Bonsai Resources for Portland Area
Table of Contents
Nurseries - Bonsai Stock and Supplies.
- Daybreak Gardens (Updated 10/3/16).
- Garland Nursery (Updated 10/3/16).
- Hackenbruck, Tony (Updated 1/12/17).
- Oregon Bonsai (Updated 10/3/16).
- Portland Bonsai Supply (Updated 1/12/17).
- Portland Nursery (Updated 5/3/16).
- River Rock Nursery (Updated 11/15/16).
- Telperion Farms (Updated 10/3/16).
- Tsugawa Nursery (Updated 5/3/16).
- Vojtilla Grapes (Updated 5/3/16).
- Bonsai Material Suppliers.
- Ceramic Artists (Bonsai Potters).
- Bonsai Artists – Instructors.
Nurseries - Bonsai Stock and Supplies
Daybreak Gardens (Updated 10/3/16)
Pre-Bonsai Plants, Bonsai Tools, Wire, Pottery, Mica and Plastic Training
Pots, Mazama Pumice, Red Cinder Rock, Diatomite Rock, Black Compost,
Contact: Donna Burnett 360-687-5641 By appointment only.
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Garland Nursery (Updated 10/3/16)
Hackenbruck, Tony (Updated 1/12/17)
Tony Hackenbruck has been a gardener and potter in Portland for 40 years. His garden in the Sunnyside neighborhood of southeast Portland is full of pots, tile installations and ornaments. The garden is listed with the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and is open in May, June and July. Having found friends in the Bonsai Society, Tony has enjoyed making larger pots to specifications and has begun exploring the transitional forms. Firing eight to ten kilns a year, there is often new work to see.
Oregon Bonsai (Updated 10/3/16)
Yamadori (collected) and field grown bonsai stock
Contact: Randy Knight 503-396-6323 EMAIL
St Helens, Oregon
Portland Bonsai Supply (Updated 1/12/17)
Wire, tools, akadama, soils, pots, general bonsai supplies
Portland Nursery (Updated 5/3/16)
General nursery selection, Pots, Tools and Supplies
SE Stark St., Portland, OR (503) 231-5050
SE Division St., Portland, OR (503) 788-9000
River Rock Nursery (Updated 11/15/16)
The nursery grows a lot of unique and interesting plants that are good for
bonsai. Generally has a vendor table at the monthly meetings. Nursery open
by appointment; call for hours.
Contact: Gretchen O'Brien (503) 658-4047 EMAIL
2 miles east of Carver on HWY 224
Telperion Farms (Updated 10/3/16)
Dedicated to creating world-class bonsai material, the farm lies in the
foothills of the Cascade Mts, east of Salem. Acres of field-grown
pre-bonsai stock, shohin trees and specimen quality satsuki azaleas. The
farm offers a full range of pots, tools, soils, books, etc.
Contact: Lisa and Chris Kirk (503) 881-1147 Call for appointment. EMAIL
Tsugawa Nursery (Updated 5/3/16)
General Nursery, Pre-bonsai, Bonsai, Pots, Tools & Supplies.
Contact: Brian Tsugawa (360) 225-8750
410 Scott Ave, Woodland, WA 98674 (Exit 21 off I-5)
Vojtilla Grapes (Updated 5/3/16)
Bonsai grapes and princess persimmon
Contact: Dennis Vojtilla (503) 550-2848 EMAIL
Bonsai Material Suppliers
Pro-Gro Mixes & Materials (Updated 5/3/16)
Horticultural pumice by the gallon
Contact: (503) 682-3500
26045 Southwest Grahams Ferry Road, Sherwood, OR 97140
5-4-4 Organic Fertilizer with mycorrhizae, 20 lb bags (Updated 10/3/16)
Offered through the Portland Rose Society
Contact: Bill Hettick (503) 936-5629 EMAIL
Garden Path Nursery (Updated 5/3/16)
Specializing in hostas, which are great companion plants for bonsai.
Contact: Barry Baertline 503-318-1841, EMAIL
Woodworkers (Bonsai Stands)
Austin Heitzman, Austin Heitzman Furniture (Updated 10/3/16)
Austin specializes in custom bonsai stands and wooden display options using
a wide array of eclectic, locally sourced and imported lumber options. He
will consult to determine the best choice for your needs. You will benefit
from his knowledge of keeping bonsai and collaborating with professionals
like Ryan Neil and Michael Hagedorn, combined with an extensive knowledge
of furniture history. He is happy to design stands for specific trees or
for more general applications, whether it is for formal show display or
Contact: Austin Heitzman (267) 262-1177 EMAIL
Ceramic Artists (Bonsai Potters)
Vickie Chamberlain (Updated 10/3/16)
Based in southern Oregon, Vicki offers thrown and hand built bonsai and
kusamono containers. Fired a variety of ways in both oxidation and
reduction kilns depending on desired glaze results. Distribution centers
continue to grow so best to check her website for the latest sales
locations. Vicki also attends some club meetings and special events, and
always brings a few pots with her. Shipping is also available.
