National Bonsai Foundation

National Bonsai Foundation http://www.bonsai-nbf.org The National Bonsai Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1982 to support the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the U.S.
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Mission: The National Bonsai Foundation is a section 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1982 to sustain the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. It cooperates with the U. S. National Arboretum by offering financial support and advice to the Museum. This private/public collaboration between the Foundation and the Arboretum enables the Museum to promote the art of bonsai and penjing to visitors through masterpiece displays and educational programs while also fostering intercultural friendship and understanding.

Operating as usual

Bonsai is not limited to any one group or only available for experienced horticulturists. #Bonsai is for everyone, no ma...
01/19/2021
DAVID RIZWAN: “BONSAI IS FOR EVERYONE” — National Bonsai Foundation

Bonsai is not limited to any one group or only available for experienced horticulturists. #Bonsai is for everyone, no magic skills required.

From an interview with our 2018 First Curator's Apprentice:

When David Rizwan first saw a bonsai tree while searching online for plants to decorate his apartment, he thought there must be something “magical” about it. “It’s a common misconception that there’s something mysterious there,” Rizwan said of bonsai. “There is a general lack of knowle...

“Kindness is like snow: it beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil GibranLet mindfulness and kindess operate hand in ...
01/18/2021

“Kindness is like snow: it beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Let mindfulness and kindess operate hand in hand this #MindfulnessMonday.

📸 Chris Lejarazu – @unsplash

Whether it's too snowy outside or you're helping to flatten the curve, we bet you're still yearning to connect with natu...
01/16/2021
Five ways to connect with nature while stuck inside during COVID-19 | Ontario Nature

Whether it's too snowy outside or you're helping to flatten the curve, we bet you're still yearning to connect with nature indoors. Here are a few ideas, from growing your own food to making a bird feeder:

Tips to stay sane and connect with nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bring nature to you to maintain that critical connection.

Repost from @isanbonsai of the Yamaki Pine because we can always use a Peace Tree on our feeds: “This #pinebonsai is ove...
01/15/2021

Repost from @isanbonsai of the Yamaki Pine because we can always use a Peace Tree on our feeds:
“This #pinebonsai is over 390 years old and survived the bombing of Hiroshima. It currently resides at the @nbfbonsai in Washington D.C. An incredible testament of longevity and life. #bonsai #bonsaistyle #bonsaitree #yamakipine #whitepine”

We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their support, ingenuity and bonsai knowledge.Our spotlight series, The Bo...
01/14/2021
The Bonsai Board: Ross Campbell — National Bonsai Foundation

We are grateful to our Board of Directors for their support, ingenuity and bonsai knowledge.

Our spotlight series, The Bonsai Board, highlights their bonsai experience and why they joined NBF. This month's spotlight is on Ross Campbell, who joined NBF in August 2020 and became secretary/treasurer elect later in the year:

At the National Bonsai Foundation, we are grateful to our Board of Directors for their support, ingenuity and bonsai knowledge. Get to know the directors in our spotlight series, The Bonsai Board, highlighting their bonsai experience and why they joined NBF.  Read about Board Chair

The bare bones of winter trees at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum ❄️✨🌨 What do your bonsai and penjing look like ri...
01/13/2021

The bare bones of winter trees at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum ❄️✨🌨 What do your bonsai and penjing look like right now?

"Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.” – Amit Ray This #MindfulnessMon...
01/11/2021

"Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.” – Amit Ray

This #MindfulnessMonday set the tone for a week of new perspectives and openness.

Photo by Igor Cancarevic on Unsplash

Do you know which tree in the Museum's Chinese collection this trio sits under? Answer below, and tag us if you have you...
01/10/2021

Do you know which tree in the Museum's Chinese collection this trio sits under? Answer below, and tag us if you have your own photo of them!

From all of us at the National Bonsai Foundation: Thank you for your tremendous support in 2020, a year truly like no ot...
01/06/2021

From all of us at the National Bonsai Foundation: Thank you for your tremendous support in 2020, a year truly like no other.

Because of supporters like you, we met our December fundraising goal—a sum that will be generously matched by our Board of Directors! We look forward to continuing to share the art of bonsai with you this year.

