Back in April of 2015, work began on a new California Collection in Fresno California under the GSBF umbrella. The former Hanford collection of trees by the Clark Collection at the Museum for Japanese Art, donated the entire collection to the Japanese garden in Fresno to be housed in the garden. The Japanese garden is a themed garden with ume grove, Japanese water Garden and the large garden with a tea house and large water features with koi and a moon bridge.
The display area was starting to take shape by April and I shot some pictures of the progress.
The large entrance to the display area is seen in the background. All of the fence materials and structures were moved to the current location.
All of the underground water system is being worked on at this time. Many old pipes were broken as the park system had poor records of where important water lines were and many were severed by the trenchers. This took time and had to be repaired to keep other sections of the park watered.
Many of the larger trees were boxed and will find suitable homes around the collection.
This olive tree, styled by Richard Ramiriz was positioned at the entrance to the collection in Hanford. It will hold the same prominent location in Fresno.
This gnarled old wisteria may find a home here someday.
Tonight we had a Shohin Study Group in the work center of the collection. The small tea house from the original collection in Hanford was moved to Fresno. The work center roof can be seen in the background. The collection had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 17. I was on vacation during the opening and have no photo’s to share, but I can show you the collection as it stands today.
The collections curator, Bob Hilver’s. Same as when in Hanford. Working with Bob is Steve DaSilva, on the Shinzen Board and a valuable resource in helping bring along the project.
Close ups of some of the trees. This is a cool foemina forest.
Bob checking out the foliage.
California Juniper donated by Harry Hirao. Bob wanted a tree early on from Harry. The family was hesitant because they felt the tree had to be good enough to be a tree from Harry. The wait was worth it. This is one of Harry’s finest trees with a ribbon trunk. This tree has been on display at so many GSBF conventions it’s hard to count them all. With Harry gone, this is a very important tree in California and what Harry meant to bonsai.
Another California juniper this one by Sherwin Animoto
A big ole ugly coast live oak by Katsumi Kinoshita
Another California juniper by Richard Ramiraz
Scrub oak from Bob Hilvers
Coast Cypress by Katsumi Kinoshita
Trident Maple by Bob Iseman
California Juniper by Chuck Nelson
Big twin trunk elm by John Roehl
San Jose juniper by Jeff Kelly
Our study group in the work center. Bob gave us a lecture on the merits of air layering to produce quality shohin sized trees.
We need lots more light.
Ken Tu is laughing cause the branch just snapped.
He got real serious in a hurry. Now what will I do. Make a jin, what else! I think the wire is too big, he’s used to using that small jewelry wire when making the wire trees.