Earlier this year I had the amazing opportunity to spend a week with Ryan Neil at his bonsai garden just outside Portland, OR. The week consisted of being surrounded by some of the most awesome native material I’ve ever seen. Each day was spent in the workshop with Ryan and his French apprentice JP, styling one ancient tree after another. Here are just a few of photos from my week.
Day 2. The Garden
Day 3: Project tree
Once the wood had been cleaned, Ryan began setting the major branches in place.Once the structural branches were set in place I continued wiring the smaller branches. This took the better part of several days.
Day 5: The Greenhouse
The greenhouse contained trees that had recently repotted or wired. This tree was very special because it came from John Naka’s collection. Even though I get to work on the 6 Naka trees at the Museum, I still have goosebumps when seeing any tree from the Naka collection.
Watch Ryan’s grafting technique here.
Day 6: Here comes the sun.
Day 7: Photoshoot
At the end of the week it was time to assess all that we got done.
I want to thank Ryan for his generosity and hospitality in inviting me to his place. I have been to numerous bonsai gardens but Bonsai Mirai is a truly magical place. If your wanting to take you bonsai skills to the next level, plan a trip to spend a week at Bonsai Mirai.