Aldamira Bonsai Garden

Founded in 2021, Aldamira is a private garden and hobby nursery owned by artist and designer Lyle Murphy. Located in the Southeast Michigan metropolitan area between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Aldamira is an ongoing endeavor to cultivate, study and share the rewarding art of Bonsai.

Despite the challenging climate of Southeast Michigan (Zone 6B), Aldamira hosts a thriving collection of temperate, subtropical, and tropical trees. While primarily focused on cold-hardy tree’s native to North America, the garden utilizes a heated greenhouse, polytunnel, shed, and indoor storage area for advanced winter care of exotic species.

Each year a select curation of tree stock is propagated, developed, and ethically collected in order to educate and offer high-quality pre-bonsai material for sale.

Inspired by a lifelong love of European fairy tales, North American folklore, and modern fantasy, the garden’s name originates from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Quenya Elvish language and translates to “beautiful tree-jewel”.

 

Gardener & Owner

Raised from a family of backyard gardeners, Lyle Murphy first began growing Bonsai trees on a little apartment balcony after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. While working as a professional designer, Lyle continued to privately garden and grow Bonsai trees as way to unwind. Since then, Lyle’s passion, knowledge, and private collection have only continued to grow into it’s present form.