Bonsai at BBG

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    • Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' in semi-cascade style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' in semi-cascade style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Satsuki azalea in exposed root style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Satsuki azalea in exposed root style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Japanese while pine (Pinus parviflora) in raft style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Japanese while pine (Pinus parviflora) in raft style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Japanese hackenberry (Celtis senensis) in formal upright style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Japanese hackenberry (Celtis senensis) in formal upright style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Acer buergerianium in clump style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Acer buergerianium in clump style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Prunus mume 'Andoh's White' in literati style in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Prunus mume 'Andoh's White' in literati style in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Juniper chinensis var. sargentii in driftwood style. Photo by Dave Allen.Juniper chinensis var. sargentii in driftwood style. Photo by Dave Allen.
    • Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' in Twin Trunk style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' in Twin Trunk style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Ulmus parviflora broom style in FallUlmus parviflora broom style in Fall
    • Prunus x subhirtella in weeping style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Prunus x subhirtella in weeping style. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Ulmus alata  style Informal Upright  with Fall color Ulmus alata style Informal Upright with Fall color
    • Old Wisteria Cascade Bonsai in SpringOld Wisteria Cascade Bonsai in Spring

    In nature, small details in the shape, texture, and size of a tree’s trunk and branches offer clues about the elements that guided it to grow a particular way. Poetically gnarled trunks and twisted branches tell the story of survival and adaptation to sweeping winds, drought, punishing snows, or even fire over countless years. In bonsai, a tree’s form is guided by the work of the bonsai artist, who strives to inspire the viewer with this spirit of perseverance. To achieve a believable bonsai design, one must look to ancient trees in nature and contemplate the countless scenarios of their formation.

    Perhaps a seed falls into a cliffside crevice and grows to cascade off the side of a mountain, its roots clinging to boulders and its branches buffeted by constant wind or weighed down by snow. Imagining these conditions can inform the direction in which a bonsai will be trained. Each “pre-bonsai” plant has its own inherent qualities. The goal is to identify and accentuate these intrinsic features.

    This spring, as part of the JapanNYC festival organized by Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Botanic Garden will present Graceful Perseverance, a special exhibit of bonsai trained to display the characteristics of trees that have adapted to challenging environments. A rotating selection of over 80 specimens will be displayed in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum until May 1. For details, visit Graceful Perseverance. To learn more about the styles of bonsai, read the article Bonsai Styles.


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    February 16, 2011
    Gabriela

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