Travel to Washington DC along side Dave to view the trees that form the magnificent collection at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. These specimens have been donated by leading bonsai masters, heads of state and foreign dignitaries. The oldest tree, a Japanese White Pine dates to the year 1624. Passed from family member to family member over the centuries, this incredible tree even survived the atomic bomb blasts that ended the war with the Japanese.
Today, you can enjoy this and all of the other trees, while learning valuable lessons about root and branch pruning, repotting, and fertility that will help you grow and enjoy your garden and patio pots.
Then it’s off to Philadelphia where John Bartram planted America’s first botanical garden soon after he created his impressive stone home by hand. The house became the centerpiece for his garden that survived the massive changes that beset the landscape outside Philadelphia along the banks of the Schuylkill River. Surrounded by farms in 1773 when the house was completed, the garden was engulfed by both urban and industrial blight in the 20th century, where it languished next to a massive cement plant for decades. Now, the cement plant has been replaced with a verdant meadow and the restored riparian forest harbors birds and wildlife just minutes from the city’s historic center.
In this episode of Garden Travels, Dave’s favorites include: Leucospermum, Pincushion Flower and Rudbeckia the Branched Black Eye Susan.