Friday, June 15, 2012

Penjing at Singapore Chinese Garden

I am continuing with the entries about bonsai in Singapore. It was raining cats and dogs when I visited Singapore Chinese Garden, so all photos I took that day are a bit dark. The garden offers beautiful vistas augmented by classic Chinese architecture. It is all there: majestic pagodas, serene lakes, graceful pavilions, meandering canals, elegant bridges and quiet cloisters. You can see some of it in the photos above and below.

The part of the Chinese Garden that houses penjing trees is called the Garden of Abundance and at the time of my visit it was under renovation. Nevertheless, most of the penjing collection was still on display (images below).

The penjing collection there is quite large and features reasonably old trees. Looking after such collection would be a mammoth task, hence the trees are not in immaculate condition. Nevertheless, the collection is quite impressive and distinctly Chinese in its character. A small sample of the trees is shown in the images below.

One part of the display was devoted to rock landscapes, some of which are shown in the images below.

The weather was so miserable that I couldn’t pay a lot of attention to bonsai pots. However, one pot caught my attention. It was a large and garish piece, which featured eight Taoist immortals. See it below for yourself.

For posts about bonsai gardens I visited in China see these:
Tiger Hill Penjing Garden, Suzhou:
Penjing Garden at Shanghai Botanic Gardens:
Penjing Garden at the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou:

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