There aren’t too many areas in the Chicago Botanic Garden that I haven’t included in many of the posts here, but I’m fairly confident that this is a first for the Bonsai Collection. There are nearly 300 specimens in the Garden’s collection and many are featured in a display that fills two courtyards.

The collection is made up mostly from donations including 19 imported from Japan by bonsai master Susumu Nakamura. This amazing display can be viewed at the Garden from mid-April to early November.

I’ve always been fascinated by miniatures, mostly in the form of doll houses, so these are especially appealing to me. But considering how long they take to cultivate, I’m not sure that it would be something I would want to take up as a hobby, other than maybe just collecting them.

Most of the trees on display are from 50 to 100 years old, but the one pictured below is considered to be 600 to 1000 years old. This pine tree was collected in the Rocky Mountains.


21 thoughts on “Bonsai

  1. I did begin by thinking I could grow an acer from seed but that failed and I haven’t been able to re-ignite my interest. However, looking at these photos I might just have another go, perhaps, this time, starting with something that has already got some growth. Amazing pictures! Have a great weekend 🌹🙋‍♂️

    • Haha! Me too! And definitely not a project that I would embark on at my time of life. Not that I know much about this art form but I would think you’d need to start at an early age in order to achieve anything like the examples at the Garden.

  2. A very interesting post with some amazing Bonsai trees. A Bonsai Group have meetings in a garden I visit and some of their trees are not very old at all. These photos have inspired me to find out more from the local group and maybe have a go myself! Thank you Sue!

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