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  • July 13, 2018

A gift of more than four centuries!

  • Jardin botanique
Picea glauca
Photo: Roger Aziz, photographer

The Jardin botanique is delighted to announce that it has received a gift of three remarkable specimens of North American bonsai and a magnificent penjing. These miniature trees, fashioned with love by their generous donor, David Johnson, perfectly exemplify both the beauties of this timeless art and the expertise developed by their owner.

30 years of passion… and generosity!

David Johnson has a vast collection of bonsai and penjing, some of which have already been displayed at the National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, New York. He is a past President of the Toronto Bonsai Society and has given workshops, written many articles and organized tours of collections over the years. He has long been connected with the Jardin botanique de Montréal and with a wide network of artists and amateurs who share his enthusiasm.

A gift to be admired

Two of the North American bonsai donated by Mr. Johnson are already on display in the #bonsai courtyard of the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion:

  • cascading Thai occidentalis – about 205 years old
  • Picea sp. – Picea glauca – 105 years old

Two others will be added to the garden’s North American bonsai collection: a Pinus strobus (about 100 years old) and a Betula nana penjing (about 25 years old).

You can watch a report on Mr. Johnson’s work on Global News

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