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About Us

Chase Rosade

Even at an early age Chase had always been enthusiastic about horticulture. When he was a grade school student, he saw his first bonsai. Today, Chase still has the first tree that he grew from seed, a Japanese maple. Chase graduated from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. A few years later he decided to travel the world. He began his journey in London, England, in a Land Rover. After 11 months Chase arrived in Nara, Japan, and studied for one year with Kyozo Yoshida, a bonsai tree developer and grower.

The Art of Bonsai

The art of bonsai is Chase's life. He likes bonsai trees of all species and styles. One would think that he favors junipers, but Chase is quick to point out that his favorite tree is the one he is working on at that moment. Chase also says that the two most satisfying things about bonsai are, first, that he is still a student, always learning new things and progressing in his art. Second is seeing his students' progress as instructors and lecturers on the art of bonsai.

Chase Rosade

Return Home

Upon his return to the US, Chase obtained full time employment and began teaching bonsai and lecturing in his spare time. Not long after that Chase decided to make Bonsai his career, and in 1970 he opened the Rosade Bonsai Studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He has served as president and board member of several national and international bonsai organizations. Chase is a founding member of the National Bonsai Foundation, which houses the largest U.S. collection of bonsai in Washington, D.C. Chase has been fortunate to continue his travels, both domestic and international. He is frequently invited to various locales throughout the world to be a teacher, lecturer, and judge. Chase proudly boasts of having bonsai students on five continents.

Solita Rosade

Solita was born in Colombia but left at an early age to be educated in the United States, Spain and Switzerland. After college, she returned to Colombia, married, and raised two children and for over 20 years she taught languages at a prestigious school in the city. Her love of nature and her hobby of painting and gardening gave way to the fascinating world of bonsai, the art and life to which she has been devoted since 1993.

Continued Service

Solita's daily life is beside her husband Chase, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where their life is shared among family, bonsai, and friends, but she also continues to serve the bonsai community from her present position as President of the North American Bonsai Federation.

International Presence

Solita has served in a number of bonsai positions, she is past President of the Asociacion Vallecaucana de Bonsai,  is Chairman Emeritus of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF), is a Past President of Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). She is founding Chairman of the Latin American Bonsai Federation (FELAB) among other positions. Her credentials have taken her all around the world as a guest at International Bonsai Conventions and Events in Asia, Europe, India, South Africa, New Zealand, United States, Canada and several countries in Latin America.

Early Classes

Her first bonsai class was taken in Cali in 1984 but since has been fortunate to have studied with world known bonsai masters. While in Colombia, she not only maintained her personal collection, but cared for a number of extensive collections, as well as teaching the art of bonsai to young and old. In 1990 she co-authored a bonsai manual in Spanish entitled "The Essential in Bonsai."

Solita Rosade