I are pleased to announce that our former summer intern and volunteer Chris Baker, has been selected as the next Curator of the bonsai collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Chris is assuming the position after the retirement of longtime curator, Ivan Waters.
In addition to his time working at the National Collection, Chris spent 1 year apprenticing with Mr. Tohru Suzuki at Daijuen in Okazaki, Japan.
Chris has been a huge asset to us, both he and his contributions to the Museum will be missed. Chris assumes the position April 21st and will be returning to DC in May to take part in our annual PBA Bonsai Festival in his new role.
Here is your chance to work with us at the Museum. We are in the final week of accepting applicants for our Spring/Summer intern. If you are interested please send your resume by this Friday, March, 14th 2014.
Last years Bonsai Intern Chris Baker.
This internship will be at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. The intern will be trained by the curator in the care and maintenance of the bonsai collection. This internship is a paid position that receives a stipend. Weekend work will be required. The intern may work a full time or part time schedule depending on availability. Internship will not exceed 480 hours.
Applicants should have an active interest in the art of bonsai. The incumbent should have a basic understanding of plant care and have the ability to accurately follow instructions relating to planting, pruning, weeding and other routine garden maintenance tasks. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.
Duties & Working Conditions
Duties include assisting with the day to day care of the bonsai collection. The intern will work under the direction of the museum curator. The intern will assist in a wide variety of tasks required in the maintenance of the bonsai collection as needed such as watering, repotting, trimming and wiring.
Interns may have contact with visitors. In many cases work will be outdoors and may involve heavy lifting and exposure to extreme heat and humidity. Duties may also include work in the museum’s gardens.
The winter edition of the PBA Newsletter is out and features Museum volunteer turned bonsai apprentice Danny Coffey. Danny breaks down his approach in restyling a really cool shimpaku. Get the complete article here.
You can also follow Danny’s journey as an apprentice on his blog “Tree the People“.
The Potomac Bonsai Association(PBA) has been a long time supporter of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Their redesigned newsletter titled “Clippings” comes out each quarter with the most recent issue featuring two Museum volunteers. Chris Baker, who served are our summer apprentice, and Danny Coffey currently apprenticing at Aichien in Nagoya. To download PBA newsletters. click here.
Earlier this year I introduced Museum volunteer Danny Coffey. Danny had just embarked on a 3 month trial apprenticeship at the distinguished Aichi-en bonsai nursery in Nagoya.
After a brief trip back to the states, Danny has returned to Aichi-en to begin his formal apprenticeship.
Before returning to Japan, Danny continued to volunteer at the Museum. Here Danny (left) helps out Curator Jack Sustic and myself tidy up John Naka’s Goshin.
Danny and I conducted public demos at the Museum on May 14th in celebration of World Bonsai Day.
In the tradition of his senpai, Peter Tea, Danny is sharing his own experiences at Aichi-en on his bonsai periodical Tree the People. Danny is also be posting photos on Instagram under the account “Tree The People” . So far he has several informative posts on Trident Maples with a lot a great pictures. Show your support for Danny by subscribing to Tree the People.
Happy New Year! 2012 marked a hugh year for the Capital Bonsai Blog with over 24,000 views in 2012. Capital Bonsai has also expanded into the realm of YouTube with more videos planned for 2013.
To further raise the profile of Capital Bonsai a new logo has been designed by my friend and Bonsai Museum volunteer Danny Coffey.
Danny, a graphic designer by trade, has recently decided to take his love of bonsai to the next level and as of Jan 1st is on his way to Japan to begin his trial apprentice with Mr. Junichiro Tanaka of Aichi-en. If accepted, Danny will begin his formal multi-year appreticeship following in the footsteps of current Aichien apprentice Peter Tea.
Fortunatly for Danny, he already has experienced some of the tasks of an apprentice, namely manual labor. All of us at the Bonsai Museum will miss him and are very excited for him to return with all the knowledge and expereice he will undoubtly aquire.