Little treasures at the Huntington as the Botanical Gardens host the 64th Annual Bonsai Show this weekend – Pasadena Weekendr

Nature never ceases to fascinate, and among its tricks is the timeless art of bonsai. The ancient horticultural art form popular today is actually an adaptation of the original Chinese art of Penjing, which also has to do with the art of shaping miniaturized trees.

Spectacular displays of ancient art will be on display as the California Bonsai Society presents its 64th annual exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.

According to the New York Times, “The term ‘Bonsai’ should be reserved for plants that are grown in shallow containers following precise principles of bonsai pruning and training, resulting in an artful miniature replica of a tree. adult in nature.”

In the most restrictive sense, “bonsai” refers to miniaturized trees grown in containers, respecting Japanese tradition and principles. Bonsai art focuses on the long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

As Huntington notes, “Bonsai come from many sources. Some trees, such as junipers and California oaks, are taken from the wild. Some, like pomegranates, are harvested from urban landscapes. Many come from nurseries. The bonsai displayed at The Huntington have been donated or acquired from private bonsai enthusiasts, primarily but not exclusively from Southern California.

“The trees in the Huntington Collection, which includes the collection of the Golden State Bonsai Federation, represent some of the finest and oldest examples of bonsai in the United States,” according to the museum and gardens.

Dozens of beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters will be presented as well as those in the permanent exhibition in the Bonsai Courtyards of the Japanese Garden.

64th Annual Bonsai Show, Brody Botanical Center, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens | 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. March 19-20. Saturday March 19, 2022. 10am-5pm.

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