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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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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On August 6, 1945, at a quarter-past 8 a.m., bonsai master Masaru Yamaki was inside his home when glass fragments hurtled past him, cutting his skin, after a strong force blew out the windows of the house. The U.S. B-29 bomber called the “Enola Gay” had just dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the [...]

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