Best Coast Bonsai is owned and operated by Tom Ulecki. It is a small, well curated garden specializing in high quality bonsai trees, ceramics and wire. Tom, who apprenticed at Kouka-en in Osaka, Japan opened Best Coast Bonsai right here in Vancouver in 2018. At Best Coast, you can expect to see a good variety of tree species from raw stock right up to finished bonsai, styled by Tom. He also imports very good quality bonsai pots from Japan, as well as hand crafting ceramics himself. An on site kiln allows Ulecki to offer unique glazes and annealed copper wire. Here are some images taken this fall which permit a glimpse of what awaits you at Best Coast Bonsai.
Saturday August 14 2021. From 11am -4pm North Vancouver, BC.
East Van Bonsai member David Bailey, aka North Shore Bonsai is hosting a second meet and greet event. It’s not just a sale, but also for those who have questions about their trees and for those who want to hang out with other fellow bonsai nerds. You can bring trees to work on. There will be bonsai soil mix for sale. There is plenty of open space to social distance and free parking on site.
East Van Bonsai Canada Day Sale. Hosted by Best Coast Bonsai.
Thanks to all of you who came out. You made the sale a success. Huge thanks to fellow club members who came out to support and those who set up a table. You know who you are. You all made it a great sale, a great day! Thank you to our Regional PNBCA director for putting the word out. Hope to see you at our next event.
This is an outdoor event and everyone is welcome. All vendors are East Van Bonsai members, selling plants, trees, pre bonsai, potted bonsai, ceramics and more. Hope to see you there
A winner has been determined! Congratulations to Shiho who guessed correctly, Japanese Maple and Larch were two correct guesses. There was also a hornbeam and styrax.
East Van Bonsai is pleased to announce Spring Give Away #2! This prize includes a new set of bonsai shears and tweezers.
Why don’t we bare-root or wash the roots of coniferous bonsai during a re-pot? We are told that the tree relies on the beneficial fungi which lives among the roots. Removing too much of this will greatly impair the tree. I’m no expert, so just have a listen to Tom Wessels here. This is an interesting video which sheds some light on the subject and includes some pretty neat footage. Enjoy! The topic of discussion begins at 11:52 in the video.
Congratulations to Dale Mushinski, the winner of East Van Bonsai’s 2021 Spring Give Away #1.
Located in Surrey, this old family-run nursery is rather un-assuming from the road. I have driven by on my way to another nursery at least twice in the past, and never considered going in. That was a mistake.
East Van Bonsai is pleased to announce that we are offering a free bonsai prize package. Spring Give Away #1 includes three bags of Green Balance pellet fertilizer and a mini starter set of aluminum bonsai wire. Wire included is 2 small rolls of 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 4.5mm.
Deciduous trees! For those who have come to our bonsai nights or know me personally, well you are probably aware of how much I love deciduous trees. Apart from five conifers, all my bonsai are deciduous. European artists like Walter Pal really grab my attention with their natural looking, collected trees. Bonsai artist Marija Hajdic in Croatia is another to take note of. Her deciduous bonsai are incredible. Especially the collected prunus and carpinus. Here is a short video produced by Bonsai Empire (bonsaiempire.com) which shows one of her trees. More on Marija Hajdic below.
The website is meledabonsai.com . There are trees available for sale, but only shipped across Europe. We can dream. Have a look at her website to see the outstanding work she has been doing. For a deciduous bonsai fanatic such as myself, she is nothing short of inspiring.
The East Van Bonsai website has undergone some small cosmetic changes. New resources have been added under the bonsai stockists and suppliers section. Check out all the bonsai related resources and stay tuned for more updates this spring. We are hoping to put together a show and sale this year. Fingers crossed, but we shall wait and see. Use the menu buttons or click HERE for the resources page.