Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ACBS's Landscape Penjing Now on Disply at Conservatory in Avon, Ohio

by Michael Rusnak

The ACBS's club penjing landscape is on display for the month of September and into the Fall season at the Conservatory of the Miller Nature Preserve in Avon, Ohio. The Conservatory and Nature Preserve are part of the Lorain County Metro Parks system, and is located in Avon, Ohio on Route 83 on 78 acres of wooded land, according to the Nature Preserve's website.

The ACBS's landscape penjing is made up of seven separate tray plantings and is a pool-table-sized miniature landscape when fully assembled. It was designed and coordinated by ACBS member Carlton Buck as a club project in 2012. Carlton, who has always been fascinated with Chinese tray plantings or penjing, wanted to create a project that included the collaboration or multiple club members. Made up of seven tray sections, each of which was planted and maintained by a different club member. Sections can also be displayed individually or all seven can be assembled as a expansive and unified landscape planting. The penjing was first exhibited at the ACBS's June 2013 show case. Carlton shared the accompanying photos of the penjing, as exhibited in Loraine.

The Miller Nature Preserve is located at 2739 Center Road in Avon, Ohio. The conservatory is open 10 am to 6 pm daily, admission is $2. 

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