Contact: Vicki Chamberlain (541) 531-8515 EMAIL
Jan Rentenaar (Updated 10/3/16)
Jan has thirty years working with clay. All forms are hand built. She has
extensive knowledge of local clays and work closely with Ryan Neil of
Bonsai Mirai. She makes hand built bonsai pots using wood and gas-fired
techniques. Her work is displayed and for sale at Shogun’s gallery, The
Portland Japanese Garden, and White bird Gallery.
Contact: Jan Rentenaar (503) 397-7873 EMAIL
St. Helens, OR
Bonsai Artists – Instructors
Bonsai Mirai, Ryan Neil (Updated 10/3/16)
A full service bonsai nursery that offers numerous ways to enhance your
bonsai knowledge and skills, ranging from foundational courses to private
study, workshops and public demonstrations. Mirai’s Defining Concepts
Courses offer an in-depth and holistic educational experience for people
who are willing to make a commitment to excellence. Explore
species-specific behaviors, techniques and artistic principles through a
combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. Defining
Concepts courses are structured for people in any stage of their bonsai
journey, from the total beginner to the avid hobbyist. Both raw and
developing bonsai stock are available for purchase.
Contact: Ryan Neil (503) 396-6219
St. Helens, OR
Brenden Studio, Greg Brenden (Updated 10/3/16)
As an artist, Greg specializes in collected native trees and accent plants.
For bonsai that are ‘Outside the Box’ see him!
Contact: Greg Brenden (503) 501-0456 EMAIL
Crataegus Bonsai, Michael Hagedorn (Updated 10/3/16)
Crataegus Bonsai garden’s offerings include teaching, client services, and
inspiration. A diverse teaching collection from deciduous and conifer
bonsai to accent plants frames an intimate studio setting where art is as
hallowed as horticulture. The in-depth Seasonal program has students of
several nationalities, while services that include styling and maintaining
bonsai serve those seeking a professional's skills. Michael blogs about
bonsai weekly on crataegus.com, and wrote a book called Post-Dated: The
Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk about his bonsai apprenticeship in
Japan. Feel free to schedule a garden tour to visit with Michael and ‘talk
Contact: Michael Hagedorn (503) 277-8072 EMAIL
Scott Elser (Updated 10/3/16)
Scott started down the bonsai path by observing the trees of his
grandfather while still a teenager. With a passion for native Northwest
species, Scott took his bonsai enthusiasm and skills to a higher level by
studying with Boon Manakativipart, graduating from his three year Intensive
course in 2005. Armed with this instruction, Scott began entering trees in
the US National Bonsai Show, winning Best Conifer in 2008 and 2010, and
Best of Show, the National Award, in 2012. His pursuit of bonsai as an
artistic endeavor continues with Ryan Neil at Bonsai Mirai. Scott draws on
his profession as a graphic designer to create northwest inspired bonsai.
He teaches and demonstrates regularly at BSOP and travels throughout the
Northwest doing the same.
Contact: Scott Elser (503) 803-5343 EMAIL
Joe Harris III (Updated 5/3/16)
A native of Memphis, Joe started working part-time for Brussel Martin.
Through the next decade, Joe helped Brussel's Bonsai Nursery grow into the
largest importer and grower of bonsai in North America. Joe took a
four-year apprenticeship in Japan at the Kanuma Nature Bonsai Park under
the watchful eye of bonsai master Makoto Hashimoto. There he learned bonsai
design, wiring, horticulture and trade practices. Today, Joe is 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 practices. Joe now works with
Iseli Nursery, a wholesale grower of rare and beautiful dwarf conifers,
Japanese maples and other select ornamental trees and shrubs.
Contact: Joe Harris (503) 663-3822 ext. 297
Matt Reel (Updated 5/3/16)
Matt recently returned from eight years of study with Master Shinji Suzuki
in Japan. He teaches students of all skill levels and conducts workshops
and lectures. Matt has extensive experience in working with all species of
trees in all stages of development.
Contact: Matt Reel (503) 989-3294 EMAIL
Alan Taft (Updated 10/3/16)
Alan has done some form of bonsai since 1970. Serious learning began with
Masahiro Furukawa in 1983, and Alan became a teacher in 1995 at Wee Tree
Farm in Corvallis, OR. In 2003 Alan began taking Intensives (30 days of
training over a four year period) with Boon Manakitivipart. His favorite
trees are juniper, black pine, and maple. Cascade and Bunjin are his
favorite forms of bonsai. Alan is available for one-on-one consultations.
His philosophy is "to help students create their bonsai art, not do it for
Contact: Alan Taft (503) 245-1927 EMAIL