From setting the framework of rough stock, re-styling a bonsai in need of a make-over, or taking a tree to show quality level, I’m ready to assist in achieving your goals.

Aftercare and Long-term Planning

One of the biggest issues facing bonsai practitioners is lack of guidance after a tree is styled.  After care and and a clear plan of action are crucial to sustaining your bonsai.  With any work carried out on a given bonsai, plans will be laid out for the coming months.

Exhibition Preparation

Bonsai exhibition is the culmination of your efforts and an opportunity to promote the art.  Whether you prefer to do styling of your trees or not, preparing for an exhibition to share your bonsai with the public comes with the responsibility of presenting it in the best light possible.  Final prep. work and assistance with sourcing and layout of display elements is available.


My time in Japan as well as my previous career in the world of horticulture have allowed me to rack up a number of experiences and insights into applicable subjects for bonsai presentations.  My interest and study of Asian flora and experience propagating and caring for the less common plants used for bonsai may help you jump a hurdle or two towards your goals.  I’ve also had the privilege of photographing and studying countless excellent bonsai and have prepared presentations on different species and styles.



  1. Manasseh Bartley - December 28, 2012 9:28 pm

    Owen is there a chance to work at your location in Nashvegas. I have a lot of family there as well as a TSU alum so I’m there a few times a year. I could spend a weekend there to work on material or what ever may be needed at certain times of the year. I could also bring a tree to work on over a weekend let me know if this is something we could workout. The collecting trip to southern Missouri is also being worked out we will keep you informed.

    Mike Bartley

    • Owen - October 28, 2013 1:53 am

      There will be more opportunities to work on bonsai in Nashvegas next year when I open my nursery and finish the space for workshops. Thanks.

  2. Tim Hickey - April 18, 2013 11:39 am

    I’m from Massachusetts, have a degree in, and taught Horticulture for thirty years. I have a deep interest in Bonsai culture and wondered if you have a school here in the United States.
    Tim Hickey

    • Owen - October 23, 2013 12:02 am

      Tim, I do not have a school yet but do travel all over the country for workshops, presentations, and study groups. Nice to hear that a teacher has the bonsai bug. My professors humored me with bonsai-related questions while I was at The University of Georgia often. I’m happy to set something up if interested and will be at the Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Exhibition at the end of April then translating for Iura-san while he teaches in the area. A good event to attend. One of the best ways to work with me is to contact a local bonsai business like Bonsai West or New England Bonsai. Both places have expressed interest in having me for workshops. Thanks

  3. Fred Janson - June 22, 2013 12:49 pm

    Hi Owen I see you are at Bills Hollow Creek is just 10 miles south of him. If you get a chance stop out and visit our nursery and store.

    Fred Janson

    • Owen - October 22, 2013 11:58 pm

      It was great to visit with you and buy some stands and books. Great selection of all things bonsai related.

  4. Carole Parrish - January 14, 2014 3:48 am

    Hope to get a bonsai schedule for 2014. I’m looking forward being a NBS member again. Also have nephew who is very interested and has done a lot trial and error bonsai. We need guidance.

    Thank you,
    Carole Parrish

    • Owen - January 14, 2014 9:29 pm

      Schedule will be out soon. Working on final details now. Thanks

  5. Bob Thatcher - March 11, 2014 12:27 am

    Would you be able to do a workshop or other program
    in 2015 for the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society, Asheville, NC??
    Please email me direct for possible times, dates and your fee, etc..
    Bob Thatcher

  6. Fay from Bonsai Society of Greater St. Louis - April 3, 2014 4:33 pm

    Owen, Thanks for your expert & thoughtful critiques on club members trees at our April meeting. I learned a lot & enjoyed watching you work. You explain the hows & whys of what you would do in an easily understood way which really helps a novice like me!
    Sincerely, Fay

  7. Juan josé - May 18, 2015 3:40 pm

    sr owen les escribo desde México estoy con el arte por un año y mirando su paguina y viendo las foto de la escuela donde ustedes han recibieron en conocimiento del arte me gustaría SAVER si me puede ayudar como poder comunícame con la escuela de bonsai e. Japon yo eh enviado varios MAIL y no recibí respuesta de la escuela , es mi deseo aprender y ser. Un profesional
    Desde ya gracias me gusto mucho sus trabajo Att juan josé México D.F

    • Owen - August 30, 2015 4:46 pm

      Juan José, la mejor persona para hablar con acerca de la Escuela Internacional de Bonsai Fujikawa es Bjorn Bjorholm. El sitio de contactar con él es:

      Gracias por su interés en el maravilloso programa ofrecido por Bjorn y mi profesor usted.

      Juan Jose, the best person to speak with about the Fujikawa International Bonsai School is Bjorn Bjorholm. The site to contact him is:

      Thank you for your interest in the wonderful program offered by Bjorn and my teacher.

  8. Hurley Johnson - President - Houston Bonsai Society - July 21, 2015 3:07 pm

    What a great visit. Owen’s teaching style certainly fits that of the Houston Bonsai Society. He did a great demo on a Burt Davi Ficus, and then did two sets of workshops on Saturday, then a full day with our advanced group. We were all pleased with his knowledge, and presentation. His willingness to share his knowledge is terrific. We will certainly have him return soon.

    • Owen - August 30, 2015 4:39 pm

      Thanks. The facilities the Society meets at in Houston are one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It was wonderful to meet everyone in Houston and all the other cities on the Lone Star Bonsai Federation Tour : ).

  9. Kinohitto - August 17, 2015 1:32 pm

    Thank you for all of your help the last couple of years. I have seen very positive changes in my Bonsai both horticulturally and aesthetically.

    Thank You!

    • Owen - August 30, 2015 4:34 pm

      Happy to help. It is great to work with devoted practitioners of the art.

  10. Christine Freeman - May 2, 2016 9:43 am

    Owen, this thank you is long overdue.
    Your visit last spring has made a world of difference in my small-sized, Japanese maple winter survival rate. The correct potting medium (who knew?) better shade and pots, and just knowing what to look for got my 100+ (Yes, I got a few more grafts) through a surprisingly brief-but-cold winter, and a late spring freeze.
    Over the years, I expected to lose 3 to 5 grafts and figured it was the price to pay. I was always sad, but even with extensive reading, didn’t “get” it.
    This year, although recovering slowly from that stupid frost, everyone’s leafing out well. Who knew what a fertilizer could do!?
    Even my large A. Rubrums are showing more vigor in their 2nd year of borer treatment and prevention medicine. So glad!
    I appreciate the day you gave me and hope if you head through my S. MD area again you’ll swing by. Pics never do them justice!


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