Hello and thank you for visiting my site which is dedicated to the art of Bonsai.  My name is Jeremiah Yenling Lee and am an amateur bonsai enthusiast living on the Central Coast of CA.  Yenling is a name I'm proud of because my Grandpa gave it to me.  I will be updating my blog with pictures and stories about my collecting trips, tree progressions, podcasts, interviews with other bonsai folk and different things I learn along my Bonsai Journey.  

I am not a professional, however I do have a tremendous passion for the art of Bonsai which has led me on many exciting adventures.  I became interested in Bonsai in 2008 and feel very fortunate to have been referred to Peter Tea, who became my first teacher that year.  When Peter left for his apprenticeship in Japan he referred me to Boon Manakitivipart.  Since then I completed Boon's Intensive series and have become a member of Bay Island Bonsai.  I would love to hear from you, get your feedback and your help.  You can leave a comment or you can email me at:  Jeremiah@yenlingbonsai.com  Cheers!


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  1. Jeremiah,

    I live in San Diego and I am looking to go on an expedition of my own to collect a California Juniper or possibly another species if something catches my eye. Do you have any suggestions on general locations that would be a good start? I was thinking Cleveland National Forest, because it was close. I am not sure what’s the best approach. Could use some guidance here.


    1. Hi Tyler,
      Thanks for checking out my blog. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about Cleveland National Forest. I might suggest joining some of the local clubs and making connections for collecting that way. Another thing you could try is contacting Lotus Bonsai up in Nor Cal. I think they take a group collecting every year. May sure to get permits before going and good luck!

  2. Hello Jeremiah,
    I just took up a major interest in bonsai over the last few months. I would like to get some type of formal training and live in Turlock Ca.
    I can not seem to find any info on bonsai for the area I live in. Any suggestions for my area. Also was wondering if you new of any good areas to collect in my area. I am only an hour or less away from the Stanislaus National Forest. I sure enjoyed your pics and blog.

    Kind Regards, Rick

    1. Hi Rick,
      Glad you have taken a major interest and thanks for taking a look at my blog, I really appreciate it. Joining one of the local clubs would be a good idea if you have not already, I know there’s an active group in Fresno and Sacramento. I would also highly recommend one of the following Teachers in CA if you are really interested in improving your skills.

      Boon-Bay Area, CA

      Peter Tea- Sacramento Area, CA

      Unfortunately, finding out location and how to get a permit is a huge part of the collecting process and one that’s i’ve spent countless hours looking into. I can recommend that you check out Golden Arrow Bonsai for some good info on how to collect and permits. One tip is to start buy joining a club and paying someone to take you collecting. Best of luck to you!

      1. Thanks Jeremiah so much for getting back to me so quickly.
        Spring time is coming soon and I can’t wait to start this new adventure in my live. I definitely will seek proper training before ever attempting to take specimens from the wild. I have spent all my life hunting and fishing the mountains of California and look forward to having a little piece of that at home. BUT FIRST! The thirst of knowledge goes on….

        Thank you,


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