Leonardo da Vinci, Kubla Khan and Chinese philosopher Zhu Xi were each alive when some of the trees at Elandan Gardens took root. The collection, which includes trees more than 1000 years old, represents Dan's 40+ years of dedication to the art of bonsai.
What began as a landfill on the shores of Puget Sound in 1994, has evolved into a dramatic landscape contoured with spectacular rock formations, cascading streams, serene wildlife viewing areas and an internationally recognized bonsai collection.
Dan has been described as the "Picasso of Bonsai". His passion for innovation and enthusiasm for sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures, articles and seminars has also earned him the title, "Father of the American School of Bonsai".
Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is an oriental horticultural art form that was developed nearly 2000 years ago. In bonsai; shape, harmony, proportion and scale are all carefully balanced by the human hand in collaboration with nature.