Side by side with the Rhododendron Garden is the Pacific Bonsai Collection. Visiting it in the fall is a special treat.
This museum of living art contains many trees, both evergreen and deciduous. On this visit I photographed only the deciduous trees, because, well, it's Fall! Little trees glow with autumnal color too.
This wiggly squiggly tree might have been my favorite because of it's oddity. Was Dr. Seuss here?
Ginkgos go golden.
Larch trees are deciduous conifers. They turn golden before dropping their needles.
All of the trees on display this day were created by Japanese artists. There was a strong culture of Bonsai in the Pacific states up until WWII and the internment of so many of our Japanese citizens. It took a long time to revive that culture, but it is back and thriving.
My own local artist began taking Bonsai classes more the 40 years ago. He has created some lovely little trees, none better than this Trident Maple, now under his care and training for over 40 years, and in it's glory in Autumn.
Yes, this is one of Tom's trees, rooted over rock in the Chinese style. It's a beauty and a treasure.