Meet Gerald Rainville

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

Nestled in the rainforest on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada, is the bonsai nursery of Gerald Rainville. Here thousands of Japanese black pine, Sargent juniper, Dwarf Japanese garden juniper and Dawn redwood can be found from young seedlings/cuttings to developed 33 year bonsai. As a young lad in 1972, he began growing plants and started his first landscape business with his classmate when he was only 13 years old in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He discovered bonsai in 1976 when Hiroyoshi Yamaji, Sansho-en Bonsai Garden in Kokubunji, Takamatsu, Japan on Shikoku Island, visited Montreal on an exchange program during the summer Olympic games. After graduating from high school in 1977 he entered horticulture college to get a basic background on growing plants. In 1980 Gerald traveled to Japan to become the first apprentice to Mr. Yamaji for about three years. During his training he was fortunate to be accepted into the “Kokubunji Successors Bonsai Club” which was formed to train the new young generation of bonsai growers for their future. This group studied extensively under Kuniaki Hiramatsu, Shunsho-en Bonsai Garden in Kokubunji. Gerald has continued this study to this date during his many visits to Japan. During the decades a special relationship was formed with Koji Hiramatsu, Kuniaki Hiramatsu’s first son and future proprietor of Shunsho-en Bonsai Garden. As Kuniaki Hiramatsu was teaching Gerald bonsai techniques, Gerald taught Koji English to train him as an international bonsai artist. Koji Hiramatsu, Gerald Rainville and Kuniaki Hiramatsu working on pine bonsai…

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