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

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Sunday, August 13th, 2017

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

Come take a look!

Meet the Trees in Autumn

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

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— photo by Cheryl McCoy

Instructor: Rachel Winters for the Siskiyou Field Institute
Date: Sunday October 16, 12:30-3:30pm
Location: Riverside Park, Grants Pass
Tuition: $31.50 members, $35.00 non-members

Can you tell a fir from a pine? An ash from a maple? Tree blindness, especially conifer confusion are common maladies, but this course will cure you! Riverside Park is known for an abundance of great fall color, and seeds, nuts and fruit offer new clues for identification at the end of the growing season. You will learn how to use all of your senses to identify trees by their bark, leaves, flowers and seeds plus interesting stories about their history and uses.

Suggested Reading: Trees to Know in Oregon by Ed Jensen, available at OSU Extension Offices.

Field day is easy (easy-going walking with frequent stops).

Ages 12+ welcome.

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Nursery selection

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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. (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.

New handcrafted ceramic bonsai pots created by Rachel – each one unique. See pictures below.

Bonsai Care

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

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.


Friday, July 22nd, 2005

I’ve been profiled a few times for local publications. Here are the two most recent:
“Tiny Trees: Bonsai offer a miniature forest”
in the Grants Pass Daily Courier (July 2019):
  “Looking Up: Tree enthusiasts invited to learn from an expert”
in the Grants Pass Daily Courier (March 2022):

Pottery and Bonsai

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
Below: a small selection of my bonsai and pottery. Email or phone to visit the nursery and see my full stock.

Quaking aspen and various conifers

Cryptomerias and more

Trident maple grove and Japanese maples

Katsi likes to help out

Katsi loves the pottery

Various Chamaecyparis varieties



Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
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).

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