The bonsai collection at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum is another tree richer, thanks to a stunning new Ficus plant recently donated by Ohio collector Melvyn Goldstein. Goldstein, a Michigan alumnus (AB ’59 LSA, AM ’60) is the John Reynolds Harkness professor of anthropology and Co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He began collecting and working with bonsai trees in the 1990s, and has entered his trees in numerous invitation-only national and international competitions. Professor Goldstein’s tree will be on view when the new Bonsai and Penjing Garden at Matthaei opens in spring 2013. Thank you, Professor Goldstein.
The tree in 1992
For a sneak preview of the tree, visit the Botanical Gardens the week of Jan. 21, where the tree is on display in the temperate house of the conservatory.
Pictured here is the tree in 1992 and in our greenhouse in January 2013. Quite an evolution in shape and form!

And in January 2013