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Old 06-20-2013, 03:59 PM
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Default Bonsai at Matthaei

While at Matthaei I also visited their new Bonsai collection. It's in its early stages but will look very nice with time
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:55 PM
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"It's in its early stages but will look very nice with time"

I guess for Bonsai, that's early... still, I'm looking at those placards at it looks like they're still 40 years old, with a couple of youngsters in there "only" in their 30s....

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:40 PM
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Yes, mere infants.

In '79 when I was going to school in Hangchow China, I took a trip up to Sochow to see this collection of Bonsai that was making its appearance for the first time after the cultural Revolution and I saw some that were 400 and above, one 750 years old!!! these guys brought them out in bicycle trailers and put them out on picnic benches in this park . About 20 plants. They had little paper placards announcing them. They had them on the tables for about three hours, and then they picked them up and biked them away. The men all were in baggy shorts and cotton tank shirts. I thought I dreamed it. These guys had been hiding the plants through the Cultural Revolution. They did not want me photographing them or the plants. They were AMAZING and so were the plants. They were much wilder than the japanese school of bonsai. Larger , more rugged. Some times just a the layer of sap wood with know inner core of the tree. It looked like driftwood bark with branches.

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:34 AM
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OK, that officially blows my mind. That plants can be grown like that for hundreds of years (not to mention one for 750 years), is absolutely incredible.
Not the part that they can survive that long, no... the part involving continuous care. Humans live for what... 50-100 years? So, these plants had to be handed down to later generations, and they in turn had to be properly cared for and handed down, and so on... mind boggling!
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Stick into that equation , war, pestilence, and all the other historical human and natural foibles. These old men protected these plants at the endangerment of their lives through the Communist revolution and the cultural revolution. Bonsai and art were considered bourgeois sins that were punishable by extreme condemnation, imprisonment and possible death. My friend (mainland chinese art student and interpreter) was truly awed by the whole experience. He could not impress me enough about the importance of this exhibition. It was a word of mouth thing.

This was the first year that travel was allowed but long before Tiananmen Square. One could smell the fear and the relaxing at the same time. When I arrived, all women wore the ubiquitous Mao uniform. When I left several months later, the more adventuresome were just starting to appear in pretty "bougoise" fashionable dresses.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:59 PM
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Those are amazing trees, and quite stunning. Luckily, I already have enough expensive hobbies, so I can avoid the temptation here. I actually need a couple of cheap hobbies now, like collecting grasshoppers or taking artistic photos of houseflies.
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A Ficus I have about 20 years old? I forget.
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I saw a 450 year old black pine that was in a relative's yard. The plant is located in Japan and is beautiful. I should have taken a photo of the plant, but will take one when I return to Japan.
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