05 January 2011

Walkabout No. 36

Walkabout No. 36
Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection & Rhododendron Garden
January 5, 2011

Walkabout Buddies
For this week's Walkabout we went to see the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection & The Weyerhauser Rhododendron Garden in Federal Way, WA.

I have been wanting to visit this garden & collection for many years now and just never seemed to make it.  It was once of 1st places that I wanted visit and so we did.

It did not disappoint.

Chinese Juniper on Sierra Juniper (Bonsai since: 1970)
It was definitely worth the drive.  It was a crisp cold morning (there was snow on the ground) and we were the only ones in the gardens (2 other people showed up later).  

Golden Atlas Cedar
The Bonsai Collection does not charge an admission & the display is quite impressive. 
Coral Bark Black Pine (Bonsai since: ca 1965)

Did You Know?

Records of bonsai can be traced to the 4th century in the scrolls of China. Bonsai spread to Korea and into Japan by the 7th or 8th century (http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/Company/Bonsai)
Japanese White Pine
The collection is home to more than 60 bonsai plants from artists all over the USA & Canada as well as 4 other Pacific Rim countries.

Japanese Beech  Fagus (Bonsai since: 1958)
  The Pacific Rim Collection is owned by Weyerhauser Company and they employ a full-time curator and a staff to oversee & care for the plants and have volunteers to also assist with the endless hours of pruning needs to maintain the collection.

A Bonsai Forest - my favorite style
We had a chance to speak with the curator and he told us to come back at different times of the year to see the trees in flower during the spring, leafed out in the summer and changing colors in the fall.  

Pyracantha (Firethorn)  in bloom

Firethorn (Bonsai since: 1970)

After touring the Bonsai collection we went next door to the Rhododendron Garden.  It was a garden that is undoubtedly best viewed in the spring when they are in bloom since there is not much too see in the winter - so we will be back.

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  1. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing a nice collection of bonsai trees.These bonsai trees will enhance the beauty of the garden.Your plants are amazing and the collection is quite impressive. Best Regards.

  2. I love Bonsai!! Would you please tell me how long is the Coral Bark?


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