Julian Velasco, the curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Interview with Julian Velasco, curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

For Velasco, who nurtures over 350 bonsai trees at the botanic garden — one of the largest and oldest bonsai collections on public display outside Japan — it all started with a bonsai he purchased as a young man at a street fair in San Francisco.

“Pretty quickly … I knew it would be a lifelong path,” he said.

Bonsai is horticulture, art, philosophy and even a way of life in the form of a single tree, lovingly pruned and trained to exist in a small pot so that it reflects the majesty of the natural environment, he explained…..

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