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Our National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, an American Treasure


pine1This famous old Japanese white pine is one of the most powerful bonsai anywhere. You can find it at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. As always. the photo, though enticing, doesn't begin to do justice

Overslept this morning and then had to deal with delivery of 127 boxes of Bonsai Aesthetics wire (about 7,000 individual rolls of wire in 3 sizes: 100gram, 500gram & Kilo rolls), so we’re already way behind schedule. Time for our archives. This one is from Bark’s first month in existence  (Feb, 2009)

Next time you are in Washington DC, don’t miss the opportunity to visit our exciting National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Meanwhile, you can enjoy some of the bonsai, suiseki and other national treasures right where you are just by clicking bonsai tour.


This photo of John Naka's famous Goshin was taken by Peter Bloomer. The tallest tree (all 11 trees are Foemina junipers) stands about 52" (132cm). Don't be fooled though, the photo doesn't begin to convey the power of this bonsai. This was driven home to me at the 2005 WBC Convention in DC. I was just getting my bearings when I stumbled upon it in the lobby area, purely by accident. I almost fell over. For a moment, I wasn't sure what I was looking at; it was so much larger, stronger and more vivid than I ever imagined. Now, whenever I look at a photo of a great bonsai, I remind myself that what I am seeing is a pale reflection of the real thing

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