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I’m Zach Smith, a 30+ year bonsai veteran. 

And I’m here to provide collectors and experienced bonsai enthusiasts with the finest large collected bonsai available anywhere.

Bonsai Questions That May Have A Yes Answer

  Black cherry, Prunus serotina, is very common where I live and probably where you live too. They're lovely trees, too, with dark plated bark and glossy green leaves. The fruit is edible though tart and not very palatable. The wood of larger specimens is...

Quick Design Clinic – Styling A Couple Of Elms

  There are some tried and true bonsai design principles. The reason they're tried and true is because they conform to fundamental design principles that are not strictly endemic to bonsai. Balance, proportion, perspective, positive and negative spaces, all of...

First Taste Of Fall – And A Few Water-Elms For Next Year

  I love forest and group plantings. They come in several different forms: actual "forests" of multiple specimens of trees, rafts, multi-trunk groups, and so-called clump-style. It's hard to beat a well-executed bonsai forest. In this year's Water-elm collecting...

In Bonsai, Time Is (Almost) Everything

  I write and talk about it frequently. Making bonsai is, aside from the obvious horticultural and design aspects, mostly about time. Trees may grow fast, but they only grow so fast. With that said, making the best use of the growth cycles of our trees is...

Looking To 2020 – Flowering And Fruiting Species

  Though the holidays are not yet upon us, it's not too soon to start thinking of 2020. A lot of the work we do now will have an impact on how our trees develop next year. Today I looked at a few flowering and/or fruiting specimens that will make great progress...

A Few Rules For Slip-Potting

  Those of you who have been with us for a while know I love to slip-pot trees. Why? Well, I guess the biggest reason is I'm impatient to see a tree progress toward its best self. Another reason is that a lot of trees pass through my hands, and often it's just...

Bonsai Development Basics – Trunk Building

  That Boxelder I lifted last month did so well I thought I'd lift another one. Might as well have two to play with next year. For this specimen, my plan is somewhat different as I want to build the trunk from the ground up. In this blog post, I'll show you what...

Water-Elm Redux – Progress, Progress

  There's no denying that fast development in our bonsai is a good thing. To be sure, time in training really brings a bonsai to a fullness of design. But getting the design established quickly is, in my view, very important. Some species lend themselves to this...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Oak, Fig, Maple

  I love working with unusual species, and making bonsai that defy the normally accepted rules for design. Here are a few examples of current projects. First off is a Red oak, Quercus nuttallii, that I collected in East Texas a couple of years ago. (East Texas...

Privet Work And Slip-Potting

  Privets seldom disappoint. This one has put on a lot of growth in just a couple of months, and I can tell by the strength of it that a slip-potting now shouldn't cause any problem for it. But first, some design work. Most bonsai design work is "grow and clip,"...

Oak Sunday

  I love oak bonsai. Oaks are, in fact, among the best deciduous species available for bonsai. They take to pot culture well, backbud well, have great bark, and many species have small leaves. What's not to like? Here's a Water oak I lifted this summer in order...

Big Hoss Gets Chopped And Styled; A Brother Gets Some Work

  "Big Hoss" is a really big Water-elm we brought home last summer. Recently I posted him for sale as raw material. I've been studying this unique piece of material since we first happened upon it. No question it's an awesome specimen. But how to make the most...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #3

  Today was probably the last of our Water-elm collecting trips for 2019. We once again got some nice material. Here are a handful of examples. I just love this raft-style specimen. Nice, tight trunks. I've already got a plan in mind for this one, so hopefully...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Water Oak and Privet

  You've been following the development of this Water oak (Quercus nigra) since last year. The tree was collected in February of 2018, but failed to bud except in one spot. The obvious answer was to make bonsai lemonade out of that lemon.Here's the tree last...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #2

  Our second Water-elm hunt of the season happened today. This is the biggest specimen that came home with us (trunk base over 3"). Here's one view of the tree before it got re-chopped top and bottom. I'm not sure which front is going to be best. What do you...

Fun Fast Bonsai Development

  I love fast-developing trees. Some species and styles naturally lend themselves to rapid progress. The flat-top Bald cypress is a perfect example of this phenomenon. This specimen was collected in Winter 2019, and here's how it looked after the initial styling...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #1

  Today began our Water-elm collecting season. Each of these trees you see has been under about 20 feet of water since winter. Now it's time for their growing season, which will only last a few months. The short growing season is why these trees, though they may...

