The National Bonsai Foundation’s latest bulletin is out and features my article further outlining my impressions of the bonsai industry in Japan and what lessons I think we can incoroprate here in the U.S. You can find it here.
The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, located on the East Coast of the United States, has been having its annual Winter Silhouettes exhibition for nearly 20 years. We’ve recently gone to a biannual show to generate more interest as winter is our slow season at the Arboretum.
Japanese Maple-Kiyo-hime, In training since 1946, Donated by Akiko Matsudaira.
Japanese Blood Grass, container by MC2.
Rabbit foot fern, container by Lang, with horse figurine.
Chinese Elm, In training since 1961, Donated by Shu-ying Lui.
In conjunction with my last post about Peter Adams at the GSBF convention in 2009, I wanted to share these photos I took of the bonsai on exhibit . Please forgive some of the blurry photos, when I took these 4 years ago, I didn’t expect to be posting them online. Also I normally attribute the owner but again I failed to capture that info. Enjoy.
There were also a number of viewing stones on display.
Viewing stone, most likely from the Eel River.
Japanese Black Pine
San Jose Juniper
Dead wood detail
The kind folks at the local Fox news affiliate here in DC stopped by and did a little report on the Fall Bonsai Exhibit. I tried to embed the video in this post but was unable to figure out how. You’ll have to click here to watch it. Hope you enjoy it.
As the trees on exhibit move past their peak fall color we replace them with trees that are just beginning to shine. Here are the new additions as well as a few from the first post that look better than they first did.
Closeup of netsuke
Red Maple, Acer rubrum var. Drummondii, Donated by Vaughn Banting, In training since 1974.
Cedar Elm, Ulmus crassifolia, Donated by Arch Hawkins, In training since 1981.
Ginkgo biloba, Donated by Masayuki Fujio, In training since 1896.
Japanese Maple, Donated by Ryutaro Azuma, In training since 1906.
Liquidambar, Donated by Vaughn Banting, In training since 1975. The photo doesn’t do the tree justice regarding its actual color. Its almost a neon red. When you see it in person the tree seems like it is glowing.
Golden Larch, Pseudolarix amabilis, Donated by Shu-ling Lui, In training since 1971.
Thanks for reading. I will be posting the final installment of this years fall exhibit next week. This coming weekend will be your last opportunity to see this special Fall Exhibit, so if you live in or near DC stop by the Museum and enjoy the trees before all the leaves are gone.
Thankfully things in Washington got sorted out in time for our annual fall exhibition. The exhibit runs from October 26 – November 10. Trees will be rotated in and out as they come into peak color and I will post addition pictures as we change them.
Trident Maple, Acer buergerianum, Age unknown, Donated by Stanley Chin.
Japanese blood grass, Imperata cylindrica, pot by Sharon Edwards-Russell.