BLUE ATLAS CEDAR
Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’
Original Artist: Bill Hatashita
A Bonsai Since: 1969
I am a rare, Blue Atlas Cedar bonsai. I’ve been a bonsai since 1969. Artist Bill Hatashita grafted me from a plant he found in a SoCal nursery. Blue Atlas Cedar is one of only a few species of true cedar in the world. I have unique, blue needles. Since I moved to Pacific Bonsai Museum’s collection in 1989, I’ve had several ‘makeovers.’ In 2011, Ryan Neil gave me my slant to show off my best assets: an interesting trunk line, a wide base, and my appealing branch structure.
Then, in 2015, Neil dramatically loped off several big branches on a live stream. My big, left-side surface roots provided all the visual weight I needed, and losing the branches on the right accentuated my lean. What new look will they give me next? I’m a living work of art!
I was a big bonsai even on the day they brought me to San Francisco to show me off at the 1915 Panama Pacific Expo. But when my adopted family, the Domotos, were forced to leave me on my own during WWII, I tried to bust out of my container to find them. I reached down into the ground and grew even bigger. Now, I will forever know that boundless feeling.
Japanese Black Pine
Original Artist: Juzaburo Furuzawa
A Bonsai Since: 1945
I was a seed sent through the mail to Japanese American Mr. Furuzawa when he was unfairly incarcerated in a dusty camp during WWII just because he looked like the enemy. Mr Furuzawa planted me in a tin can and patiently watered and watched over me as I grew into a seedling. When he was released three years later, he carried me back to his home and cared for me as we both grew old together. As a seed, I symbolized strength, resilience, and longevity, and as a bonsai, I still do.
Creeping Juniper raft
Original Artist: John Naka
A Bonsai Since: 1957
I am a Creeping Juniper bonsai. I’ve been in training since 1957 when ‘Father-of-American-Bonsai” John Naka created me from a Juniper plant that he bought in a nursery. He made me into a “raft” style bonsai by laying me on my side and training my ‘literati’ style branches upward. My branches are trained to look like individual, windswept trunks as if a tree growing in the constant breeze of a coastal environment. I’m planted into pockets in a Mexican volcanic “Wonder Rock” which makes me a “rock planting” and I’m covered with mosses and cute ferns.
Original Artist: Bob Laws
A Bonsai Since: 1986
I came to be because the artist Bob Laws decided to follow John Naka’s advice to air layer an old apple tree growing on Mr. Law’s property. The technique worked so well that I developed a wise and rugged old character early in my life. In 2021, Nao Tokutake made me a new pot that was “apple to the max.” He mimicked one of my apple’s profiles in the pot shape and used some apple wood ash in the glaze. For the first time on record, Curator Aarin Packard helped my blossoms get pollinated so I could make a bunch of tasty, crisp apples in 2023. Life is sweet!
Gifts & Perks
You’ll receive a special, detailed thank you “from” your tree, a yearly tree friend update, recognition in our annual report, and our ongoing appreciation!
Gifts & Perks
All Budding Friends perks plus a one year “Friend” level membership to Pacific Bonsai Museum which includes 10% off of everything from our store, both in-person and online, exclusive early access to and a discount for Bonsai Basics Classes, an invite to a special reception and Curator-led tour, plus a high-quality, custom magnet featuring your tree created just for our Befriend a Bonsai friends!
Gifts & Perks
All previously listed perks and gifts plus an invitation to Re-pot and Reconnect, a private event at the museum in the spring of 2023 and a beautiful, full-color, 2024 wall calendar featuring the Museum’s most popular trees!