Scott Elser


Scott started early down the bonsai path by studying the trees of his grandfather, Mark Emmert. Bonsai was a natural marriage of his love of the outdoors with his graphic design background. Combining his outdoor experience and passion for native Northwest species, he began gathering trees from the wild to build his collection.

Scott took his bonsai skills to another level when he began studying with Boon Manakativipart, graduating from Boon’s three year Intensive course in 2005. Armed with this in-depth instruction, Scott began entering trees in the US National Bonsai Show.  He won Best Conifer in 2008 and 2010, and Best of Show in 2012. His pursuit of bonsai as an artistic endeavor continues with Ryan Neil at Bonsai Mirai.

Scott draws on his profession as a graphic designer to create Northwest inspired bonsai and now teaches the same throughout the region.

Scott will present his workshop on Saturday afternoon using Japanese Maples from Telperion Farms.