Art book Bonsai | Penjing The Collections of the Montréal Botanical Garden

Art book

Bonsai | Penjing The Collections of the Montréal Botanical Garden

Danielle Ouellet, author, Roger Aziz, photographer

Available September 26, 2019

The Montréal Botanical Garden is home to one of the most prestigious bonsai and penjing collections outside Asia. For the first time, these works are presented in a volume that illustrates the evolution of the esthetic tradition that guides this horticultural art.

The gallery of original photos included in Bonsai | Penjing The Collections of the Montréal Botanical Garden offers a privileged look at these extraordinary collections. Miniaturized reflections of their natural environment, these creations translate the world view of bonsai and penjing masters from different philosophical traditions. Each of these works reflects a profound respect of the esthetic criteria of great Asian traditions, while in some cases integrating a North American artistic vision. 

The author interviewed Quebec experts and artists who created these works; she also travelled to Asia to meet with some of the most well-known bonsai and penjing masters from that region. Danielle Ouellet presents a historical portrait of this art form, while developing our understanding of the links to underlying esthetic principles, which are the real key to interpreting these captivating living sculptures.

“More and more people are trying their hand at bonsai art with North American species. At the Botanical Garden, we maintain, grow and refine the trees in our North American collection in order to show visitors what happens to a native tree when traditional bonsai techniques are applied to it.” – Éric Auger, Curator of the bonsai collections at the Montréal Botanical Garden 

“The ultimate truth, for anyone who takes the time to contemplate one of these works of art, is one’s personal emotional response to it, something experienced by every member of the production team for this book. Now it’s your turn!”



Artistic director | MARTINE MAKSUD

Photographer | ROGER AZIZ

Number of pages | 276

Format | 12.0625”L x 11”W x 0.651”T

ISBN | 978-2-9801218-5-2

Price | $74.95

Available in bookstores and at Montreal’s Botanical Garden’s store

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