This list contains bonsai instructors from the Northwest region,
as well as selected US and International artists. Clubs member
clubs within PNBCA were contacted in an effort to compile a list
talented instructors. This list contains pertinent information
about each artist. It is hoped that this list will provide PNBCA
clubs with useful information when putting together annual and
seasonal programs, and to effectively use the broad base of talent
This list will continue to be built upon and updated each
year. Your input is critical to keep this list current. If you
know of instructors who should be included, but were not, please
send their names and contact information to PNBCA. Every effort
will be made to include them in the next edition. The intention
is to distribute an updated list at each annual PNBCA Convention.
Peter Adams: Sequim, WA
Active in the Dungeness Bonsai Club. Peter has over 40 years
experience in bonsai. He has a very artistic eye and has written
many books on bonsai. Peter hails originally from England and
has a very artistic approach to bonsai. Schooled in the fine
arts, Peter draws from that center to create his bonsai and instruct
his students. Fees upon request. Website
Charlie Anderson: Bainbridge Island, WA
Charlie Anderson has been practicing Bonsai for more than thirty
years. He is a Past President of Puget Sound Bonsai and has served
as both recording secretary and a term as a director of Bonsai
Clubs International. Additionally, he has been twice Chairman
of the Pacific Northwest Bonsai Convention. Since 1986 Charlie
and his wife, Ruth, have created and run Harborcrest Bonsai Nursery
on Bainbridge Island. Charlie has taught numerous classes and
workshops on Bonsai. He was a workshop leader at the 1999 Bonsai
Clubs International Convention and was the bonsai sensei at the
Bellevue, Washington Aki Matsura Festival. Charlie has had demonstrations
and workshops at local clubs in Washington, Oregon, Tennessee
and California. He now spends much of his time with his wife
Ruth on their 250 tree Bonsai collection and in helping others
with their collections in the Kitsap County area. Fees upon request.
David DeGroot: Federal Way, WA
David DeGroot is curator of the Weyerhaeuser Company's Pacific
Rim Bonsai Collection near Seattle. David maintains over 100
trees and operates an educational program that includes approximately
30 lectures and two special exhibits annually. In addition to
teaching, Dave has written many articles for major bonsai publications
and is the author of Basic Bonsai Design, now in its third printing.
Although formally educated in music, Dave developed an interest
in bonsai in 1969 while a student in Milwaukee. Dave's interest
in bonsai matured in New Orleans as an active member of the Greater
New Orleans Bonsai Society; where he ultimately left music to
start his own bonsai design and consulting business. David is
a wonderful teacher who has an incredible eye for design and
a vast knowledge of technical skills - from Satsuki Azaleas to
Japanese Black Pines to Zelkova. Any club or group who can land
David to teach or demonstrate will be very satisfied. Fees upon
Cathy Everett: Rainier, WA
Cathy has been involved in bonsai for over 27 years. She is a
member of the Olympia Club and has been teaching for the past
15 years. She cut her teeth on bonsai on the east coast, with
her primary mentor being Marian Gillynswan. Cathy has demonstrated
expertise with Chinese elms, and over the years has identified
which indoor trees do well in the Pacific NW. Cathy will be unavailable
to teach or demonstrate until January 2005. Fees upon request.
Glenn Gardiner: Fall City, WA
Glenn is a longtime PSBA member and has taught bonsai in the
NW for many years. He frequently contributes his time at club
meetings to help PSBA members refine their trees. Glenn is known
throughout the area for his formulaic wiring - having spent his
working career as an engineer at Boeing. Fees upon request.
Masa Furukawa: Portland, OR
Owner of Japan Bonsai which offers bonsai, pre-bonsai, supply
supplies and classes. Masa has a rich history in bonsai and horticulture.
His favorite tree is any kind but those having an interesting
trunk-line and trees with character catch his eye.
