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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Japanese Boxthorn: in training since 1951 and donated by Shu-ying Lui in 1986.Coming from temperate regions in Asia, thi...
03/30/2021

Japanese Boxthorn: in training since 1951 and donated by Shu-ying Lui in 1986.

Coming from temperate regions in Asia, this species blooms practically all year round. There are usually so many tiny white flowers that it is also known as the "tree of a thousand stars."

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis GrizzardLook for signs of the land awa...
03/29/2021

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard

Look for signs of the land awakening this week, like these luscious blooms in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's Kato Family Stroll Garden. #mindfulnessmonday

Satsuki azalea "Gyoten" – training age unknown and donated to the Japanese collection in 2000 by Shogo WatanabeSatsuki a...
03/25/2021

Satsuki azalea "Gyoten" – training age unknown and donated to the Japanese collection in 2000 by Shogo Watanabe

Satsuki azaleas bloom later than most azaleas and often produce flowers of different colors on the same plant – a prized feature in #bonsai.

Dwelling stone – collected from the Ciniru River Valley in Indonesia and donated to the suiseki collection in 1994 from ...
03/25/2021

Dwelling stone – collected from the Ciniru River Valley in Indonesia and donated to the suiseki collection in 1994 from Ismail Saleh at the Indonesian Suiseki Association.

Can you imagine climbing up to find shelter within one of the caves of this dwelling stone?

During #WomensHistoryMonth and every month, we are grateful for female leadership in the bonsai world. From former 40-ye...
03/23/2021

During #WomensHistoryMonth and every month, we are grateful for female leadership in the bonsai world. From former 40-year volunteer Janet Lanman, to brilliant kusamono artist Young Choe, to Mary Madison (the Buttonwood Queen), to our First Curator's Apprentice Sophia Osorio, the Museum would not be the outstanding national treasure it is today without leadership from women in bonsai!

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg ChildNo mat...
03/22/2021

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

No matter what your #MindfulnessMonday journey is, we hope you find the answer to this week's mysteries!

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Juniper saikei – in training since 2004 and gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Frank Goya in 2012 🌲🌳🌲#bon...
03/19/2021

Juniper saikei – in training since 2004 and gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by Frank Goya in 2012 🌲🌳🌲

#bonsai #bonsaitree #bonsailovers #forestplanting #juniper #junipersaikei

NBF's Board of Directors is full of people from different professional backgrounds who find common ground through their ...
03/18/2021
The Bonsai Board: Dr. Karen Harkaway  — National Bonsai Foundation

NBF's Board of Directors is full of people from different professional backgrounds who find common ground through their love of bonsai. In this edition of #TheBonsaiBoard, you’ll get to know Dr. Karen Harkaway – a talented doctor and bonsai practitioner. Read more about her on the blog:

MidAtlantic Bonsai Society American Bonsai Society American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association ThermiAesthetics America Central Karen Harkaway Bonsai Mirai The Philadelphia Flower Show

The National Bonsai Foundation’s Board of Directors is full of people from different professional backgrounds that find common ground through their love of bonsai. In this episode of The Bonsai Board , you’ll get to know Dr. Karen Harkaway – a talented doctor and bonsai practitioner.

Water Jasmine (Wrightia religiosa) training age unknown but gifted to the Chinese collection in 2002 by Dr. Tang Quoc Ki...
03/17/2021

Water Jasmine (Wrightia religiosa) training age unknown but gifted to the Chinese collection in 2002 by Dr. Tang Quoc Kiet.

Water jasmine is a very popular material for bonsai in Southeast Asia. This one was imported from Vietnam, where rounded, cloud-shaped foliage pads on bonsai are typical.

#repost from our wonderful Assistant Curator Andy Bello • @bellcraze “Ponderosa pine I worked with Jennifer Price when I...
03/16/2021

#repost from our wonderful Assistant Curator Andy Bello • @bellcraze “Ponderosa pine I worked with Jennifer Price when I started working at The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. This was the first tree I purchased after moving from OR to the east coast from @natureswaybonsai! Current pot is from @alohagirlpottery from the charity auction for @owenbonsai. Enjoying developing this twisty little friend. (Need to invest in lights and a back drop soon)”

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh Whether in your #bonsai, your conversati...
03/15/2021

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Whether in your #bonsai, your conversations or your actions, find beauty this week. #MindfulnessMonday

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Time flies! Check out these before and after shots of the Dr. Yee-sun Wu Chinese Pavilion. The first photo is of the con...
03/14/2021

Time flies! Check out these before and after shots of the Dr. Yee-sun Wu Chinese Pavilion. The first photo is of the construction process in 1996, the second is from a few years ago. Who knows how the display will look after the Museum renovations?!

