A Visit To The Pacific Bonsai Museum

Valavanis Bonsai Blog The Pacific Bonsai Museum, nestled within towering conifers is a unique collection of bonsai from countries bordering the Pacific Rim. The peaceful atmosphere of the displays and well maintained areas draws one into a special world to quietly experience the beauty of bonsai. The museum is located in Federal Way, Washington, near Seattle on the Weyerhauser Campus. Weyerhaeuser Company opened the bonsai … Continue reading A Visit To The Pacific Bonsai Museum

A Visit To Elandan Gardens

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Elandan Gardens is a beautiful and unique six acre natural oasis featuring the bonsai artistry of Dan Robinson. The garden opened in 1993 in Bremerton, Washington which is a short distance from Seattle. This is an excellent location to appreciate the art of bonsai pioneer Dan Robinson who introduced power tools to the bonsai world. Dan’s bonsai are truly unique, and clearly … Continue reading A Visit To Elandan Gardens

Meet Gerald Rainville

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Nestled in the rainforest on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada, is the bonsai nursery of Gerald Rainville. Here thousands of Japanese black pine, Sargent juniper, Dwarf Japanese garden juniper and Dawn redwood can be found from young seedlings/cuttings to developed 33 year bonsai. As a young lad in 1972, he began growing plants and started his first landscape business with … Continue reading Meet Gerald Rainville

Walking Above Hermanus

Originally posted on roncorylus:
Our walk this morning took us along the contour path, westwards from the Visitors’ Centre, then up Elephant Path to Rotary Way.  From there we went east until we eventually arrived at the top of the Kanonkop Path, which we descended back to our starting point.  The weather was perfect for walking, but we underestimated the time, so some of us… Continue reading Walking Above Hermanus

Gill’s Birthday Bash at Robertson

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Gill kindly invited ten old friends to join her for her 80th birthday at the historic farm, Riverton, where we stayed in Barry House, an old building reeking with tradition and Barry family memorabilia.  We didn’t all know each other when we arrived on Tuesday, but by the time we had to leave this morning, the ice had been well and… Continue reading Gill’s Birthday Bash at Robertson

Preparing for the Fernkloof Flower Festival

Originally posted on roncorylus:
For the past few days a group of very dedicated and energetic people have been gathering flowers, building displays, making arrangements, identifying specimens, printing photographs and beavering away to get this annual spectacle underway.  Tomorrow is opening day, and if the images shown below are anything to go by, it is going to be a beautiful event. Continue reading Preparing for the Fernkloof Flower Festival