The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Bonsai & Penjing Collection

The Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei


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The Bonsai and Penjing Garden demonstrates the truly international scope of bonsai today. Combining our mission of using native plants with an ancient art form that often focuses on materials from Asia, our current collection of more than 70 trees represents traditional Japanese and Chinese styles along with American and European influences. With its beautifully hand-crafted display stands and generous spaces the garden allows us to display much more of our collection than previously possible.

Additionally, a working bonsai studio is integrated into the garden. In this space professionals and volunteers do the work of maintaining these special trees in full view of the public—an exceptional educational opportunity for the public to interact with knowledgeable bonsai people.

The Bonsai and Penjing Garden is located behind the Conservatory with an entrance off the perennial garden. The garden is open daily 10 am-8 pm daily through Labor Day 2013. Visit our Hours & Directions page to learn more about our regular and summer hours, and more.

Because this living art form requires time-intensive care 365 days per year, we face the ongoing challenge of protecting the health and beauty of this collection. Dedicating this level of staff time requires funding of $32,000 per year. Your gift will make a differece. Other special recognition exists for gifts of at least $5,000. We value each gift. Give online now or contact Gayle Steiner gayles@umich.edu / 734-647-7847.


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