Penjing with Pagoda

Penjing is the Chinese art of tray landscapes.  Similar to Bonsai, these two are floating in the pond at the Aquatic Plant Gallery in the Conservatory of Flowers SF.

Pagoda nestled in the rocks in the Penjing.

Pagoda nestled in the rocks in the Penjing.

Overview of Penjing on right.

Overview of Penjing on right.

Here is an overview.  They are about 18 x 36 in.  Hey, check out the Amazon Water Lily (Victoria amazonica) in the background.  That lily has the potential to get huge…I mean 5-8 ft across.

Overview of Penjing on left.

Overview of Penjing on left.

The story of Penjing dates back over 2000 years ago.  It was said that the Emperor of China did not travel often, but sent his emissaries to gather rocks during their travels.  They would then use these stones to create landscapes to depict the regions of the Emperor’s empire.

Coastal fishing village.

Coastal fishing village.

Thanks to Dr. John Peterson, head of Cal Poly’s horticulture and crop science dept, for lending these for display.  Looks like the miniature trees are Juniper (Juniperus spp.).

– Far Out Flora

Victoria amazonicain

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