A Specimen Water-Elm Gets Some Attention

  I potted this Water-elm earlier in the season. It came home last August, and recovered very well. Since Water-elms love the summer heat, I know I can do some development work now. It's common to have to make choices as you develop your trees. In this case, I...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Things To Come

  I wasn't able to blog last week, so I'm going to try to make up for it this weekend. For a start, here's the Chinese elm forest that I'll be developing this coming year. As you can see, the growth is already lush. All that needs to happen with this specimen...

Huckleberry #5 – Summer Work

  You've been following the development of this Huckleberry bonsai-to-be for the past year or so. This is where the specimen stood just over one year ago, in July of 2018. And here it is in February of this year. I had done some carving on the trunk chops in...

Chinese Elm Forests

  Can you guess what this is? Some background first. I field-grow Chinese elms for bonsai, and frankly you'd be hard-pressed to name a better overall species for bonsai. In fact, it's not hyperbole to state that Chinese elm is the single best deciduous species...

A Water-Elm Gets More Interesting

  I potted up this Water-elm that we'd collected last July back in February. It's a pretty cool little twin-trunk, featuring dead wood on both trunks as well as a "flying root" on the right side. You wouldn't ordinarily want a root like that, but I thought it...

A Dwarf Yaupon Gets Styled

  Last year I had the hedge in front of my house taken out. It had been planted when the house was built in 1982, so simple math says this specimen is at least 40 years old. The base is 6" across, and I knew there was bonsai potential when it came out of the...

Fourth Of July Bonsai Odds & Ends – Cedar Elm, BC, Chinzan Azalea

  I potted this small Cedar elm earlier this season. It's been growing away, minding its own business. Recently we had a couple of storms and somehow this tree got picked to be blown off the bench. It stayed in the pot and no branches were broken, but the second...

Summer Progress – Cedar Elm, Sweetgum, BC

  You've been following along as I've developed this Cedar elm, starting in 2017 when it was first collected. The tree is filling out well, and the ramification is getting tighter with each pruning/pinching. All in all, time and technique are working their...

Its’ Shaggy BC Time!

  I started working on this Bald cypress last year. It's progressing very well, as you'll see when you compare these photos with the one from last year I included below. We're into summer now, and you can generally count on cypresses to take on a "shaggy"...

See A Fast Water-Elm Evolution ….

  Subject: Water-elm Date: 8/4/18 Stage: Big stick in pot Input: Lift, chop, wash, trim, dust, pot, pray Issues: None, if it lives Date: 3/17/19 Stage: Big stick with twiggy shoots Input: Select branches, wire and position branches, remove branches that serve no...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Hawthorn, Water-Elm, Trumpet Vine

  Today I did a one on one workshop with a new bonsai enthusiast. One of the specimens we were worked on was a three-tree Parsley hawthorn composition, very similar to this one. I love bonsai forests. The three-tree planting is the smallest expression of this...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – BC, Sweetgum, Water-Elm

  Here's a nice, slender Bald cypress from this year's crop.  I had planned from the start to hold the tree and make it into a flat-top style.  It's grown out enough now that I can do the initial styling on it. About 20 minutes later, this is what I ended up...

Don’t Take Your Eyes Off A Privet

  I lifted this Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, in Winter 2019.  Here is it in late March, just pushing new shoots. Here we are, two and a half months later.  Privet is very vigorous.  You literally can't take your eyes off them for long.   Time for a...

Muscadine Redesign

  You may remember this Muscadine grape, Vitis rotundifolia, from last summer.  It came out of the ground with two trunks, so I planned to make a twin-trunk bonsai out of it. Something of a start.  There's a lot of character in the trunk.  Major development...

This May End Up Being A Progression

  You may remember my tall Swamp maple, Acer rubrum 'drummondii,' from last fall.  It's been on death watch since I brought it home in 2017.  Well, it's not dead yet nor is it dying.  I don't yet see any signs of deterioration that have plagued my attempts to...

Water-Elm #46

  When we found this Water-elm last August (2018), I knew it was going in my collection.  I had lost a similar specimen back in 2014.  There's something about those two trunks! Today (5/25/19) it was time to style and pot this tree.  Most of the bonsai is...

Making Nice Bonsai From Ordinary Material

  This is a run of the mill Bald cypress seedling (about 3 years old in 2017) that I decided to play around with in July of that year.  How about a windswept cypress, I thought?  So I wired it from bottom to top and stuck it in a Byron Myrick oval I had on...

