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

Bonsai, ornamental pruning, and propagation

BONSAI AND ORNAMENTAL PRUNING – an upcoming winter-term class at Rogue Community College. Check the RCC schedule for times and dates.

Introduces the art of bonsai and the craft of pruning. Includes 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 needed for class. Bonsai pots and starter plants will be available for sale or you may bring your own. Consists of four sessions. More information is available at 541-956-7303.

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING: Consider a gift certificate for a private bonsai lesson or gift yourself and create a bonsai for the special gardener on your gift list. Private lessons and workshops available by request.

Lots of new bonsai pots are available now for sale as well!

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.

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.

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.


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)

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

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.

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 and Murphy Country Nursery on Williams Highway ( in Grants Pass.

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