Although I have been out of the bonsai loop for a while, names like John Naka have been prominent for decades.
Jade plants are like natural bonsai, though not tradtional. They just natually grow into bonsai shapes with think trunks and in a very short time.
debunix wrote:I saw a truly stunning Bonsai collection when I was in Japan in 2004, but after taking 1 photo, was told that photos were not allowed. Will try to dig the one up--it was an incredible sight.
Another fantastic collection I've seen was at the National Arboretum which has a bonsai collection that includes many diplomatic gifts from Japan--truly priceless ancient trees.
Wow, that is unfortunate about the not being permitted to take photos, although I can sort of understand ... I really don't. As long as the photos were for personal enjoyment, why not???!!!
Longwood Gardens clearly posts that photographing is permitted for personal enjoyment, and not for sale or gain. This seems more than fair.
Having passed by the National Arboretum and knowing about it since it pre-inception, I really have to get there and check it out! Not just for the bonsai collection which is worth the trip on its own, but also for the arboretum as well.