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I posted these in the Bonsai Trees thread in untitled, but thought they would reach more folks here in glorious channel zero. Here are some pictures from my trip this week to the Weyerhauser Bonsai Garden in Federal Way, WA.

 

the descriptions refer to the picture above the text, and the date refers to when it was started as a bonsai. if you have any questions google is probably at the top right of your screen or i can answer a bunch as well.

 

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Mountain Hemlock

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Elephant Bush, 1960

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Sweet Plum, 1973

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Willow Leaf Fig, 1976

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Rock and Water Penjing, 1990

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Chinese Banyan, 1985

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Jasmine Orange, 1955

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Green Island Fig, 1965

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Chinese Juniper on Sierra Juniper, Bonsai since 1970 trunk is dated to ca 1000

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Hinoki Cypress, 1983

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Catlin Elm, 1973

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Trident Maple, 1950

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Satsuki Azalea, 1990

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Japanese White Pine, Unknown

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Chinese Elm, 1985

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Satsuki Azalea, 1910, grown since 1880

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Korean Horbeam, 1975

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Japese Maple, 1964, there are 59 trees growing in this piece

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Chinese Elm, 1975

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Chinese Hackberry, 1952, the tree was over 20 feet tall before it was cut down and then the stump was saved for its potential.

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Japanese Maple, 1968

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Cork Bark Japanese Black Pine, 1965

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Tucker Oak, 1940, tree dated to 1840

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Golden Atlas Cedar,1957

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Sierra Juniper, 1991

The jin (dead wood) on this is absolutely awesome

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Creeping Juniper, 1940

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Satsuki Azalea 1975

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Japanese Red Pine, 1990

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Eastern White Cedar, 1989, tree dated to 1750ca

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Mountain Hemlock, 1986, tree dated to 1870

 

 

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American Larch, 1972, tree since 1830

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Creeping Juniper, 1957

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Coast Redwood, 1957

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Sierra Juniper, 1975, tree dated to 1700

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Satsuki Azalea, 1975

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Eastern White Cedar, 1992, tree dated to 1770

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Creeping Hydrangea, 1989, plant since 1960

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Western Hemlock, 1965, tree since 1930

 

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Trident Maple, 1971, 25 trees in this saikei

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Formosan Juniper, 1962

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Japanese White Pine with Spruce, 1976

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Japanese Beech, 1958

 

 

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Olive, 1969, this tree was taken from an olive orchard planted in 1880

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San Jose Juniper, 1982

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Chinese Elm, 1985

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Japanese Black Pine, 1950

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Shimpaku Juniper, 1980

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Blue Atlas Cedar, 1969

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Kishu Juniper grafted on San Jose Juniper, 1981, trunk from 1950

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Catlin Elm, 1970

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Silverberry, 1946

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Formosan Juniper, 1959

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Mugo Pine and Ezo Spruce, 1985

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Chinese Elm, bonsai since 1980

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Japanese Maple, 1956

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Bald Cypress, 1972

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Satsuki Azalea, 1960

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Formosan Hackberry, 1975, tree dated to 1780

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Western Hemlock, bonsai since 1991, tree date unknown

 

 

If you're ever in the area this place is amazing. I went in the spring and there were about 10 different trees that have been rotated in/out since then. Spring is also great because there is the rhododendron garden there that is absolutely phenomenal.

 

Thanks for looking

 

i'm just going to post a link to a great set of tits so this can be SFW

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Question: Can I go outside and grab a branch and plant it in a pot n go from there? Or do I need some special trees?

 

This looks like a fun thing that can also be passed down from gen to gen. Awesome.

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it is possible to start trees from cuttings but it is not a common method of starting bonsai. it makes more sense to just start from a sapling or seedling i think.

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the bananas thing is that i know a bunch of those trees from some bonsai books i have. fucking rockstar trees an shit.

 

growing these things is a ridiculous science/art. so much shit involved in it. awesome. thanks for sharing dude.

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My Papa was a Mr Miyagi of this shit. Ill have to dig up some photos. I have tons of his Bonsai books/how to's/nutrient essays all sorts of shit. If someone wants any of that shit I can prolly scan em.

 

Prolly wont doe

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Used to have one in my room as a kid, but it got way too much for me and I lost interest. :/ Awesome pics though, fist!

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Nice set. My grandfather used to this sort of thing, RIP. I've heard of this place but never had a good reason to just drive down to that spot and pop in on random... Does it cost money to go in? Can u buy seeds or sapling to start?

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seeking: they have some on permanent display and about 1/3 of them are rotating on temporary loan from prominent collections--i have the names of the artists on most of them if you're interested, i just didn't feel like typing them all out.

 

thealmighty: yeah, its kind of crazy being as federal way has absolutely nothing else to offer.

 

justaname: the bonsai garden is free to walk through, the rhodie garden is 8 or 10 bucks i think, pretty cheap.

 

its absolutely worth going to. don't plan on a quick stop though, give yourself a few hours at least. it took my brother and i almost 2 hours just to walk through the bonsai garden. its nice to just take your time and appreciate (like traditional art in a museum/show). the rhodie garden can be another hour or two as well.

 

 

their gift shop is kinda weak, its like high-end michaels yard art w/o any bonsai. they do sell a bunch of rare rhodies and ferns and more normal plants at decent prices, though.

 

the best place i've found for trees here is Jade mountain in puyallup, and watsons nursery for pots.

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in flooring cork is classified as hardwood essentially because of how it is installed. not any of its own physical traits. bamboo, a grass, is also hardwood.

 

i looked into it recently and decided to go w/ laminate instead because my dogs would tear cork apart.

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Bonsai are proof that sometimes smaller is better. I'd love one but I can't even keep a cactus alive.

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