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“Going Native”

A bonsai exhibition at the Clark Bonsai Collection in Shinzen Friendship Gardens, June 2-Sept. 30

 Despite the image that “Going Native” conjures of someone who, by choice or circumstance, has left the trappings of modern society behind to live a simpler and perhaps more idyllic life in a primitive culture, the implications of the term for bonsai has a much deeper meaning.


10am - 1pm Wed. - Sun & Holidays*

*Weather and docent availability allowing

- All other times by appointment

Clark Bonsai Collection

GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection

at Shinzen Friendship Garden

The Clark Bonsai Collection

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture has transferred their extensive bonsai collection to the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) for placement at the Shinzen Friendship Garden in Woodward Park, Fresno.

Currently, the Golden State Bonsai Federation maintains a collection in northern California at The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and one in southern California at the The GSBF Collection at The Huntington. Over 100 trees will be kept in the newly built Clark Bonsai Collection display garden at Shinzen.

Housing this unique and valuable collection provides greater access to the residents of California to enjoy the art of bonsai. Shinzen’s host site within its beautiful Japanese garden will build a new display space so as to reflect the “hide and reveal” experience so valued and enjoyed at the Clark Center. Bob Hilvers, long time curator at the Clark Center will continue in that role at Shinzen.

​Shinzen is grateful for the partnerships and collaborations that this project reflects with the Clark Center, the Golden State Bonsai Federation and the City of Fresno. We also celebrate the potential for the collection to provide a learning laboratory for those interested in the art of bonsai by extending our partnerships with California State University Fresno, Fresno City College, and the Fresno Bonsai Society as well as bonsai clubs throughout the Central Valley.


The Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen is a living museum encompassing the history of the art of bonsai in California and an educational center for the appreciation and practice of the art form.


  • To continue the legacy of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture to promote and preserve the Japanese aesthetic and cultural values expressed by the beauty of this art.
  • To preserve and maintain a collection of bonsai representing the historical spectrum of styles.
  • To be an educational center for the art of bonsai in keeping with the mission of Golden State Bonsai Federation
  • To provide continuing education for bonsai practitioners by recognized bonsai masters.
  • To provide bonsai classes/workshops for local schools and other interested groups
  • To provide our visitors with a serene experience and an introduction to this art through thematic bonsai displays.
  • To insure the sustainability of the Collection and its programs by attracting and developing the support of donors and volunteers.
  • To maintain a mutually beneficial partnership between the Golden State Bonsai Federation, the Fresno Bonsai Society, the Clark Bonsai Collection, and Shinzen Friendship Garden in furtherance of our common goals.


GSBF Clark Bonsai Collection

P.O. Box 5382

Fresno, CA 93755

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