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum couldn’t house the finest bonsai in the world without a dedicated, talented and kno...
01/06/2021
Museum Curators: Michael James — National Bonsai Foundation

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum couldn’t house the finest bonsai in the world without a dedicated, talented and knowledgeable leader. In our next installment of Museum Curators, we’re helping you get to know our current curator, Michael James, who is all of those things and more.

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum couldn’t house the finest bonsai in the world without a dedicated, talented and knowledgeable leader. In our next installment of Museum Curators , we’re helping you get to know our current curator, Michael James, who is all of those things and more. H

"Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it." – Buddh...
01/04/2021

"Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it." – Buddha

It's the first #MindfulnessMonday of 2021!! As we welcome a new year, we’re being mindful of the blessings and lessons we gained in 2020.

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Wishing you peace and tranquility in 2021 and always! Love, NBF ❤️🌳
01/02/2021

Wishing you peace and tranquility in 2021 and always! Love, NBF ❤️🌳

EXCITING NEWS: The U.S. National Arboretum and National Bonsai Foundation are  planning to renovate the National Bonsai ...
01/01/2021

EXCITING NEWS: The U.S. National Arboretum and National Bonsai Foundation are planning to renovate the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum!! Thanks to a generous donor, we have developed a comprehensive (and frankly, breathtaking) Museum Master Plan, which the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts unanimously approved this fall.

But we need YOUR support to bring this ambitious plan to life. Be a part of something big: Donate TODAY to help us build the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum of tomorrow, so thousands more visitors can experience the wonder of small trees in pots. Donate now: https://bit.ly/3o6r28C

#repost from @mybonsailife — “John Naka pulls back memories from the time I was endlessly studying Bonsai Technique I .....
12/31/2020

#repost from @mybonsailife — “John Naka pulls back memories from the time I was endlessly studying Bonsai Technique I .... Picture from 1973, in training since 1963. #memories #pottedtree #fruittree #loveforplants #timecapsule #time #bonsai “

Just three days left to make your end-of-year donation – and we're bringing back the backgrounds!Donate before midnight ...
12/30/2020

Just three days left to make your end-of-year donation – and we're bringing back the backgrounds!

Donate before midnight New Year's Eve and you'll get our full NBF suite of professional images of the Museum for your phone wallpapers, Facebook cover photos and Zoom backgrounds.

Give here: https://bit.ly/3mZz6XJ

"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we beg...
12/28/2020

"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

We're aiming to be more mindful in 2021. What will your mindfulness journey look like next year? #mindfulnessmonday

Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

Wherever and however you're celebrating, we hope everyone is having a safe and happy Christmas. Who got or gifted a bons...
12/25/2020

Wherever and however you're celebrating, we hope everyone is having a safe and happy Christmas.

Who got or gifted a bonsai for Christmas?!

Beautiful shots from @jsp_x 📸🌳We love seeing pics from visitors! Don’t forget to tag us in your Museum #throwbacks 🥰
12/25/2020

Beautiful shots from @jsp_x 📸🌳We love seeing pics from visitors! Don’t forget to tag us in your Museum #throwbacks 🥰

Our Board of Directors is full of generous and talented bonsai enthusiasts. Here are some short insights into why they g...
12/24/2020

Our Board of Directors is full of generous and talented bonsai enthusiasts. Here are some short insights into why they give to NBF.

"As the leaves on all of the trees in the landscape and in our bonsai and penjing gardens begin to fall, and winter appr...
12/23/2020
ASSISTANT CURATOR'S BLOG: Fall at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum — National Bonsai Foundation

"As the leaves on all of the trees in the landscape and in our bonsai and penjing gardens begin to fall, and winter approaches, we, like the trees, must try to store our energy, shed our stress, and prepare for the challenging cold months ahead."

Catch more words of wisdom and bonsai tips straight from fingertips of Assistant Curator Andy Bello in his latest blog up now:

Practicing the art of bonsai and penjing is rewarding in many ways, and each season provides a multitude of beauty, work, and lessons. As fall continues, all the hard work we bonsai practitioners have put in throughout the growing season on our deciduous trees is honored by an array of yellows, oran

This week, Dr. Joseph Gutierrez and other NBF Board Members are sharing why they support NBF. From volunteering to donat...
12/22/2020

This week, Dr. Joseph Gutierrez and other NBF Board Members are sharing why they support NBF. From volunteering to donating, “anything we can do to help maintain these glorious trees — and show our commitment to the art of bonsai — is worthwhile,” he says.

