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Daisaku Nomoto

Daisaku Nomoto began his bonsai apprenticeship in 1995 as a teen at Kihachi-en where he studied under master Kihachiro Kamiya and was senpai (senior apprentice) to 2017 MABS headliner Boon Manakitivipart.  After his apprenticeship, Daisaku returned to help run his father’s bonsai nursery Nomoto Chinsho-en in the Southern isle of Kyushu, Japan.  In 2004, less than 10 years after beginning his apprenticeship, Daisaku won the prestigious Kokufu prize for his work on a black pine.  In 2005 he took over Nomoto Chinsho- en and has been practicing and teaching bonsai all over the world since.  Daisaku loves working on junipers and black pine, and we have some amazing, large Shimpaku supplied from Boon’s garden for his MABS workshop.  We are fortunate to have Aichi-en graduate Juan Andrade translating for Daisaku!

 Tyler Sherrod

 Tyler Sherrod, a native of North Carolina, was introduced to bonsai while working at a nursery in Charlotte.  He studied under Boon Manakitivipart whom then assisted him in garnering an apprenticeship at Shinji Suzuki’s Taikan Museum.  There, alongside senpai Matt Reel, Tyler was able to work on a variety of coniferous and deciduous trees.  He was responsible for refining and preparing trees for major competitions in Japan, where several of the trees won top prizes.  In 2016 Tyler received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association.  He then returned to North Carolina and established Dogwood Studios, but travels the country practicing bonsai with his former senpai and friend Matt Reel.  Rex Mark has dug some beefy, field-grown Scots pine for Tyler’s workshop.

Matt Reel

Matt Reel’s addiction to bonsai began when he was only 14 years old.  A few years later he found himself studying under the great Shinji Suzuki owner of the Taikan Bonsai Museum, one of the most beautiful bonsai gardens in the Japan.  During his almost eight-year apprenticeship Matt had the opportunity to work on some of the best bonsai in Japan, being featured in an article of Kinbon magazine.  At Taikan, Matt also learned elements of bonsai display from Mr. Suzuki, renowned as one of Japan’s best.  Matt currently resides in Oregon as a member of the Portland Bonsai Village and spends his time styling, teaching, and demonstrating, oftentimes with fellow apprentice Tyler Sherrod.  Matt and Tyler have agreed to perform a collaborative demo Friday night, which is a first for the MABS festival.  We have some very nice procumbens junipers grown by Plant City Bonsai for Matt’s workshop.
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Tony Tickle

Tony Tickle has been working with bonsai for over 35 years.  He teaches and demonstrates at major conferences, clubs, societies and organizations throughout the world.  Tony is a member of numerous bonsai organizations throughout the UK and has a regular column in Bonsai Focus magazine.  Tony specializes in native European trees, in particular hawthorn, pine and yew and has been nominated and won many awards for his trees. Recently Tony won the prestigious “Best Deciduous Bonsai” award at the 2017 Noelanders Trophy in Belgium for a raft-style hawthorne he collected from a hillside in 1991.  Some yews (taxus baccata), one of Tony’s specialty, grown by Mark Comstock have been selected for this workshop.

John Romano

John Romano’s first encounter with trees came about as a four year old helping in his grandfather's garden.  His passion for bonsai began in 1975 when he started “playing” with the little trees.  He has since studied with a number of teachers over the years  including  Kenji Miyata, Hiromi Tsukada, Mitsuo Matsuda, Boon Manakitivipart and with shohin bonsai master Nobuichi Urushibata of Taisho-en in Japan.  John’s specialty is shohin and has been published in various bonsai magazines including a regular shohin column in International Bonsai.  John has been teaching bonsai to students for over a decade at New England Bonsai in Massachusetts in his Kaikou School of Bonsai.  We have some very nice 12-year old Kishu Shimpaku Junipers grown from cutting by John Kirby specifically for shohin-sized bonsai for John’s workshop.
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Matt Reel

