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Plants, art, and experience wired to perfection. Join bonsai artists Jonas Dupuich, John Eads, Michael Hagedorn, and Andrew Robson for roundtable debates on hot button topics and interviews with bonsai luminaries. Connect with us at talk@bonsaiwirepodcast.com; learn more about our exemplary sponsors.
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Hosts Andrew Robson and Jonas Dupuich, joined by special guest Nao Tokutake, share their thoughts about ten special trees at the 2021 U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. See photos of the trees discussed at: https://bonsaitonight.com/2021/09/24/u-s-national-exhibition-critique/
Michael sits down with Carmen to talk about the first months of her apprenticeship.  Carmen shares her experience surviving the “heat dome,” describes early summer work, and outlines goals for what she wants to accomplish and explore over the next three years.
Hosts Andrew Robson and Jonas Dupuich would like to see more diverse species developed as bonsai. Tune in to find out their top three recommendations.
Chat with Sergio Cuan

Chat with Sergio Cuan

2021-08-2801:29:321

In this episode, host Andrew Robson talks with noted deciduous expert Sergio Cuan about one of their favorite topics: deciduous bonsai.
How do we recognize excellence at bonsai exhibitions? In this episode, Jonas and Andrew discuss different approaches to evaluating bonsai as they prepare for the inaugural Pacific Bonsai Exposition in November, 2022.
Chat with John Thompson

Chat with John Thompson

2021-07-2801:16:17

Oaks are a fantastic genus for training as bonsai, and John "JT" Thompson is an expert when it comes to oaks. In this episode, JT shares with Jonas the story of how he was introduced to bonsai in Japan, how he developed a love for oaks, and practical tips for how he trains oaks in his Northern California garden.
What are the best ways to grow, style, and propagate the dwarf flowering Japanese quince known as "chojubai"? In this episode, Andrew and Michael talk through their approach to the popular species.
Spring Roundtable

Spring Roundtable

2021-05-2001:15:43

This week the full team, John, Michael, Andrew, and Jonas chat about the tasks after repotting including maple and spruce pinching, pine decandling, choosing shade cloth, and that unending bonsai topic, fertilizing.
Chat with Cheryl McAlister

Chat with Cheryl McAlister

2021-05-1001:17:24

In this episode, Jonas and Cheryl McAlister, a painter and beginning bonsai student, talk about art, bonsai, and approaches to learning when we don't know what we don't know. Learn more about Cheryl at https://www.cherylmcalister.com.
Andrew chats with Jonas about building his bonsai garden, Rakuyo. Named for falling leaves or deciduous trees, Rakuyo will be a site for the development of and appreciation for deciduous bonsai.
Andrew interviews Eric and Jonas about their plans to host a regional  bonsai exhibit, the Pacific Bonsai Expo, in fall of 2022.
Repotting roundtable

Repotting roundtable

2021-02-2401:09:40

This week the team talks about all things repotting - soil media, timing, clues telling us when to repot, and aftercare.
Opening our series about women curators of public bonsai gardens, Michael and Jonas chat with Carmen Leskoviansky about the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Michigan, upcoming apprenticeship with Michael, and her desire to open the bonsai door wider to women. 
Chat with Kaya Mooney

Chat with Kaya Mooney

2020-12-2901:15:07

Apprentice life has its ups and downs. Kaya Mooney, an apprentice with Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en near Osaka, Japan, shares highlights with John and Jonas and explains what can make the sky purple for apprentices. Learn more about Kaya at https://www.instagram.com/moonlightbonsai
This week Jonas sits down to chat with John about his apprenticeship with Michael at Crataegus Bonsai.  Check out Crataegus at https://crataegus.com/.
This week Michael sits down with Jonas to discuss everything that goes into writing and publishing a bonsai book aimed at helping people start off on the right foot. 2D vs. 3D teaching, tips for bonsai photography, and long lines at Kokufu make appearances along the way.
This week Jonas sits down with Michael to discuss the science, tradition, and fantasy that inform his new book, Bonsai Heresy. It is a deep dive into the thought process, anguish, and joy of writing a book that undoes bonsai myths. You can purchase Bonsai Heresy at:  https://stonelantern.com/
Chat with Adam Toth

Chat with Adam Toth

2020-10-0401:04:111

Ever wonder what it's like to be a bonsai apprentice in Japan? This week Jonas speaks with Adam Toth, an apprentice with Taiga Urushibata at the Taisho-en bonsai garden in Shizuoka to learn about the experience. Join Adam as he shares anecdotes that convey the joys and challenges of apprentice life. Learn more about Adam at: https://www.instagram.com/adam.jp.bon
Chat with Eric Schrader

Chat with Eric Schrader

2020-09-1801:18:16

In this episode Jonas and John catch up with Eric Schrader and talk about growing trees, working with local natives and much more.
Chat with Bill Valavanis

Chat with Bill Valavanis

2020-09-1201:27:01

This weekend would have been the US National Bonsai Exhibition, so to honor that event Michael and Jonas sit down with Bill Valavanis and talk about his years of experience.  The 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition has been rescheduled for September 11-12, 2021. Please check their website for more details: https://www.usnationalbonsai.com
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