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Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

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Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

Photograph by Larissa Glasser
Weld Hill Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
May 22, 2018

On the occasion of a late May visit to Arnold Arboretum by delegates from The Chengdu Institute of Biology (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Wilson Botanical Garden (Chengdu), and Huanglong Nature Reserve, Arboretum Director of Operations & Public Programs Stephen W. Schneider installed this display of specimens from our Bonsai & Penjing Collection just outside our Weld Hill Research Building.

The Chengdu Institute delegation included Professor Yin Kaipu, whose book Tracing one hundred years of change: Illustrating the environmental changes in Western China features his ongoing re-photography of Eastern Asian landscapes originally photographed a century ago by famed Arboretum explorer Ernest Henry Wilson.

The Archive Collection also holds the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection records [pdf]. This collection documents the history and maintenance of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. In April 1937, Isabel Anderson donated the majority of her late husband’s bonsai collection (30 plants) to the Arnold Arboretum, along with the funds necessary to build a shade house for their display. Following her death in 1949, the remaining plants were donated to the Arboretum.

Thursdays this summer the Arboretum offers guided tours of the Bonsai & Penjing Collection at 11:00am. Check events calendar to verify.

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