World record for the largest bonsai tree collection set in Taiwan

A new Guinness World Record for the largest display of bonsai trees was created in Taipei, Taiwan on January 17 [2017].

John Garland, a Guinness World Records official, counted 1,458 potted mini trees in the Bohtai Garden on Saturday, reported China News Service.

The combined age of the tiny plants is more than 145,800 years with the youngest being 80 years old and the eldest 500 years old, according to Chen Wantian, the owner of the collection.

Chen said that he started collecting bonsai to protect the rare local specimens.
“I watched for years how foreign buyers were purchasing bonsai plants from Taiwan. I felt very sad that these rare Taiwanese species were shipped aboard, so I started collecting bonsai,” Chen explained.

Currently, his collection forms seven percent out of all rare bonsai trees growing in Taiwan.

by GBTIMES

Fundraising at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Fundraising for Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.
BGLM has raised 46% of its goal of $100,000 towards the Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project. BGLM has some ways to go yet. So, we launched an engraved brick selling campaign. A brief video explains the GRO project and how to participate in purchasing recognition bricks. Please click on the URL below to watch the video and help by spreading the word.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/6t6EqVHnF0UaL

 

Fundraising for Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt has been raising funds for its Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project. This project aims to upgrade the display benches and stands, watering system, pathways, and much more, in order to meet the challenges of caring for and maintaining the historic and legacy bonsai collection in a professional and museum quality manner.

As part of this, they have initiated a recognition brick fundraiser drive in which individuals, clubs and businesses can purchase a variety of state of the art engraved bricks, and the proceeds will go towards the GRO Project. GRO projects include laying cement pavers for all pathways within the Bonsai Garden, and the engraved bricks will line a special pathway.

For information http://www.gsbf-lakemerritt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Bonsai-Garden-of-Lake-Merritt-Brick-Flyer-09-11-17.pdf

-George Haas

Update: Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO)

Great news – the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) Project ended August 2017 by raising 45% towards its goal of $100,000. New vertical, straight grain red cedar benches and stands have been installed to replace the original bonsai display benches and stands. There have been more than two thirds of the new overhead water systems using the new micro cone sprayers installed to replace the old drip irrigation piping. Copper metal sculpture artwork has been added to the accent display site with its own water system. In October, plans call for the installment of cement pavers for all the pathways. This will eliminate muddy and dusty conditions and make it more accessible and safer for the public. Needless to say, exciting things are taking place at the BGLM. Look for new fundraising ideas coming this month. BGLM thanks everyone for their support.