The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

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The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:16 am

To those who may not know about it, the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection in Federal Way, Washington, recently reopened. In celebration of the re-opening of one of the most significant American public bonsai displays, I thought I would post some photos I took there last weekend.

Enjoy!

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  rolandp on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:05 am

Wow....great trees, great photos...thanks for sharing Smile

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Post  ogi uyehara on Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:40 am

NICE TREES!!! Razz NICE SHOTS!! Dance

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Hawaiian77 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:37 am

Howzit "V",
Awesome!! ThumbsUp ThumbsUp Much Mahalo for sharing. Very Happy Love those Satsuki's

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  JimLewis on Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:39 pm

rolandp wrote:Wow....great trees, great photos...thanks for sharing Smile

And Great news about the re-opening. It was a huge shock when it closed. I hope this is permanent!

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Jerry Meislik on Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:15 pm

Victrinia,
Thanks for posting. One of the best collections in the world should hopefully remain open.
Jerry
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Post  Dale Cochoy on Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:44 pm

Great stuff!
and great photos!

D.

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:40 pm

The Rim is operating at a basic services level... so it's open... but no money is being spent on extra lectures, advertising, or off-site displays.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she'll stay open. I missed it very much when it was closed. The trees are very traditional in flavor, but I always enjoyed marking the changing seasons with my visits to it.

Glad you guys enjoyed the photos. Smile

Kindest regards,

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  SamC on Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:37 pm

OMG! Great news!

I've only visited once, but I bet I amused any bystanders. One one hand I was gleeful as a kid who scored straight A's who got to go to Toys R Us as a reward, on the other, solemn as a lifelong Catholic who has gotten an audience with the Pope. Far far too much to take in, in the few meager hours I was there. Being able to sit in on a demo and later speak with David DeGroot was a great bonus.

I'd really like to take some people I know who have an interest in bonsai there for an afternoon...of course it needed to be open for that to even be considered.

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:43 pm

As I understand it, the only day it's closed is Thursdays... so make a pilgrimage soon... it's just lovely right now. Of course some of the trees look better in other seasons, take the Ben Oki Hackberry.... right now it looks like a mushroom...lol but in winter, it is a peerless pearl. Smile

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  John Quinn on Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:35 am

Interesting that they have reopened at some level...I hope they soon have a permanent resolution of their concerns regarding the collection.

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Guest on Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:49 am

Are they individual's trees, loaned or donated? Who maintains them? They are obviously doing a great job!

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Post  Roger Snipes on Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:04 am

Hi Will,

The trees in the collection are owned by the Weyerhaeuser company. They have been acquired from various countries and individuals, some donated, some purchased. They are maintained by Dave DeGroot, curator of the collection.

The Pacific Rim Collection is one of the best collections in the US. It's great news that Weyerhaeuser has re-opened it after having been closed for a time due to the recession.

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Guest on Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:14 am

Dave De Groot Does a sterling job, keeping the bonsai in excellent condition. Thanks Roger

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  zooloo10 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:23 am

thanks for sharing Victrinia. i absolutly LOVE the forest bonsai. the moss covered rocks are perfectly plaaced cheers I love you I love you I love you

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Andrei Darusenkov on Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:28 am

Victrinia, many thanks! Awesome trees! I loved forests in particular. David is great!

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:41 am

I was pretty smitten with that juniper forest myself... hence the macro... cheers I've never seen it before... so it's new, or it's been out of circulation for literally years.

I'm so glad you guys are getting to enjoy a little slice of this great collection.Smile

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Re: The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Post  Bonsaijuan on Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:28 pm

Beautiful trees I love the Beech and the Literati Hemlock. Thank you for sharing. cheers

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