Eric Shikowski’s Mountain Hemlock – winner of the National Award | Photo by Jonas Dupuich
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The 5th annual U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition was held earlier this month in Rochester, N.Y. Over 300 competitors from all over the the country and the world showed off their trees, pots and stands. The winners of fourteen distinguished awards are listed below. A hearty congratulations and thank you to all the competitors and winners, [...]

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My apprenticeship here at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is officially coming to an end. The last five months have flown by like nothing I have ever experienced. I hope that my chronicles have provided a productive introductory insight into this art form. If you are new to this world and eager to learn [...]

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It has been super interesting to see the changing fruit colors of this Buddhist Pine tree (Podocarpus Macrophyllus). I can not help but compare the green foliage and multi colored fruit to a christmas tree with built in lights. The birds go crazy for this one, as they are always squawking around munching on berries. They leave a big [...]

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As the seasons change and summer winds down, I have been asked by peers and colleagues what some of the “stand-out” moments have been at the Museum over the last couple of months. After giving it some thought, one moment stood out among the rest. Not because it was better, or a more important learning [...]

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Here is a picture of a group of skeleton fork ferns (Psilotum nudum) that have been showing up left and right in almost every tree pot in the museum. Volunteer plants, or weeds, are an endless battle, although sometimes you get lucky and less invasive plants start to pop up that are sometimes beneficial. In many [...]

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Cryptomeria
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This Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) has been recently hit with a fungal infection. Within the span of a week, these four branches went from a light vibrant green to a crispy pale brown. While we strive to predict and prevent decease and infection at all times, sometimes things happen that cannot be reversed. What this scenario [...]

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A few weeks ago I noticed there was a little cheeto-sized praying mantis inside the Japanese Pavilion’s Bougainvillea tree. A week later I noticed the little critter again hiding safely within the same tree’s shady canopy during an exceptionally hot day. Then, yesterday, I saw what looked like an adult mantis nestled inconspicuously inside this same bougainvillea. I had [...]

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This large Zelkova Serrata was having a difficult time in its pot. It had lost a lot of its vigor and was not growing all that well. To remedy this, it has been temporarily put into the ground to give the roots more room to grow and recover from being stressed. After a couple of [...]

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