Stone 2
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Recently I assisted Head Curator Jack Sustic and Assistant Curator Michael James in naturalizing a stone slab that is set to replace one in the collection that has not stood the test of time very well. Originally, this new slab had a lot of rigid, harsh angles, and displayed a rather aggressive demeanor. We used [...]

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Hemlock 2
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Recently I did a post on this Japanese Hemlock Tree (Tsuga diversifolia). Although, what I failed to learn was that the wire on this tree has been on for over 2 years! It has more than done its job on the foliage pads, and it must be removed because it will soon start to damage [...]

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tiger lilly
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It can be very easy to focus solely on the many different Bonsai and Penjing trees while visiting the museum, and for valid reasons too. That being said, a keen and observant eye of your entire surroundings will surely reward you! There are many interesting, fragrant, and beautiful plants within the many different gardens inside [...]

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Hemlock
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This Japanese Hemlock Tree (Tsuga diversifolia) needs a little routine pruning to maintain its many different foliage pads. While other trees in the collection have been pruned several times by now, this is the first of the season for this Hemlock. Long and leggy growth must be cut back, as well as an inspection of the [...]

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Juniper before
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One of the very unique elements of the Museum is that Bonsai education classes are offered throughout the year. This being said, we house a number of “teaching trees” in the Auxiliary tree storage area. These are used for educational purposes, or chosen by students to perform basic fundamental techniques on. Right now these are [...]

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Pine
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The colors around the Museum have been knocking me out this week. The subtle variations of green, and rich blues…Amazing! The Yamaki Pine Tree seemed to be singing with joy the other morning, and while a photo comes nowhere close to capturing the moment, I had to at least try and snap a quick shot.

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Serissa
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This forest planting of Tree of a Thousand Star Trees (Serissa Japonica) needs its bushy summer growth pruned back to a nice, compact silhouette. The foliage pads are already well developed, so it is clear to see all the areas that shoot out further than they should. This forest really responds to our hot and [...]

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Coastal Redwood final
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This Coastal Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) needs to be thinned out in order to balance the tree’s allocation of energy. The right side is thicker and more full of foliage. If left unattended, it could be begin to hog all the tree’s nutrients , leaving the left side to become weaker and weaker and perhaps even [...]

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