Welcome to the database of the trees, companion plants, and pots in the BGLM Collection.
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Redwood (101)

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) —formal upright style Donated by Bill Sullivan in memory of his wife, Nancy. Redwood Empire Bonsai Society now sponsors tree. This was the first tree donated to our garden. It was found about 1975 in a Marin County slide-area.

Trident Maple (102)

Trident maple (kaede or to-kaede in Japanese) (Acer buergerianum)—informal upright style Donated by the estate of Gloria Clementson. This tall informal upright was grown from seed. It grew wild in a can for 10 years. In 1989, Gloria styled the tree.

Coast Redwood (105)

Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Donated by Seiji Shiba. Purchased in 1971 in a seven-gallon can, this redwood was designed by Seiji after reading a book by John Naka.

Bald Cypress (106)

Bald Cypress (hagaromo-matsu or rakü-yoshü in Japanese) (Taxodium disticum) Donated by the estate of Gloria Clementson. This native from the swamps of southeastern United States was acquired and styled by Gloria in 1988.

Japanese Mountain Maple (108)

Japanese mountain maples (Acer palmatum cv. ‘Kiyohime’)—rock planting Donated by Doug Ruffner. This rock planting was created in 1979 from lace rock and ‘Kiyohime’ cultivars.

California Juniper (109)

California Juniper (kashu-shimpaku in Japanese) (Juniperus californica) Donated by Chuichi Kawahira. Collected in 1954 from the high desert region near Palmdale in southern California, this tree was styled about 1964.

Satsuki Azalea (111)

111 Satsuki azalea ‘Osakazuki’ (Rhododendron indicum cv. ‘Osakazuki’) Donated by Kathy Shaner. Gargantuan semi-cascade. Styled by Suisho Nakayama, a Japanese satsuki master, at GSBF’s Convention in Sacramento, 1996.

Pomegranate (112)

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Dug from an old orchard (thought to have been planted in late 1800s) in Lodi by Vince and Kathy Owyoung. They donated the tree, Sept. 2002. Styled by Seiji Shiba. A glass jar was found embedded in trunk. Potted at this Garden, Aus. 5, 2008.

Daimyo Oak (115)

Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata)—informal upright style Donated by Dr. Robert Gotcher. Historically, this is one of the most important bonsai and the longest in cultivation in the United States. In 1863 during Lincoln’s presidency, Mr. Burlingame was envoy to China. This tree was a gift to him as he passed through Japan on his return to the United States. The peninsula city of Burlingame was named for this man from Massachusetts. Its name, Daimyo, was the title of a feudal ruler before the Meiji restoration in 1871.