Monday, March 17, 2008

The Art of Penjing and more Orchids

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: THE ART OF PENJING


The Art of Penjing

The sculptures on display in this exhibit are the creations of Mr. Qiao Hong Gen, a Master Penjing artist from Shanghai, China. Mr. Qiao has collected distinctive stones from many regions of China and fashioned them into mountainous sculptures affixed to marble trays. His sculptures reflect the genuine and imagined natural beauty of Chinese landscapes.

Many of the plants in these Penjing sculptures have their origins in China. These Chinese plants are descendants of plants that were brought to the United States from China over the past two centuries, many during the 1800's, the "Golden Age of Plant Exploration", and a time when thousands of Chinese first came to America. These sculptures require daily watering and weekly care to keep the small and dwarfed plants pruned and in scale within the sculpture.






ORCHIDS

I don't know the name of these orchids but still took pictures, since they were so pretty.












Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) is a family of monocot flowering plants of around 2,400 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa.




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