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Bonsai House, In Safari Park

The Sign
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The sign on the path leading to the Bonsai House read:

The Bonsai House intrigues us with its
miniaturized trees. Five basic styles of bonsai
illustrate the asymmetrical balance which
characterizes this Japanese art form. Bonsai
(bone-sigh) means plant in a container.
The container becomes as much a part of the
art as the tree. Twisted trunks and exposed
surface roots create the illusion of age, an
important aspect of the art. Bonsai communi-
cates to the viewer a serene feeling of nature
in miniature.


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:54:11 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0759
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The Entrance
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To the left of the sign was the path to the entrance of the Bonsai House. Despite being called a house, it was more of a fenced enclosure that was open to the air.


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:54:13 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0760
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Display Tables
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The inside was created from rough hewn wood allowed to grey with age. Here was one bulky table used to display three bonsai plants.

The small sign on the table read, "Please Do Not Touch Trees Or Sit On Benches."


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:54:36 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0761
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A Ginkgo Biloba Tree
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A fine example of a somewhat tall Ginkgo Biloba Tree internal link (also called a Maidenhair Tree) was found in the Bonsai House.


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:55:11 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0762
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Drip Irrigation
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This gnarled tree was watered using drip irrigation with a small spray attachment. The entire Bonsai House was irrigated this way.


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:55:59 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0764
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Tree On A Hill
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A wonderful coniferous tree whose root had enlarged enough to become a small hill.


Bonsai external link House   •  Safari Park (Was Wild Animal Park) external link external link   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 28 July 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:56:16 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0765
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