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


Shinrin-Yoku class: “Forest Bathing” walk in the woods, May 8 2018

Spring term 2018, Tuesday May 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Fish Hatchery Park, Grants Pass. $25 + $5 parking fee

SHINRIN-YOKU – A Japanese term that literally translates to “forest bathing”. In practice it involves a walk in the woods tuning in to all of your senses and the increased good health and well being that can be a result. Your forest guide, Rachel Winters, will help you learn techniques of breathing, relaxation and mindfulness in a natural setting. As a bonus there should be plentiful wildflowers in bloom.

Please bring $5 for the parking fee. Meet at the parking lot on the north side of the Applegate River. We will walk 1-1/2 miles on uneven ground with some moderate elevation gain. After our walk we will sit by the Applegate River and share experiences. Bring water, snacks, wear appropriate shoes and a notebook to jot down your experiences. Please leave your dog at home!

Map located here: Fish Hatchery Park

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Classes at Siskiyou Field Institute: Lichen Dyeing April 14, Landscaping June 9-10

This spring Rachel will be teaching two classes for the Siskiyou Field Institute:

  • The Art of Lichen Dyeing is a one day intensive field and classroom course on Saturday April 14.
  • Landscaping With Oregon Natives will be on June 9-10 and combines field study and classroom lectures.

Visit to read about these classes and lots of other wonderful field-based courses being offered by SFI about the natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyous.

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.

Pottery and Bonsai

Below: a small selection of my bonsai and pottery. The 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 to visit the nursery and see my full stock.

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

Katsi loves the pottery
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.