|Japanese maple of the National Collection in its spring colors|
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.
|John Naka's famous forest|
|Exceptional Japanese maple just leafing out in March 2011|
|Dramatic Motion of Chinese trees|