GSBF Collection at the Huntington

Any trip to the Huntington Library should include a visit their renowned bonsai collection. On my recent visit to the Huntington Gardens to see the annual Aiseki Kai exhibit, I made sure to stop by the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s (GSBF) bonsai collection despite a rare cold and rainy day in Southern California.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABonsai Courtyard entrance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Mas Moriguchi.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACork Oak donated by Tom Chan.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProstrate Juniper donated Harry Hirao in memory of Alyce Hirao.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese Black Pine donated by Ed Murakami.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese Black Pine from the Toshinori Matsuanga collection donated by Mayumi Shiira.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACork Bark Japanese Black Pine donated by Ayako Tanita.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Ray Blasingame.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Ben Oki in memory of John Naka.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Harry Hirao in memory of Andy Vu.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShimpaku grafted onto California Juniper donated by Tsuruo Takata.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShimpaku Juniper donated by Ayako Tanita.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShinpaku Juniper donated by Dr. Howard Waldman.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlive donated by Jack Miller

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShimpaku grafted onto California Juniper donated by Mike Shintaku.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABonsai on pedestals in the main courtyard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASilverberry from the Toshinori Matsuanga collection donated by Mayumi Shiira.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Chuichi Kawahira.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Bob Kinoshita in memory of Bill Southworth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAItalian Cypress donated by Phil Tacktill.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMontezuma Cypress donated by Brian Jackson.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGinkgo donated by Marty Mann.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShimpaku Juniper donated by Mr. and Mrs. Kageo Ohara.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACitrus donated by Dr. Howard Waldman.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPfitzer Juniper donated by Barbara Ajello.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKorean Hornbeam donated by Howard Waldman.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAViewing stones donated by Harry Hiaro.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANewer expansion of the Bonsai Courtyard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlive donated by Joseph Cohn.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHollywood Juniper donated Howard Waldman.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPyracanth donated by John Naka.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPomegranate donated by Kathy Boomsma.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornai Juniper donated by Bob Kinoshita.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShohin display.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Shig Mia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornai Juniper donated by Frank Goya.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated by Bob Kinoshita.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese Black Pine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese Black Pine donated by Junichi Sebata.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoast Live Oak donated by John Naka.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABald Cypress donated by Dung Cao in memory of Thu Cao.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper designed by Masahiko Kimura.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia Juniper donated Grigsby Catcus Gardens.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJapanese Black Pine donate by Kiyoko Yoneda in memory of Kaz Yoneda.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoemina Juniper donated by Ben Oki in memory of Robert Moor.

7 thoughts on “GSBF Collection at the Huntington

  1. Aarin: Happy New Year. Thanks for this, and all, posts. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of Jabuticaba, a Myrtle family tree from South America, used as bonsai. Any in the US?

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  2. Wow. Especialy the junipers have great potential. It looks like those trees have not been wired and styled in many, many years. I heard that care of these trees is finally going into younger hands and even a rumor ( I hope it’s true), that if the Huntington approves it, Ryan Neil will start working on the collection. That would make some of these trees the up there with the best in the world outside of Japan. I hope the Huntington see’s the value of bringing this collection to it’s potential by employing Ryan!!

  3. Wow. Thanks for taking and sharing all those pictures, Aarin. I haven’t been there for about a decade–it’s clear to me the collection has grown by leaps and bounds from what I remember. Very nice to see.

  4. There’s an important bonsai event coming to the Huntington and everyone is invited. It’s the annual Bonsai-A-Thon which is a two day event with demos, raffles, an auction and a vendor area. Also, Jim Folsom, director of the gardens and a great friend to the bonsai community will personally conduct a tour each morning during the event. This walking tour usually includes the Chinese Garden, Japanese garden and bonsai collection. Jim is a wonderful speaker and this is an amazing opportunity to spend time with one of the leading botanical garden figures on the planet.
    The Bonsai-A-Thon is free and anyone who mentions at the entrance that they’re there for the Bonsai-A-Thon gets in free to the entire Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanic Garden.
    It takes place on Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th. Please google the Huntington Botanic Gardens site for address, etc. All funds raised by the raffles, auction, etc, go to the maintenance of the Golden State Bonsai Federation bonsai collection at the Huntington.
    I hope to see many new faces there this year,
    Carol Upston,
    Vendor Chair, Bosnai-A-Thon
    Vice President, Kofu Bonsai Kai
    email me with questions at
    carol@mossfactory.com

  5. A truly excellent display but as as Josh has observed many of them are not at their best. Worth seeing nevertheless and great potential in the right hands.

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