Bonsai are beautiful to look at and fascinating to me. I was taken to a Bonsai Garden in Oakland by an old friend that I met years ago through the Paris board of AOL which sadly no longer exists. The garden by the beautiful Lake Merit is run and taken care of over one hundred voulteers. The plants were donated, often after a bonsai owner died. There is overhead watering three times a day and they are putting in new paved paths to keep walking areas dry.

Close to the entry.

A pretty metal flower decoration that hung near some of the bonzai.

A pretty tree seen through a fence.

I think this one was 1400 years old if you can believe it. The purpose of bonsai, first done in China then exported to Japan, other than the exercise of effort and ingenuity of the grower getting plants to look like minature trees in shallow containers, is for the contemplation of the viewer, a sort of zen experience.

A twig broom looking artistic in the sun.

A tin watering pot in a ceramic pot and a bonzai shadow which all looked very Japanese to me.

4 thoughts to “Bonsai”

  1. The 1400 year old tree is spectacular. I always wonder how frightening it would be to be the guardian of one of these old trees somewhere along the way and to be the one who killed it. I was in a bonsai group for awhile but just didn’t have the patience for the meticulous pruning and long wait for results it required. (I did make a beautiful “forest” of maple trees that was gorgeous in Autumn but survived only for a year) There’s a bonsai club at the Japanese Center here and they offer a wonderful show each year, along with a delicious Japanese feast prepared by the members.

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