Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s world-class bonsai collection is displayed in the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Some of the trees are well over a century old, with many still cultivated in their original containers.
The display changes with the seasons, and as many as 30 specimens are on exhibit at any given time. More than 400 temperate and tropical bonsai trained in classic modes such as the windswept, slanted trunk, rock clinging, and forest styles are included in the collection, one of the largest on display outside Japan.
Japanese apricot ( Prunus mume ‘Bonita’) in February. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
Bark of Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese elm). Photo by Blanca Begert.
Fall foliage. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora), slant style. Around 110 years old. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
Syringa (lilac) species in May. Photo by Blanca Begert.