The art of bonsai amazes me. It takes an incredible amount of patience and care. Many bonsai specimens take decades to train. The intent is to see no sign of the artist. The proportions should mimic nature.
Longwood gardens has an awesome collection of bonsai in their conservatory. Here are some photographs of some of my favorites.
Crape Myrtle started in 1993. This bonsai has a beautifully shaped trunk.
A dwarf Japanese garden juniper started in 1966. This specimen is an excellent example of asymmetrical design.
A Chinese elm that started its training in 1929. Imagine the things that have happened during the life span of this little tree.
A Japanese zelkova started in 1909. This little tree is 104 years old. Imagine the care and attention required to ensure its survival.
A pomegranate that started its training in the 1960s.
A bald-cypress that started training in 1988. I adore this tiny tree with its soft, fine needles.
This azalea is gorgeous. It didn’t have a date listed when its training began. This is another great example of asymmetrical design.
My favorite part of this Trident maple bonsai is the rock and ferns scattered in the container.
This Japanese black pine is gorgeous. Its training started in 1975.
This miniature grove of loose-flower hornbeam is my favorite Longwood bonsai. The container is simply magnificent.