A Visit To The Pacific Bonsai Museum
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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.
The Pacific Bonsai Museum, nestled within towering conifers is a unique collection of bonsai from countries bordering the Pacific Rim. The peaceful atmosphere of the displays and well maintained areas draws one into a special world to quietly experience the beauty of bonsai. The museum is located in Federal Way, Washington, near Seattle on the Weyerhauser Campus. Weyerhaeuser Company opened the bonsai collection in 1989, in conjunction with the Washington State Centennial celebration. The bonsai collection was established to symbolize Weyerhaeuser’s long-term commitments to its customers, its community and its forest resources. At the end of 2013 the corporation gifted the entire collection to a new non-profit, The George Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, known as the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Bonsai artist David DeGroot was the curator for the first 25 years and did a remarkable task of establishing a collection of over 150 trees from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and the United States. He organized special exhibits as well as introduced bonsai to the public emphasizing youth. The current curator, Aarin Packard is continuing David’s excellence in promoting bonsai and introducing new exciting, innovative educational exhibits often thinking out of the box. There are special exhibits year around featuring suiseki, design elements, native displays as well as unique bonsai artists and pioneers. The beautiful outdoor museum is open year around and heated clear display cubes protect bonsai which require a bit of extra protection during the winter. Meandering through the museum displays is a calming and moving experience,…
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