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 all Junipers, and regardless of their individual stage of development, they require the same basic maintenance work that top tier trees require as well. We want to preserve the tree’s raw/semi raw quality for the next student to harness, but that being said, dead foliage is dead foliage, and it won’t be coming back to life if it has died. There are roughly 15 trees in total that need dead needles and weeds removed. The difference is subtle, but nonetheless a step in the right direction.