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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mark your calendars! The first public bonsai book talk of 2017 with Sandra Moore and Stephen Voss will be on Tuesday, April 11th at 11:30 at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC! Here’s a link to the Library’s press release: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-011/library-to-host-events-in-celebration-of-national-cherry-blossom-festival-2/2017-01-27/
On Saturday, February 25th, I will be participating in the Celebration of Writers at Howard University from 11 am to 2 pm. You can meet me and other DC-area authors in the University’s Blackburn Center.
See you soon!