Bonsai and Penjing: Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty
by Ann McClellan
This book tells the remarkable stories of bonsai and penjing trees in the collection of the National Arboretum in Washington D.C.
It details their valuable role in international diplomacy and as instruments of American presidential influence. It also describes their inclusion in world's fair exhibitions, in Asian-inspired gardens around the country, and as a window onto the extensive cultivation of bonsai in North America today. A lengthy first-hand account by Dr. John L. Creech is included about the first extraordinary gift of 53 bonsai from Japan to the U.S. in 1976 which prompted the founding of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.
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