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Arboretum in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

If trees could talk...

 
 
If trees could talk... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 11, 2020
1. If trees could talk... Marker
Inscription.  ...this one would tell quite a story. It has grown as a bonsai for so long that it passed through five generations of a single family of bonsai artists in Japan before crossing the ocean to live here. The Yamaki family was well known in Japan for their dedication to the art of bonsai. Attached to the family's home in Hiroshima was an outdoor nursery filled with priceless trees, including this one.

On the morning of August 6, 1945, the Yamaki family and their bonsai survived the atomic blast that led to the end of the war between Japan and the United States. Thirty years later, bonsai master Masaru Yamaki offered this tree, one of his oldest and most precious, as part of a gift from the people of Japan to the people of the United States in honor of the country's 200th birthday.

Today, this remarkable tree and symbol of good will serves to welcome visitors to the nation's bonsai museum. Here it does what bonsai are meant to do: speak to each of us in a very personal way.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Marker series. This marker
If trees could talk... marker, along with the bonsai described image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 11, 2020
2. If trees could talk... marker, along with the bonsai described
is included in the Historic Trees marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.765′ N, 76° 58.121′ W. Marker is in Arboretum, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Meadow Road Northeast just west of Ellipse Road Northeast, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What shape do you see? (a few steps from this marker); An Art Form Is Born (a few steps from this marker); Bonsai Pioneer (within shouting distance of this marker); Branching Out (within shouting distance of this marker); Timeless Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); The Knot Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dioscorides Garden (about 500 feet away); Malus 'Roxbury' (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arboretum.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicHorticulture & ForestryPeaceWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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