U.S. National Arboretum Provides Bonsai to White House
July 14, 2006 -- President and Mrs. George W. Bush hosted Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi on Thursday, June 29, 2006, at the White House. The U.S. National Arboretum assisted by providing three bonsai trees for display. The two larger bonsai specimens, a Japanese white pine that has been in training since 1855 and an Ezo spruce that has been in training since 1925 graced the Grand Foyer of the State Floor, and a smaller Eurya evergreen bonsai was placed on a table in the center of the Blue Room. The trees were admired by everyone attending the activities culminating in the evening with an official dinner and performance. Two of the trees on display were part of the original gift of 53 bonsai to the people of the United States in celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States. Mr. Diazo Iwasaki donated the Japanese white pine and Mr. Tanaka donated the Ezo spruce bonsai over 30 years ago. The smaller Eurya tree was donated by Mr. Nakamura of Yokohama, Japan. The trees are just three of the more than 150 outstanding bonsai that can be viewed at the arboretum in its National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.