Trumpet Vine Bonsai

  I lifted this Trumpet vine, Campsis radicans, in June of 2017.  Why not go straight to a bonsai pot with it?  While this is not a good idea most of the time, vines are hard to kill and are reliable at producing roots. Here's the tree a year later.  The...

An American Elm Gets Potted

  Every tree you work on will eventually reach a state where it's got to go into a bonsai pot.  Sometimes we delay doing so, and while that's okay you don't want to push any tree too far or you risk decline and, of course, the D word. This American elm, Ulmus...

BC Forest Update And Work

  You may remember this Bald cypress forest from my recent blog about it.  I had replaced two of the trees and added another two.  Those new additions are now growing, so today seemed like a perfect time to do some work on the taller specimens. First order of...

Potting Up A Water-Elm

  We collected this nice smaller Water-elm in August of 2018.  By October the shoots were strong enough for an initial wiring.  Doesn't look like much, does it?  But the trunk base is 2" at the soil, and with the trunk chop at 11" I should be able to make a...

Sunday Evening Hawthorn Notes

Yesterday was my first one-on-one workshop for 2019.  We got a lot of work done, mostly on three large BCs.  This is a great time of year to do just about everything bonsai.  Problem is, it's hard to get it all done! Right now in my garden we've completed first...

A Very Big Water-Elm Gets Styled

  This is one big Water-elm!  We collected it in July of 2018, and it recovered nicely last summer and fall.  The base on this tree is 4" in diameter above the root crown, and it's chopped at 29".  When all is said and done, I'll have a real "statement"...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Some Evening Shots

  I took a few minutes this evening to do some quick trimming on a couple of trees, including this Chinese elm.  Most of you are familiar with this specimen.  It continues to fill out and get nicer.  I liked the lighting as the sun was going down, so took the...

A Water-Elm Gets Styled

  I love designing bonsai, and I especially love working with species that grow quickly and can be brought to a high degree of development in just a year or two. This Water-elm, Planera aquatica, came home in August of 2018.  It recovered quickly, and this...

If You Don’t Have An American Elm Bonsai, You Should

  I collected this American elm, Ulmus Americana, in May of 2018.  It's not a bad piece of material.  The trunk base is 2" in diameter, and I chopped it at 16".  It didn't take long for buds to show up all over the trunk.Within two months I was wiring like...

Saturday Evening Elms, Then And Now

  This is my earliest photo of what has become a rather nice Chinese elm bonsai.  Isn't it pathetic!  The photo dates back to August of 2014. Never forget the old adage, "from humble beginnings."Five years later, using tried and true bonsai development...

Chinese Privet Initial Styling

  I potted this Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, into this nice Chuck Iker pot earlier in the season.  I had had the specimen for a few years, but neglected it, but for those of you who know privet you understand that it didn't really affect the tree that...

Making A Small Cedar Elm Bonsai

  This small Cedar elm, Ulmus crassifolia, was collected in 2018 and is the last of three I had in the pot (they went on to their own pots last year).  I love the nice natural shape this tree exhibits.  If you look closely you can see the spot about halfway up...

There’s Design, And Then There’s Re-Design

  If you grow bonsai for any length of time, it's almost a given that you will be compelled to re-design some of them along the way.  Stuff just happens to our bonsai.  Maybe a storm comes through and something large falls and breaks off a branch.  Maybe...

Bonsai Odd & Ends: Making Soil & Potting Water-Elm #40

  I'm often asked about the soil I use for my bonsai.  Here's a short blog about how I do it.  There are countless formulas for bonsai soil, and the subject is one of the most hotly debated out there.  My advice: find out what works for you.  Here's what...

New Bonsai Coming – Crape & Hawthorn

  I lifted this ground-grown Crape myrtle specimen last summer.  From a bare trunk it grew shoots very quickly, and I was able to wire the complete structure in the same season.This is the same tree, nine months later.  It's got a nice structure and the leader...

Bald Cypress Reforestation

  I assembled this Bald cypress forest a couple of years ago.  It's done all right, but it's also had its challenges.  I've neglected this planting in favor of other bonsai, but this year I decided it was time to bring it back to "life." All but one of the...
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Water-Elm #39
(Image #1)

Water-Elm #39
(Image #2)

Bald Cypress #68

Water-Elm #35

Huckleberry #5

Water-Elm #53

Water-Elm #40

Water-Elm #39
Water-Elm #35

Bald Cypress #68

Huckleberry #5

Water-Elm #53

Water-Elm #40

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Bonsai Questions That May Have A Yes Answer

  Black cherry, Prunus serotina, is very common where I live and probably where you live too. They're lovely trees, too, with dark plated bark and glossy green leaves. The fruit is edible though tart and not very palatable. The wood of larger specimens is...

