At one time, not so long ago, finding a bonsai garden outside of the
Orient would be a rare thing. The number of public bonsai exhibits is
growing rapidly throughout the world. I've listed just a few.
Some of the gardens on this site you may recognize; others are less well known. You may be pleasantly surprised at the quality of even the smallest display.
Bonsai tree types in these displays extend from exotic species to the more recognized bonsai juniper, pines and bonsai Ficus. Before visiting any of the exhibits, please check for hours and any possible entrance fees.
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum was established in 1976 and is located at The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. (It is not in the downtown area. Be sure to get directions in advance.)
Bonsai and non-bonsai visitors from all over the world consider this a ‘must see’ display.
It is more than a garden of American, Chinese and Japanese bonsai, it is truly a museum.
View some of the magnificent specimens in the National Arboretum slide show
There are many reasons to visit our nation’s capital, be sure to include The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum on your list. When making plans, consider a spring or fall trip. (I was born and raised in D.C. and the summer heat and humidity can be oppressive!)
Marie Selby Gardens was voted one of “America’s Top Ten Botanical Gardens” by Country Living Gardener Magazine.
Throughout the grounds of the historic Selby estate there are many distinct gardens.
The story of this exhibit could be called "the little club that could!"
Read how the Sho Fu Bonsai Society of Sarasota Bonsai Exhibit came about.
This bonsai garden is arranged in a beautiful park-like setting.
A new addition to the Morikami bonsai exhibition can be seen here.
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL
Vladimir Foursa, curator
Heathcoat Botanical Gardens
feature the large Jim Smith collection of primarily tropical bonsai trees, including many bonsai Ficus.
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL
Seth Nelson, curator
The Golden State Bonsai Federation maintains two amazing bonsai collections.
In Northern California the bonsai exhibit is the
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland CA
Kathy Shaner, curator.
Photo courtesy Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt
The Golden State Bonsai Federation exhibit in Southern California is located at 'The Huntington'
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
(Ben Oki, Founding Curator)
Ted Matson, Curator
No picture can fully describe this iconic Japanese Garden at the Huntington.
This is a place where you can spend several days and never see it all.
"The bonsai featured by the North Carolina Arboretum, Ashville, NC have a regional flavor. But the exhibit area, creates a wonderful stage for this impressive bonsai collection of over 100 trees.
"They host an annual show in October (just about the time the leaves are turning!)" - Ken, from Columbus Ohio
I welcome more additions from the U.S. and other countries as well. To be included, please send official name, address and curator's name.
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