Brief bio: 1966 Apprenticed to Toshio Kawamoto (Founder of SAIKEI)
Nippon Bonsai-Saikei Art Institute and Meiju-en. In 1967 Graduated
from landscape course, Tokyo Agriculture University. In 1971
Masa obtained bonsai-saikei master certification from Nippon
Bonsai-Saikei Art Institute. In 1976 Started Fujinomiya Bonsai-
Saikei Institute in Shizuoka Japan. 1980 Started Oregon Bonsai-Saikei
Institute. Fees upon request.
Joe Harris: Boring, OR
503-663-3822 ext. 297
A native of Memphis, Mr. Harris began his nursery career in 1976
at the young age of eleven working part-time for Brussel Martin
at his small bonsai nursery in Germantown, Tennessee. Working
in the summer, weekends and after school, Joe helped Brussel's
Bonsai Nursery grow into the largest importer and grower of bonsai
in North America, now based just outside of Memphis in Olive
Branch, Mississippi. From 1986 to 1990, Joe took a break from
his duties at Brussel's, and began a four year apprenticeship
in Japan at the Kanuma Shizen Bonsai Koen (Kanuma Nature and
Bonsai Park) under the watchful eye of bonsai master Makoto Kashimoto.
There he learned bonsai design, cultural care and business practices.
Joe is now an internationally recognized authority on the art
of bonsai, traveling throughout the United States and abroad
conducting demonstrations and workshops on bonsai design and
cultural care techniques. In late 1996, Joe accepted a job offer
from Iseli Nursery, Inc. in Boring, Oregon, where he had been
a pruning consultant for several years. Iseli is a wholesale
grower of rare and beautiful dwarf conifers, Japanese maples
and other select ornamental trees and shrubs. Joe now manages
the Japanese maple and Matsunami-en Bonsai® divisions, as
well as the pine section of their Living Art® division. Fees
Jerry Meislik: Whitefish, MT
Jerry has been actively studying trees and how to grow them in
containers and creating bonsai since 1977. Jerry has traveled
to several foreign countries to study bonsai and design concepts.
Jerry is considered an expert on tropical/indoor bonsai, and
the use of native materials for bonsai. His recent book, Ficus:
The Exotic Bonsai, is the ultimate resource for information on
growing Ficus bonsai. Over the past ten years Jerry has had the
opportunity to teach and lecture bonsai and is active in publishing
articles on various bonsai topics. Jerry is available to lecture,
teach and demonstrate bonsai by appointment. Fees upon request.
John Muth: Seattle, WA
John is the owner and operator of Bonsai NW, and received much
of his instruction from his talented mother, Sharon Muth. John
teaches a variety of classes at Bonsai NW and is available to
do demonstrations and off-site instruction. Fee upon request.
Sharon Muth: Seattle, WA
Sharon is the original owner of Bonsai NW, which she founded
about 30 years ago and a longtime Puget Sound Bonsai Association
member. Sharon has a fine eye for design and excellent technical
skills. She has been a wonderful resource to NW bonsai enthusiasts
and has passed on her skill and passion to her son John, who
now owns and operates Bonsai NW. Fees upon request.
Mark Paterson, Victoria BC
Marks passion for
bonsai drives him to make bonsai accessible to everyone. In 2007
Mark established Nebari Bonsai Canada. This provides him with the
opportunity to work with 6 local garden centers and a horticultural
collage to introduce hundreds of people to bonsai through lessons,
demonstrations and product. Mark has been part of the Vancouver
Island bonsai Club since 2002, and has eventually become a senior
instructor. Having helped new bonsai artists for so long it is no
wonder he considers his teaching specialty to be helping students to
identify quality bonsai stock from nursery material. But this does
not keep him from striving to create a world class collection. His
home, Victoria, BC, is home to stringy twisted mountain hemlock and
fat burly shore pines which are old enough to turn any enthusiast's
head. Mark has been learning specialized care techniques for the
mountain hemlock for 4 years now.
