Carmen Leskoviansky, Matthaei-Nichols collections and natural areas specialist, returned from the 6th Annual National Bonsai Exhibition held in Rochester, N.Y., last month. Carmen says it was a great weekend full of amazing trees, seeing old friends, and making new connections. The trip to Rochester was part of an effort by Matthaei-Nichols to raise awareness of our amazing collection of bonsai and penjing, which now numbers more then 70.

Carmen took a yew from the Matthaei-Nichols collection to display at the show. The 100+-year-old tree was donated by a local bonsai enthusiast and has been woYew at Bonsai Showrked on over the years by bonsai professionals, staff, and volunteers.

Click here for a video from earlier this year of Bruce Baker working on the yew.

The yew held its own against the other trees in the show, Carmen says. Now that the 2018 bonsai show is over, “I’ve come back motivated to have more trees in the next exhibition and give the folks from the other collections a real run for their money!”

Check out our Instagram page for a pic of the yew on display at the show.