Author(s): Anne McClelland
This book tells the awe-inspiring 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. An extensive 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.
Ann McClellan is delighted to add "Bonsai Penjing, Ambassadors of Beauty and Peace, the National Bonsai Penjing Museum" to her previously published books about the flowering cherry trees of Washington, D.C.: "Cherry Blossoms" and "The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration." All three books reflect the lifelong love of trees that she developed while growing up in New Jersey on an arboretum-like campus laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. Her professional career has included executive positions at non-profit organizations, such as the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund, and the American Association of Museums. She treasures the living collections of the National Museum of Bonsai Penjing as profound expressions of the best that people together with nature can create.