The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum- 2013
by Jerry Meislik
In July 2013 I was invited by the Potomac Bonsai Association to teach at four of their member clubs. My host during the visit was Le Ann Duling, a skilled and artistic bonsai grower, volunteer at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and President Elect, of the PBA. Le Ann and I visited the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC and were hosted for a tour of the facility by curatior and friend Jack Sustic. Jack was able, despite the July searing heat and humidity, to give us a close up view of the collections.
I have known Jack for some years and he is a terrific person, bonsai artist and has taken the collections back to their glory days. The trees look better than ever and are incredible.
The Japanese Pavillion hardscape is now showing its age and is in the process of renovation. The trees however are all beautiful and healthy. If you can help with the restoration or just wish to see more about the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum please click here.
The collections are a must see if you are in the Washington DC area and are worth a trip even if you are not in the area. The collections run the gamut of tropical, Japanese, Penjing, and North American bonsai as well as having major informational exhibits.
As a bonsai lover you owe it to yourself to see some great bonsai and become inspired to tune up your own trees.