For our next #BonsaiAroundTheWorld blog, we are delighted to profile the Pacific Bonsai Museum, where former National Bo...
03/13/2021
Bonsai Around the World: The Pacific Bonsai Museum — National Bonsai Foundation

For our next #BonsaiAroundTheWorld blog, we are delighted to profile the Pacific Bonsai Museum, where former National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Assistant Curator Aarin Packard is doing incredible work as Curator. Check out the article to read more about PBM and Packard's role:

Many of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s staff members have gone on to establish a great bonsai legacy for themselves. For this edition of Bonsai Around the World , we detail the Pacific Bonsai Museum through an interview with Aarin Packard, one of our former assistant curators

Happy Birthday, Harry Hirao! To celebrate this special day, read our 2007 bulletin all about Harry – a talented bonsai a...
03/11/2021

Happy Birthday, Harry Hirao! To celebrate this special day, read our 2007 bulletin all about Harry – a talented bonsai and stone master and wonderful friend: https://bit.ly/3qCsSP9

California juniper (Juniperus californica) in training since 1982 and gifted to the Museum's North American collection i...
03/10/2021

California juniper (Juniperus californica) in training since 1982 and gifted to the Museum's North American collection in 2012 by Sze-ern Kuo 🌳✨

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”– Pema ChödrönDon't be too hard on yourself thi...
03/08/2021

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
– Pema Chödrön

Don't be too hard on yourself this week! ❤ #MinfulnessMonday

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We're honored to share with you some original words from Alice Naka, the wife of world-renowned bonsai master #JohnNaka,...
03/06/2021
My Husband, The Bonsai Man – By Alice Naka — National Bonsai Foundation

We're honored to share with you some original words from Alice Naka, the wife of world-renowned bonsai master #JohnNaka, which were sent to former NBF President Felix Laughlin by Vaughn Banting, a former NBF Board of Directors member.

New on the Bonsai Blog:

Kendra Rubinfeld March 3, 2021 Influential Bonsai Master, Bonsai People My Husband, The Bonsai Man – By Alice Naka Kendra Rubinfeld March 3, 2021 Influential Bonsai Master, Bonsai People These original words from Alice Naka, the wife of world-renowned bonsai master John Naka,  were sent to former...

03/05/2021
〜BONSAI de NIGHT〜ボンサイdeナイト Vol.4 ゲスト小林國雄氏 Interview to Mr. Kunio Kobayashi with English subtitle

From our friends at the Japan Suiseki Association, enjoy this video of the 8th Japan Suiseki Exhibition held recently at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Check out the stones displayed in this years' exhibition, including the large boat-shaped stone entered by former US National Arboretum Director Tom Elias.

盆栽をこよなく愛する盆栽ライター小林真紀子が盆栽のあんな話やこんな話をお届けする盆栽番組、〜BONSAI de NIGHT〜 ボンサイdeナイト Vol. 04 英語キャプション付き日本に昔からある盆栽、でも、よく知らない謎の多い盆栽、...

Object stone from South Africa, donated by John Naka in 1996When he saw this stone, Bonsai Master John Naka was reminded...
03/03/2021

Object stone from South Africa, donated by John Naka in 1996

When he saw this stone, Bonsai Master John Naka was reminded of a Japanese castle sitting high atop a high, curved wall. Some people see a lighthouse. What do you see?

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." — Albert Einstein You can't argue with a genius...
03/01/2021

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." — Albert Einstein

You can't argue with a genius. Ponder Einstein’s words this #MindfulnessMonday.

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"In these months when trees are laid bare, we might allow ourselves to take a moment and to pause for reflection." Profe...
02/28/2021
Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss: A Winter’s Quiet - Bonsai in Black and White — National Bonsai Foundation

"In these months when trees are laid bare, we might allow ourselves to take a moment and to pause for reflection."

Professional photographer and NBF board member Stephen Voss captures the trees at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum with an intriguing black and white approach for his latest article on the Bonsai Blog:

In Washington, D.C., winter arrives in fits and starts, or sometimes not at all. In years past, we’ve gone the whole season without measurable snowfall. Nevertheless, in these months when trees are laid bare, we might allow ourselves to take a moment and to pause for reflection. The showy growth o...

Japanese yew – in training since 1966 and donated by Reiji Takagi in 1998 to the Japanese collectionThis tree was collec...
02/25/2021

Japanese yew – in training since 1966 and donated by Reiji Takagi in 1998 to the Japanese collection

This tree was collected from the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The artist carved the dead portions to resemble naturally weathered dieback on an old tree.

Our Sister Museum – the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan – maintains gorgeous bonsai ✨😍 Check out some of their...
02/25/2021

Our Sister Museum – the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan – maintains gorgeous bonsai ✨😍 Check out some of their recent tree posts @omiyabonsaiartmuseum 🌳

A Chinese elm, in training since 1961 and gifted to the Chinese Pavilion 1986 by its namesake: Dr. Yee-sun WuIn pairing ...
02/24/2021

A Chinese elm, in training since 1961 and gifted to the Chinese Pavilion 1986 by its namesake: Dr. Yee-sun Wu

In pairing a rock with a tree, it's important to keep the tree from becoming too big for the rock to maintain a balance.

