Rachel Winters, owner

Siskiyou Gardens is a small specialized nursery in Grants Pass Oregon, open by appointment only.
  • Over 100 varieties of rare and unusual trees and shrubs
  • 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

Bonsai Basics

Bonsai workshops will be starting up again in March. Phone 541-476-6243 or email to find out more.

Nursery selection

Our selection includes hardy outdoor finished bonsai in ceramic pots for gifts or yourself;  bonsai starts for the bonsai hobbiest; or trees for large containers. We have been told by visitors that our selection of outdoor bonsai starts is larger than anywhere they have shopped between the urban centers of California and Portland and that the prices are very reasonable. Rare and unusual trees and shrubs in larger sizes are available for planting in the garden. We do not ship plants at this time but welcome appointments to visit and check out our stock.

We have in stock:

  • Japanese maple varieties including Acer palmatum, Acer capillepes (stripebark), Acer griseum (paperbark), Acer crataegifolium,  Acer japonicum:  Maples in all sizes from bonsai to specimen. Variegated forms, colored foliage and more.
  • Montpelier maple (Acer montspessulanum) and hedge maple (Acer campestre) that have a 3-lobed leaf and are sun and cold tolerant.
  • Hornbeams including Carpinus koreana, Carpinus turzaninovii, Carpinus betulus and Carpinus japonicum.  Easy, naturally twisty bonsai subjects.
  • European beeches (Fagus sylvatica): Nothing beats the beech for beautiful form and exposed roots.
  • Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicus):  The nursery cat is named “Katsura”, or “Katsy” for short. He loves friendly visitors.
  • Spike winter hazel (Corylopsis spicata) has lemon yellow flowers in early spring. An easy to grow bonsai.
  • Bamboo-leaf oak (Quercus myrsinifolia).  A beautiful evergreen for large containers.
  • Good bonsai candidates for forests and groves:  European larches (Larix decidua), Dwarf arctic willow (Salix purpurea nana) and Japanese cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica ‘tansu’) and many more.
  • Mini- bonsai:  Morris Midget and Kingswood boxwood and Tom Thumb cotoneaster are slow growing and make great gifts.
  • Conifers:  Selection includes many varieties of Japanese cypress (Chamaecyparis sp.), Canadian and Japanese hemlock (Tsuga sp.) including starts of the naturally dwarf and twisty ‘Cole’s Prostrate’, Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria sp.) plus spruces, balsam fir and lacebark pines. These are also available in larger sizes to grace your entry way or water garden.

Rachel’s 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.

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


Summer and fall workshop schedule. Workshops are ongoing, call for information.


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Above: 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 (see contact info at bottom) for prices and availability.

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

Above: Pots with bonsai (all for sale)

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assorted pots

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Above: More bonsai pots and pottery. Contact me for prices and availability.

New: Check out The Constant Gardener, Rachel's monthly column in the Grants Pass Daily Courier Home and Garden section. Columns are on diverse topics from attracting native bees to your garden to landscaping with witch hazels.

Please phone 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. I am having a sale on large trees (not bonsai), including Japanese maples, hornbeams, Canadian hemlocks, and lots more.

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.

Rachel's finished bonsai and bonsai starts are also available for sale through Siskiyou Gardens.

We offer complete design services, from an informal backyard consultation to a complete landscape design. We work with form, color and texture to make your garden a place for year around beauty and serenity. We will work along with you from nursery shopping to planting the garden and any step in between.

We prune trees and shrubs the right way at the right time. Our services include:
  • Japanese maples and other garden specimens shaped to reveal their beauty and form
  • Bonsai maintenance from one gift-plant to an established collection, including re-potting, root pruning, and shaping
  • Rhododendrons and azaleas restored to increase flowers
Phone 541-476-6243 or email for an appointment.