Dan Robinson: Bremerton, WA
Dan owns and operates Elandan Gardens in
Bremerton, Washington. His seminars and workshops on carving and
sculptural processes present a unique American perspective;
emphasizing natural forms, rejecting prescribed rules that he feels
restrict artistic expression. Robinson is credited with the
development of a root enhancing technique now used by collectors
around the world. He introduced power tools into the bonsai creation
arena in 1978. His articulation on "The Aging Process" clarified the
design implicit during ascending stages of age in trees. His
treatise "Focal Point Bonsai Design", challenging the perpetuation
of the "One-Two-Three-Triangle" design concept has been published in
U.S., Italian, English and French Bonsai publications. Fees upon
David Rowe: Parkville, BC Canada
David has been doing bonsai for 25 years, and has been a member
of the Toronto Bonsai Society for 23 years. He has served on
the executive committee for all but three of those years. The
position of editor he held for six years, show chairman six years,
vice president for two, and president for one. David has given
workshops and demonstrations at the Japanese Cultural Center,
in Toronto. Locally he has provided workshops and demonstrations
at many of the bonsai clubs. He was one of the headliners at
the 1997 BCI convention in Toronto. David has provided demonstrations
and workshops across the country, in Rochester, New York, The
Vancouver Federation of Bonsai Clubs, the Vancouver Island Bonsai
Club in Victoria and, since moving to the Island, David has started
a local club where he lives in Parksville, British Columbia.
In September 2000, he was one of the three headliners at the
Pacific NW Bonsai Convention, held in Victoria, B.C. In 2002
David was be one of the headliners at the ABS Symposium 2002.
the 1997 IBC convention he received the Chase Rosade award for
design. Fees upon request.
Alan Taft: Portland, OR
Alan has done some form of bonsai since 1970. Serious learning
began with Masahiro Furukawa in 1983, and became a teacher in
1995 at Wee Tree Farm in Corvallis, Or. In 2003 Alan began taking
"intensives" with Boon Manakitivipart. His favorite
trees are juniper, black pine, and maple. Cascade and Bunjin
are favorite forms of bonsai. Alan is available to do lectures,
demos, and workshops, and his philosophy is "to help students
create their bonsai art, not do it for them". Fees upon
Mr. Tak Yamaura: Surrey, BC Canada
Tak has 30 years of experience in the art and skill of bonsai.
He graduated from the University of Agriculture in Tokyo Japan,
in 1968. While attending university, Tak was fortunate to receive
training from Mr. Toshio Kawamoto, bonsai master of Nippon Bonsai
Arriving in Canada in 1970, Tak established "Japan Bonsai"
in White Rock, BC. Tak has demonstrated incredible skill with
Shimpaku Juniper and Tsukumo Cypress. Fees upon request.
National and International
Bruce Baker: Ann Arbor, MI
I got started in bonsai in 1977 after visiting the collection
at Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania. Since that
time he have been very actively pursued bonsai through his personal
collection as well as through participation in bonsai organizations.
In 1987 he was one of a number of people to be honored as "one
of America's Outstanding Bonsai Artists " by the National
Bonsai Foundation. A tree he exhibited in the Outstanding American
Bonsai invitational exhibition at the International Bonsai Congress
'87 is pictured in Randy Clark's book, "Outstanding American
Bonsai." He have won many honors for his bonsai, including
two Best of Show awards, at the annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition
He has demonstrated and lecture for bonsai groups throughout
the world. He has been a featured demonstrator and teacher at
a number of U.S. regional and national conventions. He has contribute
frequently to bonsai publications and was a featured columnist
for the American Bonsai Society Journal for four years. One of
his articles was translated and published in Czechoslovakia prior
to the collapse of the Soviet Union! He have served as president
of the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society and the Bonsai Association of
Michigan. He have also served as a director and officer of Bonsai
Clubs International and a director of the National Bonsai Foundation.
Fees upon request.
John Biel: Toronto, ON Canada
John Biel started bonsai about 23 years ago with Bill Valavanis
of Rochester, New York. John, a retired Program Analyst, is from
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he maintains his diverse collection
of both collected and nursery stock bonsai.
His bonsai have appeared in many professional bonsai magazines
and texts. Most recently, they have been selected every year
in the top 100 in the JAL contest. His sinuous larch bonsai was
accepted by the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
He is past president of the Toronto Bonsai Society (two terms)
and serves on the editorial board of International BONSAI magazine.