Quick Design Clinic – Styling A Couple Of Elms

  There are some tried and true bonsai design principles. The reason they're tried and true is because they conform to fundamental design principles that are not strictly endemic to bonsai. Balance, proportion, perspective, positive and negative spaces, all of...

First Taste Of Fall – And A Few Water-Elms For Next Year

  I love forest and group plantings. They come in several different forms: actual "forests" of multiple specimens of trees, rafts, multi-trunk groups, and so-called clump-style. It's hard to beat a well-executed bonsai forest. In this year's Water-elm collecting...

In Bonsai, Time Is (Almost) Everything

  I write and talk about it frequently. Making bonsai is, aside from the obvious horticultural and design aspects, mostly about time. Trees may grow fast, but they only grow so fast. With that said, making the best use of the growth cycles of our trees is...

Looking To 2020 – Flowering And Fruiting Species

  Though the holidays are not yet upon us, it's not too soon to start thinking of 2020. A lot of the work we do now will have an impact on how our trees develop next year. Today I looked at a few flowering and/or fruiting specimens that will make great progress...

A Few Rules For Slip-Potting

  Those of you who have been with us for a while know I love to slip-pot trees. Why? Well, I guess the biggest reason is I'm impatient to see a tree progress toward its best self. Another reason is that a lot of trees pass through my hands, and often it's just...

Bonsai Development Basics – Trunk Building

  That Boxelder I lifted last month did so well I thought I'd lift another one. Might as well have two to play with next year. For this specimen, my plan is somewhat different as I want to build the trunk from the ground up. In this blog post, I'll show you what...

Water-Elm Redux – Progress, Progress

  There's no denying that fast development in our bonsai is a good thing. To be sure, time in training really brings a bonsai to a fullness of design. But getting the design established quickly is, in my view, very important. Some species lend themselves to this...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Oak, Fig, Maple

  I love working with unusual species, and making bonsai that defy the normally accepted rules for design. Here are a few examples of current projects. First off is a Red oak, Quercus nuttallii, that I collected in East Texas a couple of years ago. (East Texas...

Privet Work And Slip-Potting

  Privets seldom disappoint. This one has put on a lot of growth in just a couple of months, and I can tell by the strength of it that a slip-potting now shouldn't cause any problem for it. But first, some design work. Most bonsai design work is "grow and clip,"...

Oak Sunday

  I love oak bonsai. Oaks are, in fact, among the best deciduous species available for bonsai. They take to pot culture well, backbud well, have great bark, and many species have small leaves. What's not to like? Here's a Water oak I lifted this summer in order...

Big Hoss Gets Chopped And Styled; A Brother Gets Some Work

  "Big Hoss" is a really big Water-elm we brought home last summer. Recently I posted him for sale as raw material. I've been studying this unique piece of material since we first happened upon it. No question it's an awesome specimen. But how to make the most...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #3

  Today was probably the last of our Water-elm collecting trips for 2019. We once again got some nice material. Here are a handful of examples. I just love this raft-style specimen. Nice, tight trunks. I've already got a plan in mind for this one, so hopefully...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Water Oak and Privet

  You've been following the development of this Water oak (Quercus nigra) since last year. The tree was collected in February of 2018, but failed to bud except in one spot. The obvious answer was to make bonsai lemonade out of that lemon.Here's the tree last...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #2

  Our second Water-elm hunt of the season happened today. This is the biggest specimen that came home with us (trunk base over 3"). Here's one view of the tree before it got re-chopped top and bottom. I'm not sure which front is going to be best. What do you...

Fun Fast Bonsai Development

  I love fast-developing trees. Some species and styles naturally lend themselves to rapid progress. The flat-top Bald cypress is a perfect example of this phenomenon. This specimen was collected in Winter 2019, and here's how it looked after the initial styling...

Water-Elm Collecting 2019 #1

  Today began our Water-elm collecting season. Each of these trees you see has been under about 20 feet of water since winter. Now it's time for their growing season, which will only last a few months. The short growing season is why these trees, though they may...

