San Diego Safari Park - Bonsai Pavilion

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I’m here in SD for the week and my family and I just spent the day at the safari park. Great times. Was very happy to get to walk the bonsai pavilion on a very quiet day. Had the area to myself for most of the time. Believe it or not, this was the first opportunity I have had to see a high quality collection of trees. There were some real monsters and som trees from classic masters Naka and Hirao. I took quite a few pics and made a video. I’ll work on getting them unloaded through the afternoon evening. I tried to take a few pics for scale as most of the trees had giant trunks. I particularly liked the final live oak I see and the shimpaku grafted Hollywood juniper, though I really liked them all. Let me know if I need to post the pictures not as attachments for better viewing.
 

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the bald cypress forest was well executed. And the naka juniper very cool to see.
 

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I really liked the Liquid Amber you could see in this bunch. Crazy big trunk and the most textured bark.

it was also interesting to see a tanuki. A rather poorly executed one, but interesting to see still as it was obviously old.
 

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The prostrata juniper forest in these was another favorite.

the olea clumps and deadwood were pretty spectacular.
 

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Here is the bunch with the big live oak. They also had a pomegranate with the craziest twisted deadwood trunk. It was hard to identify the live vein.
 

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Cool! Didn’t even know they had that

Used to go to both zoos all the time, but haven’t gone in 7 yrs

Wonder if the botanical garden over in Balboa has any bonsai
 

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Cool! Didn’t even know they had that

Used to go to both zoos all the time, but haven’t gone in 7 yrs

Wonder if the botanical garden over in Balboa has any bonsai
It does! I went 2 years ago, but didn’t get a chance to go into the bonsai area. We had to leave by the time I knew they had one.
 

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Thanks TJ! My wife just passed her boards to become a PA so we are celebrating.

And Honestly. They were all GIANT trees.bigger than I’m used to at least.
Good for her! Looks like a great time celebrating. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Looks like you had some fun on your visit!

Arent these trees created by Golden State members?

cheers
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