Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My visit to Pacific Bonsai Museum, Seattle

Pacific Bonsai Museum, situated 23 miles south of Seattle, is an unforgettable place to visit, enjoy and learn the living art of bonsai.

Nestled amidst towering conifers, Pacific Bonsai Museum features traditional and contemporary bonsai with the elegance of a fine art museum.

The collection boasts over 100 bonsai trees from China, Japan, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and America, 60 of which are on display, and the rest held in reserve.

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, opened the collection in 1989. At the end of 2013, Weyerhaeuser gifted the collection to the non-profit Pacific Bosai Museum.

Many of the trees are well known, featured in books and magazines, several have won awards, and many are works by famous artists.

I had an opportunity to visit this great museum. When I visited the Pacific Bonsai Museum on 9th July 2016, I saw an unusual combination of bonsai and painted skate decks (deck of a skateboard). The skate decks, painted by urban muralists, replace the traditional hanging scroll used in bonsai display.

In Japan, the traditional focal point of tokonoma is the bonsai. The scroll has the power to draw the viewer into a deeper state of mind.

The 'skate deck scroll' in the bonsai display works together with the 'accent plant' to establish a specific story or idea.

Tropical Bonsai in Glasshouse

Outdoor Bonsai

Saikei showing the juxtaposition of European Mountain Pine with Japanese Coastal Spruce
Bonsai, accent plant and painted skate deck, which takes the place of the traditional scroll
100 year old Trident Maple bonsai originally from Japan

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A visit to Herons Bonsai Nursery

I was in Yorkshire for a short stay with my daughter and on a cold, rainy day, typical to the region, I sent Peter Chan an email expressing my wish to spend sometime with him in his Bonsai Garden. I quickly got a positive reply from him. One of my dreams was going to come true! I had got an opportunity to visit the Great Bonsai Master's Herons Bonsai Garden at Surrey, near London on June 25, 2016
Peter gave us a warm welcome and spent a lot of time taking us around the nursery, explaining the techniques he uses, identifying the various species of Bonsai and also making us cups of tea. Along with being an expert in the art of Bonsai he is also a very hospitable host.
Herons Nursery is set on a sprawling, landscaped area where you can see all kinds of Chinese and Japanese Bonsai plants. I was excited to see many species of trees that are not native to South India. Chinese Elm, Azaleas, Maples, Pines were some of the trees I came across.  In spite of the cold weather in UK, Peter Chan also has tropical bonsais like Serrisa, Pomegranates, Ficus, Jade etc growing in large indoor areas, in fairly warm conditions.  
I was enthralled by the Azaleas even though it was the end of the blooming season. The different coloured Maples were absolutely striking! There were many different styles of Bonsai - Cascade, Literati, Plants on Driftwood etc stood out among other classic styles. There were many young starter Bonsais too along with high quality specimen trees.
There was a large display of Bonsai Pots - various sizes and shapes from Japan, England and China. Figurines, rocks for landscaping, different grades of wires and other accessories were also stocked. Many books written by Peter Chan were on the shelf, for the benefit of Bonsai practitioners.
In short, I was literally in a 'Bonsai Heaven' for several hours!
Ficus growing in a glass house

Peter explaining the making of Jin

Bonsai growing on a volcanic rock

In the training room where Peter conducts his Bonsai classes


Landscaping with rocks

Japanese garden

An array of pots to choose from

Britain's premier Bonsai Nursery

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bonsai from Bodhi Bonsai Association CHENNAI. .

Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful Mame bougainvillaea .Any special treatment to induce flower int them? 

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Creations by bodhi members.