The Weyerhaeuser Comapny set up the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (now Rim-less) collection in 1989 on their extensive and beautiful company 'campus' just south of Seattle. I raced up from Portland on a recent trip to take a look before the forecast 2 to 4 inches of rain started.
This is the main entrance, very nicely done. Just inside the front gate you come to the hothouse where a number of tropical species are housed.
It was great to see some of these trees live after having seen many in photos on the net for years.
Hinoki cypress ca1975
Trident maple ca 1945 Beautiful flowing root over rock
Japanese white pine
Celtis sinensis ca 1950 This shows the versatility of this species - growing outdoors here in the US NW as well as subtropical Brisbane. This tree is a model I'm using in the development of my yamadori Celtis stumps.
Western Hemlock ca 1930. Great tree and really good to see a local native species as bonsai.
Beautiful Chinese elm Penjing and the oldest tree is only ca 1980.
An American (Eastern) Larch ca 1880
European olive also ca 1880. This one hasn't had the trunk chop transition managed well but still a great tree and so old.
Another Chinese elm with amazing ramification and only ca 1970.
Blue atlas cedar ca 1945
Catlin elm ca 1970
Another Eastern larch ca 1830.
Korean yew ca 1500
Bougainvillea ca 1950, from the hot house.