Matt Reel’s addiction to bonsai began when he was only 14 years old.  A few years later he found himself studying under the great Shinji Suzuki owner of the Taikan Bonsai Museum, one of the most beautiful bonsai gardens in the Japan.  During his almost eight-year apprenticeship Matt had the opportunity to work on some of the best bonsai in Japan, being featured in an article of Kinbon magazine.  At Taikan, Matt also learned elements of bonsai display from Mr. Suzuki, renowned as one of Japan’s best.  Matt currently resides in Oregon as a member of the Portland Bonsai Village and spends his time styling, teaching, and demonstrating, oftentimes with fellow apprentice Tyler Sherrod.  Matt and Tyler have agreed to perform a collaborative demo Friday night, which is a first for the MABS festival.  We have some very nice procumbens junipers grown by Plant City Bonsai for Matt’s workshop.

 Tyler Sherrod

 Tyler Sherrod, a native of North Carolina, was introduced to bonsai while working at a nursery in Charlotte.  He studied under Boon Manakitivipart whom then assisted him in garnering an apprenticeship at Shinji Suzuki’s Taikan Museum.  There, alongside senpai Matt Reel, Tyler was able to work on a variety of coniferous and deciduous trees.  He was responsible for refining and preparing trees for major competitions in Japan, where several of the trees won top prizes.  In 2016 Tyler received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association.  He then returned to North Carolina and established Dogwood Studios, but travels the country practicing bonsai with his former senpai and friend Matt Reel.  Rex Mark has dug some beefy, field-grown Scots pine for Tyler’s workshop.

Daisaku Nomoto

Daisaku Nomoto began his bonsai apprenticeship in 1995 as a teen at Kihachi-en where he studied under master Kihachiro Kamiya and was senpai (senior apprentice) to 2017 MABS headliner Boon Manakitivipart.  After his apprenticeship, Daisaku returned to help run his father’s bonsai nursery Nomoto Chinsho- en in the Southern isle of Kyushu, Japan.  In 2004, less than 10 years after beginning his apprenticeship, Daisaku won the prestigious Kokufu prize for his work on a black pine.  In 2005 he took over Nomoto Chinsho-en and has been practicing and teaching bonsai all over the world since.  Daisaku loves working on junipers and black pine, and we have some amazing, large Shimpaku supplied from Boon’s garden for his MABS workshop.  We are fortunate to have Aichi-en graduate Juan Andrade translating for Daisaku!

Tony Tickle

Tony Tickle has been working with bonsai for over 35 years.  He teaches and demonstrates at major conferences, clubs, societies and organizations throughout the world.  Tony is a member of numerous bonsai organizations throughout the UK and has a regular column in Bonsai Focus magazine.  Tony specializes in native European trees, in particular hawthorn, pine and yew and has been nominated and won many awards for his trees. Recently Tony won the prestigious “Best Deciduous Bonsai” award at the 2017 Noelanders Trophy in Belgium for a raft-style hawthorne he collected from a hillside in 1991.  Some yews (taxus baccata), one of Tony’s specialty, grown by Mark Comstock have been selected for this workshop.

John Romano

John Romano’s first encounter with trees came about as a four year old helping in his grandfather's garden.  His passion for bonsai began in 1975 when he started “playing” with the little trees.  He has since studied with a number of teachers over the years  including  Kenji Miyata, Hiromi Tsukada, Mitsuo Matsuda, Boon Manakitivipart and with shohin bonsai master Nobuichi Urushibata of Taisho-en in Japan.  John’s specialty is shohin and has been published in various bonsai magazines including a regular shohin column in International Bonsai.  John has been teaching bonsai to students for over a decade at New England Bonsai in Massachusetts in his Kaikou School of Bonsai.  We have some very nice 12-year old Kishu Shimpaku Junipers grown from cutting by John Kirby specifically for shohin-sized bonsai for John’s workshop.
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Guest Artists - 2018

