International bonsai master Professor Amy Liang has a special love for her small size bonsai which are featured in a small enclosed garden in her newly opened Amy Liang Bonsai Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.
I was particularly impressed with the staging of these small treasures. Ten round concrete tables are tastefully filled with small bonsai. But, each individual table is a special display itself. Most of the bonsai are placed on small bricks or pieces of stone to raise their height to make an attractive, interesting and distinctive display. As I was studying the small bonsai, suddenly O was surprised by one entire table filled with mame bonsai, which are generally up to six inches in height. Many of these small jewels were under three inches in height, which is quite an accomplishment just to keep them watered in Taiwan’s hot climate.
In addition to the ten round tables filled with small bonsai, there are also three larger rectangular tables and a long taller table filled with gravel to provide additional water and humidity. Behind the long rectangular tables there are six beautiful ceramic elephants, each topped with a small bonsai.
An attractive display of small bonsai is difficult to accomplish in a garden where the trees must be cared for. Amy Liang has done a super job which is not readily apparent with a quick glance. I thoroughly enjoyed and learned during my afternoon visit to the opening of the Amy Liang Bonsai Museum. I recommend a visit if you are in Taipei, but suggest an appointment first.
AMY LIANG BONSAI MUSEUM
No. 17, Lane 107 Tianmu E. Road
Taipei City, Taiwan