Leo Pelka Bonsai Shelter

Bonsai is the growing of an ornamental tree or shrub in a pot and artificially preventing it from reaching its normal size.  The art of bonsai was not prevalent in the U.S. until after World War II when American soldiers discovered plants growing in the South Pacific.  These plants can live for hundreds of years and are passed from generation to generation in the orient.  The oldest specimen in the Schedel collection, which numbers approximately 120 plants, is 64 years.  The exhibit and shelter was named for long-time volunteer Leo Pelka who has takes care of the plants and provided the funding for construction of the new shelter in 2009.

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