He was also Program Chairman for IBC '97. John has authored many
articles for premier bonsai magazines and also presented programs
in the US, Canada and the UK. Fees upon request.
David Easterbrook: Montreal, QC Canada
David has been curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden's bonsai
collection since 1982. Among the most prestigious collections
in North America, it includes 30 masterpiece bonsai donated by
the Nippon Bonsai Association, 40 dwarf potted trees from the
collection of Hong Kong banker Dr. Wu Yee-Sun, over 300 penjing
donated by the People's Republic of China, new specimens of Vietnamese
bonsai and a North American bonsai collection featuring outstanding
mature bonsai created by North American experts.
David began growing bonsai in 1970 and is owner of a bonsai nursery.
He studied bonsai in Japan in 1981 and teaches regular bonsai
classes as well as being a well-known lecturer and demonstrator
in northeastern US and Canada and also France. He served as president
of the Montreal Bonsai Society in 1982 and 1983 and was chairman
of the American Bonsai Society convention which was held in Montreal
in July 1988. He has also authored two books on bonsai and bonsai
care and techniques. Fees upon request
Guy Guidry: Covington, LA
Guy Guidry is a world recognized Bonsai artist. Guy specializes
in designing specimen bonsai and is honored to have several of
his bonsai trees on permanent display in National Museums around
the U.S.A. Guy has pioneered many techniques involved in growing
and designing better bonsai. Guy is particularly well known for
his techniques used for creating taper in large Louisiana Bald
Cypress trees. These techniques have made it possible for more
people to enjoy this fantastic material as bonsai. Guy is a very
talented and enthusiastic bonsai artist who enjoys traveling
the U.S. and abroad, teaching and sharing his knowledge of the
art. Fees upon request.
Erine Kuo: Califorina
born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Ernie came to the United
States for college and received his degrees in Chemical Engineering.
He worked as a forensic chemist until 1987. His bonsai life began
in 1979 when his wife Margaret urged him to start a hobby and
enrolled him in a bonsai class. Since then, Ernie has been a
typical bonsai enthusiast, collecting specimens from nurseries,
mountains, front yards and back yards. He learned from his mentor
John Naka that the best way to learn bonsai is to teach bonsai.
Thus in 1987, he began teaching bonsai at Cypress College in
Orange County. Later in 1990, he also taught at UCLA Extensions.
In 1991, he went to Japan to study under Masahiko Kimura for
three months. Currently, he teaches two bonsai classes out of
his home. He has traveled coast to coast in the United States
and to Europe, South America, Australia and Asia to give workshops,
lectures and demonstrations.
He has published articles in the Golden Statements, Bonsai in
California, Journal of the American Bonsai Society, the Bonsai
Clubs International magazine, Bonsai Today, Bonsai Arte E Natura
(Italian), Bonsai Creativ (German) and Bonsai (German). His bonsai
won the Bonsai Club International Ben Oki Design Award in 1993
and 1994 and first prizes in the Kindai Bonsai Magazine (Japanese)
Readers' Sakufuten in 1994 and 1995. Fees upon request.
Colin Lewis: Salem, MA
Colin hails from Great Britain and has been practicing bonsai
for over 30 years. His dry wit, attention to detail and aesthetic
eye for design make Colin a wonderful teacher and demonstrator.
Colin has published a number of bonsai books, including The Art
of Bonsai Design; Bonsai Survival Manual; Bonsai: a care manual;
and several other books. Colin has won numerous awards for his
bonsai work. He is Founder and Principal of the Hô Yoku
School of Bonsai. Fees upon request.
Boon Manakitivipart: Alameda, CA
Boon's start in bonsai was the result of a birthday gift: a small
juniper bonsai. Before long, he joined the Bonsai Society of
San Francisco, the club through which he took his first beginner
class in the spring of 1989. Anxious to learn as much as possible
about bonsai, Boon studied with as many teachers as he could
find in California.
In 1993, the Golden State Bonsai Federation awarded Boon a
Teacher Development Scholarship; two years later, he received
the Ben Oki International Design Award for styling a Sierra juniper.
