Penjing at the Huntington Botanical Gardens? No way. We were first introduced to this Chinese art form last summer over in Golden Gate Park. Penjing is similar to bonsai that stuff is miniaturized, but does it more as a whole mini landscape.
Taking a break from the succulents, we headed over to the Chinese Garden where we ended up finding a couple Penjing on display.
Here’s the skinny on Penjing. Over 2000 years old, it’s suspected that since China’s Emperor didn’t travel much…he would have is people collect rocks and stones during their travels. Then, they would put together miniature landscapes of those regions. The Emperor then could enjoy a visual representation of his empire.
The Chinese Garden is peaceful and there’s a sweet spot with a waterfall that can cover up a lot of the chatter, e.g. let’s you zen out for awhile.
We’ve done a lot of terrariums, but haven’t tried these yet. We have a couple good candidates that could be used for the miniature trees…looks like Matti has a new project in sight.
– Far Out Flora