GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection
P.O. Box 5382
Fresno, CA 93755
Local Bonsai Artist Exhibition
July 1st - November 1st
Curator: Bob Hilvers
Join us where many visitors to the Clark Bonsai Collection exhibit in Shinzen Gardens find it surprising to see world class bonsai art displayed in Fresno. Often our visitors associate such an exhibit as this Japanese style garden and bonsai collection with larger metropolitan areas.
Camphor Forest Bonsai Dedication
GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection
in Shinzen Friendship Garden
at Woodward Park
Clark Bonsai Collection Open to the Public Labor Day Weekend.
In keeping with the California and Fresno Covid-19 health mandates, visitors, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks and maintain a 6 foot distance while in Shinzen. Because this is a large outdoor venue, masks can be lowered when not in proximity to others, but must be replaced when others approach or when entering the bonsai garden because its enclosure and layout make social distancing difficult.
The bonsai garden can only be open when docents are present, so due to the high temperatures and availability of volunteers, it will only be open on weekends and holidays from 10am-1pm, weather and air quality allowing.
Clark Bonsai Staff
The Clark Bonsai Collection
When the world renowned Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture ceased operations, its impressive collection of bonsai was transferred to the Golden State Bonsai Federation. GSBF accepted this gift with the express intention of partnering with the Shinzen Friendship Gardens (SFG) to keep the Clark Bonsai Collection in Central California and honor the legacy of Bill and Libby Clark. That partnership resulted in the construction of an entirely new bonsai maintenance and exhibit facility in the beautiful Shinzen Japanese gardens. Serenely inviting pathways beckon visitors to stroll past waterfalls, over an iconic double moon bridge to be greeted by scores of resident koi and then on to the Clark Bonsai Collection. As visitors enter the bonsai exhibit they are instantly aware of being in a special place. They discover a hide and reveal garden that, at once, presents stunning examples of the art of bonsai and yet hints that more hidden beauty is only steps beyond a bend in the path.
In keeping with its museum heritage, the Clark Bonsai Collection is presented in “Themed Exhibitions” quarterly. These ever- changing presentations are designed to provide a new interpretive experience with the art of bonsai upon each visit. Bob Hilvers, who, along with Bill Clark, was a co-founder of the Clark Bonsai Collection and long-time Curator of Bonsai at the Clark Center, continues in the role of Curator of the GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection in Shinzen Friendship Gardens.
GSBF and the Shinzen Gardens invite you to visit and experience for yourself the beauty and wonders of bonsai and a North American Style Japanese Garden.
The Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen is a living museum encompassing the history of the art of bonsai in California and an educational center for the appreciation and practice of the art form.
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