This Ezo Spruce is pushing forth a lot of new growth and must be addressed. To maintain the compact silhouette, we must pinch the new growth in half. This procedure also serves to reallocate the tree’s supply of nutrients. Right now all the new growth is commanding a majority of the tree’s energy, but what [...]

0 comments / 0 votes

Earlier this week I was tasked with doing a little routine maintenance on this  Satsuki Azalea shrub (Rhododendron ‘Nikko’). Satsuki is a Japanese word meaning “fifth month,” and refers to the bloom time for this type of Azalea. While they often take on the appearance of small trees, Azaleas are classified as shrubs. Perhaps this [...]

0 comments / 0 votes
From left: Arboretum Director Richard Olsen, Yasuo Yamaki, National Bonsai Foundation Director Johann Klodzen and National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Curator Jack Sustic with the Yamaki pine.
3 comments / 3 votes

One of the greatest treasures at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is the nearly 400-year-old bonsai known as the “Yamaki pine.” Donated to the Museum by Japanese bonsai master Mr. Masaru Yamaki, the tree survived the 1945 atomic blast, which occurred two miles from the Yamaki home. Thirty years after the bombing, Yamaki donated the tree [...]

3 comments / 3 votes
Chuck Croft forest demo 5-08 (8)
1 comments / 1 votes

During World Bonsai Day, Chuck Croft was recognized as the 2016 Janet Lanman volunteer of the year. Chuck is from Burke, Virginia and has been a volunteer for over 10 years. He has been doing bonsai for many years and is also past President of the Potomac Bonsai Association. We are grateful for Chuck’s dedication [...]

1 comments / 1 votes
FullSizeRender
0 comments / 2 votes

Yuuuup, that’s right! The rain finally went away, at least for a little bit. This shot was taken of the Shohin collection in the lower courtyard of the Museum. Shohin is a Japanese word that means “tiny thing,” and in regards to Bonsai, it generally refers to trees that are 10″ or smaller.

0 comments / 2 votes
Photo taken at the PBA workshop on May 15th
0 comments / 0 votes

For those of you who didn’t know, this past Saturday (5/14) was World Bonsai Day- a celebration of all things and people related to the art of Bonsai. There were demonstrations, workshops, vendors, and food! There was a great energy present all weekend, and despite a little rain, it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all. A [...]

0 comments / 0 votes
Black Pine
0 comments / 0 votes

In the work shop with Head curator Jack Sustic! Here he explains to me how this Japanese Black Pine Tree (Pinus Thunbergii) could be improved over time. Specifically, how the positioning of wired branches is so crucial to the tree’s effectiveness as a Bonsai. To ensure that I grasped this concept we looked at several different examples [...]

0 comments / 0 votes
5ff4bfc2-d3cc-4844-8b8d-6d775e0dfa95
0 comments / 0 votes

Recently I had the opportunity to assist head Curator Jack Sustic on some basic maintenance and restyling of this massive Ponderosa Pine tree (Pinus Ponderosa). We removed some old copper wire that was being used to position small branches, and pulled some of the larger primary branches in closer to the trunk. I was amazed [...]

0 comments / 0 votes
33-ChineseElm-1
0 comments / 7 votes

A photographer who specializes in portraits that are published in such high-profile news outlets as Time, Wired and The Washington Post, Stephen Voss is using that talent to create portraits of bonsai. His new book, In Training, features beautiful images of trees from the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum collection. Self-published by Voss, the book was designed by [...]

0 comments / 7 votes
Azaleas in bloom - May 2016
0 comments / 0 votes

The 2016 Azalea Bonsai show is May 27th – June 5th. It would be wise to attend ASAP, as we cannot control how long trees are in peak bloom. If the weather is scorching hot and sunny, flowers will fade fast. If it is cloudy and cool, flowers may stick around a bit longer, but why risk [...]

0 comments / 0 votes

Archives

> <
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec