Saturday, February 11, 2012

ACBS March Meeting: Natonal Bonsai Collection

Japanese maple of the National Collection in its spring colors
The photographs will speak for themselves at the ACBS March meeting when Mike shares slides of some of the trees from the National Bonsai Collection at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C.
Here's a brief rundown of items that were on exhibit at the time of the visit in March of 2011, and will be included in the slide show.

  • The earlier (than N.E. Ohio) D.C. spring meant that several specimen maples were featured in the main courtyard, and they were just beginning to leaf out.  
  • Several dormant deciduous trees allowed for an unobstructed view of their finely tapered trunks and branch structures.  
  • A number of sizable and very old pines--one that dated to the 1600's and originally a gift to the United States from Japan-- were also on exhibit.   
  • Trees by the legendary American Bonsai artist John Naka.  In particular Naka's famous forest planting that makes ample use of perspective was on display (see photo below).
  • Tropical bonsai
  • You'll be inspired by more abstract and "wild" tradition of the trees in the Chinese pavilion.  You instantly know you are in a different world. (see photo below)
  • Also of interest to club members: photos of many remarkable, large-sized viewing stones and their custom-carved wooden stands.  
So don't miss the photos and discussion of these amazing and inspiring "big-league"e trees.

John Naka's famous forest

Exceptional Japanese maple just leafing out in March 2011

Dramatic Motion of Chinese trees

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