While our doors are closed, we still want you to feel connected to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Donate to NBF t...
12/18/2020

While our doors are closed, we still want you to feel connected to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Donate to NBF this week to receive digital images perfect for your next Zoom background, phone screen wallpaper, or Facebook cover photo.

Upload these photos to social media and your personal devices and you can “visit” the Museum anytime — and share your love of bonsai with friends, family, and colleagues.

Give a gift, get a gift. Donate NOW and receive these high-resolution images! https://bit.ly/3nvbjzZ

Sending warmth and peace to all bonsai artists and plant lovers during the Festival of Lights. 📸: @stephenvoss
12/16/2020

Sending warmth and peace to all bonsai artists and plant lovers during the Festival of Lights.

📸: @stephenvoss

To connect with our visitors during this challenging year, we’re thrilled to introduce a new way for you to experience t...
12/16/2020

To connect with our visitors during this challenging year, we’re thrilled to introduce a new way for you to experience the Museum and its beautiful collections.

Donate to NBF and, as a token of our gratitude, we’ll send you the new NBF Virtual Collection: a suite of images of the Museum and our trees, designed for use as Facebook covers, phone screen wallpapers, and Zoom backgrounds!

Give now >> https://bit.ly/384H2l2

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, a...
12/14/2020

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
-Rachel Carson

As the year comes to a close, don't forget to spend some time in nature. Get outside for a snowball fight in the woods, a hike in the mountains or a walk on the beach this #MindfulnessMonday.

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Have you seen our new NBF gear?! We’ve got tees. Mugs. Totes. And more! Now you can support NBF and rep the Museum at th...
12/12/2020
National Bonsai Foundation Gifts | Official Merchandise | Bonfire

Have you seen our new NBF gear?! We’ve got tees. Mugs. Totes. And more! Now you can support NBF and rep the Museum at the same time. Order something for yourself or a loved one this holiday season.

Proceeds go to the National Bonsai Foundation to support the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is home to impressive trees from collectors and masters around the world. Among tha...
12/10/2020
Museum Donors & Their Trees: Dr. Yee-sun Wu — National Bonsai Foundation

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is home to impressive trees from collectors and masters around the world. Among that amalgam of donors is Dr. Yee-sun Wu, one of the most prominent penjing connoisseurs and stylists.

New on the blog – Dr. Wu's personal and penjing background:

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is home to impressive trees from collectors and masters around the world. Among that amalgam of donors is Dr. Yee-sun Wu , one of the most prominent penjing connoisseurs and stylists.  Dr. Wu was raised in a family that had practiced penjing

In 1945, the Yamaki Pine survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976, the pine came to the Museum as part of Japan...
12/09/2020

In 1945, the Yamaki Pine survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In 1976, the pine came to the Museum as part of Japan’s bicentennial gift to the United States.

This holiday season, shop NBF collectibles or our bookstore to help us continue to care for this symbol of peace, beauty, and resilience. Order now to receive your items in time for the holidays! https://www.bonsai-nbf.org/give

PC: Stephen Voss

"Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” – Chögya...
12/07/2020

"Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” – Chögyam Trungpa

Use this #MindfulnessMonday to set up a week of experiencing everyday moments through a mindful approach.

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ICYMI: Two more days to donate to NBF with our gift-matching promise: your $15 becomes $30. Your $50 becomes $100 – just...
12/06/2020

ICYMI: Two more days to donate to NBF with our gift-matching promise: your $15 becomes $30. Your $50 becomes $100 – just through Sunday, Dec. 6! https://bit.ly/2VEoXo8

The NBF Board is so grateful for all the support we received on #GivingTuesday. You’ve all helped us nearly meet our $25...
12/05/2020

The NBF Board is so grateful for all the support we received on #GivingTuesday. You’ve all helped us nearly meet our $25,000 goal! To get us to that target, we’ve extended our gift-matching promise through SUNDAY. Donate to NBF this weekend and your money will go twice as far: https://bit.ly/33Fs9Ej

It's full-on Go Time for present shopping. We're here to relieve pressure you're feeling about what to get the bonsai lo...
12/04/2020
What to Get the Bonsai Lover in Your Life — National Bonsai Foundation

It's full-on Go Time for present shopping. We're here to relieve pressure you're feeling about what to get the bonsai lover in your life. Here's our Holiday Gift Guide:

It's gift giving time! Learn what the National Bonsai Foundation recommends you get the bonsai lover in your life.

