The trunks of Goshin.
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This reflection was written by Porter Taylor and published on his website. This weekend Jo and I went to the National Arboretum.  Created in 1927 it’s in the Northeast corner of the District of Columbia and covers 446 acres. Because it’s February (even though it was 65 degrees Saturday) not much was in bloom, but [...]

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Great windswept Elm.
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These images and text were originally published by Bonsai Empire. The National Bonsai Foundation is located inside the US National Arboretum, and was opened in 1976, with 53 Bonsai trees donated by the Nippon Bonsai Association. The NBF also has a collection of Penjing trees, gifted by China in 1972 and by Dr. Yee sun-Wu [...]

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Felix Laughlin, Tohru Suzuki and Atsuyuki Oike. | Photo by Michael Colella
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Earlier this month, the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) board, donors and special guests – including Atsuyuki Oike, chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan, Japanese bonsai master Tohru Suzuki, members of Ikebana International, and other dignitaries and bonsai enthusiasts from around the country – celebrated the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s 40th anniversary. The [...]

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This fall, Jack Sustic retires from the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum after many years of service. In honor of the Museum’s 40th anniversary and in celebration of Jack’s retirement, friends, colleagues and other admirers are invited to make a special contribution to the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) as a tribute to Jack’s legacy. “Like [...]

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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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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.
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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 [...]

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Chuck Croft forest demo 5-08 (8)
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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 [...]

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As a generous gift to NBF, Bonsai Master Bjorn Bjorholm and Oscar Jonker of Bonsai Empire have made it possible for you to enjoy a special free overview of these key sections of their outstanding online Bonsai Beginner’s Course: (1) “History of Bonsai” (Jonker) (2) “What is Bonsai” (Jonker) (3) “Pruning a Bonsai” (Bjorholm) (4) “Wiring” (Bjorholm) [...]

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Cover Photo by Neil Edmund.  The exhibition catalog is now available for download, click here to download.   The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition Since the last National Bonsai Pot Competition in 2002, the number of potters making quality bonsai containers in the United States has increased significantly.  This exhibition at the National Bonsai [...]

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