In Appreciation and Memoriam: Warren Hill

Warren Hill, considered one of our giants, handed away a couple of weeks in the past.

Years in the past, again after I was a potter, Warren was one of many first individuals to purchase my bonsai containers. He was the curator of the Nationwide Bonsai Assortment on the time, and his variety encouragement made a deep impression on me.


I requested Matt Berenberg, who apprenticed with Warren, to share his historical past and affect on our neighborhood:

Warren’s distinguished profession began in 1960 when he visited a big Bonsai exhibition on the Museum of Science and Business in Los Angeles. This singular life-altering second began his life-long journey and love affair with the artwork of Bonsai.


After finding out with such notables as John Naka and Saburo Kato, Warren acknowledged instructing in 1974. He grew to become the curator of the Nationwide Bonsai and Penjing Museum in 1998 and presided over that assortment till he retired in 2001. He was a gifted artist and curious craftsman. He put these items to good use caring for the gathering, specifically his depth of information with show and experience with selection particular strategies.


Equally as necessary to Warren, he developed life-long relationships together with his volunteers and employees members. I’ve many tales with Warren, however considered one of my favourite ones is after I went to his backyard for an apprenticeship trial. This was after months of writing forwards and backwards. To my shock Warren was there ready for me on the airport in Tennessee. To that time I had by no means seen somebody together with his consideration to element to each step of the method. It actually can’t be discovered by means of studying alone. Till you do it with somebody, and have that have in your physique, you gained’t have readability and understanding. 


After retiring from the museum Warren moved to again to Tennessee the place he lived the rest of his life together with his spouse Sharon, instructing bonsai. Amongst different awards and accolades, The Golden State Bonsai Federation awarded Warren the Circle of Sensei Award in 2013. Different distinguished recipients of the award embody John Naka, Ben Oki and Harry Hirao. 


He was a person that lived the spirit and philosophy of bonsai day-after-day—Bonsai No Kokoro.

Warren was capable of share and train his philosophy, artistry and love of the artwork to so many college students who admired him and his work. He was not solely a instructor and buddy to many, however a father determine to these college students who had the distinction to grow to be near him. His work and worth within the Bonsai neighborhood will dwell on by means of this subsequent technology of scholars …as will his bushes. He will probably be deeply missed.


Matt Berenberg apprenticing in 2008 at Tree-Haven, Warren’s faculty of bonsai. Thanks, Matt, for sharing this remembrance—

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