Among all of the great bonsai artists, one stands out for his generosity, encouragement and approachable personality: Jo...
12/03/2020
Influential Bonsai Master: John Naka — National Bonsai Foundation

Among all of the great bonsai artists, one stands out for his generosity, encouragement and approachable personality: John Yoshio Naka. We spoke with former NBF Co-President Jack Sustic and NBF Board Member Cheryl Manning about Naka’s legacy, teaching style and lovable personality. New on the blog:

Among all of the great bonsai artists, one stands out for his generosity, encouragement and approachable personality: John Yoshio Naka .  Naka was born in Colorado but grew up in Japan, where he studied bonsai under his grandfather. He moved back to the United States in his 20s and grew t

NBF has steadfastly cared for the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's precious collections and kept the spirit of bonsai ...
12/01/2020

NBF has steadfastly cared for the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's precious collections and kept the spirit of bonsai alive, despite 2020’s challenges. This #GivingTuesday, you can help preserve this cultural institution for future generations!

The NBF Board of Directors is matching ALL online gifts made today, up to a total of $25,000. Your $25 becomes $50, your $50 becomes $100, and your $100 becomes $200! GIVE TODAY and your support will go twice as far:

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=nbf&id=16&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post1_Dec1&utm_campaign=EOY2020

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National Bonsai Foundation: 3501 New York Ave NE
Washington D.C., DC
20002

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
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Two infrared images from the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection taken last weekend. I wish I'd recorded the details about each tree I photographed.
hello world! what a beautiful museum! such a breath taking museum with rich history.
A small planting from the coast of Maine, Plantago maritima (sea plantain). Keeping cool on a hot summer day. Thanks to kusamono expert Young Choe for the identification.
A root-over-rock Trident maple from the Chinese Collection is repotted at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Spring has arrived in DC. Note how vigorous the roots are.
What a joy to visit the Museum!
Thieves are snatching up rare, decades-old bonsai trees that are worth thousands of dollars. But they forget that once they take the plants, they have to figure out how to keep them from dying...
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You might want to consider making a timeline of U.S. history in the North American Pavilion with all of the Presidents and a few major events and then show where each of the bansai began training. This would give you a good idea of just how much history these plants have lived through.
I had such a great time at the Bonsai exhibition that I went back with a friend. I think it would be even better if the very old bansai (1625 was it?) was at the end of the Pavilion so that as you go along and see older and older plants and at the end are totally blown away by the oldest one.
California Bonsai Society is proud to announce The Ben Oki Bonsai Scholarships The California Bonsai Society (CBS) has set up a scholarship fund to honor Ben Oki - a man who devoted most of his life to enjoying and sharing bonsai. Ben was happiest when he was sharing his knowledge or working on a tree. To honor that sharing spirit Ben had we will be making five $200.00 grants available to anyone in the bonsai community to be used to attend classes, a workshop or other bonsai related educational activity. To apply, the applicant should write a short note detailing what they’d like to do with the funds - funds can be used for classes, materials to bring to a class, workshops, etc. as long as it is geared towards improving one’s bonsai skills and knowledge with an outside source. They cannot be used to just buy a piece of material to work on your own. Applicants who receive scholarships agree that in return for these funds within 15 days of completing class etc. they will provide CBS with photos and a short write up of what they did with the funds. This will be published on our website and in our newsletter. The application period will be from April 15th through May 30th annually with the scholarships awarded by June 15th. Applications will be accepted from anyone in the bonsai community. The scholarship will be awarded by random drawing. Anyone in the bonsai community can apply by sending a short note stating that they are applying for the Ben Oki Scholarship. Applications should include name, address and email of applicant as well as name of teacher, workshop leader etc. and dates of said classes or workshops or other activity to improve one’s bonsai knowledge. All applications need to be postmarked by May 30th. Applications should be mailed via US postal service to Ben Oki Scholarship c/o 17230 Roscoe Blvd. Northridge CA 91325
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