Bonsai at the Morikami ________________________________
Thanks to the hard work and enormous contribution of time and energy by the Bonsai Societies of Florida, the first Morikami bonsai exhibit opened to the public in 1978. To this day, with the development and refinement of the exhibit at the Morikami, the most comparable exhibits are in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, MO., New York City, Seattle, WA, and Los Angeles, CA.
Recently, our bonsai exhibit, the Dr. Ron & Arlene Kessler Walk, was designated a World Bonsai Friendship Federation Resource Center. We are celebrating this honor on May 10, 2014: World Bonsai Day. Join us for the festivities, and get more details here.
The Morikami is always looking to improve the exhibit from donations, estate distribution, or outright purchase. With over 50 bonsai on exhibit, the quality and quantity of materials continues to improve. Displayed are trees that range in size from 6 to 50 inches, and in age from 5 to 400 years of age. All of the common styles of bonsai design are represented with a great variation of pots and containers.
The Dr. Ron & Arlene Kessler Walk ___________________________________________
The newest addition to the Morikami Bonsai gardens, The Dr. Ron and Arlene Kessler Walk, invites you to experience this corner of Roji-en with a new perspective. Dr. Ron and Arlene Kessler’s gift is both monetary and in-kind; in addition to their endowment, the Kesslers have donated more than three dozen bonsai from their personal collection, kick-starting this renovation project.
The updated exhibition features backdrop material for the bonsai, bamboo accents, Japanese roof tile borders, state of the art irrigation, and a gathering area, encouraging visitors to stop and truly appreciate each bonsai to its fullest. In the gathering area interpretive signage gives you a step-by -step glimpse into the art and technique of training and sculpting a bonsai. Live examples on individual stands also provide excellent topics of conversation for docents, tour groups and visitors alike.
The World Bonsai Friendship Federation was formed in 1989 in Japan by bonsai Masters Saburo Kato and John Naka to promote peace and goodwill throughout the world through the art of bonsai. The WBFF recently initiated a new program, identifying the best public bonsai exhibits around the world, designating them “WBFF Cooperation Centers.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Monday, January 7, 2013, officially made the Morikami Bonsai Gardens a WBFF Cooperation Center. Morikami Board of Trustee Member and Chairman Emeritus of WBFF, Felix Laughlin, designated the Morikami Bonsai Exhibition as the 3rd WBFF Cooperation Center in the United States.
As bonsai master Saburo Kato said, “From bonsai we receive peace of mind, health, and life’s pursuit. We can also learn generosity, patience and even a philosophy about life.”
We hope to inspire, educate, and share our appreciation for this art with all who visit to experience the Morikami Bonsai Exhibitions – both now and far into the future – as we continue to develop this integral piece of Roji-en.
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