"The mind is just like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand." – Idowu Koy...
02/22/2021

"The mind is just like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand." – Idowu Koyenikan

Did your New Year's fitness resolutions include working out your mind? If not, start today on #MindfulnessMonday.

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Our next edition of #InfluentialBonsaiMasters highlights the history of the loving spirit and innate talent Harry Hirao ...
02/21/2021
Influential Bonsai Master: Harry Hirao — National Bonsai Foundation

Our next edition of #InfluentialBonsaiMasters highlights the history of the loving spirit and innate talent Harry Hirao shared with the world. Hirao co-founded Kofu Bonsai Kai, one of the largest U.S. bonsai clubs, and sat on many bonsai boards across the country, including the National Bonsai Foundation. Read more:

This edition of Influential Bonsai Masters highlights the history of the loving spirit and innate talent Harry Hirao shared with the world. Hirao co-founded Kofu Bonsai Kai, one of the largest U.S. bonsai clubs, and sat on many bonsai boards across the country, including the National Bo

What's better than a sweatshirt? A sweatshirt featuring the evolution of the National Bonsai Foundation logo. If you did...
02/18/2021
National Bonsai Foundation Gifts | Official Merchandise | Bonfire

What's better than a sweatshirt? A sweatshirt featuring the evolution of the National Bonsai Foundation logo. If you didn't unwrap one over the holidays, grab your own now (or an NBF bonsai-themed tote, mug or tee!):

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

Chrysanthemum stone – collected from the Gifu prefecture of Japan and donated to the suiseki collection as part of the 1...
02/17/2021

Chrysanthemum stone – collected from the Gifu prefecture of Japan and donated to the suiseki collection as part of the 1975 bicentennial gift from Kiyoshi Yanagisawa

It may look like chrysanthemum flowers have been preserved in this stone; however, the "petals" are really crystals that formed before the surrounding mud hardened into rock. This stone is unpolished.

02/16/2021
The Kato Family Stroll Garden in the Snow

Visitors to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum encounter the enchanting Kato Family Stroll Garden on their way to the Japanese Pavilion. While the pathway is beautiful at all times of the year, it always looks so magical under a dusting of fresh snow.

Enjoy this video of the garden after a recent snowfall in Washington, D.C., captured by NBF Board Member and professional photographer Stephen Voss.

(Courtesy of NBF Board Member and Professional Photographer, Stephen Voss) The Kato Family Stroll Garden is entered from the Upper Courtyard through the H. W...

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, a...
02/16/2021

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

Although spring is on its way, be mindful of the wonders winter brings us each year. #MindfulnessMonday

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Happy Valentine's Day weekend from NBF and this beautiful bougainvillea bonsai donated to the North American collection ...
02/13/2021

Happy Valentine's Day weekend from NBF and this beautiful bougainvillea bonsai donated to the North American collection in 1990 from Harold M. Harvey (in training since 1985). Even though bougainvillea is a vine, it can be grown as a bonsai by continually pruning the growth. #bonsai #valentine

#ThrowbackThursday: In 2019, the Museum hosted landscape architect Ron Henderson and his stunning and poignant #sakuraor...
02/12/2021

#ThrowbackThursday: In 2019, the Museum hosted landscape architect Ron Henderson and his stunning and poignant #sakuraorihon exhibit that celebrated the cherry blossom culture in Japan, highlighting Henderson's pilgrimages to visit the country's famous old trees.

As he followed the blossoming cherry trees ("sakura") from south to north Japan, he recorded his experience in folding sketchbooks called "orihon."

The Blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca Group) featured in this month’s #HistoricalTreeSpotlight was gifted to the...
02/10/2021
Historical Tree Spotlight – Blue Atlas Cedar — National Bonsai Foundation

The Blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca Group) featured in this month’s #HistoricalTreeSpotlight was gifted to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum by a power couple well known throughout bonsai and the overarching horticultural circles: Frederic and Ernesta Ballard.

Learn more about them in our latest on the Bonsai Blog:

The Blue Atlas cedar in 2012, pot designed and produced by Sara Rayner

Japanese maple – in training since 1946 and gifted to the Museum's Japanese collection in 1976 by Akiko MatsudairaTrees ...
02/09/2021

Japanese maple – in training since 1946 and gifted to the Museum's Japanese collection in 1976 by Akiko Matsudaira

Trees with fine twigs, small leaves and spreading roots are good specimen for smaller bonsai. Certain cultivars with these characteristics, like this one, are favorites for creating miniature scenes. What scene do you see here?

Winter weather can be icky, so here's a serene, warm beach scene to inspire your mindfulness practice this week. #Mindfu...
02/08/2021

Winter weather can be icky, so here's a serene, warm beach scene to inspire your mindfulness practice this week. #MindfulnessMonday

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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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