Gardes to Visit
by Emma Snow
US Bonsai Gardens to Visit
Visiting a Japanese garden is a serene experience. It beckons its
visitors to leave the world behind and enjoy the beauty and splendor
of nature. Bonsai are included in most Japanese gardens and enhance
their uniqueness and beauty. In a Japanese garden you are encouraged
to observe, listen and reflect. Visiting just one of these gardens
is a treat for all of the senses.
The United States National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington
DC has one of the largest collections of bonsai and penjing trees
in North America. The garden began when Japan donated 53 bonsai
trees to the people of the United States to commemorate the U.S.
Bicentennial in 1976. It now contains over 150 plants donated by
American and Japanese bonsai masters and penjing from China. The
exhibit also includes viewing stones and ikebana which is Japanese
flower arranging. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every
day of the year except Christmas.
The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection in Federal Way Washington was
created in 1989 by the Weyerhaeuser Company to honor their trade
relations with Pacific Rim nations and as a tribute to the Washington
state centennial. It contains over 50 bonsai trees from around the
world and is free of charge. It is opened year round March - September
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Thursdays and October - February 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., closed Thursdays and Fridays. The bonsai represents works
by renowned artists and several of their trees have won awards.
Elandan Gardens located in Bremerton Washington is a family-owned
garden that is opened to the public. The collection includes trees
more than 1000 years old. The owner, Dan Robinson, has spent more
than 40 years dedicated to the art of bonsai. Built in 1993, it
is located on six acres of land off the shores of Puget Sound. It
is a dynamic garden, changing from season to season as Dan continues
to add more bonsai to his collection. The garden is open Tuesdays
through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Mondays
and the month of January.
Harvard University Arboretum or the Arnold Arboretum is home to
the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. Most of the trees in the Bonsai
collection were imported by Larz Anderson in 1913 when he returned
after serving as ambassador to Japan. The trees were donated to
the Arboretum in 1937 and 1949 with the deaths of Larz and eventually
his wife, Isabel. They also donated funds to build a shade house
for their display. Today, due to theft and inexperience with the
bonsai when they were first donated, there are only 15 of the original
39 trees left, but the collection is still enjoyable to look at.
The bonsai can be viewed mid April through early November from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
The international Bonsai Arboretum is owned by William N. Valavanis
and is dedicated to the art of bonsai. It is mainly an educational
facility to teach bonsai, but it also sells bonsai equipment. The
bonsai garden can be viewed by appointment only. It is an unusual
garden full of sculptured trees and rare plant material. It is located
in West Henrietta, New York, a suburb of Rochester.
One of the most spectacular conservatories in the United States
is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. It features 13 indoor garden rooms and 6 outdoor garden
areas. One of the outdoor gardens is the Japanese Courtyard Garden
that includes Japanese lanterns, a quaint stream and a beautiful
bonsai collection. The conservatory is open year round, seven days
a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Fridays.
About the Author
Emma Snow works in marketing at Bonsai Garden http://www.bonsai-garden.com
and Pilates Shop http://www.pilates-shop.net
leading portals for bonsai gardening and natural exercise.