Bob Mahler discovered his passion for bonsai at an early age. As a teen, he was fortunate enough to apprentice under the direction of Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania. From there he traveled to Tochigi-Ken Japan where he would spend the next 4 years under the exclusive direction of world renowned bonsai artist susumo sudo. He returned to the States in 1993 and soon thereafter became the curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. He left Brooklyn in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with individual collectors via lectures, classes, private collection maintenance, and tours abroad. Bob opened Kifu Bonsai (studio) in 2017. He continues to consult for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is the current Philadelphia Flower Show chairperson for the Pennsylvania bonsai society. His personal favorites are Japanese White Pines, Satsuki Azaleas, and Japanese Flowering Apricots. Bob resides in a small farming community north of Philadelphia with his wife Jesseca and their dogs.