Ficus Techniques : 80

Figs In The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum


by Jerry Meislik


In July 2013 I was invited by the Potomac Bonsai Association to teach at four of their member clubs. My host during the visit was Le Ann Duling, a skilled and artistic bonsai grower and President Elect, of the PBA. During the visit to the Potomac area, Le Ann and I were privileged to be invited to visit the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC. We were hosted for a tour of the facility by curatior and friend Jack Sustic. Despite the searing heat and humidity we were squired through the collections by Jack. Who filled us in on the histories of many of the trees.

Jack is a terrific guy, great bonsai artist and has taken the collections and brought them to their absolute best condition. The trees look better than ever and are incredible specimens.

Jack Sustic
Jack Sustic, curator on the left

The Japanese Pavillion hardscape is now showing its age and is in the process of renovation. The trees however are all top notch beautiful and healthy. If you wish to help with restoration or just wish to see more about the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum please click here.

The collections house Japanese, Penjing, Tropical, viewing stones and many other artifacts but they also have some great figs.

So this is just to let you see some of the notable fig trees that were on exhibit.

The collections are a must see if you are in the Washington DC area or are worth a trip if you are a bonsai lover and wish to see some great bonsai and become inspired to tune up your own trees.



Ficus microcarpa Uyeno
Mike Uyeno's Ficus microcarpa defoliated

Ficus salicaria
Ficus salicaria, grouping, Helen Sauder

Ficus microcarpa
Papa Kaneshiro, Ficus microcarpa, banyan style



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