Rachel Winters, owner

Siskiyou Gardens is a small specialized nursery in Grants Pass Oregon, open by appointment only.
  • Shaped pines, dwarf conifers and other specimens especially for containers and Asian-style gardens
  • Bonsai starts from the small and simple to the complex
  • Finished bonsai ready for your own display or as a unique gift

If you are traveling through Southern Oregon we’d love to have you come by the nursery.
We are open by appointment to all bonsai aficionados. Phone 541-476-6243 or email

Natural Dyeing With Lichens

Rachel will be offering a class on Natural Dyeing With Lichens at FiberMania, a two-day event the weekend of October 28, 29 at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Here are details about the class, with pictures:

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to create luminescent colors from common tree and ground lichens that can be used to dye wool for spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and other fiber arts. Rachel will show you yarn, fleece and hand woven work dyed from lichens and show the kinds of lichens used to do it. You will assemble your own sample cards noting the species of lichen along with a sample of the colored yarn to take home for reference. The various methods for collecting, preparing and cooking the lichens will also be explained as well as the equipment you will need. You will take a hand out home.

INSTRUCTOR’s BIO: Rachel Winters is a long-time plant addict. She teaches plant identification, ecology and bonsai at Rogue Community College. Learning about lichens and which ones she could use to color her own wool fiber for her handwoven work was an aspect combining botany, nature and art she couldn’t pass up. At her home nursery she also creates bonsai from plants she has raised and displays them in ceramic pots she has created.

Saturday, Oct 28 noon to 4 pm
Cost: $45 including material

Bonsai and Ornamental Pruning class, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21

Bonsai and Ornamental Pruning. Saturday Oct. 7, 14, and 21. Noon to 3 pm. Redwood Campus. See Rogue Community College, Community Education for more details:

An introduction to the art of bonsai and the craft of pruning. Hands-on practice creating bonsai as well as pruning techniques that apply to bonsai as well as larger ornamental trees and shrubs in the landscape. Contact the instructor ( for a list of the pruning tools and other materials you will need for class. Bonsai pots and starter plants will be available for sale or you may bring your own. Consists of 3 sessions. More information is available at 541-956-7303.

Nursery selection

My nursery includes hardy outdoor finished bonsai in ceramic pots for gifts or yourself; outdoor bonsai starts for the bonsai hobbyist; or trees for containers. As mine is a hobby nursery, my prices are very reasonable. Rare and unusual trees and shrubs are available for planting in the garden. (I do not ship plants.)

My plants are either propagated from cuttings, many right at the Nursery;  or grown up from seedlings. Since they are not grafted they will not revert back to a different type and are usually hardier. Since they have not been shipped in from outside the area or raised in a greenhouse they are hardy and disease free. I also offer bonsai coaching.

Bonsai pot selection includes Chinese and Japanese ceramic, mica and plastic.  New handcrafted ceramic bonsai pots created by Rachel – each one unique.

Bonsai Care

The bonsai we sell are all hardy outdoor plants and will not tolerate an indoor location. The best garden exposure is morning sun with afternoon shade. If you live where the summer temperature can get in the mid 90’s or higher, it’s best to put the bonsai on the ground where the root zone can be cooler during this period. Water every day just as you would any potted flowers or other plants.

The root zone needs some winter protection when the temperature gets down to the 20’s and lower. I find the best way to do this is by putting the bonsai on the ground in a sheltered location such as underneath shrubs or trees and raking leaves over the pot. In my experience, the ceramic pots do not crack and the leaves provide adequate insulation for the plants. If it gets quite cold, in the low teens, I supplement this by putting a frost blanket such as Reemay row cover over the plants.


Summer and fall workshop schedule. Workshops are ongoing. Individual or small group lessons are always available. Consider a gift of a bonsai class for a birthday, graduation, or holiday. Call 476-6243 or email for information.


Below: New pottery selections, fall 2016. Email or phone for prices and availability.

Below: Pottery selections, winter 2015:
Below: this pottery is high fired and suitable for indoor or outdoor display, has built-in hangers at the back, or can be used flat as serving platters.
Size ranges from approx. 9×9 to 10×12. Email or phone for prices and availability.

Katsi loves the pottery
Below: Pots with bonsai (all for sale)

Katsi with bonsai

Japanese maples in autumn color

Japanese maple

‘Morris Midget’ dwarf boxwood

Dwarf balsam fir

Shimpaku juniper, Chamaecyparis ‘plumosa compresa’

‘Kingsville’ dwarf boxwood

Dwarf Japanese maple/ ‘Tom Thumb’ cotoneaster

Japanese maple
Below: Bonsai pots and pottery. Contact me for prices and availability.
Please phone 541-476-6243 or email if you'd like to come see our nursery stock (located in Grants Pass, Oregon). We also have a great selection of colorful, inexpensive Chinese bonsai pots.

VACATION BONSAI CARE (bonsai sitting): Leave town for the weekend or a month knowing your bonsai are watered and cared for. My place or yours. Cost is reasonable depending on amount of space your plants take up here at the nursery, or how much time is involved taking care of them at your home. Schedule in advance if possible. Contact Rachel for dates and details.

Phone 541-476-6243 or email for an appointment.