A Specimen Water-Elm Gets Some Attention

  I potted this Water-elm earlier in the season. It came home last August, and recovered very well. Since Water-elms love the summer heat, I know I can do some development work now. It's common to have to make choices as you develop your trees. In this case, I...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Things To Come

  I wasn't able to blog last week, so I'm going to try to make up for it this weekend. For a start, here's the Chinese elm forest that I'll be developing this coming year. As you can see, the growth is already lush. All that needs to happen with this specimen...

Huckleberry #5 – Summer Work

  You've been following the development of this Huckleberry bonsai-to-be for the past year or so. This is where the specimen stood just over one year ago, in July of 2018. And here it is in February of this year. I had done some carving on the trunk chops in...

Chinese Elm Forests

  Can you guess what this is? Some background first. I field-grow Chinese elms for bonsai, and frankly you'd be hard-pressed to name a better overall species for bonsai. In fact, it's not hyperbole to state that Chinese elm is the single best deciduous species...

A Water-Elm Gets More Interesting

  I potted up this Water-elm that we'd collected last July back in February. It's a pretty cool little twin-trunk, featuring dead wood on both trunks as well as a "flying root" on the right side. You wouldn't ordinarily want a root like that, but I thought it...

A Dwarf Yaupon Gets Styled

  Last year I had the hedge in front of my house taken out. It had been planted when the house was built in 1982, so simple math says this specimen is at least 40 years old. The base is 6" across, and I knew there was bonsai potential when it came out of the...

Fourth Of July Bonsai Odds & Ends – Cedar Elm, BC, Chinzan Azalea

  I potted this small Cedar elm earlier this season. It's been growing away, minding its own business. Recently we had a couple of storms and somehow this tree got picked to be blown off the bench. It stayed in the pot and no branches were broken, but the second...

Summer Progress – Cedar Elm, Sweetgum, BC

  You've been following along as I've developed this Cedar elm, starting in 2017 when it was first collected. The tree is filling out well, and the ramification is getting tighter with each pruning/pinching. All in all, time and technique are working their...

Its’ Shaggy BC Time!

  I started working on this Bald cypress last year. It's progressing very well, as you'll see when you compare these photos with the one from last year I included below. We're into summer now, and you can generally count on cypresses to take on a "shaggy"...

See A Fast Water-Elm Evolution ….

  Subject: Water-elm Date: 8/4/18 Stage: Big stick in pot Input: Lift, chop, wash, trim, dust, pot, pray Issues: None, if it lives Date: 3/17/19 Stage: Big stick with twiggy shoots Input: Select branches, wire and position branches, remove branches that serve no...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Hawthorn, Water-Elm, Trumpet Vine

  Today I did a one on one workshop with a new bonsai enthusiast. One of the specimens we were worked on was a three-tree Parsley hawthorn composition, very similar to this one. I love bonsai forests. The three-tree planting is the smallest expression of this...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – BC, Sweetgum, Water-Elm

  Here's a nice, slender Bald cypress from this year's crop.  I had planned from the start to hold the tree and make it into a flat-top style.  It's grown out enough now that I can do the initial styling on it. About 20 minutes later, this is what I ended up...

Don’t Take Your Eyes Off A Privet

  I lifted this Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, in Winter 2019.  Here is it in late March, just pushing new shoots. Here we are, two and a half months later.  Privet is very vigorous.  You literally can't take your eyes off them for long.   Time for a...

Muscadine Redesign

  You may remember this Muscadine grape, Vitis rotundifolia, from last summer.  It came out of the ground with two trunks, so I planned to make a twin-trunk bonsai out of it. Something of a start.  There's a lot of character in the trunk.  Major development...

This May End Up Being A Progression

  You may remember my tall Swamp maple, Acer rubrum 'drummondii,' from last fall.  It's been on death watch since I brought it home in 2017.  Well, it's not dead yet nor is it dying.  I don't yet see any signs of deterioration that have plagued my attempts to...

Water-Elm #46

  When we found this Water-elm last August (2018), I knew it was going in my collection.  I had lost a similar specimen back in 2014.  There's something about those two trunks! Today (5/25/19) it was time to style and pot this tree.  Most of the bonsai is...

Making Nice Bonsai From Ordinary Material

  This is a run of the mill Bald cypress seedling (about 3 years old in 2017) that I decided to play around with in July of that year.  How about a windswept cypress, I thought?  So I wired it from bottom to top and stuck it in a Byron Myrick oval I had on...

Trumpet Vine Bonsai

  I lifted this Trumpet vine, Campsis radicans, in June of 2017.  Why not go straight to a bonsai pot with it?  While this is not a good idea most of the time, vines are hard to kill and are reliable at producing roots. Here's the tree a year later.  The...

