Sunday, October 20, 2019

Visiting Bonsai Echo

Source material: 2019, October 13

          Last week, I was fortunate to meet with another local bonsai artist named Jared. Under the name "Bonsai Echo", he has become very active in the online bonsai community recently sharing his work on InstagramYoutube, and his facebook page. He also recently began a bonsai sale of some of his prebonsai and styled bonsai. Of course, I was tempted to check out his collection on my way back from working at Elandan Gardens last weekend. I'm always open to connecting with other local bonsai enthusiasts, especially those who also make an effort to share their work online. When I met Jared, I photographed a small portion of his collection (not all of which are part of his sale). He hasn't been doing bonsai for very long, but he already has some impressive skills! Please enjoy his work as I get to work on making time to sort through pictures of my own trees. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for my recent blogging drought. :)


P.S. If you'd like to buy any trees from him, you must make an appointment to meet in person with him. He does not ship trees at this time. Click here for more details.
Blue Atlas Cedar. Check out the unconventional movement on this one.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

"Living Art-fully! It’s in Our Nature"

Source material: 2018, February

          Last week, I published an article about my first year participating in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) with the Elandan Gardens team. As of yesterday, the 2019 NWFGS is officially underway and I am glad to say my streak of participation with the Elandan crew continues! Last year in 2018, the display garden our team built kept true to Elandan's traditions. Dan again provided artfully pruned trees for display - both large landscape niwaki trees and small bonsai trees, while Will provided his stone sculptures - bigger and better than ever! If this garden and the other display gardens in this post inspire you to attend the show, your time is limited! 2019's NWFGS ends this Sunday, February 24th! 

Sections:
1. Dan's & Will's Garden
2. Other Display Gardens
Dan and Will Robinson's 2018 NWFGS display garden entitled "Living Art-fully! It’s in Our Nature".

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"The Fruits of Our Labor"

Date published: 2019, February 14
Source material: 2017, February

          One of the most rewarding parts of my "apprenticeship" at Elandan has been the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) - America's second largest gardening convention. Every year, some 60,000+ enthusiastic visitors fill the Washington State Convention Center. They come to see a variety of professionally landscaped display gardens, hear informative gardening seminars, and visit a wide variety of local vendors. Dan and his team from Elandan Gardens have participated in the show building display gardens every year since its creation in 1989. This year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show falls on February 20th-24th. As I prepare to help Dan and his son Will (also a landscaper and stone sculptor) set up this year's garden, I wanted to share my excitement with you all by highlighting the past years where I was able to participate.

Elandan Garden's 2017 entry into the NW Flower and Garden Show - entitled "The Fruits of Our Labor."