Who are the members of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation?

The membership of the WBFF is made up of nine regions representing specific geographical areas of the world. They include:

The African Region
The Australia/New Zealand Region
The China Region (Including Taiwan)
The European Region
The India Region
The Japan Region
The Asia-Pacific Region
The Latin American Region (Including Mexico and the Caribbean)
The North American Region (Canada & U.S.)

What is a "WBFF Cooperation Center"?

To promote the art of bonsai and to raise awareness of the existence of public bonsai collections, the WBFF has recently established a program to recognize and officially designate specific public bonsai collections throughout the world as "WBFF Cooperation Centers." In so doing, the WBFF seeks to raise awareness of the existence of these important institutions and collections and to strengthen the relationships among them by providing a network for support of bonsai through an active exchange of information and activities. Where are the WBFF Cooperation Centers located?At the present time there are four Cooperation Centers in North America. Three are located in the US and one in Canada. They are showcased below.

The Bonsai Exhibition Garden, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolina.

US National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, US National Arboretum, Washington D.C.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida

Pépinière Bonsai Gros Bec, Quebec, Canada

Clicking on any of the four photos above will provide you with a brief slide presentation about that particular WBFF Cooperation Center.

What are the benefits of becoming a WBFF Cooperation Center?

In addition to the objectives already stated above, becoming a WBFF Cooperation Center shows an institution's solidarity with the international bonsai community and makes it part of a worldwide network. Additionally, receiving WBFF certification recognizes the importance of an institution's achievements in assembling an exceptional public bonsai collection. When fully realized, this program will facilitate an exchange of information and activities not only between WBFF and the Cooperation Center but also among the Cooperation Centers themselves. It will also enable persons interested in bonsai to use the list of WBFF Cooperation Centers to locate centers they can visit in each of the various regions of the world.

What are the requirements to become a WBFF Cooperation Center?

To qualify as a WBFF Cooperation Center, the institution should: Possess a permanent collection of mature bonsai that are available to the public regularly or periodically;Maintain a basic library of books and serial publications relating to the art that is or may be available for public use; and offer several programs, activities, and special events for the public each year and provide current information about the center to WBFF for publication on the WBFF Website. In addition, the institution would ideally also possess auxiliary collections such as viewing stones, antique pots, scrolls, tables and other accessories to enhance its bonsai collection and encourage appreciation of the related arts. If an institution meets the criteria outlined above, it may be designated by the WBFF as a WBFF Cooperation Center and entitled to erect an officially-sanctioned WBFF Cooperation Center panel.

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