An American Elm Gets Potted

  Every tree you work on will eventually reach a state where it's got to go into a bonsai pot.  Sometimes we delay doing so, and while that's okay you don't want to push any tree too far or you risk decline and, of course, the D word. This American elm, Ulmus...

BC Forest Update And Work

  You may remember this Bald cypress forest from my recent blog about it.  I had replaced two of the trees and added another two.  Those new additions are now growing, so today seemed like a perfect time to do some work on the taller specimens. First order of...

Potting Up A Water-Elm

  We collected this nice smaller Water-elm in August of 2018.  By October the shoots were strong enough for an initial wiring.  Doesn't look like much, does it?  But the trunk base is 2" at the soil, and with the trunk chop at 11" I should be able to make a...

Sunday Evening Hawthorn Notes

Yesterday was my first one-on-one workshop for 2019.  We got a lot of work done, mostly on three large BCs.  This is a great time of year to do just about everything bonsai.  Problem is, it's hard to get it all done! Right now in my garden we've completed first...

A Very Big Water-Elm Gets Styled

  This is one big Water-elm!  We collected it in July of 2018, and it recovered nicely last summer and fall.  The base on this tree is 4" in diameter above the root crown, and it's chopped at 29".  When all is said and done, I'll have a real "statement"...

Bonsai Odds & Ends – Some Evening Shots

  I took a few minutes this evening to do some quick trimming on a couple of trees, including this Chinese elm.  Most of you are familiar with this specimen.  It continues to fill out and get nicer.  I liked the lighting as the sun was going down, so took the...

A Water-Elm Gets Styled

  I love designing bonsai, and I especially love working with species that grow quickly and can be brought to a high degree of development in just a year or two. This Water-elm, Planera aquatica, came home in August of 2018.  It recovered quickly, and this...

If You Don’t Have An American Elm Bonsai, You Should

  I collected this American elm, Ulmus Americana, in May of 2018.  It's not a bad piece of material.  The trunk base is 2" in diameter, and I chopped it at 16".  It didn't take long for buds to show up all over the trunk.Within two months I was wiring like...

Saturday Evening Elms, Then And Now

  This is my earliest photo of what has become a rather nice Chinese elm bonsai.  Isn't it pathetic!  The photo dates back to August of 2014. Never forget the old adage, "from humble beginnings."Five years later, using tried and true bonsai development...

Chinese Privet Initial Styling

  I potted this Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, into this nice Chuck Iker pot earlier in the season.  I had had the specimen for a few years, but neglected it, but for those of you who know privet you understand that it didn't really affect the tree that...

Making A Small Cedar Elm Bonsai

  This small Cedar elm, Ulmus crassifolia, was collected in 2018 and is the last of three I had in the pot (they went on to their own pots last year).  I love the nice natural shape this tree exhibits.  If you look closely you can see the spot about halfway up...

There’s Design, And Then There’s Re-Design

  If you grow bonsai for any length of time, it's almost a given that you will be compelled to re-design some of them along the way.  Stuff just happens to our bonsai.  Maybe a storm comes through and something large falls and breaks off a branch.  Maybe...

Bonsai Odd & Ends: Making Soil & Potting Water-Elm #40

  I'm often asked about the soil I use for my bonsai.  Here's a short blog about how I do it.  There are countless formulas for bonsai soil, and the subject is one of the most hotly debated out there.  My advice: find out what works for you.  Here's what...

New Bonsai Coming – Crape & Hawthorn

  I lifted this ground-grown Crape myrtle specimen last summer.  From a bare trunk it grew shoots very quickly, and I was able to wire the complete structure in the same season.This is the same tree, nine months later.  It's got a nice structure and the leader...

Bald Cypress Reforestation

  I assembled this Bald cypress forest a couple of years ago.  It's done all right, but it's also had its challenges.  I've neglected this planting in favor of other bonsai, but this year I decided it was time to bring it back to "life." All but one of the...

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One-Of-A-Kind Trees

Fine quality collected and field grown deciduous trees that are cared for and designed for at least two years before release.

The Bonsai Files

Access to general and how-to articles, the Bonsai Files, that are detailed and filled with bonsai images showing before, during, and after.

Image Gallery

A ton of pictures detailing the progression and craftsmanship of Zach’s one-of-a-kind, unique bonsai. Great visuals!

Bonsai Workshops

One-on-one, private workshops and small group workshops with Zach are held in historic, beautiful St. Francisville, Louisiana.