MidAtlantic Bonsai Societies

Daisaku Nomoto

Daisaku Nomoto began his bonsai apprenticeship in 1995 as a teen at Kihachi- en where he studied under master Kihachiro Kamiya and was senpai (senior apprentice) to 2017 MABS headliner Boon Manakitivipart.  After his apprenticeship, Daisaku returned to help run his father’s bonsai nursery Nomoto Chinsho-en in the Southern isle of Kyushu, Japan.  In 2004, less than 10 years after beginning his apprenticeship, Daisaku won the prestigious Kokufu prize for his work on a black pine.  In 2005 he took over Nomoto Chinsho- en and has been practicing and teaching bonsai all over the world since.  Daisaku loves working on junipers and black pine, and we have some amazing, large Shimpaku supplied from Boon’s garden for his MABS workshop.  We are fortunate to have Aichi-en graduate Juan Andrade translating for Daisaku!

Matt Reel

Matt Reel’s addiction to bonsai began when he was only 14 years old.  A few years later he found himself studying under the great Shinji Suzuki owner of the Taikan Bonsai Museum, one of the most beautiful bonsai gardens in the Japan.  During his almost eight-year apprenticeship Matt had the opportunity to work on some of the best bonsai in Japan, being featured in an article of Kinbon magazine.  At Taikan, Matt also learned elements of bonsai display from Mr. Suzuki, renowned as one of Japan’s best.  Matt currently resides in Oregon as a member of the Portland Bonsai Village and spends his time styling, teaching, and demonstrating, oftentimes with fellow apprentice Tyler Sherrod.  Matt and Tyler have agreed to perform a collaborative demo Friday night, which is a first for the MABS festival.  We have some very nice procumbens junipers grown by Plant City Bonsai for Matt’s workshop.

 Tyler Sherrod

 Tyler Sherrod, a native of North Carolina, was introduced to bonsai while working at a nursery in Charlotte.  He studied under Boon Manakitivipart whom then assisted him in garnering an apprenticeship at Shinji Suzuki’s Taikan Museum.  There, alongside senpai Matt Reel, Tyler was able to work on a variety of coniferous and deciduous trees.  He was responsible for refining and preparing trees for major competitions in Japan, where several of the trees won top prizes.  In 2016 Tyler received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association.  He then returned to North Carolina and established Dogwood Studios, but travels the country practicing bonsai with his former senpai and friend Matt Reel.  Rex Mark has dug some beefy, field-grown Scots pine for Tyler’s workshop.

Tony Tickle

Tony Tickle has been working with bonsai for over 35 years.  He teaches and demonstrates at major conferences, clubs, societies and organizations throughout the world.  Tony is a member of numerous bonsai organizations throughout the UK and has a regular column in Bonsai Focus magazine.  Tony specializes in native European trees, in particular hawthorn, pine and yew and has been nominated and won many awards for his trees. Recently Tony won the prestigious “Best Deciduous Bonsai” award at the 2017 Noelanders Trophy in Belgium for a raft-style hawthorne he collected from a hillside in 1991.  Some yews (taxus baccata), one of Tony’s specialty, grown by Mark Comstock have been selected for this workshop.

John Romano

John Romano’s first encounter with trees came about as a four year old helping in his grandfather's garden.  His passion for bonsai began in 1975 when he started “playing” with the little trees.  He has since studied with a number of teachers over the years  including  Kenji Miyata, Hiromi Tsukada, Mitsuo Matsuda, Boon Manakitivipart and with shohin bonsai master Nobuichi Urushibata of Taisho-en in Japan.  John’s specialty is shohin and has been published in various bonsai magazines including a regular shohin column in International Bonsai.  John has been teaching bonsai to students for over a decade at New England Bonsai in Massachusetts in his Kaikou School of Bonsai.  We have some very nice 12-year old Kishu Shimpaku Junipers grown from cutting by John Kirby specifically for shohin-sized bonsai for John’s workshop.