In 1995, Boon received several informal offers to study bonsai
in Japan. Several months later he traveled to Japan where he
studied bonsai for one year as an apprentice with Yasuo Mitsuya.
Following his apprenticeship, Boon returned to Japan twice a
year to continue his study with Kihachiro Kamiya until his passing
in January, 2004.
In 1998, Boon founded and became the teacher of Bay Island
Bonsai, and started his business, Bonsai Boon. Boon is available
for demonstrations and focused workshops. He conducts Bonsai
Intensives at his home in Alameda, CA. Fees upon request.
Cheryl Manning: Los Angeles CA
Cheryl is from Los Angeles and began working in bonsai in 1981
learning her basic skills from Murata Bonsai Nursery in Orange
County pursuing then studies with John Naka, Ben Oki, Harry Hirao
and Jim Barrett. In 1994, sponsored by the Golden State Bonsai
Federation, she spent a year-long apprenticeship with Yasua Mitsuya
in Toyohashi, Japan. Cheryl, who was a popular featured presenter
at the American Bonsai Society in Milwaukee in 2002, is a member
of the Japan Nippon Bonsai Association and a board member of
the National Bonsai Foundation in Washington, DC. Fee upon request.
Roy Nagatoshi: Sylmar, CA
Roy Nagatoshi (with his father Shigeru) owns Fuji Bonsai Nursery
in Sylmar, outside of Los Angeles, California. Roy became involved
in bonsai in 1959, and by 1968 both Roy and his father were teaching
at their nursery. Roy holds a Bachelor Degree in ornamental Horticulture,
and makes frequent appearances, teaching and demonstrating bonsai
all over the U.S.
Roy was credited for creating bonsai for a major motion picture,
Karate Kid III, in 1990, and was also involved in a bonsai educational
video professionally produced by Puget Sound Bonsai Association,
with funding provided by Weyerhaeuser Company of Tacoma, Washington.
He is the President of the California Bonsai Society, and
was Chairman of the 40th Anniversary Convention, held in the
Spring of 1997. Fees upon request.
Ben Oki: Culver City, CA
Japanese-American was horn in Sacramento, California, in 1927.
At age six, he moved to Japan, where he learned Japanese landscape
and stone techniques. In 1950, Ben returned to the United States
after graduating from Matsu Moto Business School, and has managed
his entrepreneurship in landscape gardening ever since.
Ben is admired and in high demand worldwide as a Japanese
Garden designer, especially for his use of stones in his compositions.
Ben's design work includes the garden of screen star Cybil Shepard
in Tennessee, and others in the Pacific Islands and South America.
Ben is a curator of the Bonsai Collections at the Huntington
Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
Ben studied bonsai under world master John Naka, and has assisted
him with demonstrations and meetings. Ben has become one of the
internationally known bonsai masters, and takes a key role at
conventions by conducting workshops, demonstrations, and critique
Ben has been growing and teaching bonsai since 1958, specializing
in California juniper. He shares his hands-on experience and
expertise in his article, Collecting California Junipers, published
in a British magazine. He is well known for his rugged, freeform
style, fine detail work, fast wiring, and skillful tree-splitting
The Satsuki Society in Los Angeles has awarded Ben "Best
in Show" in their bonsai competition for four consecutive
years. In 1989, Los Angeles Consul General of Japan Seki Hiromoto
honored Ben with a prestigious recognition of his RYU NO MA!,
"Dancing Dragon," a collected California juniper. In
1991, the tree became a part of the North American Collection
at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, United States National
Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Ben's 35-year-old hackberry is
displayed as a part of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection of the
Weyerhaeuser in Tacoma, Washington.
In Indiana, Cheryl and Charles Owens honored Ben with both
the Ben Old International Design Award and the Ben Old National
Design Award-the awards for excellence in bonsai design quality
sponsored by Bonsai Clubs International (BCI) and the American
Bonsai Society, respectively. Since 1984, Ben has been leading
"Ben Oki's Japan Bonsai Tour" to visit gardens, nurseries,
and pottery shops.
