A new Guinness World Record for the largest display of bonsai trees was created in Taipei, Taiwan on January 17 .
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.
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.
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.
The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt opened its gate in 1999. Volunteers joined together through their hard work and generous donations to create a one-of-a-kind living art museum of legacy and master bonsai that is supported totally by volunteers and donations. Now we need help once again to revitalize the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt that is showing signs of its age and popularity. Please donate what you can to help us through the next phase of our journey together.
The Bonsai Garden has begun its GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity) project with funds from our reserves and a grant from the Golden State Bonsai Federation as well as contributions from organizations, individuals and bonsai clubs throughout Northern California. We also received a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that will help take us to our $100,000 goal, but we need your help to reach our goal. Please contribute online and come by to visit the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to see how your contribution will help keep this museum open & admission free to the public. If you can’t stop by the Garden, please visit http://gsbf-lakemerritt.org.
Update: Since January 2017, BGLM has raised 37% of its goal of $100,000. To date, new red cedar display benches and stands have replaced the original, worn out ones. Nearly two thirds of the new overhead water system had been completed. There are some ways to go yet. Installation of cement pavers for all the pathways and a new cul-de-sac is yet to be funded. And, more.