News from Washington, DC!

Two views of Mount Monadnock by Abbott Handerson Thayer on view at the Freer Gallery of Art. This is the mountain I think of when I look at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s bonsai #5, an Ezo Spruce.

I was lucky enough to attend a preview event at the Freer Gallery of Art on September 23rd. It and its sister gallery, the Sackler, have been closed for several months while the interior spaces were renovated and improved. Both will reopen during the weekend of October 14 and 15 and I, for one, can’t wait!

Other exciting events for me this fall are the dedication of the new Japanese Pavilion at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum on October 6 with a book signing at the National Arboretum for the Ikebana celebration on October 7, followed by the Aki Matsuri and moon viewing at the Arboretum on November 4. Hope to see you there!

The Ezo Spruce (Picea glehnii), #5 in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum collections, which I call “Little Mountain.”

Tiny Trees, Big Stories in New Hampshire!

Delighted to present Tiny Trees, Big Stories at RiverMead in Peterborough, NH

Stanley Chinn’s windswept Chinese Elm is as beautiful on the screen as it is in person

Phil McFarland brought his Japanese Maple to share hands-on bonsai experience

Save the Date! Amos Fortune Forum, July 28, 2017!

Info panel from flyer!


From my earliest years, spending summers in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, I paid attention to who was speaking at Jaffrey’s Amos Fortune Forum on Friday nights. I was thrilled and honored to join the ranks of those amazing speakers when I gave a cherry blossom talk at a Forum about ten years ago and it is just as exciting to look forward to giving a bonsai talk this year on July 28 at 8 pm in the Jaffrey Center Meeting House. See you there!

Bonsai in Japan

World Bonsai Convention Display at Omiya Train Station


It was thrilling to be in Japan for the World Bonsai Convention at the end of April 2017 at Saitama City/Omiya, north of Tokyo. This convention happens once every four years and draws bonsai enthusiasts from around the world. The displays are amazing! The next one will be in 2021 in Perth, Australia.

A Juniper at the train station.

Even though I was in Japan to look at bonsai, I found cherry blossoms too. Here they are on a sake barrel at a shrine in Omiya.

A gorgeous bonsai from the Imperial Household.

The multitude of bonsai was almost overwhelming.

Bonsai inspired a billboard near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

Kusamono Enhance Bonsai Experience

With Sandra Moore and Young Choe at National Bonsai & Penjing Museum


Kusamono artist Young Choe’s work can be enjoyed at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum where it complements the bonsai on view, providing a seasonal accent. Sandra Moore is the author of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima, a lovely book for children about the bonsai that survived the atomic bomb. We three met up by chance at the museum on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Lucky us!

Bonsai on formal display with kusamono

Cherry Tree Wonderland

A work by photographer Dennis Kowalewski


I was delighted to meet Dennis Kowalewski recently when he and his wife brought guests from India to visit Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens where I an a volunteer greeter and garden docent. This photo really “spoke” to me because I treasure the poignant moment it captures, when the cherry blossom petals start to fall though the trees are still in bloom.

Bonsai Presentation at the Association of Oldest Inhabitants

Bonsai Authors with Bill Brown (far right) of DC’s Association of Oldest Inhabitants


Delighted to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a “trio” bonsai presentation with fellow authors Stephen Voss and Sandra Moore at a luncheon meeting of the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia! Our next joint public presentation will be at the Library of Congress in the Madison Building on April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am.

Cherry Blossom Update

Both of my cherry blossom books are on sale at the National Gallery of Art!

Another of my cherry blossom books on display!


Snow today in our nation’s capital and cold temperatures in the forecast could imperil the cherry blossoms this year, though the trees themselves should be okay. Check out this interview with Adrian Higgins, the Washington Post’s gardening expert: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/videos/10154879707332293/.
While they’re a poor second compared to the real trees and flowers, my cherry blossom books will give you some idea of how beautiful the cherry blossoms’ peak blooming can be.

DC’s Cherry Blossoms Expected to Bloom Early!

Washington’s famous cherry blossoms are expected to reach their peak mid-March this year. Look for me at the Eastern National sales tent by the Tidal Basin near the paddle boat dock on Wednesday, March 15 from 1 to 3. I will post additional dates closer to the time. See you there!

Cherry Blossoms at their peak in 2015.

Fabulous Review in The Japanese Garden Society’s “Shakkei”

Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty Receives Rave Review!


Here’s an excerpt from the review found in the Japanese Garden Society’s quarterly newsletter, Shakkei (Winter 2016-17 issue):
“I thnk it is fair to say that all of the books I have that have been published by Tuttle are of excellent quality. However, just occasionally one finds one that is so good it ‘fair takes one’s breath away’: this book, I’m delighted to report, is one of those. . .the illustrations are excellent. That said, althought they are some of the best I have seen, they have to take second place to the text – which is superb. Throughout the book are sections headed ‘Spotlight on . . .’ covering specific individuals whose efforts have made the collection what it is today. Individuals so covered include Dr John Creech; Saburo Kato; Dr Yee-Sun Wu; John Naka; and Harry Hirao. I’d be tempted to add a ‘Spotlight’ on Ann McClellan for being the author of such a magnificent book. Do buy it – it will not disappoint!” — Shakkei, the Journal of the Japanese Garden Society.