This is the story of local bonsai expert and landscaper, Dan Robinson. Dan has an unorthodox approach to bonsai that for years gained him only disparagement in traditional bonsai circles. Only recently, almost two decades after the establishment of Elandan Gardens, is his approach recognized as having been before its time. (If you’ve not been to Elandan Gardens in Bremerton, WA, this is a fine season to go. The bonsai will be touting their fall color soon.) Gorgeous photographs reveal Dan’s keen ability to capture the essence of an ancient tree; a skill honed from both formal forestry training and a lifetime of wild collecting. The book articulates four principles that guide him in sculpting natural looking trees that appear to be touched only by father time. His is a truly American bonsai style born of and influenced by the forestlands of the Pacific Northwest.
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© Colleen Miko, 2011