Museum Books


Book #1 – Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty
by Ann McClellan
In this handsome book, noted author Ann McClellan tells the story, in word and illustrations, of the distinguished history of the Museum.  It also includes a re[printing of John Creech’s The Bonsai Saga: How the Bicentennial Collection Came to America.



Book #2 – The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: A Little Bonsai with a Big Story
by Sandra Moore and Kazumi Wilds
Beautifully written by Sandy Moore and illustrated by Kazumi Wilds, this is a heartwarming story about the Yamaki Pine that teaches younger readers that despite dark historical events, a  tree can bring friendship between nations.



Book #3 – In Training – Photograph Monograph
by Stephen Voss
Written and photographed by prominent Washington photographer Stephen Voss, the book is a handsome monograph that illuminates the trees and their characteristics as poetic and artistic master pieces.



Book #4 – Forest, Rock Planting & Ezo Spruce Bonsai
by Saburo Kato
A wonderful museum quality bonsai treasure by the true master of forest rock planting, Saburo Kato. Previously available only in Japanese, this classic stands as the definitive bonsai tree book on forest bonsai and rock plantings.  First published in 1963 and reprinted in English by the National Bonsai Foundation in 2001.



Book # 5 – John Naka’s Sketchbook
Sketches by John Naka, the Dean of American bonsai. For fifty years, John Naka travelled the world teaching the art of bonsai. Each sketch in this unique book was drawn for just one person as a guide for the future development of their bonsai tree. The nearly 100 bonsai drawings show Master Naka’s artistic talent and his matchless sense of design. They also provide simple examples of a technique you can use to improve your own bonsai trees.

All books are available from Stone Lantern –