Initial Bonsai Donation to The National Arboretum

I just came across a YouTube video about the bonsai trees that were donated to the National Aboretum for the opening of the bonsai pavilion in 1976.

Quite interesting.

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That was a great watch. Cool to see the “chopsticking” and other methods still used today as they were then. There are some very impressive trees in that group of 53. The “Yamaki Pine” is a story in itself. Thanks for the the rabbit hole as well, as I have spent the past half hour on the National Arboretum website and may be adding another book to my every growing reading list. :crazy_face:

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I fell in the same hole.

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Me too… Wow… So many memories…
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I was in Ueno in 1976… (Same year, rode out a hurricane on a ship…)
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Saw the US National Bonsai collection in 1996. (Only tornado I ever hid from… , went right through the collection…)
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Saw the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection in (about) 1998. (Same year I discovered great sushi in Montana…)
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Was dabbling in bonsai in 1970. Finally following the true path in about 2010, taking a Ponderosa class with Ryan… (before Mirai…)
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Bonsai On!

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