and Tender Bonsai. North Pomfret, Vt.: Trafalgar Square Publ.

Pike, Dave. 1989. Indoor Bonsai: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide. Crowood.

Tomlinson, Harry. 1990. The Complete Book of Bonsai. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers.

Koide, Nobukichi, Sabur?o Kat?o, and Fusaz?o. Takeyama. 1983. The Masters’ Book of Bonsai. Edited by Nihon Bonsai Ky?okai. Tokyo, New York: Kodansha International.

Lewis, Colin. 1996. Bonsai Survival Manual: Tree-by-Tree Guide to Buying, Maintaining and Problem Solving. Pownal, VT: Storey.

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Bender, Richard W. 1996. Herbal Bonsai: Practicing the Art with Fast-Growing Herbs. Stackpole.

Ee, Su Chin. 2003. Creating Bonsai Landscapes: 18 Miniature Garden Projects. Storey.

Gustafson, Herb L. 1995. Keep Your Bonsai Alive & Well. New York: Sterling.

Gustafson, Herb L. 1997. Keep Your Bonsai Perfectly Shaped. New York: Sterling Pub. Co.

Liang, Amy. 1992. The Living Art of Bonsai: Principles & Techniques of Cultivation & Propagation. New York: Sterling Pub. Co.

Owen, Gordon. 1990. Growing Classic Bonsai. New York: Sterling.

Tomlinson, Harry. 1995. Bonsai. RD Home Handbooks. Pleasantville: Reader’s Digest.