Rachel Winters, owner

Siskiyou Gardens is a small specialized nursery in Grants Pass Oregon, open by appointment only.
  • Phone 541-476-6243 or email for an appointment.
  • 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


Bonsai Basics class

Rogue Community College winter term registration is going on now:

Bonsai Basics, course no. 230-01, three Saturdays February 22-March 7 2020, noon-3 pm at the Redwood Campus. $45 tuition. Phone 541-956-7303 or register on line.

Learn the art and craft of this ancient practice but with present-day sustainable methods. We will cover sound horticultural principles including soil health, pruning, maintenance and styling. This will be a workshop based class with individual instruction and encouragement. Payment is due at the time of registration and cannot be refunded once enrollment is complete.


Do you want to learn more about trees? Rachel will be teaching classes for the Siskiyou Field Institute this spring and fall. Check back for more information. SFI’s catalog of field classes will be out soon.

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.

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.


I’ve been profiled a few times for local publications, most recently “Tiny Trees: Bonsai offer a miniature forest” in the Grants Pass Daily Courier (July 2019): courier_bonsai_2019-07.pdf.

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

Shimpaku juniper, Chamaecyparis ‘plumosa compresa’

Katsi loves the pottery

Dwarf Japanese maple/ ‘Tom Thumb’ cotoneaster

Japanese maple


Rachel Winters, a self-confessed plant addict, has been teaching plant identification, ecology, and horticulture at Rogue Community College for a number of years. She owns Siskiyou Gardens, a small nursery specializing in bonsai and unusual trees. Previously she operated a local landscape maintenance and design business. Rachel developed an interpretive nature trail at Fish Hatchery Park near Grants Pass as well as being on the team that created the arboretum walk and brochure at RCC’s Redwood Campus. Rachel is a long-time hand weaver and creates her own fiber dyes from a variety of local lichens.
Please phone 541-476-6243 or email if you'd like to come see our nursery stock (located in Grants Pass, Oregon).

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.