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Bonsai: A Patient Art

This stunning volume presents more than sixty living masterpieces from the Garden's Bonsai collection. Board member and bonsai enthusiast Robert H. Malott supported publication of this book.


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The popular Three Friends of Winter silhouette bonsai showfeatures deciduous trees in their dormant phase, which highlights their branch structure.

Bonsai Collection

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Bonsai Collection

The Garden's Bonsai Collection is on rotating display in the East and West Courtyards of the Regenstein Center from May to October.

In 2000, the Chicago Botanic Garden unveiled a priceless gift to its collection of bonsai. Susumu Nakamura, internationally renowned bonsai master, donated 19 of the most prized specimens from his personal collection to the Garden.

With the acquisition of these miniature masterpieces, including some international award-winning plants, the Garden’s collection of 185 bonsai becomes one of the best public displays of bonsai in the world.

The Bonsai Collection has outstanding examples of evergreen, deciduous, tropical, flowering, and fruiting trees. Take a bonsai walk.

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