Rest In Peace, Ben Oki. I was fortunate enough to spend a day with him almost 13 years ago.
This was a demo on a yew. Notice the clock behind him as he made very quick work of this tree; he started at 9:00 AM!
During the workshop, he helped set the initial design on this azalea, and it has been known as my Ben Oki Azalea ever since.
10 years later:
And last spring, just on the verge of full bloom:
repotting shots with my buddy Ron and his yew: