April Saikei Workshop

Check out the Club’s recent Saikei Workshop with Lee Cheatle!


Members share winter snow-blanketed collections


We all thought (including our trees!) that spring was here and winter never happened, and then it reared its head and let us all know it’s not ready to leave.  While we all scratch our heads trying to figure out how to protect trees that are already leaving out, it was hard not to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful snowfall this week.

A few members sent in some snapshots. Hope you enjoy them!  If you have some that weren’t sent in please forward and we’ll add to the slideshow.

You can also check them out on the club facebook page.


Enjoy a few members fall color!

Dennis, Cap, Leigh and Vicki sent in some snap shots of their trees in fall color.  It was a short fall so thought club members would enjoy a little reminder.

Lee Cheatle Oct. Workshop slideshow

Another wonderful workshop by Lee Cheatle from Portland!

Oct. 14 and 15 | Lee Cheatle Workshop

Lee Cheatle Workshop |Schedule


Lee Cheatle Demonstration at the Portland Japanese Garden

About our instructor

Lee Cheatle is the President of the Bonsai Society of Portland and a key instructor in the Portland club’s very successful mentorship program. Lee has completed a number of Ryan Neil’s multi-week training programs, most recently one focusing on elongating species (spruce, hemlock, yew), which is perfect timing for this workshop!

Saturday, Oct. 14 | Workshop


Baptist Church

675 N. Keen Way

Medford, OR 97504

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/zErGAadXytM2


Morning session| 9 – 12 p.m.

Lunch break

Afternoon session |1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15 | Workshop


Ashland Art Center (Main classroom – street level)

357 E. Main St.

Ashland, OR 97520

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/FxZXTRdQbnx


Morning session| 9 – 12 p.m.

Lunch break

Afternoon session |1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Parking is on Main Street and in the back of the Art Center in the bank parking lot (bank is closed on Sunday).


General notes for BOTH workshops:

  • Members are responsible for your own tools and supplies.
  • Seasoned members are encouraged to bring extra tools you may have for some of our newer members to borrow.
  • Members should bring wire. Some wire will be available for purchase.
  • Homemade coffee cake or scones will be supplied in the morning.
  • Bring your lunch, coffee, refreshments for the day. There are some restaurants nearby if you want to take a break at lunch.

Suggested prep:

Participants are encouraged to review the following Bonsai Mirai streams if you have an account.


  • $33 for workshop
  • Plant stock varies from $25 – $60 depending on species and size
    • See stock photos below for a preview
    • Participants are asked to email your top 3 choices to vchamberlain “at” mind “dot” net
    • On the morning of the workshops, we will hold a drawing for the ones that have multiple plants of the same species/size.
    • Payment for your stock will be paid on your workshop day.
  • Stock includes:
  • 1 hinoki cypress med/large, $50.00
  • 5 hinoki med size, $45.00
  • 1 Japanese Hemlock, medium size, $36.00
  • 1 Atlas Cedar, blue, med size(could be informal upright or semi-cascade), $60.00
  • 1 yew med size, $25.00
  • 4 little gem spruce, $25.00

See stock photos below for a preview


Saturday  Sunday
1.      Mark   X
2.      Maddy   X
3.      Vicki   X
4.      Susan  X
5.      Carl  X
6.      Christine  X
7.      Leigh  X
8.      Dennis   X
9.      Jan   X
10.    Phillip  X
11.    Dirk   X
12.   Eli  X

Please note: presently we have 7 participants for the Saturday workshop and 5 for the Sunday event.

Workshop stock preview


#1 Lrg Dwrf Hinoki 50.00


#2 med size yew 25.00


#3 lrg hinoki 50.00


#4 med hinoki 45.00


#5 med hinoki 45.00


#6 med hinoki 45.00


#7 med hinoki 45.00


#8 Japanese hemlock 36.00


#9 little gem spruce 25.00


#10 little gem spruce twin trunk 25.00


#11 little gem spruce twin trunk


#12 little gem spruce 25.00#13 blue atlas cedar 60.00


#13 blue atlas cedar 60.00