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The Apprentice's Garden


The view from the studio of Andrew Robson's Rakuyo Bonsai. This is the second time we've features a tour by Michael Hagedorn of a bonsai garden that belongs to a former apprentice of his.

Here's what Michael wrote about the tour: This is the second in a series of posts about the gardens of my former apprentices. This time, Andrew Robson, who was with me from 2016-2019.

Like myself and Bobby Curttright, Andrew has chosen the modest-space professional bonsai garden, much like the Japanese do. The garden of Rakuyo Bonsai is only a mile from my studio near Portland, Oregon.

On the property was a huge red oak, which was cut down for light. The massive trunk became boards for Andrew’s benches. Not often you see benches with live edges.

A Katsura in full glow.

Though his collection ismostly deciduous, Rakuyo does sport some sweet conifers, an Itoigawa in this case.

Bench upon bench of deciduous trees are at Rakuyo, making this quite a show in fall.

An old Winter Hazel in late fall.

Andrew spent some time creating a large tokonoma in the studio,
and there’s always a tree or stone on display in it.

With a collection like this you're going to need security.


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