National Bonsai-Penjing Museum

This first post about the National Bonsai-Penjing Museum will be an overview of it. More post will follow later with full attention to the trees themselves. The museum is located within the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.. The area itself is basically divided into about 6-7 areas. Those areas are : Chinese Pavilion (penjing), Japanese Pavilion (bonsai), North American Pavilion (north american created bonsai), Tropical Pavilion (indoor bonsai), the study and event display room or as they call it “international pavilion”, lecture/demonstration center, and the general walkways/gardens within the area. Below I will share more details on each area and have some pics of each. You can also go to the website itself and they have a nice virtual tour they offer online. http://www.usna.usda.gov

Main Entrance 

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The courtyard in the middle with some bonsai on display and other exterior decorations

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Japanese Pavilion : Here you will find bonsai trees straight from Japan! If you are a bonsai enthusiast and cant ever make it to Japan then just come here and see true Japanese bonsai first hand. The Japanese pavilion starts off with a little stroll through a japanese garden.

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Chinese Pavilion : The chinese pavilion starts with a small stroll through a moon gate walkway and into a chinese garden. Once through that you open up into a beautiful display area with lots of true Chinese penjing.

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The International Pavilion : Here they have a Japanese tokonoma display and a traditional Chinese scholar study on display. They also periodically have special displays such as ikebana, suiseki stones, special bonsai and etc. 

Sorry i do not have an outside pic of the building.

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Unfortunately I do not have any pics of the Tropical or North American Pavilions. I was smart enough to take pics of all the trees though which I will have on future post. I will be going back again this coming spring and I will take more and better pics of the museum so I can share with all. Please check back again some time in spring for an update to this page. Hope you all enjoyed!

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