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In 1976, when then U.S. National Arboretum Director, Dr. John Creech, learned the Arboretum would be receiving a gift of 53 bonsai from Japan, one of the people he called for advice was Chase Rosade. It was Rosade who did the demonstration for the media at the dedication of the National Bonsai & Pening Museum, [...]

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Sandra Moore first learned about the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s Yamaki pine years ago during a tour of the Museum. “Like many visitors, I was stunned when I heard how old the tree was, and that one family had cared for it since the 1600s,” she says. “But what really stuck with me was the image [...]

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“I’ve been living bonsai for 50 years,” says William Valavanis, who is known for founding International Bonsai magazine and organizing the biennial U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. He also is the proprietor of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, New York, where he maintains a collection of classical bonsai and offers classes, seminars and symposia. Valavanis [...]

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It doesn’t take a Michelangelo to see that the art of bonsai and the art of sculpture have many similarities. Alesha Burk can attest to that: the 24-year-old artist from Atlanta, Georgia, spent the past few months as the “First Curator’s Apprentice,” the summer internship offered by the National Bonsai Foundation in the National Bonsai [...]

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It may come as a surprise to some people to learn that National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) Director Johann Klodzen doesn’t own a single bonsai. “In the same way that you can enjoy a fine painting or sculpture without being a painter or sculptor, one can appreciate bonsai without actually collecting or creating these works of [...]

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Felix Laughlin was a young attorney in New York City working long hours when his wife Betty Gayle came home with a few bonsai. “She said I needed more balance in my life,” he recalls with a laugh. Over that first winter in their tiny Manhattan apartment with no balcony, the Laughlins kept their bonsai [...]

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Jack Sustic, who grew up on a farm in Michigan, saw his first bonsai while serving in the army in Korea.  He was on a bus when, out the window, a display of bonsai caught his eye. Sustic recalls getting off at the next bus stop in search of that nursery. “I was captivated,” he [...]

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