Walking Around in a Daze & Shin Boku’s Open House 5/14/12

A little piece of the Shin-Boku stroll garden.

Two of the best tree nurseries anywhere
If you’re ever in northern New England you might want to visit two of the best tree nurseries anywhere. Shin Boku and Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth N.H. are home to some of the most wonderful specimen landscaping trees I’ve ever seen. The first time I visited Shin-Boku and Baker Valley (thanks to a tip from Doug Roth of the Japanese Garden Journal) I walked around in a daze. Now, after three or four visits a year for the last four or five years, I still walk around in a daze.

Shin-Boku’s open house & the bonsai demo
Shin-Boku’s open house is Memorial Day weekend. There will be bonsai demo Saturday the 26th. Because of the size of the planting and number of trees involved, we’ll start early and will most likely end late.


A small sampling of Shin Boku’s field grown trees.


Some more field grown stock. We’re going to use some large container grown versions of these (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’) to make a large forest for the bonsai demo. Just to give you an idea of the size; the wooden box/pot is going to be about five feet long and some of the trees are close to six feet tall.


A sky shot of part of Shin Boku Nursery. Some of those trees down there have bonsai potential.

Nearby Baker Valley Nursery. Both Shin Boku and Baker Valley are owned by Palmer Koelb and both are home to some of the most eye-popping field grown and container grown stock you’ll ever see.

If you’re landscape tree person, or a gardener, or even a bonsai nut, you might want to take a look at our Okatusne tools. Doug Roth of the Japanese Garden Journal first turned me on to them (this is not the only good tip he’s given me – see above), and now I owe him more than I can repay.

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2 thoughts on “Walking Around in a Daze & Shin Boku’s Open House

  1. There’s a small part of me that’s thankful I live too far away to go there! (And another part that wishes I didn’t!)

  2. Hi John,
    Yeah. It turns out that Wentworth NH is pretty much in the middle of nowhere no matter where you live. It’ll be interesting to see who shows up.

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