Ben is a former vice president of the California Bonsai Society,
and a program chairman of the Satsuki Society. Ben is also an
active member of other bonsai organizations, including the American
Bonsai Society, the BCI, the Nampu Kal, and the Southern California
Chapter of the Japanese Satsuki Society. Fees upon request.
Chase Rosade: New Hope, PA
Chase has always had enthusiasm for horticulture. He saw and
worked with his first Bonsai in the mid 50's (he still has a
Japanese Maple started from seed in 1958), and has a degree in
Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College. In 1963/64
as a world traveler, Chase had the opportunity to apprentice
Bonsai with Kyozo Yodshida of Nara, Japan for 8 months. With
the purchase of 10 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1970,
the Rosade Bonsai Studio opened its doors.
Chase maintains an extensive teaching and lecture schedule
and does some writing. He has served as President and board member
of many bonsai organizations while still having a little time
for a home life, which revolves around Bonsai.
In the past few years Chase has given programs for hundreds
of Bonsai clubs and groups as well as the American Bonsai Society,
International Bonsai Congress, the MidWest Bonsai Alliance, the
International Bonsai Arboretum, the Golden State Bonsai Federation,
and the Latin American Bonsai Federation with lectures throughout
South America. He has taken extended lecture tours to Europe
and Asia, presenting programs in Switzerland, Germany, England,
and the European Bonsai Association as well as India, Philippines
Chase likes medium to large size bonsai in all styles and
species. One might think he favors Pines, Junipers, Maples and
Azaleas but he is quick to point out that his favorite tree is
the one he is working on. Fees upon request.
Kathy Shaner: San Jose, CA
Starting her career in Bonsai in 1983, Kathy Shaner has become
Internationally known and Recognized for her excellence in the
art of Bonsai. After becoming a member of ten Bonsai clubs and
studying under several of California's most respected Bonsai
instructors, she was granted the opportunity to study in Toyohashi,
Japan. There she worked for Yasuo Mitsuya, winner of Minister
of Education and Kokufu Awards, among others. He realized that
her drive and passion for Bonsai went far deeper than a simple
hobbyist's desire and that she had a great talent. Mr. Mitsuya
encouraged Kathy to complete the full 5-year apprenticeship,
which she did in 1994. This was a double first for both Japan
and Kathy Shaner. She was the first non-Japanese citizen and
first woman to be certified by the Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii,
the professional Bonsai grower's branch of the Nippon Bonsai
Kyokai (Japan Bonsai Association).
Since that time, Kathy's career has taken off in many directions.
Conducting seminars, and full-day workshops, lecturing on-site
and working on private collections are some of Kathy's many Bonsai
activities. Students are taught the art and culture of Bonsai
using her creative specialized methods. Her critiques are a highly
regarded part of the program and have set a standard for other
She is the curator of the Golden State Bonsai Collection-North
at Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif. Display of this collection
opened in the fall of 1999. Fees upon request.
He was born in 1953 and grew up in Quebec City, Canada. He has
lived in Toronto since 1989 and previous to that, in Montreal
for 12 years. His educational background is biology and psychology.
