On a recent trip to Atlanta, I visited many places that you’ll probably hear about in upcoming posts, but the highlight was a trip to Clermont, GA to talk with Steve Cratty at Plant City Bonsai. He took the time to talk with me about almost every aspect of his bonsai stock and even helped me choose a fine specimen to take home (which I’ll talk about in the future). Plant City Bonsai has many specimens, but most of the stock is for beginner bonsai artists like myself that is a step above nursery material so that your only choices aren’t a $10 5 year old tree and a $500 30 year-old tree. Steve tries to fill that gap with material that is already started on it’s way to being a good bonsai, but still leaves you plenty of creative control over what the final look will be. I found the experience to be very enjoying and sorry that I missed Warren Hill, who was appearing there the next day. I’ve included some pictures of my visit, and sadly, did not video the tour that he gave me. This is definitely a labor of love with Steve and I got that hint that it may have given him a few gray hairs along the way 🙂
An article about a bonsai nursery that I have bought from in the past has been put online. It’s a pretty good article about the art and gives you a look into the bonsai industry. Schley’s Bonsai is a store in Florida and can be a good place to order from to get some bonsai ready for Southern heat. He also carries some great tropical bonsai.
If bonsai — Japanese for “tree in a tray” — are like children, Jason is a prodigious father. He’s tended hundreds of plants and trees from seed to bonsai, and nurtured many students from beginners to hobbyists. And he even used to carry pictures of his bonsai in his wallet, he admits.