When he was between jobs in 1980, he saw a (life altering) display
of newly imported Bonsai from Japan at the Montreal Botanical
Gardens. He read everything he could find on the subject, took
a workshop, practiced a lot, then opened a Bonsai business in
Montreal. He imported trees from Japan, Taiwan, China and the
U.S. and passed on his passion for Bonsai to many people. In
1984 he was invited to live and work with a Bonsai grower in
Shikoku, Japan. His video, " The Growing Art of Bonsai",
is considered by many well known and respected sources as being
the best English language video on the market. Currently he has
several more projects in development. He has lectured and demonstrated
on Bonsai, Viewing Stones and Japanese Gardens to local and international
Bonsai and horticultural societies, TV and radio stations, in
English and French. He was on the organizing committee of the
American Bonsai Society convention in Montreal in 1988 and was
a Director of the Montreal Bonsai Society. He was Vice President
of the Toronto Bonsai Society and served two consecutive terms
on the Board of Directors of Bonsai Clubs International. He was
on the organizing committee for B.C.I. '97 in Toronto, and on
the Feature Garden Committee for Canada Blooms, a flower and
garden show produced by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape
Ontario. He is a member in good standing of Landscape Ontario
and his garden displays have twice won first prize in the Feature
Garden Competition of the Canadian National Exhibition. At Canada
Blooms, he was awarded "Best Japanese Garden", one
year and the Sheridan Award another year for the best garden
under 1000 square feet. He has contributed to many international
publications including 'International Bonsai', 'Bonsai Magazine'
(BCI), 'The North American Viewing Stone Society', 'Bonsai',
(the British Bonsai Magazine) and the Journals of the Swedish
and Belgian Bonsai Societies. Three of his favorite Viewing Stones
have been accepted into a permanent display at the US National
Arboretum. At the BCI convention in 1996 in Washington D.C. he
won the Rosade "Excellence in Design" award for his
Shohin Bonsai display. At the M.A.B.A. convention in Detroit
Michigan, June '00, Mr. Kimura of Japan awarded his Ficus retusa
2nd prize in the masterpiece display. At the Millennum Bonsai
contest in Rochester New York, Sept.'00, his Shimpaku Juniper
won 3rd prize. Both times he submitted photos of his trees to
the JAL (World's 100 Best) contest, they were accepted. Fees
John Thompson: San Jose, CA
John's experience and bonsai collection encompass a wide range
of species and styles. He is a recognized authority on the development
of bonsai techniques for Native Oaks. He especially enjoys working
on collected specimens of Oak, Juniper and Boxwood. Collecting
from the wild as well as the neighborhood and maintaining a growing
ground for development of material yield a stream of interesting
pre-bonsai for his avocation.
JT emphasizes the active "Doing of Bonsai," and
incorporates the natural forms that exist around us with the
unique characteristics of the individual tree. He believes in
touching and enjoying his trees every day. Fees upon request.
Bill Valavanis: Rochester, NY
Bill's interest in bonsai started very early for him. He began
lecturing to garden clubs in the Charleston, West Virginia area
when he was only sixteen. In 1970, Bill went to Japan to begin
his bonsai studies in earnest. There he studied with Kyuzo Murata,
Toshio Kawamoto, Kakutaro and bonsai chrysanthemums with Tameji
Nakajima. To learn more about Japanese design and line, he studied
with the Shofu School of Ikebana and received a master's teaching
certificate. Bill graduated from the State University of New
York at Farmingdale in 1971, majoring in Ornamental Horticulture.
He began teaching regular bonsai classes in Rochester and traveling
extensively teaching classical bonsai art. After graduation from
Cornell University in 1976, he lived, studied and taught bonsai
courses at the Yoshimura School of Bonsai with Yuji Yoshimura.
Bill lives in the Rochester area and his business The International
Bonsai Arboretum reflects his dedication to the promotion of
the international artistic and Horticultural expression of classical
Bonsai art through propagation and education. He began publishing
International BONSAI in 1979, now reaching over 50 countries.
Fees upon request
Bob Wilcox: Toronto, ON Canada
Bob is currently president of the Toronto Bonsai Society. He
gives credit to early training in architecture which led to a
career in the graphic arts - most recently he works as a book
designer. His specialty has been the collection of wild trees
in Ontario. Larch, pine and cedar are levered out of pockets
on the rocky shores of cool, northern lakes and, occasionally,
apples and hawthorn are dug from farmers' fields. He was a finalist
for the Ben Oki Award in 1999 and has had trees featured each
year in the Japan Airlines competition. Fees upon request
Zhao (Brook) Quinquan: Yanghou Jiangsu, China (0514)7352417
Zhao is an internationally recognized expert in
Penjing. Growing up in Yangzhou, China both his father and
grandfather had penjing collections. Zhao, author of Penjing: Worlds
of Wonderment, has been creating penjing for over 25 years. To watch
a Zhao demo or to partake in one of his workshops is a true delight.
Zhao is a gracious and talented artist. Fee upon request.